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AMP-001 Shannon Primm interviewed by Joanna Smolko
AMP-002 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell
AMP-002-01 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell
AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell
AMP-003 Art Rosenbaum
AMP-003-01 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by David Heinsen and Kevin Green
AMP-003-02 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by Anna Williams and Kevin Green
AMP-004 Dr. Cynthia Schmidt interviewed by Jean Kidula
AthFest Oral Histories
AMP-005 Jeff Montgomery interviewed by Alex Garrett and Robert Martin
AMP-006 Russ Hallauer interviewed by Francisco Ruiz and James Ingham
AMP-007 Melissa Link interviewed by Dylan Teribury and Sara Wilder
AMP-008 Alicia Nickles interviewed by Kathleen Knowles and Chris Vaughan
AMP-009 David Barbe interviewed by Henry Pharis
AMP-011 Troy Aubrey interviewed by Calvin Bottoms and Robin Smith
AMP-012 Jill Helme interviewed by Sara Hess and Joshua Hinson
AMP-010 Larry McLure interviewed by Deborah Caldwell
AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson interviewed by Isaiah Feken
AMP-014 John Bailey interviewed by Kevin Green
AMP-015 Chris Enghauser interviewed by David Heinsen
AMP-016 Greg Hull interviewed by Anna Williams
1AMP-017 Sam Mixon interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
2AMP-018 Eugene Willis, Jr. (Blacknerdninja) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
2AMP-019 Larry Gresham, Jr. (L.G.) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
3AMP-020 Carlos Jones (Lo' Down) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
3AMP-021 Ismeal Cuthbertson (Ishues) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson
1AMP-022 Andrew Rieger interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
3AMP-023 Frank MacDonell interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
1AMP-024 Montu Miller interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
3AMP-025 Benjamin Edwards (Big Body) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
3AMP-026 Earl Arnold (Big Earl) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson
AMP-027 Darrin Ellison (Elite Tha Showstoppa) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson
AMP-028 Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson
AMP-029 Walter Allen, Sr. interviewed by Fred Smith
AMP-030 Creston Spiers interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-031 Peter Alvanos interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-032 Kevin Sweeney interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-033 Travis West (Dictator) interviewed Dennis Knowa Johnson
AMP-034 Robin Edwards interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-035 Joe Rowe interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-036 Dave Marr interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-037 Jill Carnes interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-038 Paul Trudeau interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-039 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-041 Jason Griffin interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-042 Alan Flurry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-043 Ben Reynolds interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-044 Annelies Mondi interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-045 David Barbe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-046 Curtiss Pernice interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-047 Mark Cooper Smith interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-048 Bill David interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-049 Barry Marler interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-050 Julie House interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-051 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-052 David Hannon Pierce interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
1AMP-053 Jeff Walls interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-054 Bob Hay interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-055 Lauren Fancher interviewed by Grace Hale
AMP-056 Vanessa Briscoe Hay interviewed by Grace Hale
AMP-057 Terry Allen interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-058 Bryan Cook interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
1AMP-059 Dana Downs interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-060 Lynda Stipe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-061 April Chapman interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-062 Kelly Noonan interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
1AMP-063 Deonna Mann interviewed by Curtiss Pernice and Grace Elizabeth Hale
1AMP-064 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
1AMP-065 Rodger Brown interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-066 Nick Bielli interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-067 Ken Starratt interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-068 James Willingham interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-069 Pat Shields interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-070 Claire Horne interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-071 Roland McElroy interviewed by Christian Lopez
AMP-072 Clarence Cameron interviewed by Benjamin Dupriest
1AMP-073 Dan Nettles interviewed by Benjamin Dupriest
AMP-074 Michael Lachowski interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-075 Peter Fancher interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-076 Rick Stanziale, James Greer, and Joe Eldridge interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
1AMP-077 Vic Varney interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-078 Patrick Ferguson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-079-01 Sylvanus Zeke Turner interviewed by Dr. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje
1AMP-079-02 Sylvanus Zeke Turner interviewed by Dr. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje
AMP-080 Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje by Jean Kidula
AMP-081 Keith Bennett interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
1AMP-082 Kathy Kirbo interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-083 Vernon Thornsberry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-084 Don Chambers interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
2AMP-085 Mamie Fike interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-086 Daniel Horowitz interviewed Curtiss Pernice
AMP-087 Bernard Anderson interviewed by Montu Miller
AMP-088 Cindy Wilson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-089 Chris McKay interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
1AMP-090 Ballard Lesemann interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
1AMP-091 Rob Veal interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-092 Ben Spraker interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-093 Todd McBride interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
1AMP-094 Gordon Lamb interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-095 Bob Fernandez interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
2AMP-096 Killick Hinds interviewed by Samuel Fisher
AMP-097 Daniel Ray interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-098 Jason Richardson interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
AMP-099 Velena Vego interviewed by Curtiss Pernice
1AMP-100 Jabriel Winfrey (Billy D. Brell) interviewed by Montu Miller
2AMP-101 Cedric Huff (Amun-Ra) interviewed by Montu Miller
AMP-102 Tarik Camp interviewed by Montu Miller
Athens Music Project Oral History CollectionAthens Music Project Oral History Collection

