Otis Redding

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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.

Young Singer Finds Comfort In Opera

Jun 28, 2017
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How many sixteen year old opera singers do you know? Well, add Leah Duval to the list.

Duval is a student at Howard High School in Macon who just wrapped up her third year at the annual Otis Redding Music Camp. She may be a veteran camper, but opera is new to her.


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."    


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.

Otis Redding's Soulful Legacy

Sep 13, 2016

If Aretha Franklin is the “Queen of Soul,” Otis Redding was the king. He died in 1967 at the young age of 26, but not before recording some of the most powerful soul records that still resonate with contemporary listeners. Last weekend, Macon hosted a festival in honor of the fallen soul-singer, including musical performances from his two sons. Author Mark Ribowsky examines Redding’s legacy from his upbringing in Georgia to his untimely death.

We speak with Mark Ribowsky, author of "Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul."

Georgia Playlist: Gwen Hughes

Jul 29, 2016
Gwen Hughes

We add two more songs to our essential Georgia Playlist. All tunes have to be written or performed by a Georgian. And musicians can't pick one of their own songs to go on the playlist. Atlanta jazz singer Gwen Hughes chooses hits from Johnny Mercer and Otis Redding.