Dorothy, joined by The Georgia Flood, recently played The Shelter in downtown Detroit in support of their latest release, 2016’s ROCKISDEAD.
Los Angeles-based rock outfit, Dorothy, comprise of Dorothy Martin (vocals), Dylan Howard (drums), DJ Black (guitar) and Gregg Cash (bass), were tabbed by Rolling Stone back in 2014 as a band everyone “needs to know.” Since then Dorothy has backed up that lofty praise with the release of their critically acclaimed debut LP, 2016’s ROCKISDEAD and an almost non-stop touring schedule.
The music industry has clearly taken notice of the musical steamroller that is Dorothy, as the band has been asked to share the stage with rock legends such Lita Ford as well as some of their current peers, including Lzzy Hale from Halestorm and The Struts.
Martin is the living and breathing embodiment of rock n’ roll. As the singer steps up onto the venue’s illuminated stage she is draped in a fur coat and a smirk that conveys both an aura of playfulness and confidence. It is clearly evident the audience is in store for a night of unadulterated musical bliss.
Possessing one of the most omnipotent voices in rock music today Martin’s oozes both gritty attitude and the type of sex appeal that almost any male or female would likely be transfixed by. Most bands that possess this type of enthralling frontwoman could easily let the singer take the reigns with the other players being content to simply share the stage with that kind of sublime talent.
Dorothy isn’t content resting on their laurels as both Cash and Black command attention in their own rights delivering both thumping bass and brilliantly fuzzy guitar riffs which each of them brings to the equation. Not to be outdone Howard’s thunderous drums provide the driving force that ultimately serves as the musical heartbeat of the band.
Dorothy shares a natural camaraderie and their off-stage connection bleeds into their live performance almost organically. The bond they share with one another is genuine, allowing the audience to connect with each of them not just musically but almost on individual personal levels.
Martin and company deliver refulgent takes on some of their own music including tracks such as “Dark Nights,” “Wicked Ones,” and a soulful rendition of “Woman”. The band ends the evening with a jaw-dropping one, two punch finale of “Bang Bang” and “Whiskey Fever.”
Dorothy is no longer a dirty little secret that their die-hard fan base can only lay claim to. Instead, the band continues to prove that the praise that’s been heaped upon them has not only been warranted but that all of us should expect them to continue to expand their ever-growing list of admirers across the planet and beyond.
Opening up the night’s musical festivities, The Georgia Flood, brought their brand of southern fried blues and rock n’ roll to the Detroit masses. The Atlanta-based four-piece is comprised of brothers Brooks Mason (guitar/vocals) and Lane Kelly (bass/backing vocals), along with Jesse Bone (drums) and Gavin Deshaw (guitar).
The Georgia Flood’s sound is a mix of blues inspired rock and pop oriented grooves which is further bolstered by some rich harmonies. Their setlist on the night features more than a handful of the popular songs from their self-financed record, People Like Ourselves. These include “Jailhouse,” “Tell Me What You Want,” and set closer “Whistle King.” The band also see fit to delight the crowd with a unique take on the Alabama Shakes hit, “Hold On.”
Although The Georgia Flood has just begun to establish their musical legacy, based on the enthusiastic response they received in Detroit it’s easy to assume that the next time the band plays to the motor city crazies it’s more than likely going to be as a headliner.
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