Macon, Georgia has a rich heritage, once home to great musicians like The Allman Brothers, Little Richard, and Otis Redding. The Douglass Theatre in Macon helped to launch the career of Redding and countless other musicians of color. In celebration of Bragg Jam, "On Second Thought" taps into that history, joined at the Douglass by local guests making strides in Macon.
The Otis Redding Foundation has been providing valuable musical training to kids in and around Middle Georgia for the last decade. Now the Foundation’s annual summer camp is expanding to a year-long charter school for the arts. We talk with Karla Redding-Andrews, Executive Director of the Otis Redding Foundation, and daughter of Otis Redding.
Otis Redding Foundation Students At The Douglass Theatre
Before the live broadcast, students of the Otis Music Camp joined us for a talent show. First we hear from Lee Combs and Sarah Hassine performing "The Chase," followed by sibling duo Aris and Artis Johnston performing a"What a Wonderful World/At Last" medley, and finally Chase Moorman performing "Thunderstorm."
Our in-house band for the day is the Cedric Burnside Project. The CBP is a collaboration between Cedric Burnside and Trenton Ayers, both hailing from the hill country of North Mississippi. Cedric provides lead vocals, as well as guitar and drums. Trenton is CBP's lead guitar player and provides backup vocals. The two come together to create a sound that is at once both traditional blues and new-school funk. We talk to Cedric about his musical lineage, and his interpretation of blues technique. The band will also perform at Bragg Jam at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 28.
And we feature an all-Maconite Breakroom panel this week. Joining us to discuss the week's news are Jessica Walden, Co-Founder of Rock Candy Tours; Charles Richardson, Editorial Page Editor for The Telegraph; Anya Silver, Author and Mercer University English Professor; and Tim Regan-Porter, Director of Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism.