The Georgia Flood: Meet the Band
“Growing up in Georgia, you’re gonna be influenced by roots music,” says Brooks Mason, lead guitarist of The Georgia Flood. “It’s just in your blood… and we’re thankful for that.” Though they cut their teeth playing rock and blues, talented brothers Brooks Mason and Lane Kelly can handle any genre that comes their way. “We just feed off the crowd,” says bassist Kelly. “If they’re grooving on something, we feel it and give ‘em more. The music’s for them so why should we just play just what we like?”
The Georgia Flood is a family tradition going on 13 years now. “Brooks would play guitar and I’d play drums back when we were just 7 and 10,” says Lane. “We were the family entertainment at every reunion and birthday party.” But these brothers have moved from living room to large stages over the past seven years. Starting with the blues, they cut their teeth in the smoky clubs and biker bars refining their technique. From those early blues beginnings, you can hear the influence of artists like Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, The White Stripes, and even John Mayer in their set lists. Their songwriting style and straight-ahead rock mentality has allowed them to stretch as musicians and find many ways to connect with audiences.
Brooks and Lane grew up together in McDonough, Georgia but The Georgia Flood calls Atlanta their home now.
They have traveled the southeast playing everywhere from the Hard Rock Café to Beale Street’s Coyote Ugly to Atlanta’s famous Blind Willie’s. “We’re hitting our stride as a band now and it’s a lot of fun. We’re getting bigger and bigger gigs and opening for some well-known artists,” Brooks says. In early 2014, they teamed up with self-taught percussionist Rich Simmons, who is influenced by the soul of blues and passion of rock and roll. Who creates a full and dynamic foundation for The Georgia Flood.
In 2015, The Georgia Flood will go back into the studio to capture the sonic songs they’re currently working on to give fans of 2012’s self-titled The Georgia Flood and 2013’s EP Play It Loud more music to add to their collections. Along with recording, their touring schedule will take them all around the Southeast to play venues large and small.
And The Georgia Flood sound? Well, they’re definitely guitar-driven but beyond that… “We just love music,” says Lane. “Our influences are everything from Cream to the Black Keys to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Weezer to B.B. King and beyond.” One thing you can be sure of, these talented brothers know how to put on a high-energy show that is like no other.