THE GEORGIA THUNDERBOLTS hail from the sleepy towns of Rome and Taylorsville, Georgia, where magnolias, cotton and peaches grow. Moonshine flows through the area like the Coosa, Oostanaula and Etowah rivers that wind through the "7 hills" and meet in the once riverboat shipping mecca of the south. A perfect scenario for young boys to dream and create their own unique style of music surrounded by the same environment that spawned Georgia greats James Brown, Otis Redding, and the Allman Brothers band.
THE GEORGIA THUNDERBOLTS origin's traces back to 2014. Bristol Perry, the drummer, who's heavily influenced by greats like Bonham of
Led Zeppelin and John Fred Young of Black Stone Cherry met lead guitarist Riley Couzzourt, who is influenced by Duane Allman, Dickie Betts,
Gary Rossington and many other classic and modern rock guitarists. After football practice one afternoon at Armuchee High School, the two decided they had the calling to start a band. Shortly after they recruited Zach Everett, bass, keyboards and vocals from Taylorsville who sites
Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Geezer Butler and Berry Oakley as influences, the band named themselves SOH and they we're off and running.
Logan Tolbert from Taylorsville had been honing his guitar skills on southern guitarists Steve Gaines, Derek Trucks and Jerry Reed as well as Clapton and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. He was looking to join a band and went to see Riley, Bristol and Zach play. Logan brought along a friend
TJ Lyle, vocals, harp, guitar and piano, also from Taylorsville. TJ's only live performances at this point was singing in church with the exception of jumping on stage once in a bar and stealing the show with his voice. TJ liked what he felt and started singing at a local bar on open mic nights.
One fateful night in 2016, Riley, Bristol and Zach came to audition for a gig at a bar in Taylorsville and heard TJ singing. They loved his voice and asked him to join their band. Needing a great second guitarist, Logan was brought on board. The line up for the next move and the engine of the Georgia Thunderbolts was complete.
THE GEORGIA THUNDERBOLTS sound and persona travels many roads. Influenced by Southern Rock, English Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Jazz,
R & B, Soul and country intermingled with modern rock styles and sensibilities create a one of a kind band and bring to mind the meaning of REAL.