GPB Music Presents

Dixieland jazz may not be your thing. Atlanta native Blair Crimmins is on a musical quest to change that and to revive the sounds of old America in a fresh new way.

Accompanied by his seven-piece band, affectionately called The Hookers, Blair Crimmins produces both classic tunes and original pieces that hark back to the 1920s New Orleans music and dance scene.

Blair Crimmins & The Hookers dropped their fourth studio album, "You Gotta Sell Something!," earlier this year. The ambitious record is a tour de force of quick bebop, jazzy horns, and even banjo shredding.

 

 

When she was a kid, SaVana Cameron says she loved to sing.

“But I never did voice lessons or anything like that,” she said.

She didn’t get serious until her senior year of high school when she landed a solo in the musical "Annie."

“After I did the solo that night a lot of people came up to me and said ‘You have a really pretty voice,’” she said.

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Mike Mantione said he gets to live out his teenage fantasy, right around the halfway mark of the song "Palace Estates."

“It's got the best guitar solo I've ever done,” Mantione said.

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As the name implies, Funk You draws a lot of inspiration from the great funk masters. The band hails from Augusta, Georgia, hometown of the funk legend, James Brown. 

Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band are all too happy to rock your town. For almost 10 years, the wife and husband duo has made their living as constantly touring troubadours bringing their unique songwriting and electrified banjo sound to places off the beaten path and into the nooks and crannies of the touring circuit. 

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The simplest way to describe Sequoyah Murray’s music is to say he sings.

“He sings” only starts to scratch the surface of what Atlanta native Murray does with his voice over the top of the jazz inflected grooves in his music.

Murray purposely swings his voice through its whole range from falsettos to a baritone rumble.

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Learning English is not easy.

That can be true even for immigrants to the United States who have had the benefit of the best education available in the countries where they grew up.

Now imagine you're a kid from a country torn apart by war or political unrest. You may be lucky to be literate in your first language. Taking a child like that from speaking no English to speaking the language well enough to go to high school is no mean feat. 

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Our in-house musician for the Friday broadcast of our live show from Savannah was Christopher Paul Stelling. He is performing at the Savannah Stopover Music Festival. Stelling is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, but is now based in North Carolina. His debut album, “Songs of Praise and Scorn,” was released in 2012. Since then, he’s released two more records, and was invited to perform at NPR Music for a Tiny Desk Concert.

On Second Thought is broadcasting from Savannah for the Savannah Stopover Music Festival. As the first of two house bands for the trip, listeners got to hear Savannah's own Lulu the Giant, fronted by bassist Rachael Shaner. As much jazz combo as rock band, Lulu the Giant's sound is built around Shaner's stand up bass and love of the blues. Enjoy this live session with the band, recorded at The Grey Restaurant. 

Singer-songwriter Anthony Aparo is no stranger to the Atlanta music scene. He has been on the circuit as front man of Atlanta’s retro-electronic band Culture Culture since 2013. He's a regular musician on the bill for ATL Collective, a semi-monthly collaboration of local artists in Atlanta. He was also a member of the Athens folk-pop band Mr. Mustache.

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