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  • Click here to download a new hi-res photo of Bohannons (photo credit: William Joseph Johnson) and Bloodroot album art

    Click here to download track-by-track quotes on the songs from Bloodroot from Marty and Matt Bohannon

    BOHANNONS TO RELEASE THEIR LATEST STUDIO ALBUM ‘BLOODROOT‘ ON APRIL 5TH, 2019 VIA CORNELIUS CHAPEL RECORDS

    From the wilds of Chattanooga spring Bohannons, one of that town’s finest rock bands of the past 20 years, a crackling, snarling beast of an outfit that lands somewhere between Ronnie Wood, Neil Young and a homemade flamethrower. Marty Bohannon’s piercing vocals ride on waves of brother Matt Bohannon’s ringing and whining guitars, driven by the whirling rush of drummer Mike Gaut and bassist Billy C. Robinson’s rhythms. – Stephen Trageser, Nashville Scene

    In 2006 the Bohannons would set out on their first American tour retracing their steps year after year and setting off in new directions all the while. What would start as archaic recording processes would eventually bring them to some of the most well-known studios in the country, from Electrical Audio in Chicago to Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA and on to Dialback Sound in Water Valley, Ms.

    Every album from 2010’s Days of Echo to 2015’s Luminary Angels is an invitation to listen and look into both the blessings and burdens of the working class south. The framework of the titles dare to encompass the best of rock, blues, country, power pop, punk and metal.

    We are excited to share with you Bloodroot our latest LP. It’s inspired by our home, family, friends, and this indelible planet. The songs are vignettes of this wild journey we are on which is never short of high nor low, and never lacking in love and spirit. – Marty Bohannon

    Bohannons’ Bloodroot will be available on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats on April 5th via Cornelius Chapel Records. Click here to pre-order.

    BLOODROOT TRACK LISTING
    01 Sleep Rock
    02 Girl In Chicago
    03 Hungover Hills
    04 Refills
    05 My Dark Roots
    06 Howler
    07 Twister Sister
    08 Cold Case
    09 Nice and Slow

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    Bohannons (credit: William Joseph Johnson)

    FOR MORE INFO ON BOHANNONS:
    http://www.thebohannons.net
    https://www.facebook.com/Bohannons

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    http://www.corneliuschapelrecords.com

    FOR MEDIA & INTERVIEW REQUESTS:
    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
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    Press release for Bohannons’ 2012 album Unaka Rising….

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    The Bohannons inhabit a musical universe that, while certainly drawing influence from all over, is firmly rooted in their Tennessee home. With their full-length debut album Unaka Rising, they are clearly taking their homegrown, handcrafted rock to a new level, and we think they’ve set the bar pretty damn high with this one. The album’s title references the Unaka province of East Tennessee and western North Carolina— “One of the finest areas in all the world,” according to singer/guitarist Marty Bohannon. The region has certainly fueled the Bohannons’ fire, providing endless stories and situations from which these songs draw. With a quiver of new material ready to follow up 2011’s stellar EP, Days of Echo, the Bohannons spent the better part of the last year tearing up the road between Chattanooga and Athens, GA where they recorded Unaka Rising at Chase Park Transduction, first with David Barbe and later Drew Vandenberg.

    The Bohannons’ Unaka Rising is out now (released July 10, 2012 through This Is American Music) in CD and Digital formats.


    THE BOHANNONS (left to right: Nick Sterchi, Marty Bohannon, Matt Bohannon, Josh Beaver) Photo credit: Jason Dunn

    “The Bohannons new album, Unaka Rising is a real scorcher. It’s an odd thing to say about a band, but their approach to music makes so much sense that it’s difficult to understand why their particular cocktail of heavy Southern rock jangle hasn’t already been done to death by someone else. A little Two Gallants, a little Black Sabbath, they’re as heavy as they are twangy. They manage their heaviness without venturing into melodrama, which is difficult for many artists that venture into darker territory. Their music begs to serve as a soundtrack to a genre of film that doesn’t currently exist—some kind of violent, stylized-but-gritty (a la Tarantino) Southern road movie patterned after the classic Western model.” – OXFORD AMERICAN

    “Are they Country? Are They Blues? Are they ’70s glam metal? Yes.” – Bryan Childs / NINE BULLETS

    FOR MORE INFO ON THE BOHANNONS:
    http://thebohannons.org
    https://www.facebook.com/Bohannons

