FORTUNE CHILD Releases New Single, “Far”!

Jacksonville, FL based Rock band FORTUNE CHILD has released their debut single, “Far.” Featuring heavy, classic rock guitar riffs, funk basslines, and soaring vocals, “Far” is the first single off of the band’s upcoming, Kevin Elson (JOURNEYMR. BIG) produced, debut LP, Close to the Sun, due out in early March .

“It’s a fusion of what we’ve heard in the past and what we hear in our heads. An homage to the pioneers of Rock n’ Roll and also our way of bringing it into the modern age.” – FORTUNE CHILD

Click HERE to Pre-Order / Save “Far” Online!

FORTUNE CHILD Producer KEVIN ELSON with JOURNEY, Second From Right
FORTUNE CHILD with Producer KEVIN ELSON, Far Right.

Deprive a person of something, and they will surely go out and find it. In an age where Rock N’ Roll has fallen by the wayside, few have heeded the call to preserve its integrity and importance in most of the music we hear today. It’s time to put the question to rest: Rock N’ Roll is here to stay, and Fortune Child will be manning the ship.

Founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 2021, it is no secret that these lovers of good ol’ fashioned Rock were inspired by the likes of Led ZeppelinLynyrd Skynyrd, Alice in ChainsThe Black Crowes and so many more. The four-piece band plans to take the Rock N’ Roll scene by storm, and to remind the people of what truly matters: the music itself.

The band is comprised of Christian Powers on vocals, Buddy Crump on lead guitar, Melanie Jo on drums (previously of Billy Gibbons and the BFGs), and Jon Ward on bass and has quickly garnered significant support from the Southeast US Rock N’ Roll scene opening for national touring acts such as Blacktop Mojo. They will continue to do so as they leave crowds wanting more and more after each show. It’s loud, it’s dirty, and it’s down-right badass. Fortune Child is a force to be reckoned with. For 2022, the band has partnered with legendary rock producer Kevin Elson of JourneyMr. BigEurope, and Lynyrd Skynyrd to produce their full length debut album Close to the Sun, due out in early March. It’s one you won’t want to miss!

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The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band Serve Up The Concert Of The Year

Pittsburgh has lured a lot of spectacular acts this year.  It seems that the concert list is filled with cool eclectic new acts and road tested proven rockers.  Last night at Stage AE, Pittsburgh was treated to sonic experience like no other I’ve seen. The night opened with fairly new rockers to the scene, NYC’s The London Souls (see review here). Followed by heavy hitting southern blues trailblazers The Tedeschi Trucks Band and The Black Crowes.

TTB kicked off the celebration by filling the stage with an 11 piece band which included a horn section. Fronted by the husband wife team of Tedeschi and Trucks. Susan Tedeschi may have one of the most soulful and beautiful voices in the business today.  She is a relaxed performer with all the tools to wield a sweet sounding guitar to accompany her aforementioned singing.  Derek Trucks delivers the Sonny Boy Williamson slide blues style better than anybody in the business.  I guess we’ll find out when Warren Haynes takes the same stage with Government Mule September 18th.

 

“Midnight In Harlem” was beautifully performed and Susan T added a little rasp to the honey.  She continued to get better as she went on.  The crowd got amped when Trucks started a call and answer run around with the horn section. He may have even smiled as he is not one to show much emotion. It all comes from his hands and trusty Gibson SG.

Georgia’s prodigal sons, The Black Crowes came out of a puff of smoke with old staple numbers from “Shake Your Money Maker” their platinum debut record. A hard hitting “Jealous Again” and “Thick and Thin” woke the crowd up from their soft southern nap and had people scurrying back from the beer lines.  Drummer Steve Gorman drove TBC hard through the first half of the set which sounded like viral Humble Pie live at The Fillmore.

By the time they got to “Soul Singing” they were ready to let it out and take everyone on a hippy infused Dead-trip. Jackie Greene brings a stinging psychedelic flavor to TBC. He and Rich Robinson wove a groovy sound that sent Chris Robinson to new heights. His voice was masterful on this night as he danced and plodded alongside bassist Sven Pipien. There only break was an acoustic version of “She Talks To Angels” with Jackie Greene on the mandolin. The Crowes then opened the pen to a string of hits which included “Thorn In My Pride”, “Sting Me” and “Remedy”. Somewhere in the magic, keyboardist Adam MacDougall had some spectacular solos and fills that had the crowd in dance mode. The evening’s next highlight was the “Hard To Handle- Hush” medley which had the whole place spinning like a scene at a pagan festival.

The encore was a special moment.  The sound was spot on and only could be improved by being joined by Tedeschi and Trucks.  The southern blues rock all-stars crushed a cool version of Joe Tex’s “Show Me” (see vid below of the tune) with Trucks standing side by side with TBC primary songwriter Rich Robinson. Rich and Derek were having a ball trading licks and glances of approval. Susan T and Chris Robinson harmonized through chorus sections and brought the soul to new stratospheric levels.  The show closed with a blinder of a cut, “Turn On Your Lovelight” by Bob Bland where the band twisted and turned with ferocious grooves and syncopated solos.

 

The post show chatter through the parking lot was all the same. People smiling and shaking their heads in awe of the performance shared at Stage AE. The double bill of TTB and TBC prove to be one of the best of the summer. We can only hope they return.

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Rob Eldridge 

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