First Time in Bristol
By Paul Kavanaugh
This has all the earmarks of a great evening. First of all, The Buddz are headlining the show. They like to say that they are bringing the true elements of Rock n Roll back to life!
The Buddz crashed their way into the rock scene in 2006. With all the elements of pure rock n roll, no live backing tracks, four vocalists, and big harmonies they have a very unique sound among other current bands. The Buddz have had the pleasure of touring with national acts along with headlining their own tours across the United States, playing legendary stages such as The Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles California and many more. The Buddz are currently recording their new full-length album with Grammy winning producer Dave Fortman. Dave has worked with many major label artists including God Smack, Slipknot, Evanescence, Simple Plan, Mudvaine, and countless others. Their latest music video for the single “Bring Me Down” featuring famed rock group Black Tide has reached over 1 million views and counting. If you haven’t heard of The Buddz yet, keep your eyes open. They’re coming for you next!
Joining them on the main stage for the first time in Bristol is Big Mister. This hard driving rock n roll band hails from Elizabethton. They self-describe themselves as a plethora of sound coming from East Tennessee, ready to bring the party and madness back into Rock n Roll. Having these two rock bands in the same place is surely a treat for all the rockers here in the Tri Cities.
As if that isn’t enough, Saturday sees another top notch show at The Brewery. Reigning from the hills of Johnson City, TN, the Aaron Jaxon Band artfully mixes the forgotten electric guitar riff with a soulful organ underscore and velvety smooth vocal twang. From high-tempo, staccato stabs of fierce, somehow gentle melodies to extended, deeply exaggerated Led Zeppelin-esque guitar solos, the Aaron Jaxon Band transcends modern country and rock, finding themselves somewhere on a dirt road near Dylan poeticism, Levon Helm country, Lynyrd Skynyrd rock and small-town church gospel. Whew! That’s quite a combination, yet these guys pull it off impeccably. Saturday night is surely another night you want to be at The Brewery!