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JANEAN PEGASUS LSD, ELETROSHOCK, THE ‘60S AND BEYOND Originally published June 1, 2015

You’re So Macon if...

If a night out is dinner at dovetail, cocktails at the hummingbird and shots at the Bull... -lindsey holland

04 APRIL 14-28, 2017

The reason I have come to love Macon as much as I have is because of all the characters I’ve come to know here. I’ve met and been friends with all kinds of people. There are a lot of stories I’ve promised not to write about until some of them are long gone. I’ve known motorcycle stuntmen, moonshiners, judges, gangsters, bank robbers, and one guy who won a snooker tournament with a broomstick just months before he died. I’ve become friendly with a murderer who chopped her husband up into pieces, and I possess the journals of one of America’s Most Wanted criminals who got caught in Macon while he was descending into madness. I thrive on knowing these people, and getting them to talk to me is something I’m exceptionally good at. So when, photographer Ashah Smith and I decided to work together on highlighting some of these people, I was pumped. Our first stop, since Ashah is best known for her work with Beards of Macon, was at Janean Pegasus’ big old house. The first time I saw Pegasus, not unlike the first time most anyone sees Pegasus, the first thing I noticed were the long whispy hairs, braided, on her chin. I had known a bearded lady before, so my first thought wasn’t that she was too lazy to get rid of it. I knew that she was too defiant to shave. And I knew I liked her. I heard she was a Wiccan. I heard she lived in an old house her family had lived in since the ‘20s and that it was much like they left it. Most of this turned out to be true. But she did put a hot tub in that old house right in the breezeway. Life isn’t worth living without a hot tub, she told me. I happen to agree with that. I don’t have room in the paper to tell her entire story, I wish I did. But the highlights are more interesting than most will ever experience. - Brad Evans


Front man of The Bearcats, “Best New Band” 2017 in Readers’ Choice Awards

Five Helpful Tips for Local Musicians 1.) Be punctual! This is always #1 and will always be #1 on every band-tip list since the beginning of time. Why? Because it’s that important. Sound check is going to determine the quality of your band for the rest of the night, and if you don’t get one, you’ll probably sound bad. 2.) Don’t “not talk about it”. Internal band issues are a very real thing. Musicians are ego-fueled, self-deprecating maniacs, and problems arise from this. Just talk about it. Your band should be your brothers and sisters, so let the words fly. Better out than in! Talk it out and make it happen, and never let band-drama be the reason your band doesn’t succeed. 3.) Know your audience! I’m not asking you to cater your music for each specific venue or “sell out”, but knowing how to work your audience and setting is crazy important. For example, if you’re playing a dive bar, everyone’s had a few drinks, having a good time, it’s probably ok to tell a few raunchy jokes and drop some bombs. But if you’re playing ANY event where a bouncy house is available, probably should keep it as PG as possible. 4) HAVE FUN. Dudes. Ladies. Dont. Forget. To. Have. Fun. Here’s the thing: the audience probably can’t tell how many times you mess up during a gig, but they can absolutely tell when the band isn’t having a good time. Isn’t that why we all started in the first place? 5.) Practice and gig as much as possible. It’s the only way you’ll ever get any better, and that all comes with experience. Every sentence above has a specific experience I can call back on where I messed up, wasn’t on time, didn’t read my audience, forgot that I was playing music for fun, etc.


Join us for the third annual Just Tap’d Craft Beer Festival. Sample a variety of craft beers while enjoying live musical performances, food and fun for the whole family right in the center of beautiful, historic downtown Macon. Breweries from all around the country will be representing their beers, including some exclusive to this event, answering questions about the brewing process and addressing the finer points of drinking great beer.

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COMMUNITY/OUTDOORS 8th Annual Dragon Boat Races to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Georgia

COMMUNITY / OUTDOORS Cotton Avenue Pop-Up Plaza

COMMUNITY/ART 12th Annual Fired Works Exhibit & Sale

COMMUNITY/BENEFIT Boil on the Bayou; A benefit dinner for Woodfield Academy

1-4 p.m. at Sandy Beach Park on Lake Tobosofkee. Every dollar raised goes to match mentors with youth - changing their lives for the better - forever. Register your team for the 2017 Dragon Boat Races held April 22, 2017 at Sandy Beach on Lake Tobesofkee. Teams consist of 10 paddlers and 1 Drummer. Youth age 14 and older can participate. Teams can bring their tents for the day, enjoy the excercise, the team building, the sand and water in a family friendly event. Paddling, music, food, and fun! Come to cheer on the racers and enjoy an afternoon at Macon’s sandy beach.

The Cotton Ave Pop-Up Plaza will temporarily close a portion of the street to cars and open it to new possibilites for public use. We’re bringing bistro tables and chairs, oversized bean bags, adirondack chairs, live music and other activities to inspire new uses for the space for all. This is a free and family friendly event. Friday, April 21: 5:30-9:30 PM: Live music and yard games , Beer supplied by Just Tap’d Saturday, April 22: 10 am Free yoga class with Sparks Yoga. 12:00-5:00 PM: Live music and yard games, Beer supplied by Just Tap’d and available for purchase. The Cotton Ave PopUp Plaza is made possible by the Downtown Challenge Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

The 12th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale will be held April 22-30, 2017 in Macon’s beautiful Central City Park. The exhibit and sale features more than 6,000 pieces of pottery by 65 ceramic artists from Georgia and the Southeast. Fired Works began as a local pottery show and has grown to become the largest exhibit of functional and sculptural pottery in Georgia. A one-time admission fee will cost $5, but is good for re-entry throughout the week. Open daily until 6 p.m. Visit their facebook page for a schedule of guest lectures, clay and pottery classes and workshops for kids.

6 p.m. Join us at Morgan View Farm in Bolingbroke for a party benefiting Woodfield Academy. Tim Cadiere and The Washboard Road Band will entertain us with lively Cajun Style music and delicious Low Country Boil. There will also be a silent auction, cash bar, dancing, and a corn hole tournament. Tickets are $65 per person or $450.00 for a table of 8. For reservations, donations, and more information please contact the school. (478) 477-9844. Woodfield Academy empowers students with diagnosed learning differences or developmental disorders to reach their maximum potential through an individualized education approach.

