Tremont Music Hall



The Six Shot Revival, Blackwater Redemption, Bart Lattimore

Fri, December 14, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is all ages

$3 underage surcharge for those under 21

Just when you thought Southern rock was said and done, along comes Beitthemeans, swaggering out from a dark shed somewhere deep in the pines of Sylacauga, Alabama. The name is fitting for a power trio that is all about boot straps, whether it’s pulling them up or using them to beat their way out of a smoldering genre that could benefit from a whipping or two. With swelling riffs, bluesy throwbacks
and a lead singer with a screech that must be part owl, BITM certainly cracks the whip on Southern rock.

Bassist Casey Wilson, drummer Nathan Kelley and singer/guitarist Josh Jones partnered with Birmingham’s Ol Elegante studios and producer Lester Nuby for the band’s latest effort, Head Held High.

It’s a natural pairing, considering Nuby’s roots in alternative Southern rock. He currently plays in a Birmingham-based band called Vulture Whale, was a founding member of the band Verbena and has worked extensively with folks like Amy Ray and Dave Grohl.

“They’re Southern rock, no doubt, but with a hint of the occult,” Nuby says. “And, lyrically it’s completely truthful…singing songs about salvation and sin, about getting by in crazy, small-town Alabama.”

It doesn’t hurt either, that Jones’ startling scream is a full-on invocation to the dirty ghosts of rock and roll’s past, present and future. The band challenges all that has been and is to come of Southern rock and roll, making Head Held High a revival of sorts. Instead of resting on the laurels of the music royalty they admire: Son House, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Soundgarden, Nirvana, BITM left inspiration at the shed door and emerged on their own time, only after capturing a hell-bent sound they could claim as their own. And that’s what rebel punks should do.
The Six Shot Revival
The Six Shot Revival
Here’s to the good times and the trouble that’s comin’
--“Whiskey Bent”

If nasty is what you want, look no further than Atlanta’s Six Shot Revival. They ain’t your Daddy’s Southern Rock, but, like the titans of old, they will drink, they will fight and they will wager. Their new album, Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 , is a celebration of scandal and personal ruin, powered by s
ome kind of 21st Century moonshine that Treasury Agents have yet to run a test on.

Black bourbon in a glass
Mix it up with a little grass.
--“Southern Gentleman”

Six Shot Revival formed in 2009 when Jon Brown and Brandon Purinton located singer Marc Phillips on Craigslist. Says Marc, “It clicked from the minute we met. The Six Shot songs come from my experiences . Drugs, jail, women. That makes for some good material.”

And God knows I’ve tried
To stay away from the pen
I’ll never let’em find me again

It was a time when life was the smoke cloud of impending doom that Marc mentions in “It Never Ends.” He started singing in church when he was 5, but he didn’t take it seriously until he was 15. “It was a Teenage Angst Band,” he remembers. “Not quite metal, but I did spit up blood.”

Guitarist Jon Brown as The Riff King, and if anything defines the Six Shot Revival sound it’s Jon’s blazing hypnotic figures. The Kentucky-born guitarist (and professional luthier) has taken an unlikely path toward his band’s exercise in damnation. “My Dad is a jazz trumpet player,” he confides. “All I heard was Miles Davis growing up.” Jon got into British Metal when he was a kid: Priest, Sabbath, Zeppelin. You can guess what happened next, or maybe not: “I’m a huge fan of old country music and country guitar players. That’s where the whole Southern thing we do comes from.” (He embellishes several cuts on Greatest Hits with his standup lap steel in Hawaiian Slack Key tuning.)

As for drummer Brandon Purinton, before his Six Shot deviation, he was a classically trained pianist who played drums in the jazz band at Clayton State College. Bassist Steve Morrison is a graduate of Full Sail Recording Academy. In 2008, Steve joined the staff at Southern Tracks Studios, eventually assuming the position of Chief Engineer. How did all this academic pursuit and professional experience help produce the raunchy explosion that is Six Shot Revival? Jon: “We looked around at what’s not being done and said ‘Hey, this is what we grew up liking.’ ”

Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 was produced and engineered by Steve Morrison and Tom Tapley at Atlanta’s legendary Southern Tracks Studios. Tom and Steve have worked on albums by Mastodon, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Sugarland. Six Shot has opened for national acts Buck Cherry, HellYeah, The Damned Things, Nashville Pussy, The Gracious Few and Amercian Bang. The CD Release bash for Greatest Hits Volume 1 became an extra-special event when they were joined on a few songs by Bob Burns, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original drummer from Pronounced and Second Helping.

In 2010, they put out an EP, Rebel Music, that suggested much of what was to come. Looking to the future, Marc reveals they already have seven new ones in the works including their versions of a Robert Johnson song and an early Skynyrd track, “Mississippi Kid”. They are rumored to be working on an ambitious rock-opera called Faust, Part 3 set in a small town south of Atlanta, featuring a Foghorn Leghorn as the ghost of Goethe.

To date, in personal appearance, Six Shot has resisted the call for modern styling products, so expect perspiration to accompany their unhinged live presentation, which includes nothing that could be called a ballad. While he can’t be said to have “settled down,” Marc does own four Chihuahuas and a pit bull, who is every bit the small ones’ equal measure. Of course, the group remains locked in a battle of wits with Satan. They continue to be hounded day and night by the Man, seemingly without end. With any sense, they could start fearing God around Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, but, for the present moment, come cleanse your sins in the river of the WHISKEY FUELED APOCALYPSE that is Six Shot Revival!
Blackwater Redemption
Blackwater Redemption
Bart Lattimore
Bart Lattimore
Bart sings real pretty songs