Georgia Playlist: Mike Mills of R.E.M.

Oct 28, 2016
Maryann Bates

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.


A few years ago, St. Paul and the Broken Bones stormed onto the Soul Revival scene from their home in Alabama. 

The sound grabbed you clearly, but the thing that held it all together was the energy and showmanship of lead singer Paul Janeway.

In this short video, hear Janeway talk about how this started for him, with his love of Georgia's own Otis Redding.


In music, we can escape the cruelties of the world or face them.

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The AfroPunk music festival draws thousands to Brooklyn every summer. The celebration of innovation in the music and fashion world began in 2005, and has morphed into an international celebration  with AfroPunk festivals in London and Paris. This year, it made its debut in Atlanta with AfroPunk's Carnival of Consciousness. On Second Thought producer Sean Powers documented the second night of the festival.

St. Beauty

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.

Shelby Gordon

The Afropunk Festival draws thousands to Brooklyn every summer. It's a celebration of innovation in the music and fashion world.  AfroPunk has expanded its presence to other international hubs around the world, and this weekend the festival makes its debut in Atlanta.  Afropunk's Carnival of Consciousness begins Friday.  Two of the headliners performing are Alex Belle and Isis Valentino of the Atlanta-based duo, St. Beauty.


Since hip-hop first got its start in 1973, two cities were the main players in driving its style and sound.

On the East Coast there was New York, and on the West Coast there was L.A.

Atlanta is now home to many of hip-hop’s current and former stars, making it the “third coast” in A3C’s “All Three Coasts” moniker.

As the East Coast-West Coast rivalry came to a head in 1995, a duo from Atlanta named OutKast managed to win Best New Rap Group at the Source Awards.

While the New York-heavy crowd booed, Andre 3000 grabbed the award and took the audience to task. 

Thirty thousand people are expected to attend the 2016 A3C hip hop festival and conference Oct. 5-9 in Atlanta.

One of the industry's most prominent women executives is Atlanta native Shanti Das.

Das launched her career in the early 1990’s with Atlanta-based LaFace Records promoting local artists including OutKast, Goodie Mob, Usher, and TLC.

A3C: 5 Georgia Artists To Know

Oct 7, 2016

OG Maco

OG Maco is perhaps best known for his 2014 debut single "U Guessed It" which went viral and peaked at number 90 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He is signed to Quality Control, which is managed by Coach K, the former manager of both Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. He was also chosen as part of XXL magazine's "2015 Freshman Class."

Susto is a disease of the soul that has its origin in Mexico. Think of it as a kind of soul death. Sufferers are said to be walking shells of their former selves. But the good news is it can be cured.

1. Can you guess which Atlanta artist has the most Rap Grammys? Although both Ludacris and T.I. are tied at three awards, OutKast is currently leading the pack with four. The early 2000s were big for Andre 3000 and Big Boi.

A3C: You Can Find Me In The A!

Oct 3, 2016
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Atlanta rappers are never hesitant to shout out their neighborhoods and favorite spots around town. Write what you know, "rep where ya stay."


Some of the biggest names hip-hop will perform at this week's A3C Festival and Conference in Atlanta.  But this event isn't just about music.  Also on the agenda: discussions about mental health and moving civil rights protests beyond social media. Two women will lead the dialogue.  Dina Marto is owner and founder of Twelve Music Studios and Ashley Reid is founder the social justice group "The People Assembly." 

Southern music is hot right now. From Americana to hip hop, there are plenty of artists seeking to hang their sound on the hook of some piece of the Southern musical tradition. Meanwhile, there are other artists who have unmistakably carved out a piece of Southern sonic soil for themselves, even if unintentionally. Athens band New Madrid could fall into this second category.

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The Grotto in Macon is one of those places that every teenager thinks is their own little secret. That is to say it isn't a secret at all, but it is very special. Built in the early 20th Century by Jesuit seminarians from the nearby St. Stanislaus College, it was the heart of a wooded getaway for the local Catholic community.

The state of Georgia has declared 2016 the Year of Georgia Music. Each month will be a celebration of people who make the state’s soundtrack come alive. Today, we feature two Georgia songwriters. Michelle Malone was born and raised in Atlanta and comes from a family of performers. Randall Bramblett was born in Jesup, Georgia and now lives in Athens.

We speak with the pair about what inspires their work and what being a singer-songwriter means to them. 

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Thousands of people packed Piedmont Park this past weekend for a slightly-wet Music Midtown.

The lineup this year catered to a much younger demographic and saw throngs of youthful, smiling faces ready to support their favorite artists.


We went to the festival and talked to some of the more unique attendees.




Music Midtown: Sunday

Sep 18, 2016
Stephen Fowler/GPB News

Welcome to Sunday at Music Midtown! It is rainy and potentially disastrous for that reason, but there's a whole lot of good music to hear today. Here's what we hace for you: 

*Coverage of Sunday was stifled by weather concerns which caused a mass evacuation in the late afternoon*