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Are you ready for swamp rock?

Where do you start with a band from north Florida? I mean, does anyone know what Florida music sounds like?With Tishamingo, which plays Monday at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge, you start with the height of its self-titled album – that is the song “Palmer March.”It’s an anthemic melody led by heavy slide guitar and backed by a military style drumbeat. Like “Amazing Grace” or the theme from “Chariots of Fire,” “Palmer March” is the type of song you’d play after a hard-fought triumph – military, athletic or otherwise – in which victory came at a price, and the magnitude of that price is just starting to set in.It’s a song for brothers walking arm-in-arm, glowing yet weary from battle. Tishamingo, if you’re reading, you need to sell this song to Hollywood. It belongs in the movies.The rest of this album belongs in the collections of anyone who loves the Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic or The Band.Two electric guitars (Cameron Williams and Jess Franklin) a bass (Stephen Spivey) and drums and percussion (Richard Proctor) give the band a straight-forward, rock ‘n’ roll sound. There’s also some blues and a bit of bluegrass.Keyboardist Jason Fuller adds accompaniment and solos on a number of tracks.The lyrics are nothing Earth-shattering, but they are pure Americana, themed around drinking and friendship.So what is north Florida music? It’s swamp rock, or back-porch rock. It’s real. It’s honest. Perhaps it relies a bit too heavily on what’s come before – the Allmans, most specificly – but it does so wholeheartedly and without flinching.

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