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Photos From Music Midtown '17: Sunday

Sep 18, 2017
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Music Midtown is a wrap! Headliners included Haim, Mumford & Sons, and Young The Giant. See the last day of bands in the slideshow above.

Photos From Music Midtown '17: Saturday

Sep 17, 2017
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The annual Music Midtown festival returns to Piedmont Park in Atlanta this weekend. Saturday was packed with big names like Bruno Mars, Blink 182, and Weezer. Our photographers didn't miss out on a minute of it. Check out our photo recap in the slideshow above.

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Among the legendary music acts to come out of Athens in the ‘70s and '80s was the band Pylon. The group had been a local mainstay until 2009, when guitarist Randall Bewley passed away. But singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay recently revived the band into the newly formed Pylon Reenactment Society. They have a new EP, called “Part Time Punks Session,” coming out this fall.

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Today's Music Minute highlights a middle Georgia blues legend who inspired a number of influential artists over the years.

You’re listening to "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell, who was born in Thomson, Georgia in 1898.

Saturday will be the 58th anniversary of his death in 1959.

Music for American films is produced almost entirely in New York or Los Angeles. But as the film industry booms in Georgia, the demand for locally sourced musicians is growing. The newly formed Peach State Orchestra looks to meet that demand by becoming the first premiere movie scoring orchestra in Georgia. We talk with founder and conductor Phillip Allen.

Macon Road To Bear Country Music Star's Name

Aug 11, 2017
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One of country music’s biggest stars now has a street named after him in Macon.  

 

Jason Aldean returned to his hometown to accept the honor after he raised $500,000 for the children's hospital at Navicent Health.

 

The Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year says growing up in Macon had an impact on his music career.

 

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We add a couple more tunes to the Georgia Playlist, our essential list of songs that best represent Georgia. Today we feature Athens-band Shehehe, who release a new album, called “Endless Summer,” this weekend [August 12]. Drummer and singer Jason Fusco brings us his picks for the Georgia Playlist, including tunes by The Glands and Illegal Drugs.

Shehehe performs at the 40 Watt in Athens this Saturday at 9 p.m.

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Country artist Lucinda Williams first achieved commercial breakthrough with her 1998 album, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” She’s won three Grammy Awards, and was named one of the greatest country artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine this year. Now, she’s on tour promoting her 12th studio album, “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” which reflects on her time living in Georgia. 

A Nashville great at the Cox Capitol Theatre, experimental pop at the Fresh Produce Music Hall a

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Wayne Kramer co-founded the Detroit band Motor City Five back in 1967. The group, better known as MC5, ultimately disbanded in 1973. But Wayne continued playing and has remained a politically vocal artist. He’ll be in Georgia this weekend performing at CBGB Athens, a benefit for homeless veterans in the state. All proceeds from that show will also go to homeless veterans.

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Today’s Music Minute features singer Edward Patten, who was born on this day in Atlanta in 1939.

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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.

 

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We hope you heard our broadcast from the Historic Douglass Theatre. We celebrated Macon’s musical talent with a live audience. Our opening act was the current generation of that talent – teens who completed this year’s Otis Music Camp for young musicians. Listen to the highlights on this post, or see the whole performance here

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Today’s Music Minute recognizes a rapper who created one of the biggest viral sensations of all time.

On this day in 1990, DeAndre Cortez Way, better known as Soulja Boy, was born.

 

The Atlanta based rapper is best known for his 2007 hit "Crank That Soulja Boy,” which has nearly 300 million views on YouTube .

The smash hit single even earned the rapper a Grammy nomination in 2008.

Despite his early success, Soulja Boy hasn’t been able to find a hit that equaled his first big breakthrough.

Atlanta band Manchester Orchestra has been going strong since 2004, having performed at big festivals like Shaky Knees, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo. But the band reached a new peak in fame after scoring the 2016 cult film “Swiss Army Man” with Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. 

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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia Playlist from musicians playing at Bragg Jam in Macon this weekend, July 28-29. The series is produced by GPB’s Trevor Young. Today’s picks come from Vanessa Briscoe Hay, former frontwoman for the legendary Athens band Pylon.

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This Thursday, July 27, we take our show on the road to the historic Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon. This theater was an important space during the 20th century for African-American artists.

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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia Playlist from musicians playing at Bragg Jam in Macon this weekend, July 28-29. Today’s picks come from banjoist Mike Savino, also known as Tall Tall Trees. He’s performed with groups like Of Montreal and Kishi Bashi. He brings us music from Jerry Reid and R.E.M.

Tall Tall Trees' Bragg Jam performance will be at the Bearfoot Beer Garden this Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

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.

Courtney McDermott

Athens band Five Eight has been a staple in the Georgia music scene for decades. An upcoming documentary called “Weirdo: The Story of Five Eight” follows the band’s return to glory. This week, the group premieres their new double record “Songs for St. Jude." Five Eight members Mike Mantione and Sean Dunn join us from Athens.

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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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Kindercore Vinyl in Athens is bringing analog music back to Georgia. The pressing plant is the newest and only such record producer in the state, and one of fewer than 30 in the country. We talk with Kindercore president Ryan Lewis.

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Atlanta cellist Nick Ogawa, better known as ‘Takénobu," takes the cello beyond the orchestra. His latest album, “Reversal,” uses loops and percussive sounds to create thick soundscapes. We catch up with Takénobu ahead of a performance at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur tomorrow night, July 13.

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If you attend a church service in Atlanta on any given Sunday you may have heard this song: "Break Every Chain."

 

The woman behind this Billboard chart-topping song is Grammy Award winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs.  

On this day in 1981, Cobbs was born in Jesup, Georgia.

The singer, who was the most streamed gospel artist of 2016, has attracted the attention of another entertainer by the name of Onika Maraj, better known as Nicki Minaj.

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If Atlanta's Omni were a machine with a rhythm switch, it would probably just have one setting: staccato. Nearly all of the trio's songs are built around twitchy, start-stop beats that instantly get pulses rushing and nerves tingling.

Today’s Music Minute features a jazz singer and actress who spent her formative years in Georgia.

Lena Horne was born on this day in 1917. This is the theme song from her 1943 movie, "Stormy Weather."

Although she started in New York City, Horne spent much of her childhood in Fort Valley and Atlanta.

During her induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1991, she told the Telegraph that participating in a youth choir in Macon was her start in singing.

David Barbe is a legend in the Athens music scene. He runs the Chase Park Transduction recording studio, and has produced albums for Drive-By Truckers, Deerhunter, New Madrid, and many others. His new solo album, “10th of Seas,” is slated for release in August.

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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Athens singer/songwriter Thayer Sarrano. She adds some tunes from Don Chambers and Vic Chesnutt.

Thayer Sarrano performs at the Caledonia Lounge Friday at midnight as part of AthFest.

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All this week, we get additions to the essential Georgia Playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Thomas Johnson, guitarist for Athens indie group Futurebirds. He adds some tunes from Star Room Boys and Now It's Overhead.

Futurebirds perform at AthFest on the Main Stage this Friday at 9 p.m.

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All this week we get additions to the essential Georgia playlist from musicians playing at AthFest over the weekend, June 23-25. Today’s picks come from Andrew Shepard of the Athens-based band Roadkill Ghost Choir. Picks include songs by Neutral Milk Hotel and Thayer Sarrano.

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