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Sons-N-Britches - 'Peace Broke Out'
Review by Daniel Hoyt & Staff
“Peace Broke Out” is a Christmas folk-rock song which begins with a lone and beautiful acoustic guitar in the key of C. As the chorus arrives, the harmony vocals kick in. After the first chorus, a string or piano bass tone can be heard every now and then, in the background. The strings fully enter for the second chorus, and a complete sound is obtained as the drums enter, with a surprise, later in the song. A female harmony also adds a soulful, gospel feel towards the end of the song.
The song features Daron Meek singing lead vocals, Mike Mullis playing guitar, Steffans Hardin on bass, Cody Marlowe on keys, backing vocals provided by John Adams, Karen Augustine and Nicha Hilliard, and Stacy Brown on drums. Daron Meek on lead vocals hits a home-run with a performance that will move you the way that Cat Stevens' did with "Peace Train." His style is down-to-earth and easy to relate to as he delivers the song's poignant lyrics.
The song talks about peace breaking out into the world, rather than war. It was inspired by the Christmas Truce of 1914, which was when both sides of World War I set aside their differences for the holiday. "Peace Broke Out" features religious lines such as, “he died for every man,” and, “the savior’s born on a Christmas morn.” These lines stand to show that the power of love can overcome war. The song ultimately reminds us how, in this day and age, we can find a light to shine on our humanity.
Sons-N-Britches have a peaceful poetic style and the music shows that this band has true versatility. Like great Americana music, they know how to take a slice of history and bring the story to life through song while making the story meaningful today. Adding something new at every turn to keep the audience engaged in their tale is a genius tactic in songwriting, and it is done exceptionally well in this song. "Peace Broke Out" is ultimately a song about hope and in many ways, this is what Christmas is all about.
"Peace Broke Out" Will Air on National Indie Radio
"Peace Broke Out" will be airing on National Indie Radio (WNIR) commencing December 1st through December 31st as part of BWH Music Group’s Holiday Radio Show. WNIR features the best independent artists in the world and is part of the highly selective and nationally renowned BWH Music Group platform. The Holiday Radio Special will feature original holiday songs as well as covers by exceptional independent artists. Station information can be found at National Indie Radio’s website.
This ain't your mama's country; this ain't your daddy's blues" is not only a fitting opening for one of the band's core anthems, but a clear reflection of 40 years of friendship and musical collaboration between songwriters Mike Mullis and Darron Meek, which dates back to middle school jams in Kennesaw, GA. Over the last decade, Sons-N-Britches’ rhythm section has been led by premiere percussionist, the Reverend Stacy Brown. Rounding out the rhythm section is bassist Steffans Hardin, who joined the group in January 2019. Their second and most recent full-length album, Second Hand Smoke, was mixed by Grammy nominated engineer Mark Niemiec. Both Live Bait, Cold Beer, and Gasoline, and Second Hand Smoke received strong reviews, and have been featured on both country and rock terrestrial radio stations in, and around the Atlanta metro area. Over the years, the band has opened and shared the stage with acts such as Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Roy Clark, Mark Chestnutt, and Travis Tritt.
"Peace Broke Out" on National Indie Radio
"Peace Broke Out" is currently in rotation on National Indie Radio (WNIR) from December 1st through December 31st as part of BWH Music Group’s Holiday Radio Show. The Holiday Radio Special will feature original holiday songs as well as covers by exceptional independent artists. Station information can be found at National Indie Radio’s website.
Sons-N-Britches are releasing their third full-length studio album, Reverse, Neutral, 4WD. The album will push the boundaries from just being an “album of songs,” to painting a thought-provoking musical story of tragedy, pain, and triumph. Reverse, Neutral, 4WD features the story of a main character who experiences the trauma of war, heartache of love lost, addiction, loneliness, depression and redemption. Reverse, Neutral, 4WD is told from the perspective of a combat veteran who, after returning from the immense traumas of war, faces continuing personal trauma and challenges in his search for peace and redemption. He searches for redemption in the face of moral conflict, questioning his own spiritual beliefs, addiction, depression and PTSD.
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