Sometimes ninebullets can be work, albeit enjoyable work, but work nonetheless. Then there are times where it’s fun, where you get to write about a band you really think folks will like once they’ve had a chance to hear them. The first time I wrote about The Fox Hunt it was like that, same as the first time I wrote about Strawfoot, and I’m getting that same feeling as I sit here getting ready to tell y’all about this little unsigned band from a town in Georgia you’ve never heard of (hell, I got all sorts of family in Georgia and I’ve never heard of it) that goes by the name of Chase Fifty Six.
Chase Fifty Six, like certain other notable Georgia-based bands, has a three axe attack, featuring Kenny Mac, Brent Griggs and Chris Stalcup (who is also the singer). The outfit is rounded out by Jared Cobb on drums and Jim Vollrath on bass. Their new album, Allatoona Rising, was recorded in a shack in the Georgia woods during the summer of 2009. The album features 11 tracks of something they’re calling “Georgia Rock.” Now, honestly, I’ve never heard of the Georgia Rock until now and I’m not sure Georgia has a defined enough sound to get their own genre yet, but you know, whatever. When I told my wife about the album I explained it as such, “It’s like early Drive-By Truckers. Think pre-Southern Rock Opera minus those bad attempts at being funny that the Truckers experienced from time to time. The singer sounds sort of reminiscent of Cooley, but there’s no “Love Like This” on the album. I hope no one feels like it’s a slam to say that the songwriting here isn’t on par with Cooley’s. I mean, IMO, Cooley is one of the best songwriters I’ve had the pleasure to grow up with, watch play and witness grow. So, songwriting comparisons aside, I’d like to say that Allatoona Rising is a fantastic effort from a band worth paying attention to.