The idea behind SSBB began with a family band that goes back to the early 1900's, the Sunny South Orchestra, a brass band that played with army issued instruments. The project went dormant for the remainder of the 20th century until the brothers McIntire, Ross and Cliff, began playing with friends around Clermont, GA, including the monstrous drummer, Matt Hulsey, a close cousin of the McIntire brothers. The group bonded early over their mutual love of the blues revival of the 1960s thus giving the “Blues Band” moniker at the end of the Sunny South family band name. The final lineup came together with the addition of Nate Perdue taking over on the drums in 2017. With the indubitable family ties, SSBB became what we know them as today: a thunderous adaptation of blues-based garage rock with a tinge of 60’s popular music.
With a portfolio of fresh, original music, SSBB made for Nashville and Bomb Shelter Studios to record their debut album. With guidance from Bootin’ Billy Bennett (The Whigs, MGMT), the resulting 9 song LP is a Velcro-fuzzed, reverb-soaked rock n’ roll exploratory expedition. With songs ranging from riff-rock perfection in album opener "DBL," to the Muscle Shoals-inspired "Something ‘bout a Woman," and the soaring cover of the 1975 Bob Dylan deep cut "Meet Me in the Morning," SSBB has crafted an album that is both introspective in its subject matter and unyielding in its execution.
SSBB began by delivering electric live shows to its small, yet devoted fan base. Their presence in their hometown started spreading across the region. This led to a resounding win in the 2016 Athens Unsigned competition. They haven't let off the gas since. With an array of crowd-pleasing rock n’ roll that satisfies even the harshest of music fans, SSBB serves heaping helpings of dirty guitars, mumble-sang vocals, and a rhythm section that rivals even the finest Swiss watchmakers. SSBB is playing music that harkens back to the days of old, when music meant something other than a paycheck or self-righteous self pity, days when musicians were forging the names that we still speak of today. Much like these unforgettable effigies, SSBB is here to stay.
The band currently resides in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, playing shows all across the state. They hold tight to a road ready attitude and a solid sleep schedule.
Photographs by devoted fans and friends