Athens Music Project Oral History Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens Music next hit Project Oral History Collection
Creator: Kidula, Jean
Creator: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies.
Dates: 2014-ongoing
Extent: 101.0 interview(s)
Collection Number: RBRL/379/AMP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The previous hitAthens Music next hit Project Oral History Collection is part of the previous hitAthens Music next hit Project (AMP), a Willson Center for Humanities and Arts research cluster co-directed by Jean Kidula and Susan Thomas. Interviews in this collection document the development of Athens as a breeding ground for multiple musical communities--the most prominent of them being the Southern independent rock scene. Other areas to be documented include a variety of African-American musical traditions, hip-hop, jazz, bluegrass, folk music traditions, Latin music, new music and conceptual sound art, classical music, and musical theater, and AthFest.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

The previous hitAthens Music next hit Project Oral History Collection is part of the previous hitAthens Music next hit Project (AMP), a Willson Center for Humanities and Arts research cluster co-directed by Jean Kidula and Susan Thomas. The previous hitAthens Music next hit Project was founded in 2014 as a platform for research, creative development, and shared expertise in, about, and for the diverse musical communities that make the city of Athens.

Scope and Content

The previous hitAthens Music next hit Project Oral History Collection documents the diversity and depth of Georgia music and culture, with emphasis on the previous hitAthens music next hit culture and community--a community renowned for its cultivation of creativity and as a global destination for musicians. Interviews are conducted by partners from music communities, and UGA faculty, staff, and students.

Interviews in this collection document the development of Athens as a breeding ground for multiple musical communities--the most prominent of them being the Southern independent rock scene. Other areas to be documented include a variety of African-American musical traditions, hip-hop, jazz, bluegrass, folk music traditions, Latin music, new music and conceptual sound art, classical music, and musical theater. A subseries (AMP-005--AMP-009, AMP-011--AMP-012) documents the development of AthFest, and annual 3-day music festival supporting previous hitmusic and arts education.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred citation

previous hitAthens Music next hit Project Oral History Collection, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Information note

Original and transfer media for this collection include digital audio and video files.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2017.

Revisions made by Russell staff, 2019.


Related Materials

Access Points

Athens next hit (Ga.)
previous hitAthens--Clarke County (GA)--Politics and Government.
Georgia--Music next hit.
Music education.

Related Collections in this Repository

Athens Oral History Project


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

AMP-001 Shannon Primm interviewed by Joanna Smolko

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)63 minutes
AMP-001 Shannon Primm video on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-002 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell

Extent: 2.0 moving image(s)



AMP-002-01 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)63 minutes
AMP-002-01 Seth Hendershot, Interview 1 video on Kaltura Access Online



AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)83 minutes
AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot, Interview 2 video on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-003 Art Rosenbaum

Extent: 2.0 moving image(s)



AMP-003-01 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by David Heinsen and Kevin Green

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)75 minutes
AMP-003-01 Art Rosenbaum, Interview 1 video on Kaltura Access Online



AMP-003-02 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by Anna Williams and Kevin Green

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)72 minutes
AMP-003-02 Art Rosenbaum, Interview 2 video on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-004 Dr. Cynthia Schmidt interviewed by Jean Kidula

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)134 minutes
AMP-004 Dr. Cynthia Schmidt audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AthFest Oral Histories

Extent: 7.0 interview(s)



AMP-005 Jeff Montgomery interviewed by Alex Garrett and Robert Martin

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)80 minutes
AMP-005 Jeff Montgomery audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online



AMP-006 Russ Hallauer interviewed by Francisco Ruiz and James Ingham

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)55 minutes
AMP-006 Russ Hallauer audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online



AMP-007 Melissa Link interviewed by Dylan Teribury and Sara Wilder

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)65 minutes
AMP-007 Melissa Link audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online



AMP-008 Alicia Nickles interviewed by Kathleen Knowles and Chris Vaughan

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)90 minutes
AMP-008 Alicia Nickles audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online



AMP-009 David Barbe interviewed by Henry Pharis

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)65 minutes
AMP-009 David Barbe audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online



AMP-011 Troy Aubrey interviewed by Calvin Bottoms and Robin Smith

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)67 minutes
AMP-011 Troy Aubrey audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online