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iconic novel, Tchaikovsky’s tale explores his many moods – tender, grand and melancholy. Admission $20. 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


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Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters at the Douglass Theatre Wednesday, April 19!

COMMUNITY: Light the Night Easter Egg Hunt (Tattnall Square Park) 6-9 p.m. Bring the kids for a fun night full of games, prizes, music, and fun! We will have bounce houses, face painting booths, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, and multiple giveaways! We will also have separate egg hunt times for the different age groups starting at 7. The best part? It’s all FREE! So bring your flashlights, your glow sticks, and the whole family for a night you won’t forget. COMMUNITY: “We are all Family” Festival (Smiley’s Flea Market) A setting for families from all nationalities to come together and experience family-friendly entertainment. Rides, carnival games, food, musical entertainment, performances by drill teams, dance squads and a college step show. Smiley’s Flea Market, 6717 Hawkinsville Road. Free admission; bands and individual tickets available for rides. 5-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-11 pm. Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; April 7-16. 6717 Hawkinsville Road THEATRE: “The Drowsy Chaperone” Presented by Theatre Macon Thru April 23. Winner of 5 Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not so bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Adults $25, Seniors $20 (60+), Students $15 (through age 22). Showtimes 8 p.m. with 4:30 Sunday matinee. NIGHTLIFE: Southern Comfort Burlesque (Grant’s Lounge) 8-11 p.m. Come join us for a night of singing, dancing, teasing and tassel twirling that you won’t soon forget! $15 in advance.

Saturday 15 CONCERT: Arlin Carter and Annabella ( The Ampersand Guild) 7:30 p.m. Free event! An acoustic presentation of a soulful blend of POP music! From east coast to west coast to Brazil and now living here in Macon, Arlin Carter brings a widely influenced musical talent to the audiences of his new home town, playing live at Ampersand Guild. Singer Annabella opens the performance. 503 5th St.

FIRED WORKS: Lecture Series with the Artist 1:30-2:30 p.m. “My Journey with Clay” Featured Potter & Speaker Barry Gregg will be giving a lecture on his journey as a potter. Central City Park. Free with $5 admission to Fired Works

Wednesday 19 CONCERT: Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters (Historic Douglass Theatre) Surf’s Up! Hang Ten with Billy, JD, and Teddy! The Boxmasters make a stop at the Douglass for Tea Surfing Time! Doors open at 7pm. Tickets $40/$45. 478.742.2000

Thursday 20 COMEDY: Comedian Brian Regan (The Grand Opera House) Vanity Fair called Regan, “The funniest stand-up alive”. Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2017. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Currently a regular on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Regan made 28 appearances on Late Show With David Letterman, the most of any comic in the show’s 22 years on CBS. This is clean comedy and suitable for ages 14 and up. Tickets start at $35 with $70 pit seats available. For more information, visit TheGrandMacon. com or follow all our events at facebook/theGrandOperaHouse.

Friday 21 COMMUNITY: Corks & Canvas (567 Center for Renewal) 7 p.m. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other beverage to sip on, bring a friend, and learn to create an 11 x 14 painting. No painting experience required. An artist will guide you through the steps. $28 includes all materials for the class (except the wine), and the class lasts 2 and 1/2 hours. Space is limited. To register, call (478) 2386051 or you can pay online at

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ART: Watercolor and Wine (567 Center for Renewal) 2-4:30 p.m. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or other beverage to sip on, bring a friend, and learn to create a 9 x 12 painting using watercolor. No painting experience required. Artist Heather Mclaurin will guide you through the steps. $25 includes all materials for the class (except the drinks), and the class lasts 2 and 1/2 hours. To register, call (478) 238-6051 or you can pay online at http://

COMMUNITY: Cotton Avenue Pop-Up Plaza The Cotton Ave Pop-Up Plaza will temporarily close a portion of the street to cars and open it to new possibilites for public use. We’re bringing bistro tables and chairs, oversized bean bags, adirondack chairs, live music and other activities to inspire new uses for the space for all. This is a free and family friendly event. The pop-up plaza will take place in Downtown Macon where Cotton Avenue and Second Street meet. 5:309:30 enjoy live music and yard games.

Saturday 22 ART: 12th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale April 22-30 (Central City Park) 11am-6pm. The exhibit and sale features more than 6,000 pieces of pottery by 65 ceramic artists from Georgia and the Southeast. FESTIVAL: 17th annual Bluebirds & Bluegrass Festival (Dauset Trails Nature Center) Free Admission and Parking, gates open at 9am, music starts at 11 featuring Cabin Point, Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Bluegrass, and Grassville. Also; Dulcimer Jam sessions, Outdoor Recreation Clubs, Wildlife Encounters, Demonstrations, Activities for Kids, Food and Drink on site. 360 Mt. Vernon Ch. Rd. Jackson, (770) 775-6798 COMMUNITY: Cotton Avenue Pop-Up Plaza The Cotton Ave Pop-Up Plaza will temporarily close a portion of the street to cars and open it to new possibilites for public use. We’re bringing bistro tables and chairs, oversized bean bags, adirondack chairs, live music and other activities to inspire new uses for the space for all. This is a free and family friendly event. The pop-up plaza will take place in Downtown Macon where Cotton Avenue and Second Street meet. 10am: free yoga; 12-5 pm Enjoy live music and yard games. CULTURE: The Met Opera Live in HD 12:55 p.m. Screening “Eugene Onegin” (Tchaikovsky) Presented by Douglass Theatre. Based on Pushkin’s

