Doc Holliday formed in the late 70's in Macon, Georgia. Led by vocalist/guitarist, Bruce Brookshire, the band built a solid fanbase in the southeast from relentless touring of the region. They soon came to the attention of A&M Records who eventually released their self-titled debut in 1981. The album managed to enter the Billboard Top 40 in the states and soon the band were cultivating a strong cult following in europe. When their followup, "Rides Again" was issued the following year, the band had become celebrities overseas while their career began to wane in the US. This downslide only worsened upon the release of their third effort, "Moden Medicine", which saw the band employing modern hard rock & AOR elements into their southern flavored sound. The lack of response from their stateside following prompted the band to split at the conclusion of their tour in 1984.
Within two years, a restructured lineup resurrected the name and Doc Holliday resumed where they left off, producing five more studio albums and a live album over the next eighteen years. The band continue to tour on both sides of the Atlantic to this day, with their european following intact and still growing.
"Modern Medicine" is a clever balance of Molly Hatchet and Survivor (for lack of a better comparison), with the band modernizing their sound to bring wider appeal. It's less redneck and more arena rock, though Brookshire's voice still brings its southern charm to the mix. Production flaws aside, the album is a fairly consistent batch of AOR melodic rock with just enough muscle to keep the band's edge. With an opening track like, "City Night", one can't help but hear that the band is beginning to run out of original sounding material. This track, in particular, sounds an awful lot like Foreigner's "Head Games". The majority of tracks here, though, are ripe with melodic hooks and subtle new wavey soundscapes, making this a very unique sounding southern rock album. Taken on its own merits, "Modern Medicine" is a worthy effort and deserving of a listen. More Doc Holliday material to come in the coming weeks, but for now, enjoy this nugget from the dirty south.
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