Modern Rock seems to be going the way of the dodo. Rock stations across the U.S. are shutting their doors and other forms of music seem to be taking the center spotlight and holding it. For these reasons, rock bands that fans of the genre should know aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. Let’s take a step in the right direction to fix that.
I discovered Hurt around 6 or 7 years ago when I heard their radio hit “Ten Ton Brick” from the album “Vol. II” on WJRR in Orlando. I was immediately drawn to the passion this band poured into their music and I ran out to buy this album. After falling in love with it, I picked up the other two albums they had out, and recently picked up their fourth album “The Crux”.
I look forward to their return to Orlando as I will be the first person in line waiting to get in the doors. To borrow a line from the movie Office Space: “I celebrate their entire collection”.
2. Black Stone Cherry
Black Stone Cherry is a hard rock/southern rock band straight out of Kentucky. I had the pleasure of seeing these guys live a couple of years ago at a warm up gig in Melbourne, FL before they played the VH1 ShipRocked cruise. Since there was very little advertising for the show, I was one of about 40 people at the venue. This was literally the BEST SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN!
BSC has three albums out including their self-titled debut, Folklore and Superstition, and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, each of which has its own distinct flavor. I highly recommend starting with their self-titled first album and experiencing the evolution of their music.
Prior to Earth Day Birthday 20 in Orlando this past April, I had never heard of Aranda. These guys came out and opened this show on the main stage and absolutely killed it…About 3 or 4 songs into their set I whipped out my phone and downloaded both of their albums. My personal favorite song of theirs, partly due to the passion that Dameon Aranda poured into singing it on stage and partly due to how I relate to the lyrics is “Satisfied” from the album “Stop the World”.
These guys looked like they truly enjoyed what they were doing, and the crowd enjoyed it just as much!
Regardless of your music preferences, I encourage you to support your local bands. Show your love for these bands and more through social media, word of mouth, and by calling your local radio stations and asking for them to be played!