Tuesday 25 FIRED WORKS: Pottery Wheel Class Maybe you have taken a pottery class or two, and want to try your technique on the pottery wheel? If so, you will enjoy a Wheel Turning Workshop at the 12th Annual Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale. Professional ceramic artists will teach you how to throw your own piece of clay on the pottery wheel. This is a great way to learn new techniques and create new experiences. A group of 6 will work with our professional ceramic artists on creating a beautiful wheel thrown piece of pottery. Tickets are $50 and include drinks, materials, and finished piece. Classes are 6pm7:30pm & 7:30pm-9pm. Register on

Thursday 27 MUSIC: Mercer Jazz Ensemble Mercer Jazz Ensemble explores the music of Thad Jones, Directed by Monty Cole. Neva Langley Fickling Hall, McCorkle Music Building, Mercer University. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Friday 28 MUSIC: Mercer University Orchestra The performance begins at 7:30 pm in Neva Langley Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon Campus and admission is free and open to the public. MOVIE: Screening of “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary” (Historic Douglass Theatre) Part of a weekend celebrating Jazz Appreciation Day. Screening at 7pm. Admission is $6, which includes a soda and box of popcorn. 355 MLK Jr. Blvd. www.





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12th Annual Ceramics Exhibition & Sale

April 22-30, 2017

Round Building in Macon’s Historic Central City Park

65 Potters & 6000 Original Pieces Special Events Clay Workshops for Kids and Adults Artist Talks

Daily Admission $5 (unlimited return visits)

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Fired Works is a program of Macon Arts Alliance 10 APRIL 14-28, 2017

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Mount de Sales Academy cemented its place in the Macon music scene in 2015 with its Chastain-style concert series, Music at the Mount, which features up-and-coming artists from a broad range of genres. Nashville band The Delta Saints will launch the Academy’s third annual series on Friday, April 28 in the school’s outdoor Zuver Center amphitheater. The Delta Saints count their musical influences from a wide array of artists like Jack White, Led Zeppelin, and The Black Keys. The five-piece band pens their own music and delivers songs with plenty of roots-inspired rock-n-roll flare and bluesy undertones. The Olsons will open up for The Delta Saints. Brian and Georgia Olson, from Macon, are no strangers to the stage, whether they are starring in musicals or covering well-known hits. General Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the gate. Guests may bring picnics, blankets, and chairs (no tables); first-come, first-served seating; boxed dinners are available for purchase at $10 each with advanced tickets only. 851 Orange Street

Saturday 29 FESTIVAL/COMMUNITY: Just Tap’d Craft Beer Festival Sample a variety of craft beers while enjoying live musical performances, food and fun for the whole family. Breweries from all around the country will be representing their beers, including some exclusive to this event. Food vendors will also be available. After quenching your thirst and filling your stomach, join in on the fun by enjoying our complimentary yard games such as giant cornhole, Jenga, connect-four and more! Admission is free for all ages. Tickets for beer tastings are available for purchase by guests 21+ years of age only.

TOURS Rock Candy Tours Rock Candy Tours offers Macon music history walking tours every Friday and Saturday plus a variety of private tour opportunities. The Free Birds & Night Owls tour begins at The Rookery at 543 Cherry St. and ends at Grant’s Lounge at 576 Poplar St. where guests of the tour are allowed free entrance to the club to enjoy a drink, see Grant’s Lounge’s renowned Wall of Fame, and potentially great live music. The cost of this tour is $10.00 per person and guests are allowed to carry open containers in approved cups purchased from one of downtown Macon’s many restaurants or clubs. For reservations call 478.955.5997. MUSIC: Macon Symphony Orchestra “Symphonie Fantastique” at The Grand Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $40 adult, $20 student, $15 children; season tickets available.

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MUSIC: Stateless: A Benefit Concert for Refugees a night filled with jazz, poetry, and performance. Join us at 7:30 pm in the Fickling Hall on Mercer’s campus. Tickets are $10 and all the proceeds go to refugee resettlement efforts. During the event there will be a silent auction, art sale, and refreshments to enjoy. 1329 Adams Street

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COMMUNITY/FESTIVAL: 2017 Pan African Festival (Tubman Museum) Free event 10am-9pm. This family friendly event will feature delicious Caribbean and Soul Food options and food from all around the World for your dining pleasure. There also will be unique goods for purchase, as well as local and regional artists and artisans who will showcase their works for purchase. At center stage -- in front of the Terminal Station -- regional and local artists, musicians and performers will entertain the crowds. Saturday’s “Marketplace & Concerts on the Plaza” includes art, crafts, vendors, entertainment, food trucks and Rick James’ Stone City Band, with our concert MC, actress and comedian, Kim Coles. Enjoy family activities, storytelling, face painting, drumming classes, the

CONCERT: The Metta Quintet (Historic Douglass Theatre) Part of a weekend celebrating Jazz Appreciation Day. A New York-based jazz combo that travels nationally promoting and playing this American indigenous music. The concert begins at 5pm with an admission price of only $5. 355 MLK Jr. Blvd. 478-742-2000

May 6 FESTIVAL/COMMUNITY: Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, Thomson, GA Fantastic music line-up includes The Wood Brothers, Mingo Fishtrap, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, the Joey Landreth Trio, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and the Marcus King Band. Tickets: $30 in advance. $40 at the gate. Children 12 and under FREE. The Festival is Rain or Shine. Food trucks, local restaurants and food vendors offer a wide variety of food, from snacks to full meals. All seating is lawn seating. Bring a blanket or low-back beach chair, camera, sunscreen. Tailgate

City of Macon Van Tours Offered every weekend in March and April. From architectural masterpieces to the places that inspired musical legends, this 2-hour journey through the heart of Georgia is a can’t-miss. Contact the Downtown Macon Visitor Center to schedule your tour of Macon today. It’s more than a place on a map. It’s a vibe all its own. $25 for adults, $22 for children (12 and under), $22 for Military personnel and seniors (55+), and $22 for Macon residents. The Hay House The Hay House is one of Georgia’s most distinguished structures, an 18,000 square foot mansion built during the mid 1800s. As a museum, Hay House shares with its visitors the philosophy of historic preservation and introduces them to preservation methods and technology. Daily museum tours offered 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4. Admission $11. 478-742-8155 CULTURE CLUB Cooking classes and supper club Classes offered at Travis Jean by Chef Teddi Wohlford and Kevin McCauley. Visit for a schedule of events. 11











