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  • Pedestrian killed in Monroe County accidentPedestrian killed in Monroe County accident

    A man walking down a highway in Monroe County on Saturday died after being struck by a car. Coroner Joey Proctor identified the victim as Jeffery Land, 35. Sheriff's Sgt. … Click to Continue »

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  • Shot fired in robbery of Family Dollar - The TelegraphShot fired in robbery of Family Dollar - The Telegraph

    The TelegraphShot fired in robbery of Family DollarThe TelegraphThe Family Dollar store on Emery Highway in Macon was robbed Saturday by a man wielding a shotgun who fired a shot into the ceiling. The robbery happened at about 9:44 p.m. at the store on 160 Emery Highway, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office ...and more »

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  • Shot fired in robbery of Family DollarShot fired in robbery of Family Dollar

    The Family Dollar store on Emery Highway in Macon was robbed Saturday by a man wielding a shotgun who fired a shot into the ceiling. The robbery happened at about … Click to Continue »

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  • Christmas comes early to downtown MaconChristmas comes early to downtown Macon

    Christmas in Downtown Macon on Dec. 16 featured holiday shopping, activities, crafts, entertainment and experiences for all ages. … Click to Continue »

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  • Downtown Macon event brings holiday cheer while promoting local businessesDowntown Macon event brings holiday cheer while promoting local businesses

    Downtown Macon was bursting with the sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays Saturday. People of all ages came out to experience Christmas in Downtown Macon, which lasted from 4-8 … Click to Continue »

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  • Breakfast with SantaBreakfast with Santa

    Senseabilities Kristi Rigdon and Robin Bray bring breakfast with Santa to Christ Chapel to celebrate the holidays in Warner Robins. … Click to Continue »

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  • "Who can live up to Otis Redding?" singer's son asks"Who can live up to Otis Redding?" singer's son asks

    Otis Redding III reflects on his famous father and the family's work to keep his legacy alive, including a tribute Jan. 25, 2018 at the Apollo Theatre. … Click to Continue »

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  • Boys and their toys tell the Christmas storyBoys and their toys tell the Christmas story

    My house is filled with boys right now — my husband Ronnie, my sons Ronnie and Scotty home from college and Scotty’s dog, Bear. It is a typical day in … Click to Continue »

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  • Two Macon businesses robbed Friday nightTwo Macon businesses robbed Friday night

    Two Macon businesses were victims of armed robberies Friday night. The incidents happened a half hour and about 6 miles apart, but Sgt. Linda Howard with the Bibb County Sheriff's … Click to Continue »

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  • Monopoly-style game HOCO-OPOLY aims to raise money to help Houston County familiesMonopoly-style game HOCO-OPOLY aims to raise money to help Houston County families

    Q&A with Tian Foss Residence: Warner Robins Occupation: Executive director, Houston County Family Connection Q: You’re excited about a particular Christmas gift option this year — what? A: A Monopoly-style … Click to Continue »

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  • Your donations help Abba House Thrift Store help women in crisisYour donations help Abba House Thrift Store help women in crisis

    The rule at our house is if one new purchase comes inside, one old one must go. A lot of stuff accumulates in the garage because of my “I-can-fix-it” husband … Click to Continue »

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  • Robins Financial Credit Union's 25 Days of Holiday GivingRobins Financial Credit Union's 25 Days of Holiday Giving

    Warner Robins, GA - Robins Financial Credit Union will be giving back to the community during the holidays with their 25 Days of Holiday Giving. They selected 25 different organizations throughout their county radius to provide a monetary donation to help the organizations with their holiday festivities.

    Macon News / 1 d. 22 h. 54 min. ago
  • Flashback Friday: Maddux moves, walk-off whiskey and a possum partyFlashback Friday: Maddux moves, walk-off whiskey and a possum party

    Donna McDaniel and her then 9-month-old son Richard and children Kirk, then 2, and April, then 3, shop for a Christmas tree outside Wal-Mart in 1992. Donna McDaniel and her then 9-month-old son Richard and children Kirk, then 2, and April, then 3, shop for a Christmas tree outside Wal-Mart in 1992.

    Macon News / 1 d. 22 h. 54 min. ago
  • Two toddlers killed, mother burned in Butts County house fire - The TelegraphTwo toddlers killed, mother burned in Butts County house fire - The Telegraph

    The TelegraphTwo toddlers killed, mother burned in Butts County house fireThe TelegraphTwo young children died and their mother was badly burned in an accidental electrical fire that started from an outlet in the hallway of their Butts County home, Georgia Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence told The Telegraph. "Reports are that ...and more »

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  • Two toddlers killed, mother burned in Butts County house fireTwo toddlers killed, mother burned in Butts County house fire

    Two young children died and their mother was badly burned in an accidental electrical fire that started from an outlet in the hallway of their Butts County home, Georgia Deputy … Click to Continue »

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  • Otis Redding's son carries on legacy at the Apollo, Carnegie Hall in 2018Otis Redding's son carries on legacy at the Apollo, Carnegie Hall in 2018

    Otis Redding III was only 3 years old when his father's plane crashed into a Wisconsin lake Dec. 10, 1967. The youngest of the singer's three children has been in … Click to Continue »

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  • Geico in Macon promotes several employees - The TelegraphGeico in Macon promotes several employees - The Telegraph

    The TelegraphGeico in Macon promotes several employeesThe TelegraphHe started his Geico career in 2014 in the management development program and moved through all levels of claims successfully. Sean-Patrick Caldon has been promoted to a regional office Southeast liability claims supervisor. He started his Geico career ...

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  • As Georgia pedestrian deaths rise, grant funds new safety campaign - The TelegraphAs Georgia pedestrian deaths rise, grant funds new safety campaign - The Telegraph

    As Georgia pedestrian deaths rise, grant funds new safety campaignThe TelegraphMacon-Bibb Commissioner Elaine Lucas developed the Macon-Bibb Pedestrian Safety Review Board in response to an alarming rate of fatalities in recent years that made Macon the second-highest Georgia community per-capita for pedestrian deaths. In early ...

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  • Man ordered to behead his beloved dog to take legal action against sheriff's deputyMan ordered to behead his beloved dog to take legal action against sheriff's deputy

    Legal action is pending after a Byron man was ordered to behead his beloved dog. Nate Goodwin has hired Macon attorneys Reza Sedghi and Tom Jarriel after Crawford County sheriff's … Click to Continue »

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  • Missing out on money? Georgians reap $6.6 million in lost insurance policiesMissing out on money? Georgians reap $6.6 million in lost insurance policies

    Nearly 600 Georgians have pocketed cash they didn't know was theirs. Over the first 12 months of the Life Insurance Policy Locator app, more than $6.6 million has been paid … Click to Continue »

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  • What is the meaning behind the mural in Mercer Village? - The TelegraphWhat is the meaning behind the mural in Mercer Village? - The Telegraph

    The TelegraphWhat is the meaning behind the mural in Mercer Village?The TelegraphWhat do civil rights icon Rosa Parks, football player Colin Kaepernick and Sam Oni, one of Mercer's first black students, have in common? They each stood up (or sat or kneeled, in the case of Parks and Kaepernick) for what they believed in. They're ...and more »

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  • Homeless people must be gone from Central City Park by Monday, mayor says - The TelegraphHomeless people must be gone from Central City Park by Monday, mayor says - The Telegraph

    The TelegraphHomeless people must be gone from Central City Park by Monday, mayor saysThe TelegraphIt's made of tents pitched along the banks of the Ocmulgee River downtown. Homeless people have been bedding down here, largely hidden from view, for years. But now Macon-Bibb County officials say the tent city has to leave Central City Park by Monday ...

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  • Fugitive who escaped Savannah hospital arrested at Panera in MaconFugitive who escaped Savannah hospital arrested at Panera in Macon

    Bibb County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who escaped from a Savannah hospital after a police chase in October. Bibb County Sheriff's deputies received word from the U.S. Marshals Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force that 30-year-old Randolph Dominique Frazier Jr. was in the Macon area around 6 p.m. on Sunday, according to a press release from Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

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  • Bibb County deputies capture man who escaped custody at Savannah MemorialBibb County deputies capture man who escaped custody at Savannah Memorial

    A fugitive who escaped custody while at Savannah Memorial University Medical Center in October was captured in Macon, Georgia, on Sunday. Randolph Frazier, 30, was in a Panera Bread on 181 Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard when he was taken into custody without incident.

