Bring it Back may serve to be the swan song from Georgia rockers, Big City Sunrise, as their website greats you with a message announcing an extended hiatus so that they can “raise our children, be with our spouses, and enjoy family life for a while.” If it does prove to be the band’s final chapter, they can say they went out doing what they do best: creating good-time southern rock infused with a back porch feel.
Produced by John Keene (Widespread Panic, Indigo Girls, R.E.M), Bring it Back occasionally hints at a sound vaguely reminiscent of Widespread Panic, and that suits these Georgia boys just fine. The album moves along with bouncy upbeat groove, and guest Jeff Mosier only adds to the fun. The only misstep is the what-the-hell-were-they-thinking rap tune, “Tell Me Why it Rains,” but Big City Sunrise more than makes up for it with the rest of the album. They are at their best when they get back to their roots and play with a down-home touch as they do on “Way Down” and “Oakey Mountain Stomp”.
If this is Big City Sunrise’s final chapter, they will be sorely missed, but Bring it Back will be a great way to remember them.
Bring it Back is out now.