Headliners: Who to find on local stages

Lake Oconee Living goes backstage with some of the area’s best-known musicians to find out what motivates them, what inspires them, and what keeps their toes tapping. Catch them on  local stages around the lake this summer. ERIC DODD How do you describe your musical style? My musical style is really a testament to what…

Camp Amped plugs in at Nuci’s Space

The crowd presses forward as four musicians stroll onstage, check wires, and tune guitar strings. The look of band members is effortless rock and roll, but their actions are all business. When the silent signal comes, they look up for the first time. If they recognize faces in the crowd, they don’t let on. There…

ICONOCLAST: Cindy Wilson of the B-52s

Cindy Wilson has been shattering perceptions on the music scene for four decades. The B-52s, which she founded with her brother, Ricky Wilson, Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, and Keith Strickland exploded onto the music scene in the 70s – a “Big Bang” that helped create the musical Milky Way that is modern-day Athens. Their music…

New stylings of the Reynolds Chorus

Like many great institutions, the Reynolds Chorus, which continues to branch out into new directions, was born of humble origins. In 2000, Jude Martincic, the chorus’ executive director, Linda Disosway, and Jean Merritt, along with more than a dozen friends who loved music, started meeting together to sing for the sheer fun of it. These…

Pickin’ and Grinnin’

“I do not like the raw sound of the human voice in unison unless it is under the discipline of music,” wrote Flannery O’Connor, one of the 20th century’s most celebrated American writers. She would be pleased to know that her final home, Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville, is being used for just that – to…

Georgia’s musical trifecta– Athens, Augusta, and Macon

The Lake Oconee area undoubtedly has plenty of activities for locals and visitors alike. Golf, farmers markets, museums, watersports, and campgrounds are all within easy reach, but for those fans of music looking for a day or night out, three of Georgia’s most revered music hubs are just a short drive away. Macon’s musical history…

Morton Theatre: the soul of a community

Strolling up Washington Street in downtown Athens, past the 40 Watt and a sprinkling of popular bars and restaurants, one comes to Hull Street and the historic African-American business district known locally as the “Hot Corner.” Aside from a vibrant yearly festival celebrating the district’s history as a haven for black business and culture, the…

A Tune for the Ages

Inside the sanctuary at The Church at College Station in Athens, a semi-circle of chairs and music stands are arranged on the plush carpeted floor, curved toward the front of the room. Personal belongings and open instrument cases are sprawled on the chairs behind. Warm midday light filters in through the windows. It’s a typical…

Acoustic appreciation

Former Lake Oconee resident, Chee Ammen, isn’t a luthier himself, but he sure knows a lot of them. For the past seven years, he has been connecting buyers with some of the finest crafters of guitars and mandolins through his business, Naturally Acoustics. What began as a hobby for Ammen, flipping guitars for resale, quickly…

Profiles in Art: Sons of Sawdust

Sons of Sawdust Photographed by Shayna Hobbs Brothers Matt and Ben Hobbs have certainly been building on their success, one farm table at a time. They started Sons of Sawdust, along with Matt’s wife Shayna, in 2014 and have been gaining attention ever since. It’s not just their impressive beards that are attracting folks to…