Tishamingo locks themselves away and emerge from exile with a new album called The Point

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 By Marisa Beahm

With their explosive rock and roll, it’s difficult to imagine that extroverted Southern rockers, Tishamingo started their music in a secluded farmhouse five years ago. But that’s exactly what they did, and recently the band isolated themselves once again to create their most powerful album to date, The Point.

The Georgia-based foursome were living in a farmhouse outside of Athens for two years when their band first got serious.  It was during this time that Tishamingo played music full-time and synced both their lives and their sound. Living communally prepared them for life on the road together: a crucial skill, since they have played over 500 live shows in the last five years.

“It was a good time to live together on a farm in the middle of nowhere, no distractions,” said band member Cameron Williams in a recent interview with The Marquee. “We did it all for the music. It took all those years of being together back at the farmhouse and on the road together to end up where we are now.”

And, the band couldn’t be prouder of their current milestone, recently releasing their third album, The Point. The album boasts Tishamingo’s electric guitar-driven rock and roll, flooded with classic rock influences, complete with strong, gritty vocals. John Kurzweg, who is known for his work with Creed, Puddle of Mudd, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters, produced The Point. Having Kurzweg as a producer was a “dream come true,” said Williams, who met Kurzweg in his home town of Tallahassee, Fla.

To write the music for The Point, Tishamingo used their tried and true method of shutting out the world. The band, which is Williams on guitar and vocals, Richard Proctor on drums, Chuck Thomas on bass and Jess Franklin on guitars, keys, organ and vocals, went to Alligator Point, Fla. to write at a secluded beach house. When it was time to record, they stayed at Kurweg’s property in Santa Fe, where they lived communally again. The group took turns cooking and sharing their meals during the two months of recording. The experience was “like going to summer camp. When we all left it was such a bummer,” Williams said. 

The “summer camp” sessions led to their most focused album yet. Accurately named The Point, the album gets to the core of Tishamingo’s style, establishing them as much more than a classic rock cover band. Beyond rock, the album contains elements of blues and folk, capturing sounds from different genres. Classic rock influences come through the music, including ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman brothers. Franklin compliments Tishamingo’s guitar and vocally driven sound on electric piano. With vocals led by Williams, whose voice is reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the band captures the necessary coarseness of Southern rock, but is diverse enough to switch to slower melodies, such as “Mitchell,” which examines spirituality. Another gem on the album is a vigorous cover of The Band’s “Chest Fever,” which is a tribute sure to make the rock legends proud.

 While Tishamingo has been characterized as a jam band, this new album sways from that label. While The Point boasts some strong guitar solos, especially in “Tennessee,” it lacks the longer noodling solos associated with the jam scene. “We don’t necessarily feel like we have to jam out every song,” Williams said.

To promote the album, Tishamingo will hit the road, familiar territory for the constantly touring group. The band, who snagged their name from a town featured in O Brother Where Art Thou, have garnered a large fan base, especially by playing larger gigs like Bonnaroo and partying on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Gimmie Three Days Cruise. “That’s all we do, is travel and play,” Williams said.

:: Tishamingo ::

::Gothic Theatre :: March 6 ::

:: Aggie Theatre :: March 7 ::

 

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