    Macon News / 6 d. 5 h. 8 min. ago
  • Brent Cobb Talks His Upcoming Show on New Year’s EveBrent Cobb Talks His Upcoming Show on New Year’s Eve

    Ok, full disclosure. The first time I met Brent Cobb was when he was in Macon performing at Mount De Sales and promoting his upcoming album last year. As he was walking down Cherry Street after performing live on the air, I turned to Anthony Ennis and said the following words: This is the last time you will ever see that man walking down the street carrying his own guitar. Over a year later, that prediction has come true. He is now one of the most sought after songwriters in the music industry and now a Grammy nominated recording artist in his own right. Brent took some time with us to talk about the ridiculous year he has had and about his upcoming show at the Cox Capitol Theatre on New Year’s Eve. Thank you so much for taking some time to talk to us and indeed congratulations are in order for your 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album with Shine On Rainy Day. How did you find out about the nomination? My manager called me super early in the morning. He was in Nashville and I was in Georgia. It had to be around 6 in the morning in Nashville. So I looked down at the phone wondering what he was doing up that early. And then he said to me “I just wanted to call Grammy nominated artist Brent Cobb” and I was like what? My phone blew up all day. Just crazy stuff. You are on the road headed towards Nashville now? Yea. My label Low Country Sound just signed Brandi Carlile. So we are going to get together tonight at the Basement East. Me, Brandi and Anderson East. That’s awesome. One of the last times you were in Macon you and Anderson performed together at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Have you and Anderson been writing together recently? We have written together but not recently. We are constantly collaborating and trying to inspire one another. It’s like when you go to your grandma’s house and you have that older cousin that says you aren’t cool if you haven’t heard this record so we are constantly trying to one up each other with that kind of stuff. You are going back on the road in early 2018 with the Ain’t A Road Too Long Tour. With having the family back home, how do you balance being Artist Brent Cobb versus Husband/Father Brent Cobb? Well, lucky for me they are sort of one in the same. It’s taken 12 years to get to the bottom and so I’m pretty humble and try to remain the same. As far as time goes, I was a pretty neat year last year. I was able to do a 3 days on/4 days off type thing. So I’d be home taking baby girl to school three mornings in a row and then hit the road and go to Canada. Then be gone, come back and do it all over again. But luckily my family is really supportive and we get a lot of help which is why we made the move back to Georgia so it has not been too bad so far. Your cousin producer Dave Cobb, who produced for Anderson East’s upcoming album, Chris Stapleton and many more, was quoted in a Rolling Stone article calling you the Redneck Paul Simon due to your command of the lyrical imagery. Where do you think that mode of writing comes from? I don’t know. Where we are from, and it’s the same way in Macon, people just have a way of talking. It’s a bit of a story being told. There is a rhythm to it. I think that’s part of it. Another part of it is my dad is a writer. My uncles are all writers and I grew up listening to writers that they were into like Neil Young and Tom T. Hall and stuff like that so I think maybe it got all mixed up together and I became the Redneck Paul Simon. You have written for tons of artist like Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert. I also read that Shooter Jennings was one of the people that got you into the “songwriting for other people” mode. Do you find yourself writing differently when you are composing for other artists versus writing for yourself? I’ll put it this way. Any cut that I have ever had has been a song that I wasn’t thinking of another artist. It’s always been songs that came naturally and lended themselves to me as a performer. There was a moment in time when I left the road for a while when my daughter was first born in 2014 and  I focused solely on songwriting. I actually tried to write for other people during that time, and I will be completely honest, it is probably the worst batch of songs in my catalog. So I’m not good at writing that way. I have to just write for the sake of the song, not for any other reason. Now let’s talk about some of the new music. You wanted to create this sound called Country Funk and to me the song that coincides with that perfectly and one of the best songs of the year in my opinion is Ain’t A Road Too Long. It seems to have this Hamilton-style hip hop cadence to it. Talk about the process of writing that song. Well I’m not the first to do it. There’s a guy named Larry Jon Wilson who is actually from Swainsboro, Georgia. In the 70’s, he did a couple of records that are totally country funk. He’s got a song called Ohoopee River Bottomland. There was a little split second in time where it seemed like a lot of people were doing that kind of thing and then it just fell off the map. I just think it’s the coolest Country you know. I feels like down there so I’d been listening to a lot of that and then I had two days off somewhere. Normally we all would pile up in the same room, 5 band dudes, and on these two days I decided to pay for my own room so that I could just sit in there, not leave, and write. So I had already made that decision. I ordered delivery food and about a day and a half into that, I got an email asking if I’d be interested in trying to write for this campaign that Ram Trucks were doing called Long Live The Storyteller. The themes were the same stuff that I have been dealing with being on the road. Having to keep going and stay determined. So I had this funky guitar lick that goes throughout the song already and when I got the email, that song just fell out of the sky. And finally, you will be back in town with The Steel Woods at The Cox Capitol Theatre on New Year’s Eve to close out the year. I know you have been writing, performing on the road and giving the fans everything they want. What should the fans expect to see if it’s their first time seeing you? It’s funny. I guess the first thing would be that if you listened to Shine On Rainy Day, you probably wouldn’t expect a rock show but somehow those songs have transformed and they kind of rock live. So you might would expect a storyteller, singer/songwriter round type of thing. And if you haven’t heard The Steel Woods, they are a rock and roll band from the South. So it’s a full energy show. It’s gonna feel like Classic Macon. The kind of show that Macon may not have had in the last decade or so.

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  • Bibb deputies capture fugitive at Panera Bread in Macon - The TelegraphBibb deputies capture fugitive at Panera Bread in Macon - The Telegraph

    The TelegraphBibb deputies capture fugitive at Panera Bread in MaconThe TelegraphRandolph Dominique Frazier Jr. was captured about 6 p.m. while sitting at a table in the back of Panera Bread at 181 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. Frazier has been wanted since Oct. 31 when he ...and more »

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  • Agents honored for heroism during event in which partner was killedAgents honored for heroism during event in which partner was killed

    Agents assigned to the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Task Force were honored Thursday with the Governor's Public Safety Award for an Act of Heroism. A news release on the Georgia Department of Corrections website says the Governor's Public Safety Awards is an annual event that recognizes the courageous efforts of Georgia's public safety community.

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  • New Gregg Allman video released on what would have been late rock legend's 70th birthdayNew Gregg Allman video released on what would have been late rock legend's 70th birthday

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  • 50 Years Later50 Years Later

    Almost 50 years to the day after he died in a plane crash while on tour, the image and sound of soul singer Otis Redding remains vital and relevant and heard. The 1968 album "The Immortal Otis Redding," on display at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, includes songs recorded at Stax in the weeks before Redding died in December 1967.

    Macon News / 10 d. 4 h. 37 min. ago
  • Poplar Light Show ExtravaganzaPoplar Light Show Extravaganza

    See a light show unlike any other in historic downtown Macon! The Main Street Christmas Light Show Extravaganza is feast for the eyes and ears. Thousands and thousands of lights adorn the trees, bushes, and features of the Poplar Street median in a rainbow of colors guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. The lights move in time to original music composed by your very own Macon Pops featuring local artists. This is one show you won’t want to miss! The lights come on every night at 6pm and stay on until 11pm. Shows start on the hour at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm nightly. The Main Street Christmas Light Show Extravaganza is made possible by the Downtown Challenge Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. A tremendous thanks to Bryan Nichols for his grand vision and tireless effort to make this light show a reality. Thank you to the Macon Pops for the festive music that showcases the talent in our community. Use #MainStLights in all your photos!

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  • Live Music This Week: Dec 8-14Live Music This Week: Dec 8-14

    FRIDAY 8th 20’S PUB 9 p.m. Never a cover  B. KEITH WILLIAMS Come on out for a great night of live music and drink specials at 20’s Pub! BILLY’S CLUBHOUSE 10 p.m. No cover SOME KIDS Hard hitting, heavy beard-sporting rock from Warner Robins, GA. Come out for a couple cold ones and tip your bartenders! CAPITOL THEATRE 8 p.m. $15 THE LACS The LACS—short for Loud Ass Crackers—have a proven formula for success. Mix 65 percent country music storytelling with 20 percent hip-hop attitude, add in 15 percent rock ‘n’ roll plus 100 percent hard work and you have a multi-format duo that defies definition and oozes opportunity. The duo, which is made up of hip-hop artist Clay “Uncle Snap” Sharpe and lead vocalist/guitarist Brian “Rooster” King, doesn’t easily fit into any predetermined box and that’s exactly why The LACS unique blend of music appeals to America’s iPod generation. “We might have 10 country, 10 rock and 10 rap songs. We knew our kind of people would like it.” THE CRAZY BULL 8 p.m. $5 at the door ANTHONY ORIO Anthony’s new EP, Undeniable debuted at #14 on the iTunes Country Chart. It is Orio’s first release since his two SiriusXM singles “Those Nights, These Days” and “Walkin’ On Whiskey.” The EP features five original songs written by Orio and a funk infused version of the Rolling Stones tune “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The upbeat title track (listen below), co-written with Christopher Griffiths and Josh Paige, has been released as a single to Country radio. An accompanying music video – his first – hit airwaves in early November. “Undeniable is the most ‘me’ thing I’ve ever done,” said Anthony. “Five years ago I started calling my brand of country ‘Motown Country.’ With a trio of Detroit boys behind me we finally brought that blend of Country, Motown and Philly soul from the stage to the studio on this EP.” Undeniable also debuted in the top 100 on the iTunes All Genres Chart. THE HUMMINGBIRD 10 p.m. $5 TRAVERS BROTHERHOOD Soul Funk Rock and Rock n’ Roll Band from Asheville, NC. Also playing; The Aquaducks- High-octane funk and soul band from Nashville. WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a Cover THE LOOSE SKREWS Local veteran musicians; Mike Askew, Bruce Brookshire, Don Lee, John Turner Samuelson, Tony Cooper, Cad Lastinger. These guys know how to entertain and rock the stage wherever they play. SATURDAY 9th AP’S HIDEAWAY 8 p.m. Never a cover THE SKEETERZ The Skeeterz are back at AP’s! Come along and enjoy some great music in one of the best venues in Central Georgia! As always, never a cover! Billy’s Clubhouse 10 p.m. No cover YESTERDAZE ROCK Classic rock, blues and jazz influences mixed with a twist of country. THE CRAZY BULL 8 p.m. $5 at the door JAMIE DAVIS Two songs that Denning co-wrote, “Pickup Lines” and “Life in the Livin’” appear on Justin Moore’s brand new release, Kinda Don’t Care. Chase Rice’s newest single, “Everybody We Know Does” is one of his, and Jason Aldean’s highly anticipated album, They Don’t Know, due out in September, features “All Out of Beer”, a song that Denning wrote with Jeremy Bussey and Rager. This Macon native is coming home, let’s give him a hell of welcome party! CAPITOL THEATRE 8 p.m. $20-$25   LEE ROY PARNELL Lee Roy Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat. An ace guitarist, as well as a distinctive singer, and hit songwriter, his music runs the gamut of diversity. Combining the influences of Blue-Eyed Soul, Delta Blues, Road House Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing, and Gospel, Parnell’s sound defies conventional classification. He draws from a broad range of musical sources and combines them with seamless dexterity and, unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts. THE HUMMINGBIRD 10 p.m. $5 THE JAUNTEE Funk, Rock, Jazz, Progressive, Bluegrass, Psychedelic and Ambient music from New England. WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a cover WES & RONNIE Enjoy $2 PBR cans and Miller High Life while enjoying the musical stylings of some of Macon’s most cherished veteran musicians. SUNDAY 10th AP’S HIDEAWAY 2-6 p.m. Never a cover, on patio BIG MIKE ON THE PATIO Local Blues Legend Big Mike will be strumming every Sunday afternoon at Macon’s best kept secret. SOCIETY GARDEN 5-7 p.m. No cover SUNDAY CAMPFIRE JAM Our first Sunday Campfire Jam was magical! Folks were playing and singing together, we had bongos, a stand-up bass, a mandolin and a dozen guitars! You don’t want to miss this unique event, Sundays from 5-7 p.m. Come to join in, or just sit back and enjoy the music! Led by a local musician, all are invited to join in! GRANT’S LOUNGE 9 p.m. No cover SUNDAY JAM SESSION Sweet Jam session, Happens every Sunday! Showcasing hidden gems of musical talent in Macon. You never know who’ll drop by! TUESDAY 12th Cox Capitol Theatre 8 p.m. $15 JD MCPHERSON W/CHARLEY CROCKETT You could mistake JD McPherson for a revivalist, given how few other contemporary artists are likely to assert, as he boldly does, that “’Keep a Knockin’ by Little Richard is the best record ever made. But in a very real sense, McPherson is much more a pioneer than roots resuscitator. He’s knocking at the door of something that arguably hasn’t yet been accomplished—a spirited, almost spiritual hybrid that brings the forgotten lessons from the earliest days of rock & roll into a future that has room for the modernities of studio technique and 21st century singer/songwriter idiosyncrasies that Richard Penniman would not recognize. THE HUMMINGBIRD 10 p.m. No Cover OPEN JAM WITH SHANA HARGROVE Come join the soulful Shana Hargrove and a live band for the best Tuesday night jam session in town! Drink specials include $2 wells and domestic beers.

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  • GRAPHIC: Deputies shoot dog, tell owner to cut its head offGRAPHIC: Deputies shoot dog, tell owner to cut its head off

    Videos posted to Facebook appear to show sheriff's deputies telling a man to cut his dog's head off after they shot it. An official with the Georgia Department of Public Health said deputies ignored the Georgia Department of Public Health protocols for dealing with animals suspected to have rabies.

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  • Live & Local with Magnolia MoonLive & Local with Magnolia Moon

      Dwayne Boswell (keys), and brothers John Crowell (bass) and Chris Crowell (guitar) make up Magnolia Moon. I spoke with Zack about Mississippi, how he began playing guitar, and the magic of songwriting. How did the band start? We got together playing music for a church band. My brother Jesse Horton had been working at the church for a while, along with Dwayne. Eventually Dwayne recruited John, Chris, and myself. We started hanging out and playing music at each others houses. It was a good fit musically and we had fun so we figured we might as well write some music of our own. In your bio you talk about a couple of band members having roots in Mississippi. How does it translate to your music? My brother and I grew up in Mississippi and lived there until about 10 years ago. That definitely plays a large part when it comes to the more Southern and soulful parts of our music. It’s just in our blood. The band has a strong influence from 60s/70s rock. Who are your biggest influences? I’m a big fan of bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Allman Brothers, etc. The 60s/70s seemed to be a golden era for creativity in rock n roll. There was a lot of good music that came out of those decades. Do you take inspiration from any other genres of music? I try to find inspiration in all types of music. From James Brown to Johnny Cash, I love it all and it’s all inspiring in one way or another. Music with soul, no matter the genre, is what I love and find inspiration in. Does your band name have any specific significance? It’s kind of a nod to where my brother and I grew up. The magnolia being the state flower of Mississippi. Why do you think you guys work so well together? We all love each other like family and enjoy one another’s company. That can sometimes make or break a band. I guess we just lucked out. Tell me about your background in music. I grew up around music in a large extended family full of musicians. My cousin gave me a guitar when I was about nine years old and it sat in my closet collecting dust until I was 12. That’s when I started trying to learn how to play. I would pop in a CD or turn on the radio and try to play what I heard. I’ve played just about every day since then. Tell me about writing one of your songs. Writing a song, in my experience, never happens the same way twice. Sometimes it takes bits and pieces of lyrics and riffs that have accumulated over the course of months, even years. Other times we will all get together for practice and write a song in an evening. That’s the beauty of it though. It’s like magic. I can’t figure it out completely, but I don’t think I’m supposed to. What do you think is the most rad part about your live performance? The spontaneous moments in our set. The things that were not rehearsed that happen in a moment because the atmosphere made it happen. We try to leave space in our music for things like that. It keeps things fun and new for us and I think it’s great for the people listening. You’ll never get the same set twice.    

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  • Lizella man accused of multiple burglaries - The TelegraphLizella man accused of multiple burglaries - The Telegraph

    The TelegraphLizella man accused of multiple burglariesThe TelegraphBibb County sheriff's deputies charged Shawn Wayne Lineberger, 33, with three burglaries in the 6000 block of Bethel Church Road and two others on Dixon and Barnes Ferry roads, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office ...and more »

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  • Here's why Little Richard said Macon is 'better than anywhere' - The TelegraphHere's why Little Richard said Macon is 'better than anywhere' - The Telegraph

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  • Chargers CB Hayward leaves team after brother's deathChargers CB Hayward leaves team after brother's death

    Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward left the team to be with his family after his brother, Jecaives, was killed in a car accident. Jecaives Hayward was killed Monday night in Macon, Ga., when he was ejected from a car in which he was a passenger.

    Macon News / 16 d. 10 h. 4 min. ago
  • Brother of NFL player killed in crash on interstateBrother of NFL player killed in crash on interstate

    Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones tells WMAZ-TV that the wreck in Macon on Monday killed 27-year-old Jecaives Hayward, brother of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from a vehicle and struck by cars.

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  • Live Music Nov 30-Dec 8Live Music Nov 30-Dec 8

    THURSDAY 30th Cox Capitol Theatre 8 p.m. $35 ROBERT EARL KEEN The country music icon Robert Earl Keen will bring his Christmas show to the historic Cox Capitol Theatre in Downtown Macon. Debuting with 1984’s No Kinda Dancer, the Houston native has recorded 18 full-length albums for both independent and major record labels, while his songs have had cover versions recorded by several country, folk and Texas country music musicians, including George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks. Although both his albums and live performances span many different styles, from folk, country, and bluegrass to rock, he is most commonly affiliated with the Americana genre. Keen has toured extensively both in the US and abroad throughout his career, and was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 along with Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt. Keen will be joined by The Doyle and Debbie Show, a parody singer/ songwriter duo out of Nashville. FRIDAY 1st 20’S PUB 9 p.m. Never a cover UNCLE EARL Come on out for a great night of live music and drink specials at 20’s Pub! Billy’s Clubhouse 10 p.m. No cover MONCRIEF & FRIENDS Local favorite Matt Moncrief will bring his friends to North Macon’s favorite music venue . Come out for a couple cold ones and tip your bartenders! Cox Capitol Theatre 8 p.m. $30 WAR This funk group was started in the 1970’s in Southern California. With only one original member left, its imperative that all fans come out in droves to see these legends at the historic Cox Capitol Theatre! THE CRAZY BULL 8 p.m. $5 at the door GANNON ADAMS An up and coming Georgia country artist, Raised in rural Mansfield Georgia, Gannon lives the lifestyle all his country music hero’s sang about; dirt roads, pickups, campfires and pasture parties. Country music in his “blood”. Gannon began playing guitar at the age of 13 and really picked up the pace during his days at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton Georgia. Gannon frequently played music with his good friend Brian Cagle from Monticello, Georgia who had recorded a couple of gospel albums. Brian introduced Gannon to Barry Williams with “Rocket Man Entertainment” who saw potential in his voice and style and encouraged him to record. In April of 2012, Gannon fulfilled a life long dream when he opened a show for his hero, the legendary Merle Haggard, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee. THE HUMMINGBIRD 10 p.m. $5 GOOSE Out of Norwalk, Connecticut, this rock group has toured across the country with their eclectic sound and stylings. Made up of Rick Mitarotonda, Kristopher Yunker, Trevor Weeks, Ben Atkind and Aaron Hagele, come join these fine folks for a Friday night of great music at one of Downtown’s favorite bars and venues. SOCIETY GARDEN 7-9 p.m. $5 BIG MIKE BLUES TRIO We love us some Big Mike! This man tours Europe every summer and can play da blues, country, classics and more! Fire pit and heaters are set, wine flights and over 60 craft beers & of course Blackberry Wine Slushies! The Creek Stage at The Rookery 8 p.m. $10 THE TEXAS GENTLEMEN (feature photo) Based out of Dallas, The Texas Gentlemen are a Country Rock group prominently featured on 100.9 The Creek. They were awarded with Best Group Act by the Dallas Observer Music Awards in 2016. The group has toured with Kris Kristofferson and has been compared to Leon Bridges, The Band and Willie Nelson. WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a Cover ETHAN PAYNE A regular at music venues in Milledgeville, Ethan Payne is a young whipper snapper on the local music touring scene and was recently featured at The Georgia Country Music Awards at The Crazy Bull. SATURDAY 2nd AP’S HIDEAWAY 8 p.m. Never a cover TRES HOMBRE Straight out of Warner Robins, these local favorites will be picking and grinning down at one of my favorite hideaways, the famous AP’s, one of the best kept secrets in Downtown Macon. Billy’s Clubhouse 10 p.m. No cover SOUTHBOUND MOJO Consisting  of Neil Arrington on vocals, Sam Green on guitar, Mike Smallwood on bass, and Greg Parker on drums, Macon’s own Southbound Mojo plays all the hits of years past and today with a fun, hardcore Rock edge. THE CRAZY BULL 8 p.m. $5 at the door TRAVIS DENNING Two songs that Denning co-wrote, “Pickup Lines” and “Life in the Livin’” appear on Justin Moore’s brand new release, Kinda Don’t Care. Chase Rice’s newest single, “Everybody We Know Does” is one of his, and Jason Aldean’s highly anticipated album, They Don’t Know, due out in September, features “All Out of Beer”, a song that Denning wrote with Jeremy Bussey and Rager. This Macon native is coming home, let’s give him a hell of welcome party! “Leaving home was difficult and I didn’t want to feel, or for it to appear, like I was turning my back on a place or group of people, but I knew that being in Nashville was a huge part of me trying to make the most out of this opportunity,” he comments. When I pressed him further about any critical thoughts he has about Middle Georgia’s music scene or what it was like to grow up there, he’s quick to give a sincere response. Drink specials all night, Happy Hour from 8 PM to 9:30 PM with $2 domestic bottles, $3 Toro Loco shots, $3 Crazy Bulls, DJ Whiteout upstairs all night, and DJ Old Flame on the floor at 1 AM. 18 to enter, 21 to drink, must have two forms of ID and dress code is strictly enforced. COX CAPITOL THEATRE 8 p.m. $25-$35 RAY WYLIE HUBBARD The legendary Country singer and songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard brings his honky tonk show to Downtown Macon and the historic Cox Capitol Theatre. Born in Oklahoma, Hubbard began playing music at an early age. He has released over 15 studio albums and even wrote his own autobiography in 2015. Hubbard has toured across the country and even written numerous tunes for other artists. A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.” THE HUMMINGBIRD 10 p.m. $5 THE VOODOO FIX This group from Los Angeles and now based out of Nashville just returned Home from a long European tour to end the Summer and early Fall. Made up of Abe Rivers, Scott Parelli, Will Halsey and Logan Todd, the group recently released their first album Back For More and continues to tour the country nonstop, so catch them at The Bird before they fly away! WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a cover VELVET RUNWAY A regular on the Southeast touring scene, Velvet Runway is one of the premiere cover bands in our area. Their expansive catalog of songs stretches from Doobie Brothers to ZZ Top to Michael Jackson. Come on out to one of North Macon’s favorite music venues where there’s always food and drink specials. SUNDAY 3rd SOCIETY GARDEN 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free! Sunday Campfire Jam Come Sit around the Campfire, bring your guitar, and play some tunes with some of Macon’s Finest. This event will be hosted by different local musicians each week. First up, one of our favorites, Duane Boswell.

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  • Uber Tales to Lyft Your SpiritsUber Tales to Lyft Your Spirits

    Remember what happened last night in the backseat of your Uber? No? Well your driver does, and he’s spilling your secrets. Don’t panic. We’ve all been there – fumbling fingers on your iPhone, squinting as you try to drunk-click the app to get a ride. After all, isn’t that what Uber and Lyft are for? They take you home so you can avoid that pesky DUI charge. While you’re puking in the back seat (it happens a lot actually), holding hands with your driver (also happened) or going topless in the backseat (supposedly, THAT happened), your driver is – we hope – stone cold sober. And they remember you. We chatted with a handful of local Uber and Lyft drivers – anonymously, of course – to hear some of their best stories. So what happens in the Lyft, stays in the Lyft? Not exactly, although some names and locations have been altered to protect your delicate reputations. I had this rider who originally wanted to go to Warner Robins, and then he said, “Before we go to Warner Robins can we go to the convenience store?” I said that’s fine. We stopped, then he says, “Can you go in the store and buy some liquor for me?” I was like no … and I asked him why he couldn’t get it himself. He said was too drunk and felt like the cashier wouldn’t let him buy any more if he went in there. I said, “No, I don’t feel comfortable doing that. You still want to go to Warner Robins?” He said, “No, instead just drop me off at the strip club.” People tell me their impression of who I am, just at a glance. I had to kick a guy out for trying to tell me an N-word joke. People try to tell me heinous jokes, and I’m not that guy at all. It makes me want to ask them, what is it about me that makes you think I’d think that’s OK? So the guy was like, “Hey, what do you can an N-word …” and I was like, “Whoa man, not on this ride!” He says, “Hey, where’s your sense of humor?” So three or four minutes down the road, he tried another one. I immediately found a gas station and took the keys out of the car and told him to get out. I picked up a lady, who I’d driven before, from one of the sorority houses along with a bunch of her girlfriends. They all hoped in the car, and said, “We know you! You’ve given us a ride before.” I said, “I’ve given this lady a ride before but I’ve never seen y’all before.” “Yes, you have! You’re the one that told us about picking up the ladies from the bachelorette party who went topless for the Uber ride!” I’m insisting I’m not that guy and they kept saying the whole ride home how I was that guy. …  And that wasn’t the only time I’d heard the topless Uber story. I was driving a couple from a downtown bar back to a university campus where their truck was parked. As I’m driving, the lady, who’s sitting in the front seat, grabs my hand and brings it over to her side of the car and holds it with both her hands. She looked over at me and said, “I just want to hold your hand,” in the most sincere drunk way she could. Then she takes my hand and puts it on her thigh. Her guy friend, who is sitting in the backseat, told me to just appease her, so I drove all the way there holding this young lady’s hand on her thigh. That was a first! I was doing a Lyft line and I had a street philosopher type person immediate start talking about race relations. Another dude got in the car, and he was comfortable talking about it so they start talking, and then this gal gets in the car and she starts looking uncomfortable. So I told the guys to tone it down. The street philosopher guy was OK but the other guy was being a little pushy on it. Things got a little weird. I drop the philosopher off and then there’s this silence. Now, this other guy seems like a bro, and then he starts talking to the girl. Things get creepy like that. I went to drop him off and he said he wanted to keep going, to see where this went with her and told me to “just be cool.” I was like, “I am being cool; you’re done now.” It’s disgusting, but this happens so often. She thanked me more than enough, to the point where I was embarrassed to be a dude. And I didn’t really do that much standing up for her, I just told the guy to get out. I picked up this couple from a music event downtown. I find out he’s a lawyer and they are from Alabama. The couple had brought her sister with them to the concert but they left the sister there because they said she’s a “crazy ass bitch.” They’re going on and on about their life as I drive them out to a subdivision to drop them off. Then it’s getting fairly late and I decide to make one more run for the night and head back downtown. There’s an after-party for that concert, so I pull up in front and park my car. I have my windows down and there’s this very inebriated lady sitting on the park bench. There’s two folks from the band sitting with this lady, asking her how she’s gonna get home. She’s so inebriated that they kinda feel bad for just leaving her there. She’s like, “I don’t know I guess I’m gonna Uber.” I say, “Hey! I’m an Uber!” She pops up off the bench but is so inebriated she almost falls back over. She stumbles to my car and on the way the band member asks if she has Uber on her phone. She’s like, “I don’t know.” He opens up her phone, can’t find Uber. So he’s trying to download Uber for her – she seemed a little technology challenged. Anyway, he can’t get Uber on her phone because she can’t remember her email. She’s knows her address though. I introduce myself to the band member, give him my card and tell him that this lady lives on my way home. She clearly needs some help, so I offer to give her a ride home. She stumbles into the car; we help her with her seatbelt and we’re on the way. The address was in the same subdivision I’ve been going to all night. She starts talking and says, “Yeah my sister and brother-in-law just left me at the concert. I can’t believe they left me there. I come here and they just leave me.” I say, “Is your brother-in-law a lawyer from Alabama?” Her eyes got real big and she says, “How did you know that?” Well, I just gave them a ride home. Here’s what I like to call express Ubers. I went to pick up two gentlemen. They were standing at the end of their driveway. I pulled up and they were looking at their phone and looking at me. You know, the “Uber look.” I could tell they were pensive about something. They hurriedly get in the car. I said, “Are we late?” They said, “Yes, we were supposed to be downtown at a reception 30 minutes ago.” I said, “Does this need to be an express Uber?” The dude in the back says, “Yes, absolutely! I’m an attorney here. I will cover you if you get any tickets.” I said OK and we booked it downtown. We flew. I haven’t driven that fast in a long time. They tipped quite well, and were extremely appreciative. I pick up a young married couple plus a friend from downtown. The lady is sitting beside me talking about this and that. The husband is sitting behind her and their guy friend is behind me. They’re talking, and the guy behind me, his head falls toward window. It looks like he’s taking a nap, although every once and a while he’d grunt. So we get to the neighborhood, I pull in the driveway and everybody gets out. As the doors close I’m checking where they are before I back out, and the guy has fallen down drunk in the yard. It looks like he’s out cold. I put down window and ask the couple if they need help moving him and they say no. I get another Uber call instantly, so I do the ride. After dropping that guy off, as soon as I get close to that same neighborhood I get another Uber call and recognize the name. It was the same folks I just dropped off. I pull up, they hop in the car and I notice their friend is still in the yard passed out. They hop in like it’s no big deal. I say, “You sure you want to leave him in the yard?” They say, “Oh, he’ll be just fine, it’s his house.” One time I got caught in middle of a domestic dispute. I picked up the rider, she was coming out of the house with a bag of clothes and a baby and got in my car. Shortly after, a man comes running out of the house and he begs her not to leave, and he’s telling her he’s going to change and saying please don’t go. Then he starts taking everything out of the car and she’s like, “No, no, stop, I’m leaving,” and she’s putting the stuff back in the car. So it was back and forth for a while and then she tried to get back in the car, he physically wouldn’t let her. It was a horrible situation. I sat there 15 minutes letting them go back and forth and finally I didn’t feel comfortable any more. So I said, “I need to get out of here.” So I cancelled the trip and drove off. On the way to country concert in Macon, I pick up these guys who think they’re tough. You know, the ones who have bedazzled hats and jeans. So this guy gets in the backseat, asks me to turn up the music and then he cracks open a beer. The first three or four times that happened, I didn’t stand up for myself when people were being inappropriate in the car. I’ve had people wanting to drink, wanting to smoke, asking if they can smoke some herb in the car. 40s-plus white people don’t trust the GPS and they want to give you their own directions. And they also always assume I’ve done nothing with my life, and so I get a lot of advice. Not only advice on directions, but stuff like, “How old are you? Well, there’s time for you yet, young man!” Note: If you’re an Uber or Lyft driver with a great story to share, send it to ReneeCorwine@gmail.com.

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  • A SHOPPER’S GUIDE TO KEEPING IT LOCALA SHOPPER’S GUIDE TO KEEPING IT LOCAL

    Summer vacation feels like it could’ve been last week, and Halloween was just yesterday, right? There’s no way it’s Thanksgiving already. At least, that’s how it feels, and yet here we are, heading full-force into the holiday season at breakneck speed. Might as well embrace the chaos – get those Christmas sweaters ready, throw some lights and tinsel festively around the house, stock your bar, and make your shopping list. We all know about Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving, when shoppers rush to big-box stores amidst crowds and chaos to get the best deals on big ticket items, but over the past few years its counterpoint Small Business Saturday has been on the rise; falling on November 25 this year, Small Business Saturday is an incentive launched to encourage shopping at local independent businesses. Shopping small is important in so many big ways: it helps to create jobs here in our own community – and more money goes to support the local economy in a larger sense, since businesses pay sales tax to the city and county where they’re located. It helps keep our community diverse, interesting, and unique – a city filled with nothing but cookie-cutter chain stores and restaurants would be a bleak, bland prospect indeed. Also, small businesses are known for better, more personalized customer service. There’s something so great about building a solid rapport with a local business owner – they’re experts in whatever they’re selling, be it books or toys or beauty products, and they’re genuinely interested in getting to know the needs of their customers. And it just feels cool to walk into a store and have someone greet you by name and take the time to tell you about something new they think you’d be into. Small Business Saturday has skyrocketed in popularity since its inception in 2010, which is wonderful, but small businesses need community support every day to stay afloat. So by all means, head out to your favorite independently owned spot on Nov. 25 to get a head start on that Christmas list. Stop for lunch somewhere locally owned – and maybe grab a few beers or a cup of coffee at another local spot later in the day. But do yourself a favor and implement small businesses into your shopping routine as often as you can; by doing so, you’ll be supporting the immense hard work and dedication of someone right here in your own community. I’ve highlighted some of middle Georgia’s best and brightest small businesses in the guide below, but it is by no means an exhaustive list – I suggest using this list as a jumping-off point and doing some exploring on your own. Happy shopping! DOWNTOWN Travis Jean Emporium offers a fun, eclectic, unique shopping experience – here you’ll find adorable Georgia-shaped gift baskets filled with Georgia Grown items, Macon-made Southern Bon Vivant candles, original artwork by local artists like Priscilla Esser, and so much more. They’re also the downtown source for Macon Bacon merchandise, which would be a great gift for anyone on your list. Be sure to check out their newest Georgia-made product: handmade adorable collars, leashes, bows, and ties for your four legged friends, from Snellville’s A Hot Dog on a Leash. Boutique clothing at affordable prices for women of all shapes and sizes? Yes please! Daphne’s 525 is a new addition to downtown, and their wonderful selection of clothes and accessories, combined with fantastic customer service, is earning them some very good word of mouth. Children’s clothing is also available here – be sure to check out their adorable tutu selection –  and they also offer monogramming services at competitive prices. A new addition to downtown, Falling Star Records, located right next door to the Cox Capitol Theater, is a great destination for gifts for the vinyl lover, or for the equipment you’d need in order to turn someone into a vinyl lover – and you can check out Priscilla Esser’s musician series of paintings on display while you’re at it. And Fresh Produce Records, a longtime downtown staple, is full of wonderful weirdo goodies – go explore and see for yourself, and while you’re in there, be sure to register to win a record player courtesy of 41 NBC’s 12 Days of Giving contest. Ex-Allman Brothers Band tour manager, talented photographer, and lifetime music lover Kirk West is one of Macon’s treasures. His music photography, which spans over 40 years, captures an impressive lineup of legends with honesty, awe, and obvious affection, and you can find lots of it on display at Gallery West, along with copies of his two coffee table books The Blues in Black and White and Les Brers: Kirk West’s Photographic Journey with the Brothers. The gallery will have a whole month of musical events beginning in December, plus discounts on books and prints – come by, chat with Kirk and his lovely wife Kirsten, and get a signed piece of musical history that’ll thrill the rock ‘n rollers on your list. The Golden Bough is a bookstore that feels the way a bookstore is supposed to feel – it smells like books in there in a way that’ll weaken the knees of any true book lover. Plus, there are cats! The stock is mostly used (and reasonably priced) books, and owner Eric Wakefield makes sure to keep a steady influx of inventory coming in; he updates the store’s social media with photos of new arrivals often. This is a great spot to find regional specialties, talk about writing with a knowledgeable dude, and special-order any new titles you might need for the holidays. INGLESIDE VILLAGE Sometimes it’s hard to make time for good self-care all on your own – that’s why gift certificates for massage therapy make amazing gifts. Kay-Lynn Massage & Bodywork Studio is owned by two sisters who have true passion for what they do, and it shows. At Kay-Lynn, all services are priced by time; clients come in and have a relaxing foot soak while discussing specific massage needs with the therapist, so each session is personally customized. And the studio offers handmade, organic body products, as well as a range of cute, artsy little zipper pouches that’d make a great gift with a gift certificate tucked inside. Christmas wouldn’t be nearly as fun without toys, and if you want to find something really special for the kids on your list, William’s Fun Smart Toys is the place to go. Owner Florence Allen (aka The Toy Lady) has been in the toy business for years, and she knows her stuff – the store is stocked with classic favorites like the PlasmaCar and Tegu magnetic wooden blocks, and an ever evolving array of new, innovative playthings. You won’t find cooler stocking stuffers anywhere else, either. A Macon institution since 1917, Karsten Denson is an old-school hardware store that seemingly has a little bit of everything- camping gear, gardening supplies, baking pans, bird feeders… the list goes on. They’ve also got a reputation for some of the best customer service in the game.        Head into specialty grocer Village Marketplace for gift baskets full of Georgia Grown goodies – they have a stock of premade baskets, or you can pick what you want and have them fix it up especially for you. They’ve got Wisham pepper jellies, Southern Soul Barbeque sauce, Phickles pickles, Back to the Basics 101 baking mixes, and so much more – while you’re there, you can pick up some snacks for that holiday party and even grab stuff to make a healthy dinner while you’re at it. The Village’s newest addition, The Society Garden, has gift cards available as well, so parents of parents…. you know what to tuck inside that grown-up stocking… the gift of craft beer and cool atmosphere! Or sign-up a loved one for The Garden’s monthly wine club! OTHER COOL STUFF Give the gift of musical knowledge with a tour from Rock Candy Tours – these walking tours explore Macon’s rich, varied musical background and help bring it to life with insider information and sincere enthusiasm. Even if you’re a lifetime Maconite, you’ll come away having learned something new and cool. And if you pick up a Rock Candy Tours t-shirt (available at Travis Jean or the Downtown Welcome Center), you get a discount on the price of a tour. Everybody’s always fussing about getting themselves and their kids outside more. Put your money where your mouth is and pick up a bike from Bike Tech this holiday season. They sell new and used bikes and accessories, and their shop is staffed with friendly experts who’d love to help you choose what’s best for the people on your list. Here’s a suggestion for a great way to find a truly unique gift and support our local museums at the same time – spend some time and money in their gift shops! The Big House – Allman Brothers Band Museum, The Hay House, The Tubman Museum, The Cannonball House, The Museum of Arts & Sciences, The Museum of Aviation, Ocmulgee National Monument, and The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame all have gift shops featuring art, jewelry, toys, books, housewares, and more – all distinctive, and all carefully curated to reflect the little slice of middle Georgia their museums represent.

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  • Jonathan ByrdJonathan Byrd

