Bands on the Blackwater is a free outdoor summer concert series held Friday nights from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in downtown Milton, Florida. Pull up your boat up or bring a lawn chair and relax while listening to some great music!
Spring Series: April 13 – June 29
The Modern Eldorados were formed in 1996 as a vehicle for singer/songwriter Gretsch Lyle’s original brand of classic country music. Raised in a family of musicians, Lyles was heavily influenced by his grandparent’s generation of country greats. Growing up in rural Baldwin County, Alabama he began singing and playing guitar by the age of six and wrote his first song at sixteen. From a very early age he felt the calling to follow in the footsteps of his heroes Marty Robbins, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. In both sound and style, Gretsch Lyles is the embodiment of his musical influences.
Gretsch and his band, The Modern Eldorados have evolved a sound that taps deep into the roots of traditional country, western swing and the rockabilly style. His songs are said to read like a roadmap tracing the roots of American music. The band has also been described as a “cultural asset and a Mobile music treasure”. The band’s CD “The Rockmart Demos” have been gaining airplay on alt country and Americana stations in the U.S. and Europe. Titles such as “Let’s Have A Rendezvous”, “Tennessee Tonight” and “Coming Back Home To You” bear witness to Gretsch’s versatile singing and song writing. Gretsch’s charismatic persona has even served as inspiration for other artists. “Gretsch and the ‘Ol Silverados” is a single released from New Orleans based rock and roll band, Sweet Pea’s Revenge. Gretsch Lyles and The Modern Eldorados have spent the past fourteen years traveling America’s highways and building a vast fan base. Lyles is also featured in the forthcoming book “Faces Of The South” alongside songwriting legend Steve Earle and “The man who put Johnny Cash in black” – “Clothier to the stars”, Manuel. The band was also recently featured on PBS live concert series “Studio Amped”.
The Modern Eldorados live show is more than just a concert. It Is a musical experience dripping with history and full of excitement. With all the conviction of an old time gospel preacher, Lyles delivers his unique brand of witty southern humor. When The Modern Eldorados take the stage, class is in session for a wildly entertaining lesson in authentic American honky tonk. The band is currently in studio recording their new full length album which will be supported by a U.S. and European tour.
The Modern Eldorados are:
Tyron “Gretsch” Lyles – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, songwriter
Monte Tredway – Lead guitar, harmony vocals
Bruce Nystrom – Bass guitar, harmony vocals
Jason Bagwell – Drums, percussion
Pete Parsons – Crew Director
April 13 – Chloe Channell
April 20 – Bay Bridge Band
April 27 – Southern Breeze
May 4 – Dusty Sanderson
May 11 – The Memorys
May 18 – Modern Eldorados
May 25 – Swingtown
June 1 – Moderate Chop
June 8 – 13th Hourglass
June 15 – De’ja Vu
June 22 – Southern Fried Band
June 29 – The Blenders