Blount Floyd was born in southern Alabama; Andrew Nelson grew up just outside Birmingham. They carry a particular sound as a result, and they embrace the deep roots of that sound while broadening their perspective, as musicians always do. Greil Marcus once said that The Allman Brothers single handedly reclaimed rock and roll from the British, but when you dig under the surface one can find an intricate system of cross-pollination that exists in every music scene. From Muscle Shoals to Sun Studios, from The Bakersfield sound to The Eagles - artists are always recreating the root in their own style, and Great Peacock reference Son Volt, Radiohead, John Lee Hooker, and George Jones as influences. A swirling mix indeed, yet the common thread is steady.
Nelson is a craftsman - a rough hewn spill of words and music is carefully tweaked and polished to become a song, with every vowel in place. The band carries the songs with the pride and clear delivery that they deserve. It seems the subjects of the blues are always love (lost) and God - and Andrew points out that Great Peacock songs are often existential questions about life and death. The parallels between the road and life, the tension of human existence are carefully balanced in both the instrumentation and the lyrics. Andrew states, "It's just 12 notes and the human condition."
Call it rock, call it alt-country, call it the blues, or call it pop - an important element of this music is its self-reflection. While the songs transform the human condition to a positive assimilation of sounds, the lyrics speak of real life and feelings with a certain lament about the destiny of it all. This is the challenge that Great Peacock accepts with songs like "Begging To Stay" and "Hideaway." You will hear fragments of reference for a moment, from Dispatch to Ryan Adams, but the sound always comes right back to being distinctly Great Peacock. A beautiful collection of songs, Gran Pavo Real captures a band in a room, playing great songs. And that's rock and roll.