Music

Macon rapper Floco Torres has released something like 20 releases  and says he may have 600 unreleased songs lurking on hard drives. He's primed to release a batch of songs this Summer on what he's calling the Porsche EP. In this Field Session, listen to the track '87 911 off the upcoming release plus the song Freedom off of last Summer's Vinsanity release. Recorded at the Cannonball House in Macon, Ga.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Linda Chen/GPB

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.

Grant Blankenship / GPB

Billy Joe Shaver might not be the household name that other country musicians of his generation are. The Texas native who still calls Waco home used to run with Willie and threatened Waylon to make good on a promise to record his songs. But before that he was just a laborer and a cowboy who had to lose three fingers before making a deal with God to do what he was supposed to do: write songs. From the Capitol Theatre in Macon. 

Four Tet, Frankie Cosmos, New Move and More

Jun 7, 2016

Four Tet celebrates 1,000,000 listeners by releasing a track with one of the longest names we’ve ever heard, plus a #ThrowbackTrack from Dukes of the Stratosphere, and a farewell to Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete

Track list

Atlanta Jazz Fest Celebrates 39th Anniversary In Style

May 30, 2016
Rachel McKenzie / GPB

This Memorial Day weekend marked the 39th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Since 1977 the festival has presented some of the best and most influential artists in the genre. Located in Piedmont Park, the festival welcomed approximately 150,000 people over the course of three days. Acts like Theo Croker, Jamison Ross, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Benny Golson and Gregory Porter performed across three stages.

Georgia Playlist: Chandra Currelley

May 27, 2016
Chandra Currelley

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.

Grant Blankenship / GPB

Ashley Pointer says with her violin, she can pretty much do anything the human voice can do. 

Ironically, she says it wasn't her decision to pick up her bow. But today, as the first violinist to be accepted into the competitive Grammy Camp summer program, she is glad it happened. 

Grant Blankenship / GPB

Before his album of duets with Carla Thomas, before "Dock of the Bay," even before wowing the crowd at the Monterey Pop Festival, Otis Redding was in a band not as the front man, but mostly because he could drive.

That band was Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers, a staple of the Macon music scene in the early days of rock and roll. And yes, guitar ace Jenkins couldn't drive, but he also  had the foresight to give Redding the microphone. The partnership led to one of Redding's first singles, the rocker "Shout Bama Lama."

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Bassist Jane Little of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra died Sunday. Little collapsed during a performance and was rushed to the hospital. She died shortly after.

 

In a statement posted on the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Facebook, the group mourned Little's passing. "We are deeply saddened to report that bassist Jane Little passed away earlier this evening. She was a gem, a firecracker, and a pioneer for women in American symphony orchestras, and will be sorely missed."

youtube.com

William Bell is one of Georgia’s most venerable musical performers, recording and touring throughout the Southeast during his decades-long career. His musical stylings have inspired many artists after him, but the veteran soul singer still isn’t done adding more pages to his personal story. Bell will unveil a new album, "This Is Where I Live," next month.

We sit down with Bell to talk about his life and work and what he thinks about the state of music in the South.

Check out one of William Bell's songs, "Happy."

Linda Chen/GPB News

Huey Lewis and the News had a formula in mind when they self-produced their 1983 benchmark album, "Sports." 

“It was a radio world back then… so we aimed every one of those tunes at radio because we knew we needed a hit,” Lewis said. “Now when I listen to it, it sounds exactly like what it was: a collection of singles.” 

Linda Chen/GPB News

**Check out @OSTtalk on Instagram and Twitter for live coverage of the day's events**

Julien Baker

The first Sunday musician was easily the most emotionally dense. Julien Baker, who we interviewed with "On Second Thought," gave an utterly gut-wrenching performance. Given the somber nature of her writing style and character, it was to be expected. But man, when you hear her voice in full force, it is something else entirely.