    Jonathan Byrd has been a troubadour his entire life. He learned music as a boy in churches around the world, served his country in the U.S. Navy, and in 2003 his considerable songwriting skills made him a winner at the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Festival. Jonathan’s latest outing features long time collaborator Johnny Waken and singer/songwriter Kyshona Armstrong. The trio will performs live on the Creek Stage at the Rookery Tuesday 12/5. Jonathan Byrd– North Carolina singer/songwriter… but you have been, literally, all over the world. Your family– you grew up in the church, your father was a minister, you got to Texas… Out of highschool you went into the Navy… How has all of that traveling in your early years made you the songwriter you are today? Hmm.Well, I guess it gave me a bit more of a global perspective– being a kid and being in Germany, and then coming back to the States when I was about 10-years-old… It was a bit of a culture shock. Just a lot of things that are different– like most of the northern European countries are secular, and churches are kind of museums. My dad was a preacher, and we started Baptist churches in the fellowship hall or in the basement of other church buildings that were there. So, I grew up in this really intense church environment that was in mostly a secular country. We came back to the States, and the church environment was really more of a mainstream thing. So, that was really interesting. I also learned a lot about World War II history. My dad was a big World War II buff and wherever we went, he would visit important sites regarding World War II. So, I had a lot of historical knowledge that other kids didn’t have, and kids were kind of like– they thought the kind of shoes they wore were really important. There were things that really seemed incredibly trivial to me that seemed like they were really important to other kids. Sometimes it was hard for me to fit in that way. You talk about that world view… I was talking to our mutual friend, Chris Moorman, who said he was introduced to you– I believe this was after you made a record with Neal Fountain in Athens (GA) with the group Dromedary which has a tremendous world influence to it. Yeah, I met those guys in Asheville (NC). They were playing a show, and I was playing a show at the same time, and I just saw that group of instruments that they had– some of which I didn’t even recognize. I wasn’t able to go to the show, but my wife was with me, and she went to their show while I played mine. She came back and said, “Well, they’re awesome, and we should go down there and meet them.” We traded records, went home and listened to each others music… And I just thought, “How cool is that? How cool would that be to do some shows together? Not only I play a set and they play a set but to integrate our music.” They were playing traditional music from different parts of the world, and I was more or less playing traditional American music or American roots music– so, it didn’t seem like a big stretch of the imagination to put those things together– and it took us a couple years, but we did. And then the record that Neal Fountain played on was the record we made after that one. So, we all grew up playing rock n’ roll, and after we made this record that was mostly an acoustic record with all these different world instruments on it, we made an electric record with Jeff Reilly on the drums– who lived in Athens at the time, now he’s in California– Neal Fountain on the bass, and then Rob and Andrew from Dromedary played electric guitars on it. What’s the next Dromedary project to come your way? Or is there one in the works? No– Dromedary hasn’t made a project in years. Andrew lives out in California, for a while and was working out there… And now, actually his family has come back to Athens. So, I don’t know if there are any plans. Oh, I just thought I’d try to find a scoop there! Well, let’s talk about that American roots music part. You have been described as a folk singer with a rock n’ roll soul, which once upon a time would have been a detriment in the folk music world… But now here you are in this time frame, where we have Americana music– it’s own genre, has it’s own charts… Singer/songwriters–who I think before might’ve bounced around pinball-like from label to label. Do you feel like you fit into that category? I feel like I fit really well into Americana. I think Americana is a genre that attracts people who… They want to hear something different. They want to hear people who aren’t just sticking to a genre specific to a certain record. And I think I fit in really well with artists like Margo Price or Jason Isbell, people like that who kind of… The focus is on the songwriting, everything is revolving around the songwriting, but there’s a little more energy there. You can have a drummer, and it’s cool– you know? You can make a little noise and it’s ok. I think we all grew up listening to some music like that—so, why not express ourselves that way? I totally agree with that, absolutely. Now, I want to bring this up, because this is very cool. In 2003, you actually were one of the winners at the Kerrville New Folk Festival. For folks that don’t know about that– past winners: Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovette, Slaid Cleaves, James McMurtry… I’m throwing names out there, but you are in that pantheon of songwriters. When you were there– what was that feeling that you had when they said, “Alright, Mr. Byrd, you are the best of the best today.” Well, my friend Colin Brooks– who spent some time in the Band of Heathens, he’s a great guitar player, lives in Austin… He was also one of the winners that year. So, every year they have six winners which is cool because they don’t have to pick between apples and oranges. There’s different kinds of songwriters out there, right? So, they have six winners, and his name was announced before mine, and when they announced my name, I actually jumped through the air into his arms! That’s kind of how I felt about it! It was pretty cool. At the time, I was really just learning about the whole Texas lineage of songwriters, and for me the real fountain of honest American songwriting is the hill country of Texas where you’ve got people like Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith… All these great writers who come out of that one little area of Texas. And if you keep going back– you go back to Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings… It keeps going. I don’t know what’s in the water there, but they have certainly produced many of the greatest American songwriters– in my opinion. Now, I’m not talking about Nashville songwriting, or sort of New York Tin Pan Alley songwriting, commercial songwriting… I’m talking about artistic poetic people who are pushing the limits of the art form. I think that’s coming out of Texas. We’ll I think it’s been said before by people smarter than me that if you want to be a songwriter for financial reasons, you go to Nashville and New York– but if you want to be a songwriter and respected for it, you go to Texas. And like you, I think that some of the best American songwriters have come out of Texas and that part of Texas. It’s also a state you can go to and never leave as a performer and a songwriter. It’s so vast, has so many opportunities in clubs… Where did you go in Texas that you sorta just felt at home? We just got back from playing Fischer Fest in Fischer, TX– which is kind of like Luckenbach. It’s this little community, maybe three people live out there, but they have an outdoor stage– they have a couple different stages out there. People come from all over that area in the hill country to come to either the concerts they put on or the festival they put on in November. That audience is just… They’re there for every word, every note of what I do. It really makes you appreciate being a songwriter and working on your craft when people can just soak it up like that. It’s incredible. So, Fischer TX is great. We were in Austin… Austin, obviously– the live music capitol… There’s like six venues in the Austin airport! It’s incredible, the live music scene there. Dallas-Ft Worth is great! We really love playing this place called Shipping and Receiving in Ft Worth, and Ft Worth Live is a great room. Also, in Houston is the Mucky Duck, a really legendary room… And Houston also has the Old Quarter which used to be– or Galveston has the Old Quarter which used to be in Houston which is where, of course, Townes Van Zandt made that legendary Live at The Old Quarter record. Yeah, we play a couple of those tracks here at the Creek. We’ll let me ask you this– have you ever been to play in Macon before? I have never been to Macon, GA. We’re looking forward to having you. You’ve got friends, you got fans here. We’ve got a brand new stage built. It’s called the Creek Stage at the Rookery. It’s going to be a fantastic listening room where I know you gonna be able to shine with your songs. Before we wrap this up, tell me about the new record you’ve got coming out. So, we made a new trio record. We’ve got a great trio. Kyshona Armstrong, this really cool songwriter, great singer. I met her when she was working the bar at Hendershot’s in Athens, GA. Now she’s in Nashville makig records and touring around. I saw her again in England, and I was really impressd with her– just drivin’ herself around on the wrong side of the road, bookin’ her own tour… She got up and sang a song with us during the show and I said, “I don’t know if you play the bass, but we’re looking for a team member.” And she didn’t play the bass, but she just went and got bass lessons and joined the band… And she’s awesome! (Laughing) Doesn’t that make you mad? Just picked it up like that! It’s incredible, it’s incredible! I’m happy to have her in the band… And then my friend Johnny Waken plays electric guitar, mandolin, harmonica– he plays the musical saw, he plays the washboard during a song– he’s crazy and a really great performer! So, we’re touring with this trio, and we didn’t have a record that sounded like what we do… So, we just made one really quick. In a few days, we recorded eleven of our favorite songs we wanted to play during the show, and we just called the record Trio, and we’re gonna have that on this tour. That’s the outfit that’s gonna be on the Creek Stage? That’s right, we’ll all be on the Creek Stage, and I’m bringing my friend Corrin Raymond. He’s a great Canadian songwriter. That’s gonna be awesome.

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  • Live Music: Nov 28th – Dec 7thLive Music: Nov 28th – Dec 7th