12 APRIL 14-28, 2017

A monthly spotlight on homelessness in Macon - Presented by Centenary Community Ministries - Written by Eric Mayle

Creation and Destruction: Robert Greenwell’s Life of Music and Addiction Whether it is criminality, addiction, mental illness, or a perceived lack of gumption, the stigmas attached to people experiencing homelessness are severe and many. The purpose of this series is to hear the stories of people living in homelessness in Macon. The hope is that their stories may enable all of us to better understand some of the barriers they face, and to begin to see these individuals through a wide-angle lens, which captures not just their struggles, but also their relationships, dreams, and gifts. There is something haunting and beautiful about Robert’s rendition of Bob’s Segar’s “Turn the Page.” As I listen to him play it for me on the slightly out-of-tune piano across the hall from my office, I sense it is somehow evocative of his own story. Robert Greenwell has battled addiction for most of his life and has been homeless off and on for the past 17 years, but there is much more to him than his addiction and experience of chronic homelessness. Robert has lived in five states, studied music at Dickinson State University in North Dakota, and is a Veteran of the National Guard where he drove tanks for two years. Driving tanks is “like riding a bicycle,” he told me. “It has a T-bar in it to maneuver it. And yes, it can do a 360, so long as you hold on one of the brakes, and turn one side of the T-bar… very, very fun to operate.” Robert has lived a hard life on the street, but the street has not hardened him. He is a kind and gentle soul; this is apparent to all who know the soft-spoken 51 year old— from the owners of Ampersand Arts where Robert likes to hang out and play the piano, to his Sunday school class at Centenary Church where I first came to know him. “He listens so deeply,” his Sunday school teacher told me. She added that, “I appreciate that he’s so thoughtful about whatever we’re talking about.” I sat down to talk to Robert early one Sunday morning before Sunday school; he is anxious about finishing the interview so he would not be late for class. I ask him what he likes about Bob Segar’s “Turn the Page.” “I’m not much for hearing words,” Robert explained. “I hear rhythm. I hear the bounce. Especially, you know, [that’s what] I like about reggae and bluegrass music. But you know bluegrass can’t really hold a candle to rock-nroll. I really believe that rock-n-roll is my favorite because it’s dancing music.” One of the major threads that run through Robert’s story is his love of music. He said he inherited it from his father, a guitarist who played in a country-western band. Robert said his father was also an alcoholic and abusive toward him, his mother, and siblings. He had little contact with his father after the age of 6 when his mother packed up Robert and his sisters and left Kentucky for Illinois, where she grew up. Not long after, difficulties arose and Robert’s mother turned him over to the state. “I was basically a ward of the state in like boys’ homes from when I was 6 until I was 16,” Robert explained. “I was in this Madden Zone Center where I was put on Ritalin. I had ADHD; I was diagnosed with that.” During his high school years, after he returned to live with his mother at age 16, Robert became increasingly focused on music. “I was always in my room playing on the guitar. I think that’s a part of me—ADHD and music. I’m very enthusiastical when it comes to guitar. I play by ear, mind you, so I learn pretty quickly; self taught when it comes to piano.” After returning to live with his mother, Robert also began experimenting with drugs. He said he initially dabbled with hallucinogens and speed. “But when cocaine had started,” he said, “it was…yikes. It was like a nightmare come true, if you will. We were starting with that snorting. So that’s pretty much been still today I still struggle with

“Being homeless isn’t that difficult. Because, it’s like, it’s somewhere…out of the rain and out of the elements. I wouldn’t call it hard. Maybe it’s something that…there’s other people who do it so I think that it’s like a way of life that you get with such a strong addiction... ROBERT GREENWELL

alcohol and crack.” After high school, Robert enrolled in the National Guard. He attended basic training at Fort Knox and was stationed in Henderson, Kentucky in a Tanker Unit. Robert states he was stationed here for two years before being honorably discharged for a medical condition. Shortly after returning from his service in the National Guard, Robert’s drug use resumed. He is unsure about where, exactly, he lived after his military discharge at age 21 until age 30 when he moved to Dickinson North Dakota. Robert’s sister owned a restaurant in Dickinson and offered him a job washing dishes and a fresh start. That is where he met his soon-to-be wife who worked at the restaurant as a server and attended Dickinson State University. She was studying to be an elementary school teacher. The two were soon engaged and married, and Robert’s wife pushed him to enroll in college where he studied music. Not long after marrying, his wife became pregnant. Robert told me the story about the day his wife went into labor. “I was an instrumental minor [in college], so I played various different instruments,” he explains. “[I] was playing a tuba and sustained a note. Everybody had to sustain a note. Everybody else had dropped out and just sat there and I was continuously stuck on this note. Everybody else had long since dropped out and then guess what happened? My piano teacher—the lady who was teaching