AMP-012 Jill Helme interviewed by Sara Hess and Joshua Hinson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)54 minutes
AMP-012 Jill Helme audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-010 Larry McLure interviewed by Deborah Caldwell

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)226 minutes
AMP-010 Larry McLure audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson interviewed by Isaiah Feken

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)72 minutes
AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-014 John Bailey interviewed by Kevin Green

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)86 minutes
AMP-014 John Bailey audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-015 Chris Enghauser interviewed by David Heinsen

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)146 minutes
AMP-015 Chris Enghauser audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-016 Greg Hull interviewed by Anna Williams

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)113 minutes
AMP-016 Greg Hull audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-017 Sam Mixon interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)135 minutes
Scope and Content: Sam Mixon talks about his early affinity for music, taking piano lessons, and teaching himself how to play drums, guitar, and the bass guitar. He remembers how working as a DJ for the local radio station and selling records in his father's store influenced him musically. He remembers how playing covers of songs shaped his experimentation with different genres of music and his understanding of what makes the structure of music. He recalls his time at the University of Georgia, during which he lived with fellow musicians and played in various bands like Flaming Chopsticks and Doo Blan Tant and his goal of creating original music. He recalls his practice space in the old Stitchcraft factory off Oconee Street, and compares the previous hitAthens music next hit scene in the early 1980s with that of 2016. Mixon discusses the formation of the band Porn Orchard with fellow musicians Curtiss Pernice and Ted Hafer in 1986, their songwriting process, and touring with the band. He recalls the 2001 tour with his band Sunshine Fix that coincided with September 11, and memories of the aftermath of the attack. Following Porn Orchard's breakup in 1992, Mixon worked on pre-production for Vic Chestnutt's record Silver Lake, and he talks about Vic Chestnutt as a musician and songwriter. Mixon describes how playing music is like a conversation. He recalls his high school best friend, and their different experiences with songwriting.
Biographical note: Sam Mixon was born in Macon, Georgia in 1962. He grew up in Washington, Georgia where his father owned a variety of businesses, including Mixon Discount where Mixon worked at an early age selling records. He also worked as a DJ at WLOV, the local radio station, and as the bass player in a country music band throughout high school. In 1981, he started at the University of Georgia, and during his time in Athens, Georgia, he played with different bands, including the Flaming Chopsticks of Death, Doo Blant Tant, and Porn Orchard.
AMP 017 Sam Mixon audio interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-018 Eugene Willis, Jr. (Blacknerdninja) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)61 minutes
Scope and Content: Eugene Willis, Jr., aka Blacknerdninja, talks about working at an early age doing odd jobs, drawing comics, and spending a lot of time in the Spring Valley neighborhood of previous hitAthens where his grandmother lived. He talks about starting to write raps, deciding to pursue music next hit, and releasing his first CD entitled Home Remedy in the tenth grade. He talks about his relationship to Lo' Down and Duddy, another rap duo in Athens, and the explosion of the hip-hop and rap previous hitmusic scene in Athens next hit in the late 1990s. Willis talks about the evolution of the hip-hop scene from 1996 onward, including the battle rap scene, the influence of the Underground Sound label, and the Dreaded Mindz hip-hop group. Willis also discusses the internet's impact on audience participation, the relevance of live performances, and the oversaturation of the local market. He recalls the three-year period he took off from rapping and the subsequent birth of his new identity as Blacknerdninja in 2010, his breakout perfomance, performing together with Larry Gresham, Jr. aka LG, and his musical influences. Willis discusses the impact of the 2012 inauguration of the Hip-Hop Awards in Athens, Georgia on representation of local hip hop artists. He discusses the business side of hip-hop and the need to invest in supporting artists. He talks about his family and balancing family life and music.
Biographical note: Eugene Willis, Jr. was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2000, and his first record release was entitled Home Remedy. He has performed under the names Lil Gene and Blacknerdninja.
AMP 018 Eugene Willis, Jr. (Blacknerdninja) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-019 Larry Gresham, Jr. (L.G.) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)33 minutes
Scope and Content: Larry Gresham, Jr., aka LG, grew up in previous hitAthens, Georgia, and fell in love with music next hit very young, when he sang in the church choir and was influenced by his father's music tastes. He started writing his own songs around 1996. Gresham recalls trying to join and finally being accepted into the group Too Fly, which consisted of Eugene Willis' (aka Blacknerdninja) younger brothers and cousin. He talks about how the collaboration between himself and Willis came about, how the Athens hip hop scene has changed over the years, and his and other artists' efforts to grow the hip hop scene in previous hitAthens and increase collaboration and camaraderie between artists. Gresham also comments on his work outside of music next hit and his involvement with his church choir and coaching basketball at Cedar Shoals High School.
Biographical note: Larry Gresham, Jr. was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. Gresham produces and performs locally, and has collaborated multiple times with Eugene Willis, Jr. aka Blacknerdninja, another local hip-hop artist.
AMP 019 Larry Gresham, Jr. (LG) audio interview and OHMS index Access Online
 

