Georgia Playlist

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Rachael Shaner is the frontwoman for Savannah band Lulu The Giant. They performed live on our show last week during a broadcast from the Stopover Music Festival. Rachael gives us her two picks for the essential Georgia Playlist.

Lulu The Giant performs at Smith's Olde Bar on April 1 at 8 p.m.

Kayne Lanahan founded the Stopover Music Festival seven years ago. She left New York City for Savannah after a successful advertising and marketing career. Since then, she’s become a loud pulse in Georgia’s bustling music scene. We asked her to add to our ongoing series, the Georgia Playlist. She chose works by R.E.M. and Neutral Milk Hotel.

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Atlanta-based songwriter Anthony Aparo is best known as the front man for the band Culture Culture and a performer for the local collaboration ATL Collective. Anthony is featured in an upcoming GPB Music Session, and gave us two more tunes for our essential Georgia Playlist. Picks include songs by OutKast and Drivin’ n Cryin’. 

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We add a couple tunes to our essential Georgia Playlist from Atlanta performer Mike Geier. He is best known for creating Puddles, a sad clown with an incredible singing voice.

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It's time to add a few more tunes to our Georgia Playlist. The Shadowboxers started as friends at Emory University and grew into a band. The R&B group gives us their picks for the quintessential Georgia music collection. 

The Shadowboxers perform at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on December 15 at 8 p.m.

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Mike Mills is a music legend. In 1980, Mills co-founded Athens-based R.E.M. They disbanded in 2011. Today, Mills is performing with his childhood friend, violinist Robert McDuffie. The two grew up together in Macon, Georgia, and have since gone on to achieve their own unique musical fame.

 

Mike Mills and violinist Robert McDuffie will perform Mills' Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and Strings at Emory University Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. Hear more from our Georgia Playlist here.

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The Atlanta-based duo St. Beauty performs on Friday at AfroPunk festival in Atlanta. We asked its members Alex Belle and Isis Valentino to stop by our studios for a performance, and to add a couple more tunes to our Georgia Playlist.

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One of the groups performing at the Music Midtown festival is The Coathangers, a staple in Atlanta’s punk rock scene. We asked Meredith Franco and Julia Kugel, two of the band’s members, to add two songs to our Georgia Playlist. They chose works by Black Lips and Subsonics

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Atlanta rapper Killer Mike often infuses messages of social justice into his music. This past year, when he wasn't recording his next album, he spent time stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. We asked him to take a break from both by picking two of his favorite songs written or performed by another Georgian. He chose works by Goodie Mob and the Allman Brothers.

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Singer Kate Pierson has been a staple of Georgia's music scene since the early 1970s. She is a founding member of the B-52s. She has also collaborated with the likes of R.E.M., the Ramones, Iggy Pop and many others. Her first solo album was released in 2015. She adds two songs to our Georgia Playlist, a couple classics from James Brown and Little Richard.

Georgia Playlist: Speakerfoxxx

Aug 19, 2016
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Atlanta producer and DJ Christen Nilan, also known as Speakerfoxxx, adds two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. She’s the host of the radio program “Cruisin’ in the ATL,” and part of a re-launch of Red Bull Music Academy Radio. RBMA Radio is taking place at Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta this week with lectures, workshops, and live broadcasts.

We add two more songs to our essential Georgia Playlist. All submissions have to be written or performed by a Georgian. And musicians can't pick one of their own songs to go on the playlist. Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes spent years performing opera, and now they're trying to build up the opera scene in Savannah. One way they're doing that is through the Savannah Voice Festival. For the Georgia Playlist, they choose two songs by Johnny Mercer.

A legal battle over debt has left a cargo ship and its crew stranded off the coast of Tybee Island for nearly four months. U.S. marshals seized the ship when its owners foreclosed on the loan, and the crew was forced to wait out until the legal dispute was settled. The ship was sold this past week, which means the crew is one step closer to going home. We speak with attorney Todd Baiad, who represents the lenders, about the sale of the chip and what happens next to the crew. 

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Savannah blues musician Victor Wainwright adds two more songs to our Georgia playlist, a collection of the best songs from or about Georgia. Wainwright is known as the “Piana from Savannah” and won the 2016 B.B. King Entertainer Award from the Blues Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Wainwright adds two of his favorite songs to the Playlist: "Diggin' The Boogie" (1951) by Piano Red and "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell. 

The small city of Sparta, Georgia made headlines this week. A lawsuit claims Hancock County and its Board of Elections systematically questioned the registrations of nearly two hundred Sparta voters - most of whom are black. A quarter of the voters were removed from voter rolls. This electoral move would have required the pre-clearance from the federal government three years ago. But the Supreme Court struck down that provision, saying the mandate was outdated and unconstitutional.