me about reading music and playing the piano—came in and says, ‘uh Robert (laughs)…’ She says, ‘you better go home, your wife’s in labor! (laughs)…it was when I held that note with the tuba. Is that weird or what?’” That day Robert got the baby girl he was hoping for. The couple did not finish college at Dickinson State. A couple of years later Robert moved his young family to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where another one of his sisters was living. In Tennessee Robert worked various jobs stuck with none of them for very long. He had fallen into old patterns of addiction, and his wife eventually left him and returned to North Dakota with their daughter. “I believe she got tired of the crack thing mainly,” Robert explained. “You know, because with me…yikes. I’m basically like an all or nothing kind of person and…yikes. I think it got too terrifying for her. Because it wasn’t too very nice. I still feel pretty guilty.” I am moved by Robert’s honesty with me, and himself, about his history of substance abuse and the role it played in his marriage’s falling apart. Robert does not seem to be in denial about his wrongdoings or the current state of his addiction, nor does he appear to be looking for sympathy. Eventually, Robert’s mother and sisters intervened and sent him to the recovery program Teen Challenge in Dublin, GA. He spent a little over two months there before leaving and hitchhiking to Macon in 2000 to find work in the labor pools. Robert did not have a valid ID so he could not work for professional labor pools like Labor Ready. Instead, he has gotten work for the last 17 years at the “catch-out corner.” Robert said, “the old timers call it the Buzzards’ Roost—where buzzards hang out… human buzzards. Now, mind you, this is where me and other people—across from city bus stop—sit out and look for work. It has been for many years, so I’ve heard, where people pick people up to work.” Since moving to Macon in 2000, Robert’s income has primarily come from side-work picked up at the Buzzard’s Roost. Robert told me that he, like many homeless people in Macon, stays in abandoned buildings at night. I asked him if it is difficult being homeless. “Not really,” he said. “Not that I can tell. Because, it’s like, it’s somewhere…out of the rain. Out of the rain and out of the elements. I wouldn’t call it hard. Maybe it’s something that…there’s other people who do it so I think that it’s like a way of life that you get with such a strong addiction, you know…addiction and alcoholism.” Aware of the time, Robert suggested we end the interview so he could make it to Sunday school class on time. Music and addiction are not the sum total of who Robert is. They do not capture his gentle nature, his service to his country, or his love of and meaningful participation in community, but they are significant threads that run through his story no less. They are the same threads that run through Segar’s “Turn the Page” and through the stories of many musicians, not least of all through the stories of Macon’s native sons and daughters. Perhaps it is this tragic double echo of Macon’s story and Robert’s story in his performance of “Turn the Page” that makes it so affecting. I just hope the creative force of music will one day win out over the destructive force of addiction in Robert’s life. 13


Meet Tracy Blair Choo Native Jacksonville, FL Occupation Manager, Fresh Produce Records

Tracy Choo, center, worked at Atlanta’s record store, Wax ‘N Facts, in the early ‘90s. The Little Five Points record store has been in business for over 40 years, and is the model for Fresh Produce Records.

For a music lover, there’s no experience quite as sublime as walking into an independent record store and being surrounded by the history, the potential, the treasures, and just the singular atmosphere there. Modern music technology is amazing, sure, but nothing about it could ever replace the feeling you get from spending hours flipping through record bins, marveling at cool album art and liner notes, and finding that one elusive record you’ve been looking for forever. Ask almost any musician about their formative experiences and you’ll get at least one story involving an indie record store; these are places full of possibility and inspiration, places that serve as the backbone of the local music scene in their city, places where weirdo kids learn how to be confident and unashamed in becoming who they want to be, and places where musical tastes are nurtured, challenged, and refined. Record store clerks have a surprising amount of responsibility and influence – they’re gatekeepers and tastemakers, curators and even sometimes therapists, and when you walk into Macon’s Fresh Produce Records on Second Street, you’ll usually be lucky enough to find Tracy Blair Choo, a veteran employee of some of Georgia’s most iconically cool record stores, there behind the counter. Tracy was born in Jacksonville, Florida; her family moved to Decatur when she was two years old, and she’s been a Georgia girl ever since. She spent her youth in Decatur and College Park, and got a job at a Turtle’s Records & Tapes as soon as she graduated high school, working her way up to store manager almost immediately. “It was the best job ever in my mind, because music was my heart, my love, and my hope during many different phases of my life growing up,” Tracy says. “Plus, back in those days, record 14 APRIL 14-28, 2017

Choo today, pictured at Fresh Produce Records

companies sent us free music, posters, and concert tickets. It really was the good ole days.” Some years later, after Turtle’s became obsolete, Tracy moved on into “the mom & pop experience of the record store world,” as she puts it – she landed a job at Wax ‘n’ Facts, Little Five Points’ seminal record store that, as of now, has been going strong for over forty years. “They were the bomb, the coolest, the most alternative place around,” Tracy says. “They had so many records I’d never even dreamed of, stuff you just wouldn’t find in a corporate record store – cool local bands, retro golden oldies, classics, and alternative – all together in the same hip spot.” Her time at that coveted job helped shape and strengthen her sensibilities, and also helped her learn what exactly it felt like to be fulfilled by a job, a lesson that stuck with her and, thankfully, caused her to strive to attain that feeling again later in life. Next came some momentous and sometimes difficult years for Tracy – she fell in love, got married, started a family (her daughter, Trinity, a smart, charming eighteen-yearold, is set to graduate from Howard High in the spring and start at UGA in the fall), got divorced, returned to college, and worked a string of unsatisfying part-time retail jobs not necessarily in that order. Somewhere in there, she managed to uproot herself from Atlanta and land in Macon. She sensed herself not being as happy as she wanted to be – “I knew I needed to reconnect with music,” she says. “Retail’s really not the same if you don’t love your job, so I set out to find any work to do with music.” She got a gig working the door at the Cox Capitol Theater, which then led to a job doing catering with the Moonhanger Group – and then she met Willie D.

