Doc Holliday -  Their influences were undoubtedly bands like The Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot and The Allman Brothers, although Doc Holliday have a slightly harder edge to their music, as did Blackfoot. Their first two albums were classic examples of good old fashioned Southern rock, but their third was apparently felt to be a bit of a disappointment as they veered off into AOR (a la Journey/Styx) territory. They faded from the scene in 1983 but reformed in 1986 with an excellent album, " Danger Zone", which is certainly worthwhile looking out for. There have been a few album releases since then,all of which have been of a consistently high standard, but these releases are frustratingly too few and far between.
  

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Biography by Tom Demalon
Although they shared the stage with some of the bigger names during Southern rock's '70s heyday, Doc Holliday never quite managed to reach that level, but has managed to make a name for itself with fans of the genre. The band's origin can be traced back to 1971 when guitarist and lead singer Bruce Brookshire formed a blues band called Roundhouse with his brother. By the end of the decade, Roundhouse had gained the attention of Molly Hatchet's manager, setting into play circumstances that would see the band, now rechristened Doc Holliday, secure a deal with A&M Records in 1980. Featuring a lineup of Brookshire, guitarist Rick Skelton, keyboard player Eddie Stone, bass player John Samuelson, and drummer Herman Nixon, their self-titled debut was released the following year. They continued to cultivate an audience with the follow-up, Doc Holliday Rides Again, sharing bills with acts ranging from Black Sabbath and Loverboy to Gregg Allman and Molly Hatchet. However, working with producer Mack (Billy Squier, Queen) for their third album, Modern Medicine, proved to exacerbate tensions within the group. The resulting album, which saw the group try and incorporate early '80s rock into its sound, failed miserably, costing Doc Holliday its record deal and causing the band to split up. However, they would reunite for 1986's Danger Zone (which found them returning to their roots) and continue to record and tour throughout the '80s and into the '90s, although most of the band's focus would shift to European markets that were proving to be more receptive during this period. In 1999, their first three albums were re-released, including their first-time issuances on CD. Brookshire released a solo album, The Damascus Road, in 2001, which was a departure to an acoustic-based record that reflected his burgeoning Christian beliefs. However, as the common thread, Brookshire continued to keep Doc Holliday together and the group released A Better Road later that same year. 

 

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Doc Holliday - 1981 - Doc holliday - 3.5/5

Doc Holliday - 1983 - Modern Medicine - 1/5

Doc Holliday - 1986 - Danger Zone - 2.5/5

Doc Holliday - 1989 - Song for the Outlaw - 3.5/5

Doc Holliday - 2001 - Doc Holliday Rides Again - 4/5

Doc Holliday - 2002 - It All Comes Back to Me - 4/5

Doc Holliday - 2003 - Good Time Music - 2.5/5

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