Georgia Statewide Country Music News

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KIRSTEN UNDERWOOD MCALPIN TO LEAVE RADIO BOOTH

(June 11th) Kirsten Underwood McAlphin announced yesterday that this Thursday, June 14th, will be her last day with IHeartMedia and B100 in Albany and South 106.1 in Columbus. Kirsten has been a staple in country radio over the last several years, also with stint in Tifton at WTIF. Kirsten not only had her mid day shows but has been a full supporter of local, indie country artist as well. She also has been a co-host of the Georgia Country Awards.

CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON FINISHES 2ND ON AMERICAN IDOL

(May 22nd) Dallas, Georgia's Caleb Lee Hutchinson finished as runner up in last night's finale on American Idol. He finished behind Maddie Poppe. Caleb joined Darrius Rucker on stage for "Wagon Wheel" and sung the classic Keith Whitley song "Dont Close Your Eyes". Caleb was welcomed home last week to his home town of Dallas with a parade and concert downtown.

GEORGIA THEATRE UP FOR VENUE OF THE YEAR BY THE ACM HONORS AWARDS

(May 18th) The Georgia Theatre in Athens was nominated by the ACM in the Industry nominees category of Venue of the Year. They will compete against other top venues in the country. The Georgia Theatre has been nominated for Venue of the Year many times in past years since being rebuilt by a fire in 2009. The newly renovated Georgia Theater is a world-class concert venue with a state-of-the-art sound system, excellent acoustics, improved seating, two balconies, and a popular open air roof area with a full bar and comfortable patio seating. Since reopening, the venue has hosted hundreds of acts including country acts such as Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson and Kenny Chesney.

COYOTES AUGUSTA TO CLOSE

(May 10th) Augusta's Coyotes has announced they will close after their night on May 19th. Sources state various reasons for closing. Coyotes has been one of Georgia's oldest and longest running country bars. They enjoyed the heyday of country dancing in the 90s and success even in the last 15+ years. It has been one of the truest country bars with great country bands and bands every weekend.

RAY FULCHER DEBUTS ON THE GRAND OLE OPRY

(May 8th) Augusta's Ray Fulcher made his Grand Ole Opry debut this past Sat night. Ray is the co-writer on Luke Combs hit "When It Rains, It Pours". Luke joined him on stage.

TREA LANDON SIGNS WITH WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE

(March 20th) Claxton's Trea Landon, has signed with Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville. Upon his 2015 arrival in Nashville, the 24-year-old has inked a deal with Play It Again Publishing and is currently represented by William Morris Endeavor. Landon has earned more than 1.5 million Spotify streams on his independently released tracks and has opened shows for Craig Campbell, Luke Combs and more. Pictured: Pictured (L-R): John Esposito (Chairman & CEO, WMN); Trea Landon; Cris Lacy (SVP A&R, WMN) (Sources: MusicRow.com)

CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON RECEIVES GOLDEN TICKET ON AMERICAN IDOL

(Feb 21st) Caleb Lee Hutchinson of Dallas, passed the audition on American Idol last night with THREE yess. He got yess from Luke Bryan, Katie Perry & Lionel Richie and now will move on to the the Hollywood rounds. Watch Caleb Lee's audition below.

DAWSON EDWARDS SIGNS WITH BMG NASHVILLE

(Feb 21st) Rome native songwriter and artist Dawson Edwards has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with BMG Nashville. Edwards was a recent participant in ASCAP's GPS program, which connects up-and-coming songwriters with established Nashville publishing partners. Dawson's most recent EP, Half My Heart's In Georgia, is available at digital retailers. BMG VP of Creative Daniel Lee said, "Dawson Edwards is the personification of our market. He will never be outworked, never be discouraged, and never chase a trend at the expense of authenticity. He represents what is a very bright future for Country music." (Dawson pictured middle with BMG and ASCAP representatives) (Source: MusicRow.com)

