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…

Profiles in Art: Beauty & Beast

Beauty & Beast on the Chicken Tracks Art Ranch Photographed by Jesse Walker Chuck Hanes isn’t really a beast. He’s a great guy with an epic beard and deep, rolling laugh. He just makes weird, manly-looking pottery that could be the china pattern for the Hell’s Angels. But, when you stack his work next to…

Profiles in Art: Ida Hutcherson

The cutting edge Photographed by Pitter Goughnour Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s Ida Hutcherson. An enigmatic soul, Ida discovered a creative outlet that involves taking scraps of discarded leather and bringing them back to life as remarkable portraits. The faces, usually recognizable celebrities, keep her company in her home studio in…

Eatonton’s Artisan Village

Out of the Briar Patch Eatonton’s plans for revitalization through the arts Written and photographed by Phil Pyle If there is a sign of the times, it should fly above the county courthouse in Eatonton. In years past, Putnam County’s economy thrived in large part from three major sources: its historic dairy industry, Georgia Power’s…

Abandoned Rural America celebrates 5th anniversary

Rural Roots Run Deep: The Abandoned Rural America Project Written by Rob White As a child of the 1980s, this writer grew up in the Atlanta suburbs, just far enough from the city to still be surrounded by green but just close enough to miss out on the wide, pastoral landscape I would hear the…