Teen Southern Rock Band, South Of Heaven Release Debut Album; Old Souls Young Hearts

South of Heaven cover photo courtesy of Frank Pate
South of Heaven cover photo courtesy of Frank Pate
South of Heaven cover photo courtesy of Frank Pate

South of Heaven not to be confused with the album released by Slayer is a new southern rock group comprised of four young men still in their teens. This is their first album released just last month, April 2016.

Influenced by legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pearl Jam, Molly Hatchet, and Black Berry Smoke, the group have developed their own brand, their own style and believe me it fits them well.

Gavin Powell 19, guitars/vocals, Bristol Perry 19, drum/background vocals, Riley Couzzourt 17, guitar, and Zack Everett 17, bass, make up South of Heaven. They have been performing full time for just over a year and what a year it has been.

The album was produced at Charter House studio in Hendersonville TN by Dwayne Jones and John Warren. Audio Engineer on this project is Gary Craig. Craig has worked in the music industry for over thirty years performing with major hitters in the industry. Craig also shared his expertise as studio musician on Wayne Mills last album with legendary record producer Denny Diante. Charter House Studio is a beautiful, private recording studio and cabin located in Hendersonville TN only steps away from Old Hickory Lake and Bell Cove Country Club. At an estimated 115 years old the cabin in charming and inviting. Artists can stay in the spacious private rooms while recording a new single, or even a new album. ‘Old Souls Young Hearts” has eight all original tracks. All music compositions and lyrics were written by the band.

South Of Heaven
South Of Heaven courtesy of Frank Pate

From the dream to the final product South of Heaven is sure to be on the watch list for 2016 and 2017. No wonder it’s already becoming in high demand. They are true born messengers of feel good country and rock. These young men are moving up quickly. Let’s stop beating around the bush, these guys are on fire.

Accolades for the group include winning the American Country Showcase in Birmingham AL., nominated for Artist/Group of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and Song of the Year (for Green Eyes) in the Southern Rock category for the Josie Music Awards. The Josie Music Awards are hosted by radio talk show host Josie Passantino. Since 2009 her show has featured many young up and coming independent artists in the industry. Check out the show at http://www.josieshow.com/. Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 18th for the 2016 Josie Music Awards, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville Tennessee. The group also opened for the Artimus Pyle Band in March 2016. They will be appearing in Nashville during CMA Fest at Tin Roof on Broadway, June 10th, 2016.

South of Heaven photo courtesy of Frank Pate
South of Heaven photo courtesy of Frank Pate

South of Heaven would also like to thank the lovely Geneva from the Geneva Band for lending her beautiful vocals to the song “Green Eyes” and to Gary Craig for playing keyboards. Also we must say a thanks to Lynn Owsley on pedal steel. Lynn performed with the late great Earnest Tubb.

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Sherryl is a Senior Writer and Assistant Editor with Nashville Music Guide and her blog, Lyrics N Legends has been featured since 2012. Her articles has graced the cover and have appeared as feature stories in the NMG print edition. She is also a member of WMMW, Women of Music Music of Women, a non-profit organization in support of women in the music industry. WMMW also appears here in Nashville Music Guide.

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