William Dantzler, a lifelong Maconite and musician, opened Fresh Produce Records in 2013 as a combination record store, performance venue, and purveyor of fresh fruits and veggies; three years later, he decided to split the business into two separate locations. The original location on MLK became Fresh Produce Music Hall and is now dedicated to hosting intimate, diverse shows and performances, and the record store moved to a storefront on Second Street next to the Cox Capitol Theater where there was more foot traffic. Willie hired Tracy to work at Fresh Produce in the summer of 2016; when the record store reopened on Second Street in November of that year, he entrusted her with the day-to-day operation, a decision that has worked out beautifully for everyone. “I’m the driving force behind a lot of the activity that goes on with Fresh Produce,” says Willie, “and Tracy’s the feet on the ground, opening up the store every day and running it like it’s her own. She’s really made it her own thing.” “Macon is blessed to have her,” Willie goes on to say. “She’s coming from that old school 80s-90s ATL Little Five Points record store mentality, and that’s the model from which these things we’re doing today spring. She’s the genuine article – that was my big impression when I first met her.” The appreciation that the two have for one another is mutual – Tracy says “Working with Willie is so rewarding – I’m constantly learning about new labels and new bands. I’m so thankful for Willie D – he’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, and he’s so kind to everyone.” The gig at Fresh Produce has gotten Tracy into some new music – “Shehehe rocks, and I love Frank Hurricaine, too,” she says. “Fresh Produce is the best place in Macon to discover new, alternative, experimental music.” Some of Tracy’s old-school favorites include Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Lucinda Williams, and Fugazi, but she’s always open to checking out whatever’s new and whoever’s coming through Macon to play a set. Outside of work, Tracy finds it comforting to wander around downtown and absorb the beauty of the landscapes and buildings – “I love going to see the churches downtown,” she says. “I used to take Trinity when she was little to look at the beautiful buildings, the art – it’s all so peaceful. Same with the cemeteries.” That hard-won peace isn’t something Tracy takes for granted – “There was a point in my life when I thought I might lose hope,” she says, “and I’m so grateful to God, and to Willie and Hubble [Beasley, of Cox Capitol Theater] and the Moonhanger Group and the Creek for all these opportunities. I love what’s going on in Macon.” It’s a lovely, lucky thing that Tracy ended up here, doing this work that both nurtures her soul and helps create a necessary musical haven for the people who wander into Fresh Produce Records’ front door. “She really gets it,” says Willie D. “A record store at its best is a real family-community kinda vibe; she understands that, and that’s exactly what she was looking for in her life. It’s a totally serendipitous thing that we met.” - By Traci Burns 15

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Anybody who knows much about living in New York City will be familiar with the concept of a bodega; bodegas (that’s Spanish for small store) are community hubs, offering grocery-store necessities and treats in a convenient residential location. Bodega owners and customers often develop a rapport, and the small, family-owned shops tend to grow to reflect the needs and desires of the neighborhood they’re in and its inhabitants. Downtown Macon, while of course not NYC-level in scope, has been experiencing a vibrant burst of growth for awhile now. Lots of folks live and work downtown, and the options for places to live and work are ever-expanding as revitalization continues – but until recently, if you ran out of toilet paper or wanted to pick up a six-pack of beer, you’d have to haul it down to your car and drive to the nearest strip-mall grocery store or drugstore, a less than ideal option. Now, though, thanks to owners Michael Dean and his wife Cassi Roberts, we have our own little store on Second Street (aptly named “bo-de-ga”), opened to meet these needs and grow with the community. Michael Dean has worked with the Moonhanger Group for four years, taking over as Director of Operations in January of this year. He and Cassi lived for several years in the space right above the storefront where bo-de-ga is currently located, and they couldn’t help noticing the lack of options for simple grocery needs in the neighborhood. The thought of opening such a store themselves began to grow on them more and more; one thing led to another, they acquired the building on January 1, and three months

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later, on April 1 of this year, bo-de-ga opened its doors. Michael and Cassi had been batting around ideas for what they should call their store when the perfect name came to them during a late night viewing of Dave Chappelle’s 1998 stoner-genius comedy Half-Baked – anyone familiar with that movie will remember the scene in which Dave’s character takes a moment to address the audience about NYC bodegas (“Say it with me – BO-DE-GA. Yes, very good!”) and their occasional potential as places where one might be able to hook up with some, um, greenery. Unlike the bodega in the movie, the Second Street store won’t be offering anything greener than kale, but keep your eyes peeled for a framed photo of the ever-inspirational Dave Chappelle to be displayed in the store – and please, don’t moon the cashier. As of right now, the store is still working on building its stock to suit the needs of its customers – they offer sodas, beer, cigarettes, toilet paper, paper towels, toothbrushes, and a small assortment of food items. If you visit the store and don’t see what you’re looking for, though, please be sure to let them know – they keep a notebook behind the counter to log customer requests, and after the store closes each evening, they do their best to go out and get you what you asked fo. “I don’t care if it’s fresh pears or frozen peas,” Michael says, “Ask us, and we’ll do our best to get it for you quick. That’s gonna be how we grow our store.” Eventually, Michael and Cassi would like for bo-dega to become a more full-fledged grocery store, one that would stock all the ingredients you’d need to prepare a

complete meal. Michael’s brother owns The Butcher Shop in Warner Robins, which is renowned for their high-quality meats, and there’s an additional room in the Second Street store that would be perfect for a butcher shop/deli counter type situation. As of right now, bo-de-ga will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 7 pm, though they will stay open later during special occasions like Bragg Jam or First Friday. Downtown dwellers, stop by and get to know the crew – and let them get to know you and your needs, too, so they can work to do what they most want to do, which is to customize their store to best serve the surrounding community.


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By Stacey Norwood

This Picture: Jay “for the people in the community.” Top Left: Renata Nelson and Commissioner Al Tillman; Top Right: Phyllis Habersham Malone

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I am approaching the open door of George’s Hole in the Wall Sports Bar on Columbus Road at high noon on a beautiful spring day, wondering what or who will greet me when I cross the threshold. Located just before the inevitably clogged intersection where Columbus toggles into Mercer University Drive, I have been fascinated by this place for months now. No matter how early the hour, short-cutting from my home in Intown to the shopping areas on Eisenhower, the windowless sports bar located at 3091 Columbus Road appears to always be open. I’ve never noticed people there, however, until late afternoon. At that point in the day, the haphazardly fenced-in patio located on the far left-hand side usually has a few folks milling about, while either a row of beaten-up plastic toddlers’ trikes or a collection of what looks like little-league trophies form some sort of barrier (or invitation) between the patio, the people, and the heavily trafficked road just feet away. Every time I have driven past it, I’ve been plagued by questions (mostly about those trikes and trophies) and longed to stop – and today’s my day. As I step into the parking lot, my eye wanders from the colorful mural splashed across the front of the curious squat little building to the oversized black 8-ball painted above its entrance. Immediately, I mentally flash on Nancy Botwin’s infamous “brick dance” atop a pool table in Season 3 of Weeds, and frankly, I’m having second thoughts. Too late, now though. If the hard, quizzical looks I’m getting from at least two sets of eyes coming from my left flank are any indication, it would seem my presence has been noted. Just as I am about to step into the cavernous darkness of the interior, a young man wearing an oversized jersey and jeans steps through the open entrance, eyes widening when he sees me. Clearly, I am not who he expected to see. When I ask if he works there, he quietly indicates he does not – but very politely agrees to fetch someone who does. Something tells me to wait outside rather than follow him in, and 30 seconds later, another man appears, steps outside, coolly sizes me up for a long minute, and stares at me until I tell him why I’m here.

