Wed July 12, 2023

By Jeff Smithpeters


The Georgia Thunderbolts to be opening act at Marshall Tucker Band concert August 12

Marshall Tucker Band Watermelon Festival Concert The Georgia Thunderbolts
The Georgia Thunderbolts to be opening act at Marshall Tucker Band concert August 12


The Georgia Thunderbolts will be the opening act at the Marshall Tucker Band concert at the Hope Watermelon Festival!

Whether it be on the banks of the Mississippi River or deep in the heart of the English countryside, rock ‘n’ roll lives, breathes, and burns on the outskirts. Hailing from Rome, Georgia at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, The Georgia Thunderbolts rise up with a scorching signature style steeped in soulful southern swagger, blistering blues, and raw rock. Released October of 2021, the quintet's full-length debut for Mascot Records 'Can We Get A Witness' conjures a tried-and-true spirit through a fresh fire.

With a wide swath of inspirations, ranging from southern gospel and Hank Williams to Neil Young, Little Feat, Ozzy Osbourne and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band cut their teeth performing with everyone from Black Stone Cherry and The Kentucky Headhunters to Blackberry Smoke. Shortly after, they hit the iconic Barrick Recording Studio in Glasgow, Kentucky to record with producer Richard Young. The resulting EP comprises undeniable anthems steeped in anthemic riffs, wild harmonica, and pulse-pounding drums.​

“In Georgia, you hear Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, and all of the greats everywhere,” guitarists Riley and Logan add. “Rock and roll is something that comes naturally for us. We feel like we can bring it back.” The press agrees, with Classic Rock Magazine dubbing the band “your new favorite southern rock band,” and American Songwriter calling their recently released debut EP, “timeless.” “But these Thunderbolts aren’t a low-voltage knockoff of the greats who came before,” Rolling Stone adds. “Rather, they keep things fresh by committing to lean, muscular songs ... Southern rock continues to thrive in the 21st century.”

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The concert is on Saturday, August 12, at the CMC Stage inside Hope Fair Park. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Advanced general admission tickets for the concert are $20 for adults; day-of-show tickets will be $25. All children’s tickets are $10. All reserved seating tickets are $40.

Get your tickets at the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce or online at

For more information about the concert, contact the Hope Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce at 870-777-3640 or the UAHT Foundation at 870-722-8516.