Origins of Blues and Country

Congo Square in New Orleans is generally believed where Blues originated with recently arrived black slaves performed their music from the heart of Africa. Others say Mississippi is where it all started and there are also people who say that it was here in Macon, Georgia, where it all came to real life. So let’s take a closer look at the origins of Blues and Country. Let’s hear what Grammy-winning Chris Thomas King, King of New Orleans Blues, tells us about where the blues was born. He is convinced it was in Louisiana, not in Mississippi or in Texarkana. Check…

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The Origins of Rhythm & Blues and Rock

Several musicologists suggest that Rhythm & Blues (R&B) should be a separate form of music. The music was created in the 1950s by such legends as The Clovers, Bo Diddley, Ruth Brown, and Muddy Waters. So let’s take a closer look at the origins of Rhythm & Blues and Rock. One of the first supporters of the Southern Music Hall of Fame and author of This Magic Moment, Harry Turner, tells the story of R&B and today, Harry has become one of the spokespeople for another form of music that originated in the South, Carolina Beach Music, being one of the…

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Music Will Bring Your Family Closer

Many have said that music is the Universal language of the world. Everyone no matter what language they speak or what culture they live in enjoys music. Music has been around since the beginning of time and it will last until the end of the time. And the fact of the matter is that music will bring your family closer! Many people have studied the negative effects of music, but it also has many positive effects. One of the positive effects that music has is bringing people closer together. The Blind Boys of Alabama understood this very well. Listen to…

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Sister Organization – Texas Music Hall of Fame

Let’s take a look at another great institution dedicated to the rich heritage of American Music, a sister organization – Texas Music Hall of Fame. The following video features Kyle Park in “Yours and Mine”: Texas Music is as broad, deep and diverse as the geography and people of the state itself. Texas music has left an indelible fingerprint at each and every stop along the musical spectrum. Whether that stop is country, jazz, hip-hop, psychedelic, blues, gospel, conjunto, rock or any other musical style, Texans are often at the forefront of influencing or defining that particular style. Yet Texas music…

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Robert Gupta in TED Talk: Between Music and Medicine

While watching Robert Gupta in TED talk: Between Music and Medicine, I kept wanting to shout at the computer: Yes! Music is power! Lest my roommate thinks I’m crazy, I kept my comments silent. But Gupta made some great points, with powerful scientific support. People, in varying stages of mental breakdown, can usually recall music before they can remember their family members. He cites the research of Dr. Schlaug, who has conditioned “new” speech centers in stroke victims. Gupta points out that music is communication and is deeper and stronger than words. He says, “…musicians have fundamentally different brains than…

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Tribute to a Soul Legend – Gladys Knight

In the mid-1990s, while touring to support her ‘Just For You’ CD, Gladys Knight would say to her audiences, “I know a lot of the young artists look at me and wonder, ‘What you still doin’ here?’”.  We knew what she meant. Gladys was a middle-aged woman who cut her first record in 1958–when television was relatively new. Yet here she stood, so many decades later, still recording, still packing theaters year round and still sending folks home happy. So check out this tribute to a Soul Legend – Gladys Knight. In the annals of rock and soul music, she was…

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Georgia Hall of Fame – Most Famous Inductees

This post is about the Georgia Hall of Fame – Most Famous Inductees. The Hall of Fame has files on over 1,100 artists who are Georgia natives or who have lived in Georgia for a significant period. Each year, a select few are chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame. The inductees represent the diversity of Georgia music, including jazz and swing, country and folk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, classical, urban, gospel and contemporary Christian. Non-performers such as producers and music executives have also been inducted. The 2006 inductees were: Performer: Gregg Allman Gregg Allman is best…

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Jazz Music Recordings and Education Benefits

I listen to a lot of jazz, mostly early jazz from the 60′s and late 50′s. There’s so much to say about Jazz Music recordings and education benefits! These are classic recordings that move me because the artists have managed to share their art with us on precious recordings. Today too many people use their iPhone to listen to music and that’s too bad because the music on your iPhone is compressed and as such it loses some of its sonic capabilities. I know who has time to sit at home and listen to great music? You would if you…

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The Story of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

This post tells you the story of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The state of Georgia has produced a musical dynasty whose contributions shaped and defined American music, including the “Father of Gospel Music” Dr. Thomas Andrew Dorsey; the “Mother of the Blues” Gertrude “Ma” Rainey; the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown; the “Architect of Rock-n-Roll” Little Richard; the “Father of Commercial Country Music” Fiddlin’ John Carson; the “First Lady of Contemporary Christian Music” Amy Grant and the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel” The Lewis Family. Over 30 years ago, one of Georgia’s most loyal music fans took the…

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The Macon Recording Connection Campus

It doesn’t matter whether your passion lies in hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, country, trance, EMP, EDM, IDM, or any other music style, the Macon Recording Connection Campus will get you to the next level. This all occurs in a real professional recording studio where you can develop your skills and learn all about the gear that will allow you to succeed in the world of the music industry, and you can learn also all about the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Hands-on training, that’s what this is all about. Just imagine, a real professional recording studio, filled with all…

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