Around the same period another german southern rock project started really quick and was also really quick gone again. The Street Survivors from Niederrhein did not only give us the ugliest CD cover of all times (a dead man's leg with identification card hanging from the toe…no comment), but personally they could not convince me with their CD 'Southern rock will never die'. Although the CD contains many self written compositions, the singer is decent and the guitars sound clear, there is not a single outstanding moment on the cd.
And absolutely predictable, every song is a copy of Skynyrd and Co, mediocre and an 80ties sounding production, no, this didn't do the trick with me. Especially the ballads can easily be skipped by any rock fan. But one should not omit the fact that the Sreet Survivors when they were on stage, gave a hell of of good show, and that after all the CD was only their debut and that some of the songs certainly had some drive to them. Who knows what this band may have had achieved if they had had more perseverance. Their cd has become a real collector's item.
General Lee here, Street Survivors there, but in the meantime a band had formed which set the standard for 15 years in Germany and Europe : LIZARD. Georg Bayer (big Allman Brothers fan and 'brother' of Doc Holliday's Bruce Brookshire, who also produced their first CD) is the leader and the motor of the band. He led the band in the early 90ties through all the depths of the German rock depression, fought back, never gave up although the band started at the very moment the overwhelming grunge conquered the world and the band could not cash in what they had earned. Rock and roll is often unfair.
No single debut from a german band since the debut of Creepy Lane, has impressed me so much as "Rock 'n roll refugees" from 1991. Lizard started off without cliches and without stolen puzzle pieces form their musical examples. This was rock music, that could be considered southern rock, and could be part of any "classic" rock event. It was not without reason that Lizard was the support act for non southern rock bands such as the Kinks, Golden Earring, Manfred Mann"s Earth Band or Wishbone Ash.
My first live experience was during the joint Rickey Medlocke's Blackfoot/Doc Holliday tour. And it was obvious : this band was better than everything else in Germany - The point was that the band persevered. And than suddenly it happened: the band broke up and Georg Bayer was left over with a couple of songs for the upcoming album.
Real brothers however help each other out and out of this difficult situation probably the biggest german All Star Project without the big industry's help was born. Some of the finest musicians were part of the line up : apart from Bruce Brookshire and his Doc Holliday brothers in arms "Bud" Ford (bass), "Cadillac" Lastinger (drums) and John Turner Samuelson (guitar), also Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden (ex-whitesnake & Company of wolves, now M3), Rob Walker (Stillwater), Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special) and lots of other famous names from the german and american scene were present on the CD. The result were 14 songs, that because of lack of time and money, were not perfectly produced. Moreover in the 90ties Bruce Brookshire had a very personal idea about sound, but the production was at its best moments far out the best production of a german singer. (my all time favourites 'Bring me some water', 'Josephine', 'she drives me crazy', 'Macon, Georgia', 'hold me now', which unfortunately doesn't show up anymore in the live set)
Of course, the record label, Long Island Records, went bankrupt, of course the cd didn't sell the number of copies it merited, of course we never got to see this line up on stage…
Source: Southern Rock In Germany
Bass Guitar – Wolfgang Gottstein
Drums, Percussion, Percussion – Guido Evert
Keyboards – Günther Sanders
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Christian Michels
Layout – Andreas Feldmann (2)
Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Banjo – Harry Nies
Producer – Peter Weigel
Slide Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Jürgen Zabel
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