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Today’s music minute features a member of one of Georgia’s most popular bands. Coy Bowles of the Atlanta-based Zac Brown Band was born on this day in Thomaston in 1979.

Clyde Stubblefield, the funk drummer whose work with James Brown made him one of the most sampled musicians in history, died Saturday morning in Madison, Wis., his publicist confirmed. Stubblefield was 73; his publicist did not provide a cause of death.

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We go to Lovejoy, Georgia today to celebrate the birthday of Kokomo Arnold, who was born on this date in 1901. Born James Arnold, Kokomo regarded his career as a recording artist secondary to his work as a bootlegger. 

 

As we celebrate the contributions of African Americans this month, we salute a Georgia native son on his birthday: Kokomo Arnold of Lovejoy.

 

 

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One of the ways African-Americans have shared the pain and the pleasure of the black experience is through music.  

 

Black artists have been an essential part of almost every genre of music. And black songs are often catalysts for change and enhanced public awareness.

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When Uncle Tupelo splintered into two bands back in 1994, both offshoots seemed primed for more or less equal success. After all, Uncle Tupelo had always balanced two distinct singing and songwriting voices, and both were held in similarly high esteem at the time.

Police: Allman Brothers Drummer Trucks Killed Himself

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Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks killed himself in front of his wife, police reports released Wednesday show.

The 69-year-old Trucks shot himself in the head Jan. 27 at his home, the West Palm Beach police reports show.

Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, who helped form the rhythms and the drive for The Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country and jazz.

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A class at Armstrong State University in Savannah teaches students about the music of OutKast. As part of our Lessons from Left Field series, we talk with professor Regina Bradley and two of her students: Anthony Scott and Gabby Nichols.

 

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The buzz over who would perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration has garnered a huge portion of the news surrounding the ceremony. Musicians like Elton John, The Beach Boys, and 2 Chainz were reportedly asked to perform, but declined. Still, many musicians were eager to play at such an event--the final line-up includes Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down.

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This weekend, shows from folk duo Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, Austin's Greyhounds opening for Drivin' and Cryin', Decatur band Biteroots and a math rock extravaganza at the Fresh Produce Music Hall. 

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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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On this day in 1960, lead singer Michael Stipe was born in Decatur, Georgia. The group was a pioneer in the alternative rock genre, releasing fifteen albums over their thirty year career. In 2007, R.E.M. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Aaron Lee Tasjan is a songwriter.

That's worth saying because once upon a time he probably would have answered to guitar player. He is that, to be sure, but on his second album "Silver Tears," Tasjan gives the listener a collection of funny, sweet, well crafted and just a little melancholy songs. They are exercises in self examination and self reproachment delivered with a trickster's grin.

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Georgia’s role in producing award-winning musicians is well documented. This year, nominations have gone to well-known rappers Lil Yachty and 2 Chainz, country music singer Thomas Rhett and Christian artist David Crowder.

You're listening to the sultry sounds of singer Gertrude Pridgett. But she's better known as "Ma Rainey: The Mother of the Blues." She recorded over 100 cuts for Paramount Records, including this song, "Black Eye Blues." 

Gucci Mane has had a roller coaster of a career. Born Radric Davis, he grew up in his grandfather's house in a small town in Alabama. He made his name in Atlanta, over time becoming a central figure in Southern rap and a mainstay on commercial radio. But his successes were interrupted by time in jail.

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On this date in 1966, singer Chris Robinson was born in Atlanta. He's best known as the charismatic frontman of the Black Crowes and for hit songs like the 1991 hit "She Talks To Angels."  

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 This week, Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane performed for NPR Music in their Tiny Desk Concert series. His mini set list comprised of three tracks, including  this song titled "First Day Out." Today, Gucci is releasing his tenth studio album, "The Return of The East Atlanta Santa.

You could call Adia Victoria's relationship with the South a love/hate kind of thing, but that's not quite it. Her music grapples with the history and the promise of the region (and the failure to deliver on the same) without the stereotypical sentiment of a lot of Americana music. When she sings she's stuck in the South, you get the feeling she'd like to burn it down and build it anew rather than merely escape.

Hear three songs from Adia Victoria's debut record from the GPB Performance Studio. 

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Gucci Mane's smile makes you feel like there's still some good in the world. He's really earned it, and that thing is infectious.

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The Savannah-based group Twisty Cats performs this month in Atlanta. We talk with the duo behind the band: Peter Mavrogeorgis and Blake Olmstead. The married couple runs a recording studio during the day, and by night they perform what they call "electro, gotha-billy, psych-punk-pop." 

Twisty Cats performs at 529 in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 17.

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On December 8, 1956, 11-year-old  Atlanta native Brenda Lee released her first single, "I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus."

Lee was one of the top vocalists of the 1960s, singing pop and country music. But she is perhaps best remembered for another holiday classic, "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree." 

The song has endured as a holiday standard for more than 50 years. Happy holidays to Atlanta’s “Little Miss Dynamite," who is still on tour at age 71. 

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Soul-singer Otis Redding is known for a number of unforgettable tracks. But one song is considered to be his biggest hit: "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."    

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Bassist and songwriter Stanley Clarke boasts a career spanning 40 years and work on over 40 albums. The four-time Grammy Award winner was the backbone of jazz-fusion band Return To Forever in the 1970s. His most recent album “The Stanley Clarke Band: UP” was released in 2014, with a new version of his hit tune “School Days.”

Clarke is now on tour, and performs at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta Thursday at 8 p.m. He joins us for a conversation about his life and contribution to the bass technique.

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Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Andra Day comes to Georgia this weekend. Day has sung at the White House and on the BET Awards show.

She was discovered, in part, by Stevie Wonder, who appeared alongside her in an iconic Apple TV ad in 2015. Her song “Rise Up” went multi-platinum. She sets aside some time to speak with us before a performance in Boston.

Andra Day will perform at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on Saturday at 8 p.m.

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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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Cindy Wilson co-founded The B-52s in Athens, Georgia in 1976. Now she’s back on tour, premiering material from her forthcoming, full-length solo album, “Change.” She drops by the studio to chat about her life and music. You can hear music from the new album recorded live in the GPB Performance Studio in the video below. 

This month, the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest returned from a 20 year hiatus with their new album "We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service."

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and features the late rapper Phife Dawg, who passed away earlier this year.

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