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We add two more songs to our essential Georgia Playlist. All submissions have to be written or performed by a Georgian. And musicians can't pick one of their own songs to go on the playlist. Brock Scott and Nirvana Kelly are members of Little Tybee, an experimental, progressive folk-rock band based in Atlanta. They share tunes by Johnny Mercer and Outkast. 

The Georgia Department of Education just released its second year of Georgia Milestones test scores. While there were improvements, some students had trouble just taking the test. We talk with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Maureen Downey, who writes the “Get Schooled” blog, on what the results show and whether the tests are the best way to measure how well students are learning.

Georgia Playlist: Gwen Hughes

Jul 29, 2016
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We add two more songs to our essential Georgia Playlist. All tunes have to be written or performed by a Georgian. And musicians can't pick one of their own songs to go on the playlist. Atlanta jazz singer Gwen Hughes chooses hits from Johnny Mercer and Otis Redding. 

Outrage, protests, and more violence are just some of the expected reactions to killings at the hands of law enforcement officers caught on camera. Some therapists theorize that repeated exposure to these controversial incidents can adversely affect mental health. Anger, fear, and frustration can all take a toll on weary viewers who can’t seem to escape images of violent incidents.

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We add a couple of songs to our essential Georgia Playlist courtesy of David Barbe, director and lecturer at the University of Georgia’s music business certificate program. He selects a pair of his favorite songs, one from Athens scene pioneers Pylon and another from Atlanta's Lotus Plaza featuring Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter.

Check out  "Stop It" by Pylon and "Strangers" by Lotus Plaza.

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The new film “Swiss Army Man” tells the story of a shipwrecked man who befriends a corpse. The soundtrack was composed by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell. They're part of the Atlanta-indie rock band Manchester Orchestra and join us to add two more tunes to our Georgia Playlist.  They pick songs by  Gnarls Barkley of Atlanta and Neutral Milk Hotel of Athens.

The U.S. Supreme Court handed supporters of affirmative action a major victory on Thursday. In a 4-to-3 ruling, the justices rejected a complaint against the race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin. Georgia State University professor Tanya Washington explains what the ruling means for schools in Georgia.  And  earlier this month, a police K-9 assigned to the Cherokee County School District died from heat exhaustion. The four-year-old dog named Inca was left inside his handler's police cruiser at the end of their shift.

Georgia Playlist: Joi Gilliam

Jun 24, 2016
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Neo-soul singer Joi Gilliam has performed with some of the biggest names in music like Outkast and Goodie Mob, but her personal taste leans in a funkier direction. She adds two songs to our Georgia Playlist. 

Have a song you'd put on the Georgia Playlist? We'd love to hear about it.  Call us at 404-500-9457 or tweet at OSTtalk to nominate a tune.  

 

 

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Tim Sweetwood has been a staple of Atlanta's music scene for more than a decade. He started out as a music promoter.  Now he's a major player as the founder of the annual Atlanta music festivals known as Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats.

Producer Trevor Young caught up with Sweetwood during the Shaky Knees festival last month. We asked him to nominate two songs to our Georgia Playlist, our ever-growing, essential list of songs written or performed by Georgians. Press play to hear his picks.

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We add two more songs to our Georgia Playlist, the series where we ask people to pick tunes that best represent The Peach State. Andrew Shepard of the Athens-based band Roadkill Ghost Choir picks out songs by Neutral Milk Hotel and Thayer Sarrano.

Georgia Playlist: Chandra Currelley

May 27, 2016
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The Atlanta Jazz Festival takes over Piedmont Park through Sunday, and that gives us the perfect excuse to add a couple more tunes to the Georgia Playlist. This special edition of the Georgia Playlist features an artist who will perform at the festival. Atlanta jazz singer Chandra Currelley shares songs by Jean Carne and James Brown.

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Baroness is a heavy metal band from Savannah. They'll play the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this Friday. Lead singer John Dyer Baizley picks two songs that best represent the Peach State for our essential Georgia Playlist. He chooses tracks from Kylesa and Neutral Milk Hotel. 

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Georgia pastor and singer Canton Jones appears on the Oxygen TV reality series, Preachers of Atlanta. Jones added two more songs to our Georgia Playlist. He chose songs by Ray Charles and Usher.

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We add another pair of songs to our essential Georgia Playlist. Jason Rodgers, conductor of the all-black group ‘Orchestra Noir," joins the show to share two of his favorite Georgia tunes from Ray Charles and James Brown. 

Enjoy this live version of Ray Charles' "Unchain My Heart"

Also, check out James Brown performing "Please, Please, Please" live on the TAMI show

Georgia Playlist: Musician Chuck Leavell

Mar 28, 2016
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Last week's trip to Cuba was historic for Barack Obama.  He's the first American president to visit the country in almost a hundred years, and another American racked up a first in Cuba over the weekend.  Georgia musician Chuck Leavell performed with the Rolling Stones in Havana on Friday.

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