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Doc Holliday - 1980 Doc Holliday

ARTIST: Doc Holliday
ALBUM: Doc Holliday
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2008, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY035


LINEUP: Bruce Brookshire - vocals, guitars * Ric Skelton - guitars, vocals * Eddie Stone - keyboards * John Samuelson - bass * Herman Nixon - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ain't No Fool * 02 Magic Midnight * 03 A Good Woman's Hard To Find * 04 Round And Round * 05 Moonshine Runner * 06 Keep On Running * 07 Never Another Night * 08 The Way You Do * 09 Somebody Help Me * 10 I'm A Rocker


One of the South's best rock bands, following on in the great tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers. These guys operate in the same territory as their contemporaries Molly Hatchet and The Outlaws, and have released a series of albums during the eighties. They've been around a while, as far back as the early seventies with their mainman being Bruce Brookshire. He spent most of his formative years in Europe due to his father being in the Air Force. Doc Holliday's early years were spent under the name Roundhouse, and they paid their dues by playing all the traditional venues and supporting artists like Ted Nugent along the way.

The Songs
This their debut album came out in 1980, and is a collection of solid southern fried rockers! There are some lighter moments too, but they really show their wares on upfront songs like the classic 'Moonshine Runner', 'I'm A Rocker' and 'Ain't No Fool'. The twin guitar attack of Brookshire and Skelton is atypical of these southern bands, that it becomes the norm rather than the exception. One of the more interesting tracks is called 'Round And Round', a barroom boogie workout similar to the awesomely unknown L.A band A La Carte (credit to John Watson). This is really good when you play it over and over.

In Summary
Though the sound is overly southern, there is enough scope for these songs to breach the commercial ranks. A&M re-released all D.H's albums during 1998 so that they're not hard to come by. Their third album 'Modern Medicine' from 1983 is by far their most AOR commercial offering, but to these ears, the change in direction didn't really work. Their southern efforts are by far the superior releases.

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