Jay, is his name, he says. The side-eye he gives me when I ask for his last name is so hard I can practically feel it, so I let that one go. When I tell him I am writing a story about whether “this place matters,” he perks up and readily agrees to hold the hand-drawn sign I am holding and pose for a pic. “Let me show you something,” Jay says, once I’ve gotten the picture. He leads me to an empty, littered lot adjacent to George’s Hole in the Wall Sports Bar and mostly mumbles a long sentence – the takeaway seeming to be that George’s does indeed “matter.” Because it’s “for the people,” he says, a place “in the community,” where the people “can be together.”

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You won’t find George’s Hole in the Wall splashed across the pages of the arts & entertainment section of any local newspaper. There is no website or even a Facebook page to be found either. Even a thorough Google search yields nothing unless you accidentally stumble across it on the street view of maps – a static image which also shows a boarded up, ramshackle white house standing - clearly not so long ago - where the empty lot Jay pointed out now sits. On the other side of George’s, heading towards Pio Nono, a funky-looking chicken and wings restaurant – which may or may not be permanently closed - is, for the moment at least, clearly deserted. And so it goes for blocks at a time on this road. The place looks like little more than a ghost-town, save for the occasional sign of life at a garage or convenience store. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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This Place Matters, Too, Cont. Once the work-day is done and most any time of day on a weekend, however, that will change. Food mart and retail store parking lots will fill up, kids will be riding bikes, and the sidewalks filled with pedestrians, young and old alike. Moms and dads will be seen carefully clutching little ones’ hands as they traverse this busy cutaway. On either side of the main thoroughfare, side streets with cheerful names like Pansy, Blossom and Poppy Avenue branch off into residential areas, lined with modest, middle-class family homes. According to February housing data from Zillow, the median home value in Macon is $64,700. But a spot check of homes in the Montpelier Heights neighborhood, as it is identified in tax records, shows homes here are likely to be far below that amount. By as much as 50 percent in some cases. The wear and tear of time and poverty has taken its toll everywhere you look in Montpelier Heights - in the form of buildings with run-down or outright crumbling facades, debris that seems to multiply by the day, and businesses pocked by potholes and peeling paint, and blight in general. Though it’s become a hot buzz phrase in the past few years, “urban blight” is not a new concept. In 1967, in the quarterly journal Land Economics, G.E. Berger defined urban blight as “a critical stage in the functional or social depreciation of real property beyond which its existing condition or use is unacceptable to the community.” The scholarly text goes on to point out that “property uses that have come to be blighted due to social depreciation, but are otherwise unchanged, have suffered relative rather than absolute depreciation.”

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Look closely in Montpelier Heights, or stop and talk to people, and it becomes obvious the depreciation here is not at all absolute. Nothing here overly suggests the kind of fear and furtiveness that tends to settle over areas so far gone from decay and neglect they have become little more than No Man’s Land for predators. And that’s not just an instinct – the facts appear, on the surface at least, to support it. With the lone exception of a recent fatal shooting – allegedly the result of an escalated argument between two men incident reports regularly released from the Macon-Bibb Sheriff ’s Dept. don’t indicate this area is a hotbed of violence, organized criminal activity, or even a high number of property crimes. People in this neighborhood look you in the eye and wave or smile back when greeted in a similar vein. Signs of hope and faith and community are easy to spot here. There just doesn’t seem to be a high volume of cozy porch swings, inviting lawn sets with plump cushions, or well-appointed courtyards to gather in. Nor are there throngs of visitors, out-of-towners, or history buffs rubber-necking at the homes and businesses that dot the current and immediate landscape. None seem to be old enough to qualify as “historic,” or be “endangered”

in the sort of way that fosters protective governance and enthusiastic fund-raisers and such well-mounted public awareness-raising efforts as the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2016 “This Place Matters” campaign. But this place clearly matters a great deal to those who call it home. In a few of those abandoned-looking parking lots, folks have arranged motley assortments of chairs in semi-circles, clearly intending to sit a spell and catch up at some point in the day or week. At lunchtime, in a strip mall on the corner of Montpelier and Pio Nono, I spot three people sitting socially together beside a trash dumpster – possibly indulging in an undercover adult beverage or two politely covered in paper bags. They are cutting up and clearly enjoying each other’s company. Despite their laughter, seeing them with no better place to congregate than beside a trash dumpster breaks my heart more than a little, and it catches the eye of Commissioner Al Tillman too. I ask one of the women standing there if she’s willing to have her picture taken and she readily agrees, posing with the Commissioner. Renata Nelson, who beams in the picture and who hugs Al Tillman like a long-lost relative, tells me she is proud of the place she calls home. “I love my neighborhood – been here all my life,” she says. “This is my home, sugar. This is my home.” Though this area sits in a neighboring district from his, Commissioner Tillman says, “It’s the area I grew up in and have a vote to support other commissioners.” He’s agreed to be interviewed for this story because he cares about the community and people in it, he says, and clearly, he is both popular and well-known in these parts, unable to walk through a restaurant or to his truck outside without getting stopped for conversation and a handshake every few steps. As we chat, he points out Habersham CD’s Records & Tapes, located just across the street, proudly noting the 46-year-old business is one of the oldest African American-owned independent record stores in the nation. Called a “black music landmark” in a write-up by Billboard Magazine in 1996, Habersham is currently owned by Phyllis Habersham Malone. She managed the store for many years and eventually bought it from her brother and store founder Alex, she says. The iconic store has moved once or twice over the years, but it has always remained in this neighborhood. “I love this community – love the people,” Phyllis says. “Macon is a wonderful city, with so many great people – of all races. Yes, this place certainly matters!”