SWALLOW IN THE HOLLOW IN ROSWELL CLOSES

(Jan 3rd) The Swallow In The Hollow in Roswell, has closed, along its sister venue, Greenwoods. This was on their recorded message on their phone system today, "We have permanently closed our doors for business," the message said. "We appreciate your business over the years and thank you very much if you were a patron of the restaurant." Bill Greenwood opened Greenwood's at 1087 Green St. in 1986, followed by barbecue eatery Swallow at the Hollow at 1072 Green St. in 1999. Special event facility The Yellow House, which featured food from both Greenwood's and Swallow at the Hollow and was located at 1088 Green Street, also closed. In the early 2000s, The Swallow In The Hollow was Atlanta's version of The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Many of country music's great singer / songwriters performed every weekend, telling the backstories of their songs. They dropped this format in the late 2000s to just be a regular restaurant with occasional music.  

WILD WING CAFE IN SUWANEE TO CLOSE

(Dec 20th) Wild Wing Cafe in Suwanee has announced that they will close after their New Year's Eve party on Dec 31st. This location of Wild Wing Cafe is one of the oldest in the Atlanta metro area and oldest location under the Wild Wild Cafe name. The location has been a popular place over the years, especially in the 90s. It was a premiere music location hosting country bands often over the years. No word yet if it will reopen as another music video.  

DAWSON EDWARDS SIGNS PUBLISHING DEAL

(Dec 5th) Rome based singer / songwriter, Dawson Edwards has signed a publishing deal with BMG Publishing in Nashville. BMG works with some of the biggest names in music such as John Legend, Bruno Mars and Andy Grammer. From Dawson's FB page "I've dreamed of having a career in country music since I was a little kid so today is a dream come true. I signed a publishing deal with BMG. For anyone who has ever supported me thru the wild and crazy journey, ever came to a show or listened to my music, thank you from the bottom of my heart. And a HUGE thank you to God, my family, Daniel Lee, Robert Filhart, Ben Hayslip, Larry Warren none of this would have been possible with out yall. And to anyone out there who has a dream no matter how crazy, NEVER stop chasing it. Hard work pays off. Thank y'all so much. This is only the beginning". - Dawson Edwards  

THE BARRONS AND RENAY JARVIS LEE ADDED TO THE ATLANTA COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

(Nov 27th) Georgia country music long time veterans in the music scene, Bob Barron, Robbie Barron & Russell Barron as well as ReNay Lee Jarvis, was added as members of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame this past Saturday night. Cermonies were held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Atlanta. The Barrons have long been stalwarts over the last 20 plus years, playing in multiple bands as well as The Russell Barron Band. Playing a mix of traditional country to current hits, Russell and his band have entertained many over the years in the Atlanta and north Georgia area. ReNay Jarvis Lee has been popular over the years in country and gospel music in Georgia, playing in many shows and always supporting country music in and from Georgia. (Pictured L-R), Robbie Barron, Bob Barron, Russell Barron and ReNay Lee Jarvis).  

ATLANTA'S LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATRE HAS NEW NAME

(Nov 2nd) After a year and a half of simply being called Lakewood Amphitheatre, the familiar Atlanta venue has an official new moniker: Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. The Atlanta-based company, which specializes in tech accessories and mobile device repair services, has signed a multi-year title sponsor agreement with Live Nation, which operates the amphitheater. Cellairis has been part of the Atlanta business fabric since 2005. In its 28-year history, the 19,000-capacity concert venuehas been known as the Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre, HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, and, until early 2016, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood. This past season, Lakewood hosted more than 20 concerts, including sold-out shows by Future, Dead & Company, John Mayer, Chance the Rapper and more. A percentage of each ticket sold to the concerts at the venue is earmarked for the Lakewood Community Fund, which benefits Lakewood Neighborhood organizations. To date, more than $800,000 has been contributed. (Source: Mellisa Ruggieri - AJC.com)