Linda Chen/GPB News

**Check out @OSTtalk on Instagram and Twitter for live coverage of the day's events**

Silversun Pickups

I feel really terrible for the Silversun Pickups. Once upon a time, they were the second coming of alt-rock groups like The Smashing Pumpkins. They’ve been out of the fray for too long it seems, based on their weak and unsure turnout Saturday evening.

Linda Chen/GPB News

**Check out @OSTtalk on Instagram and Twitter for live coverage of the day's events**

Saturday has begun, and as I had predicted yesterday, it is packed. While it was easy to navigate without bumping elbows every ten seconds yesterday, today is a different story. If you’re coming out today, be sure to bring your sidling skills.

Shakey Graves

Linda Chen/GPB News

**Check out @OSTtalk on Instagram and Twitter for live coverage of the day's events** 

Shaky Knees is officially underway, and the Friday lineup is killing it. Sure, it’s hot and there’s a lot to see, but you tend to forget about the overwhelming nature of music festivals a few bands in.

Julien Baker

One of the featured performers at this weekend’s Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta is 20-year-old singer-songwriter Julien Baker. The Tennessee native’s melodies are admittedly melancholy, but Baker says there is joy to be found in her music as well.  She talks about the stardom that’s been creeping up on her and how her Southern roots influence her style.  

Wikimedia Commons

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. 

Courtesy of the artist

In "Tell Me," the neon-charged fourth track on Corinne Bailey Rae's inspiring third album The Heart Speaks In Whispers, the British-born singer-songwriter sets her sights on a new generation. "This is for the dreamers," Rae wails over a two-step beat as her friends and collaborators Paris and Amber Strother shout support behind her.

The names James Brown and Apollo Theater have practically become synonymous; it's hard to think of one without the other. Beginning in 1963, Brown released three albums recorded there. But there was a fourth — recordings from Sept. 13 and 14, 1972 — that has been buried ever since. Now, Get Down with James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4 is finally out on vinyl, with a CD to follow this summer.

In this episode of Just Off The Radar, Joe Silva takes time to remember Ross Shapiro, one of the founding members of Athens band The Glands. Also, new music from Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann and a trip to the rhythmic otherworld of Flying Lotus. 

Track Listing:

Flickr/Creative Commons/DigBoston

    

On this edition of Diggin' the Field with the Field Note Stenographers we talk about the renaissance of an all ages venue in Macon, get a first look at some of the artists on the bill for the Bragg Jam Festival coming later in the Summer and listen to some tracks from our Field Sessions live performance series.  

Needle drops at....

:47- Frankie Cosmos: On The Lips

Canton Jones

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.

The Scandinavian duo My bubba started singing together after Bubba Tomasdottír answered an ad to rent a room in My Larsdotter's apartment. The name of their band is taken from an anglicized pronunciation of the two singers' first names. And while Larsdotter is from Sweden and Tomasdottír is from Iceland, their music has the sound of something born in America — a blend of old country, blues and bluegrass. Click through for an interview with the duo with NPR's Scott Simon.

Christie Clancy / Penn State

  

Probably no other region of the country has been sung about as much as the South. Results, as they say, have varied. Some songs, and songwriters, stand out however.

Rosanne Cash is a good example. Her 2014 album The River and the Thread traces the veins of the Southern experience through its many sounds and through the imagined voices of its people. It casts an image of beauty and of pain.

jasonikeemrodgers.com

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

Brett Harris can simply write a song. Each one is a pop gem, a full but never baroque combination of his capable tenor and finger picked guitar. Our friends at the Field Note Stenographers have spent some time with Harris' new album "Up In The Air" and have this full length review.

Grant Blankenship / GPB

In Athens in the 1980s, they formed one corner of a holy trinity: R.E.M, B-52s and...Pylon. Though they broke up, for the first time, in 1983, Pylon's itchy, dancey influence can still be felt around the world of what we now call indie rock.

Pages