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Here’s something you add to your burn book. "Mean Girls" is now a Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. The musical is up for 12 awards. (That’s so fetch!) The play features an all-star cast of mainstays and breakouts, including Grey Henson, who is nominated for the Tony for best featured actor in a musical. Henson grew up in Macon and plays Damian in the show. The actor talked with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about life on Broadway and what it’s like working with Tina Fey.

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Atlanta-based musician Angie Aparo has had a whirlwind of a music career. He got his big break when he wrote the Grammy Award-winning song “Cry” for Faith Hill. He also co-wrote songs with Tim McGraw and sang with the Zac Brown Band.

 

But after several years writing and recording music, in April 2016 Aparo's life took a sharp turn. He suffered a spontaneous carotid artery dissection.

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On this episode of “Two Way Street,” we’re reairing our conversion with Country legend, Bill Anderson.

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On today's episode of “Two Way Street,” we talk to Sugarland artist Kristian Bush. He and his musical partner, Jennifer Nettles, have been on hiatus since 2013 but recently announced that they will be getting back together for a 2018 tour. We talk to him about Sugarland’s long-anticipated reunion, but since this is a holiday show, we start by talking to Kristian about his passion for Christmas music.

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You’re listening to "Chicken Fried," the first number #1 radio single by country music star Zac Brown.

 

 

Brown was born in Atlanta on this day in 1978.

The prolific musician and his band have racked up many awards since their start in 2002.

But off-stage, one of Brown’s passion projects is a camp for children to overcome academic, social and emotional obstacles: Southern Ground Camp in Peachtree City.

 

On today’s show we talk to two singer-songwriters who are part of the rich community of musical artists who live and work in Nashville – one of the great music mecca’s of this country.

Kristian Bush is one of the most successful artists in country music, both as a songwriter and part of the duo Sugarland. But his latest venture, Troubadour, is a musical — about country music in the 1950s, and a relationship between a star and his son.

When it comes to collaboration, Bush says he's open to just about anything — "If you ask nicely." That's how he and Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer ended up connecting on the project.

Country music veteran Bill Anderson was born in Columbia, South Carolina but found his voice in Griffin and Decatur, Georgia. He graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and went on to spend the next 50 years becoming one of the most successful singer-songwriters in country music history.

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Growing up at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains, Jimmy Haney had one dream. To join the musicians he and his father heard on the radio at the Grand Ole Opry. He got his start on that road in the 1950s with an icon of Country Music, but it almost cost him his life. Haney tells his story in this piece from GPB Music and the Field Note Stenographers