    FOR MORE INFO ON THIS IS AMERICAN MUSIC:
    http://www.thisisamericanmusic.com/

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  • HERE’S WHAT CRITICS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT BOHANNONS:

    • “The Bohannons are one of Chattanooga’s finest exports, who make heavy rock ’n’ roll that’s equal parts Mötorhead and Neil Young, with lead guitar chops that rival both." - Stephen Trageser / NASHVILLE SCENE
    • “…. a beautiful mess of rock and roll that commands your attention.” - DIFFUSER.FM
    • “… stomps out with thick Dixie riffs and moonshine barrel drums…there’s a British Sabbath slab of beef in its guts too, mainly via singer Marty Bohannon’s snide snarl. We’re not just talking trucks and shots of whiskey here. On the album, they can get faster and looser in turns. And the recording doesn’t get bogged down in any spoilsome tricks, so it feels fresh enough. But overall, yup, this is your morning cup of fringe ‘n’ long locks rock.” – CMJ
    • [8/10 stars!] “Chattanooga, Tennessee’s the Bohannons sound like what you’d get if you blended together Crazy Horse-era Neil Young, R.E.M., Southern rock, 13th Floor Elevators psychedelia, and a little Sabbath-style metal. In short, their sound is formidable, loud, and ferocious without sacrificing clarity or intelligence. From the distorted jangle of “White Widow” to the cinematic openness of “Dias De Los Muertes” to the stomp-and-grind of “Cold Rag”, the Bohannons seem intent on making sure you’ll ponder the meaning that comes along with our mortality, but also that you’ll bang your head and sing along while you do it.” - POPMATTERS
    • [Rating 9.5/10 ] “Superb music that is in places reminiscent of Springsteen at its darkest or the brilliant shoulda-been-huge Philadelphia mob Marah, then you can do just that very nicely, thank you, but dig deeper and Bohannon’s Black Cross, Black Shield just keeps on giving.” - MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC
    • “Caught somewhere between Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Black Sabbath you have the Bohannons. The Chattanooga band dishes out tunes that are loaded with sludgy guitars, distortion and a hint of Southern soul. Their album Unaka Rising was the best damn record to come out of 2012 and from the sound of things to come 2015 is going to be a damn good year for the band.” - EXAMINER
    • “…a strong and powerful album that delivers on diversity and performances.” – THE NEWS HUB
    • "Black Cross. Black Shield is a bracing blast of post-punk guitar thunder, spiked with accents of country and blues. We dig the hell out of it." - THE BIG TAKEOVER
    • “… a monster of a record.” – FIRDAPOSTEN: NORWAY
    • “Black Cross, Black Shield is an epic guitar laden narrative that crawls from the muddy back roads to engulf listeners’ souls like the ever present kudzu that devours the Southern landscape. The band’s music is driven by the wall of vicious guitar riffs that is saturated with Southern soul as the band offers up songs about lost souls, love, life & death and people’s darkest fears. This is a record that will not only have you rocking out but it will make you think.” – EXAMINER
    • “The Bohannons are back with a killer new album” - CHATTANOOGA PULSE
    • “It’s as if Blue Cheer took some songwriting lessons from REM and maybe tripped out in the desert with Kyuss. This band can really bring a quietly intense sort of style into these excellent songs. This Chattanooga band has produced some of the freshest and finest old school rock music this side of Graveyard.” – DC ROCK LIVE
    • “… an intense hard rock album with a lot of heart and style. There is a hopefulness within with album and although the subject matter is dark and intense, Black Cross Black Shield finds that light at the end of the tunnel with breathtaking blues riffs, heroic vocal delivery and sludgy guitars reminiscent of the best seventies metal.” - LIVE AND DIE IN MUSIC
    • “Their newest release Black Cross, Black Shield doubles down on the ‘blues’ and the ‘metal’ in that recipe. It’s an ocean of a record: broad, in ceaseless motion, with depths as chilling as they are dark. The Bohannons’ sound is still unquestionably Southern, occasionally reminiscent of the Drive-By Truckers or Neil Young but most often a beast all its own.” - NINE BULLETS
    • “… a Tennessee institution.” - AMERICANA UK
    • “… a blistering sophomore long-player that incorporates elements of metal, Southern rock and punk into an effective sonic stew.” - PITTSBURGH IN TUNE
    • “… super rock ‘n roll but without all the bullshit.” - DEEP IN THE MUSIC
    • “The Bohannons’ Unaka Rising is by far one of the best albums to be released in 2012. I suggest you check it out then catch the Bohannons live, you will not be disappointed.” - Chris Martin / ATLANTA EXAMINER
    • “The Bohannons are a pedal-to-the-metal conflagration of strands including Southern boogie, grunge, classic ‘70s hard rock, punk a la the Clash, the Pogues, and Billy Bragg. Anyone who’s really into rock should check The Bohannons” - MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG
    • “The Bohannons give a heavy, Southern-tinged rock n’ roll ass-kicking on their recent album ‘Unaka Rising” –Cody Kirkland / SLUG MAGAZINE
    • “The Swinging Sounds of the Dying South: The Bohannons’ Dystopian Unaka Rising. A melange of all our favorite rocks—hard, southern, punk, garage - Unaka Rising is ten stomping tracks that deconstruct and interrogate America through The Bohannons’ loud and cracked prism. Musically, they occupy a unique space somewhere between Skynard, The Pixies, and modern southern rockers like Jason Isbell and the Drive-By Truckers. Matt Bohannon’s vocals can evoke Frank Black piped through a PA at a demonstration. Lyrically, Unaka Rising concerns itself with the conflict and paranoia of our contemporary milieu, a hodgepodge of angry ideologues and frightened people tottering on the cusp of collective horror.” – THREAT + CONSTRAINT
    • “ I cannot recommend The Bohannons’ most excellent ‘Unaka Rising’ enough, Definitely one of my favorite records of 2012.” - CAPTAIN’S DEAD
    • “Southern rock music is undergoing an interesting revolution these days. It's adding some punk attitude and a bit of grunge sound to the rock, blues, and country it has always had. The Bohannons, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, are a perfect example of what's great about this new roots rock sound on their new release, Unaka Rising. This is not music that invites you to listen passively. This is music that attacks and forces you to engage from the very first notes. The lyrics delve into the rich mines of Southern mythology and are filled with the imagery of their native region. The title of the CD refers, in fact, to the Unaka region of Tennessee. But in The Bohannon's music, that mythology and imagery is mixed with anger, paranoia, and political unease. The sound here is anything but predictable. Yes, there are blues licks and high, lonesome, twangy sounds like the best of bluegrass, but there is also violently raucous guitar, emotionally charged vocals, more than a touch of metal, and above all else, rock and roll. If you like homegrown rock that defies the norm and demands a response, you owe it to yourself to give The Bohannons a listen. You just may find out that it's exactly what you've been looking for. - SEATTLE POST INTELLEGENCER
    • “The Bohannons are a Chattanooga band that combines swamp boogie, hard blues, full-on glam rock, and punk -- and it's just as bracing and crazy as that sounds. If you've enjoyed some of the proud Southern rock varietals we've blogged about this year: The Alabama Shakes, The District Attorneys, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Patterson Hood - this is something you will want to check out.” – WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY
    • “Taking rock music and embedding it with hints of blues and country, Tennessee-based The Bohannons have created a mixture that has rarely been heard before.” - PLUG-IN MUSIC
    • "You can put whatever label you want on The Bohannons' music, the only one that really matters is, Damn Good!" – CW’S PLACE
    • Southern-fried, glam rock boogie merchants The Bohannons debut release Unaka Rising is as good a set of blues-inspired psych-groove as we’ve heard in a very long while.” - THE MAD MACKEREL: UK
    • “The bottom line is that The Bohannons’ are some good ‘ol kick a little dirt in your face rock and roll. Hot and heavy as hell. - ALAN CROSS: A JOURNAL OF MUSICAL THINGS
    • "The Bohannons new album, Unaka Rising is a real scorcher. It’s an odd thing to say about a band, but their approach to music makes so much sense that it’s difficult to understand why their particular cocktail of heavy Southern rock jangle hasn’t already been done to death by someone else. A little Two Gallants, a little Black Sabbath, they’re as heavy as they are twangy. They manage their heaviness without venturing into melodrama, which is difficult for many artists that venture into darker territory. Their music begs to serve as a soundtrack to a genre of film that doesn’t currently exist—some kind of violent, stylized-but-gritty (a la Tarantino) Southern road movie patterned after the classic Western model." - OXFORD AMERICAN
    • "Are they Country? Are They Blues? Are they '70s glam metal? Yes." - Bryan Childs / NINE BULLETS