    TUESDAY 28th THE HUMMINGBIRD 10 p.m. No Cover OPEN JAM WITH SHANA HARGROVE  Come join the soulful Shana Hargrove and a live band for the best Tuesday night jam session in town! Drink specials include $2 wells and domestic beers. THURSDAY 30th Cox Capitol Theatre 8 p.m. $35 ROBERT EARL KEEN The country music icon Robert Earl Keen will bring his Christmas show to the historic Cox Capitol Theatre in Downtown Macon. Debuting with 1984’s No Kinda Dancer, the Houston native has recorded 18 full-length albums for both independent and major record labels, while his songs have had cover versions recorded by several country, folk and Texas country music musicians, including George Strait, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, The Highwaymen, Nanci Griffith, and the Dixie Chicks. Although both his albums and live performances span many different styles, from folk, country, and bluegrass to rock, he is most commonly affiliated with the Americana genre. Keen has toured extensively both in the US and abroad throughout his career, and was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012 along with Lovett and the late Townes Van Zandt. Keen will be joined by The Doyle and Debbie Show, a parody singer/ songwriter duo out of Nashville. FRIDAY 1st 20’S PUB 9 p.m. Never a cover UNCLE EARL Come on out for a great night of live music and drink specials at 20’s Pub! Billy’s Clubhouse 10 p.m. No cover MONCRIEF & FRIENDS Local favorite Matt Moncrief will bring his friends to North Macon’s favorite music venue . Come out for a couple cold ones and tip your bartenders! Cox Capitol Theatre 8 p.m. $30 WAR This funk group was started in the 1970’s in Southern California. With only one original member left, its imperative that all fans come out in droves to see these legends at the historic Cox Capitol Theatre! THE CRAZY BULL 8 p.m. $5 at the door GANNON ADAMS An up and coming Georgia country artist, Raised in rural Mansfield Georgia, Gannon lives the lifestyle all his country music hero’s sang about; dirt roads, pickups, campfires and pasture parties. Country music in his “blood”. Gannon began playing guitar at the age of 13 and really picked up the pace during his days at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton Georgia. Gannon frequently played music with his good friend Brian Cagle from Monticello, Georgia who had recorded a couple of gospel albums. Brian introduced Gannon to Barry Williams with “Rocket Man Entertainment” who saw potential in his voice and style and encouraged him to record. In April of 2012, Gannon fulfilled a life long dream when he opened a show for his hero, the legendary Merle Haggard, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee. THE HUMMINGBIRD 10 p.m. $5 GOOSE  Out of Norwalk, Connecticut, this rock group has toured across the country with their eclectic sound and stylings. Made up of Rick Mitarotonda, Kristopher Yunker, Trevor Weeks, Ben Atkind and Aaron Hagele, come join these fine folks for a Friday night of great music at one of Downtown’s favorite bars and venues. SOCIETY GARDEN 7-9 p.m. $5 BIG MIKE BLUES TRIO We love us some Big Mike! This man tours Europe every summer and can play da blues, country, classics and more! Fire pit and heaters are set, wine flights and over 60 craft beers & of course Blackberry Wine Slushies! The Creek Stage at The Rookery 8 p.m. $10 THE TEXAS GENTLEMEN Based out of Dallas, The Texas Gentlemen are a Country Rock group prominently featured on 100.9 The Creek. They were awarded with Best Group Act by the Dallas Observer Music Awards in 2016. The group has toured with Kris Kristofferson and has been compared to Leon Bridges, The Band and Willie Nelson. WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a Cover ETHAN PAYNE A regular at music venues in Milledgeville, Ethan Payne is a young whipper snapper on the local music touring scene and was recently featured at The Georgia Country Music Awards at The Crazy Bull. SATURDAY 2nd AP’S HIDEAWAY 8 p.m. Never a cover TRES HOMBRE Straight out of Warner Robins, these local favorites will be picking and grinning down at one of my favorite hideaways, the famous AP’s, one of the best kept secrets in Downtown Macon. Billy’s Clubhouse 10 p.m. No cover SOUTHBOUND MOJO Consisting  of Neil Arrington on vocals, Sam Green on guitar, Mike Smallwood on bass, and Greg Parker on drums, Macon’s own Southbound Mojo plays all the hits of years past and today with a fun, hardcore Rock edge. THE CRAZY BULL 8 p.m. $5 at the door TRAVIS DENNING Two songs that Denning co-wrote, “Pickup Lines” and “Life in the Livin'” appear on Justin Moore’s brand new release, Kinda Don’t Care. Chase Rice’s newest single, “Everybody We Know Does” is one of his, and Jason Aldean’s highly anticipated album, They Don’t Know, due out in September, features “All Out of Beer”, a song that Denning wrote with Jeremy Bussey and Rager. This Macon native is coming home, let’s give him a hell of welcome party! “Leaving home was difficult and I didn’t want to feel, or for it to appear, like I was turning my back on a place or group of people, but I knew that being in Nashville was a huge part of me trying to make the most out of this opportunity,” he comments. When I pressed him further about any critical thoughts he has about Middle Georgia’s music scene or what it was like to grow up there, he’s quick to give a sincere response. Drink specials all night, Happy Hour from 8 PM to 9:30 PM with $2 domestic bottles, $3 Toro Loco shots, $3 Crazy Bulls, DJ Whiteout upstairs all night, and DJ Old Flame on the floor at 1 AM. 18 to enter, 21 to drink, must have two forms of ID and dress code is strictly enforced. COX CAPITOL THEATRE 8 p.m. $25-$35 RAY WYLIE HUBBARD The legendary Country singer and songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard brings his honky tonk show to Downtown Macon and the historic Cox Capitol Theatre. Born in Oklahoma, Hubbard began playing music at an early age. He has released over 15 studio albums and even wrote his own autobiography in 2015. Hubbard has toured across the country and even written numerous tunes for other artists. A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.” THE HUMMINGBIRD 10 p.m. $5 THE VOODOO FIX  This group from Los Angeles and now based out of Nashville just returned Home from a long European tour to end the Summer and early Fall. Made up of Abe Rivers, Scott Parelli, Will Halsey and Logan Todd, the group recently released their first album Back For More and continues to tour the country nonstop, so catch them at The Bird before they fly away! WILD WING CAFE 9:30 p.m. Never a cover VELVET RUNWAY A regular on the Southeast touring scene, Velvet Runway is one of the premiere cover bands in our area. Their expansive catalog of songs stretches from Doobie Brothers to ZZ Top to Michael Jackson. Come on out to one of North Macon’s favorite music venues where there’s always food and drink specials. SUNDAY 3rd AP’S HIDEAWAY 2-6 p.m. Never a cover, on patio BIG MIKE ON THE PATIO Local Blues Legend Big Mike will be strumming every Sunday afternoon at Macon’s best kept secret. GRANT’S LOUNGE 9 p.m. No cover SUNDAY JAM SESSION Sweet Jam session, Happens every Sunday! Showcasing hidden gems of musical talent in Macon. You never know who’ll drop by! TUESDAY 5th THE CREEK STAGE AT THE ROOKERY Show at 8 p.m. $20 JONATHAN BYRD This free show at Downtown Macon’s newest concert venue features Jonathan Byrd and Corin Raymond. Byrd has toured outside the country and recorded his most recent record in Copenhagen. Raymond, out of Toronto, is an up and coming Americana musician and born storyteller. Come on out to The Creek Stage at The Rookery for a great night of live music in an intimate setting! THE HUMMINGBIRD 10 p.m. No Cover OPEN JAM WITH SHANA HARGROVE  Come join the soulful Shana Hargrove and a live band for the best Tuesday night jam session in town! Drink specials include $2 wells and domestic beers. THURSDAY 7th THE CREEK STAGE AT THE ROOKERY 8 p.m. $10 JASON EADY Named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 New Country Music Artists You Need to Know, Jason Eady brings his intimate show to Downtown’s newest music venue. He has released six studio albums, the most recent of which was released in April by Old Guitar Records. So come on down to The Rookery for a great night of music!

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  • Macon Pops Performs Second Concert of the Season at Cox Capitol TheatreMacon Pops Performs Second Concert of the Season at Cox Capitol Theatre

    Setting the stage for their upcoming concert, Macon Pops’ will be performing two complete album recordings fully orchestrated at the Cox Capitol Theatre Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. Macon Pops’ regular guitarist, Jared Leach, will be making his singing debut. Kevin Spencer, who is with the Kristian Bush Band (from Sugarland) will also be joining Macon Pops on stage, in addition to U.K native bassist and singer, Patrick Bettison. “Having already performed Sgt. Pepper & Abbey Road “Top to Bottom,” the next logical choices would be Rubber Soul & Revolver,” says Macon Pops Co-Founder, Matt Catingub. “From Rubber Soul’s ‘In My Life’ to Revolver’s ‘Here, There and Everywhere,’ some of the most inspired fab four songs shine through from these two iconic recordings.” Macon Pops’ concerts continue to be one of the most talked-about musical events in Middle Georgia. Fans will be excited to experience the two Beatles’ innovative albums in their entirety. “We love coming up with timely and relevant concert themes, and we especially enjoy trying to match the orchestra with musical styles that may never have been considered by conventional orchestras,” says Co-Founder of Macon Pops, Steve Moretti. “The Beatles’ Rubber Soul & Revolver have a mixture of pop, soul and folk musical styles.” As with all Macon Pops’ concerts, fans are encouraged to dance and immerse themselves in the music. The 5th Season will conclude with March 16, 2018’s ‘Latin Pop Revolution’ concert, which will be held at Mercer University’s Hawkins Arena.

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