Doc Holliday is from Macon, Georgia, where Southern rock began with the legendary Allman Brothers Band. The group was signed to A&M records in 1980, and shot to world-wide attention in 1981 when their debut album “DOC HOLLIDAY” entered the Billboard charts in the top 30. The band quickly began to receive the attention of the European music press. Their second album “DOC HOLLIDAY RIDES AGAIN” was a worldwide success and contains the Southern rock classic ‘Lonesome Guitar’, a hit in the tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Freebird’.
In 1983, the band released their third album. “MODERN MEDICINE” was an experiment, mixing the modern rock sounds of the 80’s with Southern rock. It was a failure.
During this whirlwind three-year period, Doc Holliday played 250 shows a year, sharing the bill with acts like Black Sabbath, Molly Hatchet, Charlie Daniels, Gregg Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Loverboy and more. The band played at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Santa Monica Civic Center in Los Angeles, and in most major cities in between.
The pace of touring and the failure of “MODERN MEDICINE” contributed to the band’s breakup in 1984, but after a breather, Doc Holliday was reformed for the 1986 European release “DANGER ZONE” on the Metal Masters label.
In 1989, the band recorded its fifth album “SONG FOR THE OUTLAW-LIVE”, now considered a “must have” classic for any Southern rock fan. During the 90’s, the band began to tour Europe extensively.
The next album “SON OF THE MORNING STAR” came out in the Fall of 1993, and the band continued to tour Europe. In 1994, “SON OF THE MORNING STAR” came out in the U.S.
In 1996, the group’s seventh CD, “LEGACY” was released to critical acclaim worldwide, but the band began to tour less and less.
In 1999 the first three LPs, “DOC HOLLIDAY”, “DOC HOLLIDAY RIDES AGAIN” and “MODERN MEDICINE,” were re-released (the first time on compact disc), and the group decided to tour Europe again. The band started the New Millenium off with a show in Berlin, at the largest New Year’s Party in the world, with 2.5 million people in attendance. The Europe 2000 Tour followed. In the Spring of 2000, the band was voted into the Gritz.net Southern Rock Hall of Fame.
In 2001 Bruce Brookshire released his first solo CD “The Damascus Road”, an album of original acoustic-based Christian music. Bruce and band members Daniel Bud Ford and Danny “Cadillac” Lastinger performed ministry shows at churches and also performed at Christian music festivals like Memphis Fest and The Cornerstone Festival outside Peoria, Illinios.
In 2001 Halycon Music reissued the classic Doc LPs “Danger Zone” and “Song For The Outlaw-Live” with digital remastering and bonus tracks added to each CD.
At the end of the year 2001, Halycon Music released the CD, “A Better Road” to wide critical acclaim. This CD marked the return of Doc Holliday to touring and regular CD releases.
The 2002 summer “A Better Road” European tour included dates in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden.
In the summer of 2003, Phoenix Records in Hamburg released a compilation called “GUNFIGHTER—The Best of the 90’s”, and in the fall the band released its 10th album, “Good Time Music” on Phoenix. Doc Holliday toured Europe in November of 2003 and also in July of 2004 in support of “Good Time Music.” The band continues to tour sporadically in Europe, but aside from charity shows, very rarely makes an appearance in the U.S.