Part Two of the This Place Matters (Too) series, we will sit down with city and community leaders to take a closer look at some of the blight remediation projects already successfully undertaken across Macon, some still in the planning stages, and what remains to be addressed. 29




What does Atria mean to you? I wanted something that meant space creating because I feel the music is very atmospheric. It’s very ambient. I wanted something that would take people away from their day to day.

I’ve researched about tone and use a lot of effects. I use a lot of delay to try to create a soundscape with depth that has a big tone. Even though it’s just me, it’s a really big sound. It’s something that can create an atmosphere for people. And putting those haunting melodies on top of it, I feel like it just creates a very tranquil peaceful place for storytelling.

What does this project reveal about yourself? Honestly, it’s something I really can’t do without. It’s as much for me as it is the listener. It’s therapy for me. A lot of the songs are about dealing with depression, a lot about my family. I’ve never written a love song. The songs are about self-awareness and picking yourself back up after dealing with drug addiction, depression. I watched a lot of my personal friends and family struggle and it was an anthem for them to pick themselves up. It connects with the audience in that way too, because I’ve noticed at my shows people are able to space out, trance out, and just relax. There’s definitely not going to be any mosh pits going on [laughs]. Did you grow up in a musical household? I kind of found music on my own. In middle school, I wanted to play drums, but for some reason I was discouraged from the drums and towards the flute. In high school I did musical theater. I had my first solo in Annie. Then I started doing theater at Theatre Macon. I realized that I really loved music and had a knack for songwriting. I couldn’t afford lessons so I started singing in church choirs and that was a really great way for me to learn about singing for free. I ended up wanting to do it professionally. So, I started taking lessons at Mercer and ended up at Wesleyan. What has been your biggest challenge with this project? Every time I sing, I try to go to the same place that I was in when I wrote it. Constantly reliving that sometimes is difficult, but it’s very rewarding in the end. I have a lot of issues with stage fright. It’s really scary to be on stage by yourself and have everyone look at you. It’s challenging to be up there and be so exposed. And you want people to enjoy it. I have a hard time with my nerves, but I always end up making myself do it and being glad that I do. Tell me about creating soundscapes and how you want to present them in your music?

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Atria, the bright orange star of a small triangular constellation, is also the name of Savana Cameron’s solo music endeavor. Her music explores transient soundscapes, a compliment to Cameron’s ethereal vocals. While creating atmospheric-like tunes, she is also currently finishing her music degree at Wesleyan College. Cameron told me about Atria, creating soundscapes, and overcoming stage fright. INTERVIEW BY ANDREA MARLOWE

What inspires your musical soundscapes? I want it to sound like, and this is going to be weird, but kind of like if there was a drop of water on a very serene, misty pond. I know that’s kind of out there [laughs]. I love Explosions in the Sky and that kind of instrumental music. I think that’s my place where I can show off what I know on guitar. It’s hard to be taken seriously as a guitar player sometimes, especially for a woman just to be honest. You know people are always like, you have a great voice, but they are never like what kind of guitar do you play, or I really like the tone you have, or that was an awesome riff [laughs]. You have such a soft, ethereal voice in your music. Is that something you have always gravitated towards? GRANT’S I think so. I change registers a lot. Technically I’m a mezzo soprano. I love Joni Mitchell. Nico doesn’t really have that light voice, but I love Nico and Nina Simone. I really love ladies with original voices that are just unique and different. I have always liked a more soft soprano tone and that’s what I had to work with. What are you currently working on? I have been writing more and trying to make my other songs a little more technical with some guitar work. One of the newest songs that I have out is about my niece Veda. I was watching her play on the playground one day with a grown guy, but he had the mental capacity of her age. I was watching how innocent and sweet they were playing and how scary it was to see her start to learn about the world. I feel like adulthood can harden us and take away that innocence and trust. It’s one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written actually.

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JUSTIN TOWNES EARL Justin Townes Earl, the son of legendary folk musician Steve Earl, will be releasing his fourth studio album in five years when he releases Kids in the Street on May 26. Kids is the follow up to 2015’s Absent Fathers and 2014’s Single Mothers, both from Vagrant Records. Earl is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour which ends in early June, with dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego respectively. Being the son of a legend is not always easy, and has resulted in a bit of a rocky road for the younger Earl. His father gave him the middle name Townes after his mentor, fellow legendary folk singer Townes Van Zandt. Van Zandt and the elder Earl both struggled with drug addiction throughout their career, and the younger Earl would soon follow that path. Growing up in Nashville, Justin was left by his father when he was two years old,

but went on to reunite with the elder Earl when he was 12 after his father got clean. He eventually dropped out of school, battling the same substance demons as the elder Earl, and found work playing in numerous bands, a rock band called the Distributors and a bluegrass ragtime combo named the Swindlers. Earl’s first solo release, a six track EP named Yuma, was released in 2007 and led to a record deal with Bloodshot Records out of Chicago. Earl went on to record four albums in five years for Bloodshot Records. Midnight at the Movies, released in 2009, reached as high as #15 and #41 on the US Heat and Indie charts. Earl followed Movies in 2010 with Harlem River Blues, his third album in as many years, his most successful release to date at that time. The self-titled track from Blues went on to be named Song of the Year by the Americana Music Association. 2012’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now reached as high as #62 on the US chart, while also being named to Rolling Stones’ Top 50 Albums of the Year for 2012, with the magazine noting that, “The son of country-rock renegade Steve Earle has grown into a songwriter to rival his dad." Earl’s first single “Champagne Corolla” from Kids in the Street is available for download now, with the album set to be released on May 26.



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