Great Peacock

Why Great Peacock? 'Because it’s GREAT!’ There’s a sense of humor that comes across right out of the gate when speaking with Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd. It’s rock and roll after all, and they want to be big, and bold, and beautiful so the name makes perfect sense.The pair began their accidental collaboration over a decade ago when they were left together with a case of beer. And while the humor is refreshing, the intent is serious - to write and perform solid songs that reflect the world from their lens. 

Blount Floyd was born in southern Alabama; Andrew Nelson grew up just outside Birmingham. They carry a particular sound as a result, and they embrace the deep roots of that sound while broadening their perspective, as musicians always do. Greil Marcus once said that The Allman Brothers single handedly reclaimed rock and roll from the British, but when you dig under the surface one can find an intricate system of cross-pollination that exists in every music scene. From Muscle Shoals to Sun Studios, from The Bakersfield sound to The Eagles - artists are always recreating the root in their own style, and Great Peacock reference Son Volt, Radiohead, John Lee Hooker, and George Jones as influences. A swirling mix indeed, yet the common thread is steady.

Andrew Nelson is a craftsman - a rough hewn spill of words and music is carefully tweaked and polished to become a song, with every vowel in place. The band carries the songs with the pride and clear delivery that they deserve.

It seems the subjects of the blues are always love (lost) and God - and Andrew points out that Great Peacock songs are often existential questions about life and death. The parallels between the road and life, the tension of human existence are carefully balanced in both the instrumentation and the lyrics. 

Andrew states it flatly  - 'It’s just 12 notes and the human condition’

Call it rock, call it alt-country, call it the blues, or call it pop - an important element of this music is its self-reflection. While the songs transform the human condition to a positive assimilation of sounds, the lyrics speak of real life and feelings with a certain lament about the destiny of it all. This is the challenge that Great Peacock accepts with songs like ‘Begging To Stay’ and ‘Hideaway’. You will hear fragments of reference for a moment, from Dispatch to Ryan Adams, but the sound always comes right back to being distinctly Great Peacock.

And so we present Gran Pavo Real, the next album from Great Peacock. Set for release on March 30, 2018.

"Together they turn conventional Americana on its head and challenge the very notion of the genre." (Cowboys & Indians)

Their notion of empathy is conveyed to listeners in a sweet three minutes and 31 seconds with a message that anyone who’s felt all sides of love can relate to. It’s gorgeously produced, as well, with beautiful, windswept instrumentation decorating an arrangement that’s sold by the sincerity with which frontman Nelson is able to evoke emotion.

— Johnathan Frahm, Pop Matters

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Andrew Nelson - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Electric Piano

Blount Floyd - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Harmonica

Nick Recio - Drums & Percussion, Acoustic Guitar

Tom Blankenship - Bass

Ralph Lofton - Organ, Piano

Dex Green - Electric Guitar, Organ, Bass

Carl Broemel - Pedal Steel Guitar

 

Produced by Dex Green

Engineered by Joe Costa

Assistant Engineered by Zack Pancoast

Mixed by Joe Costa and Dex Green

 

Tom Blankenship appears courtesy of ATO Records

Carl Broemel appears courtesy of ATO Records

 

Gran Pavo Real

Release Date: March 30, 2018