AMP-020 Carlos Jones (Lo' Down) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)46 minutes
Scope and Content: Carlos Jones, who performs under the name Lo' Down, talks about his early performances in previous hitAthens, releasing his first album Between the Hedges with friend Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken), and leaving college to pursue his music next hit career in Atlanta. Jones recalls how he and Richardson became a group, and how their connection to Bubba Sparxxx, a rapper at the University of Georgia, put them in touch with other industry players. Jones traces the growth of his previous hitmusic career and the influence of their group in the nascent hip hop scene in Athens next hit during the early 2000's. He discusses his relationship to Athens, how the town reinforces a racialized mentality, and the limitations of Athens as a place for the growth of a hip hop industry. Jones concludes the interview by talking about his musical influences and stepping away from performing previous hitmusic.
Biographical note: Carlos Jones was born in Athens next hit, Georgia. He briefly attended Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, but left to pursue his music career in Atlanta with his friend and collaborator, Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken). Together they formed the group Lo' Down and Duddy, and released two albums. Jones has also worked independently under a separate name and label, as well as a ghostwriter and music producer.
AMP-020 Carlos Jones (Lo' Down) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-021 Ismeal Cuthbertson (Ishues) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)82 minutes
Scope and Content: Ismeal Cuthbertson talks about the culture shock he experienced when moving to Athens, Georgia, and compares the violence between Athens versus the other big cities he's lived in. He talks about his early hip hop influences like Canibus and Fort Knox, his move to New Jersey after graduating high school, and the training and experience he acquired during those years away. He recalls moving back to Athens, building up recognition as an artist, and working with Hano Leathers and Fort Knox as his management team. He recalls that the only Athens venues that supported hip hop in the early 2000's were the previous hitAthens Music next hit Factory (no longer in existence) and the 40 Watt. Cuthbertson talks about being active in the battle rap scene in Atlanta, working with the Attica Sound label, and touring and performing nationally with rapper KRS-One. He recalls performing at Music Midtown and internationally in Germany, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Cuthbertson also reflects on his decision to stop performing and focus on his family. He gives advice to future artists regarding balancing their previous hitmusic careers and personal life, and comments on hip-hop in Athens next hit in 2016, the fragmentation of the black community in previous hitAthens, and how the internet has changed the nature of music next hit exposure.
Biographical note: Ismeal Cuthbertson was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Athens, Georgia at fifteen. He left Athens to move back to New Jersey after graduating high school, and later moved back to Athens again, where he began performing locally and in Atlanta.
AMP-021 Ismeal Cuthbertson (Ishues) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-022 Andrew Rieger interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)52 minutes
Scope and Content: Andrew Rieger talks about becoming a previous hitmusic fan at a young age, his first band, and starting the band Elf Power when he moved to Athens next hit, Georgia for school. He talks about choosing to do home versus in-studio recordings, collaborating briefly with Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, and touring internationally, especially on repeated tours in Spain. Rieger describes the list he keeps of every live performance he has seen, and how it serves as a reference for other musicians. He reflects on the definition of success, managing his own label Orange Twin, and the growth of the entrepreneurial mentality in music production. He talks about collaborating with Vic Chesnutt, teaching classes for the University of Georgia Music Business Program, and compares the music distribution models in the digital age to the music exposure in the 1980s.
Biographical note: Andrew Rieger grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina and attended the University of Georgia in the early 1990s. He and Laura Carter started the band Elf Power, which was an original part of the Elephant 6 Recording Company. Rieger manages the music label Orange Twin and teaches classes at the University of Georgia Music Business Program.
AMP-022 Andrew Rieger audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-023 Frank MacDonell interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)102 minutes
Scope and Content: Frank MacDonell talks about growing up in the suburbs, taking guitar lessons, forming his high school band, Aftermath, and getting his first Les Paul guitar. MacDonell working for a real estate company after graduating high school, and getting exposure to bands in Athens. He remembers being inspired by the band, Bar-B-Q Killers, deciding to quit his job and move to previous hitAthens to play music next hit, and forming the band Magneto. He describes the atmosphere of friendly competition in the previous hitAthens music next hit scene, releasing his first record, his first studio recording experience, and playing in various bands over the years, including Poolside, Tom Collins, and The Glands. He recalls Poolside's close encounter with stardom after being in talks with L.A. producers, and why it didn't work out. He goes into more detail about The Glands and their lead singer and songwriter, Ross Shapiro, as well as MacDonell's partnership with music engineer, David Barbe, and de describes the guitars he has owned over the years and where he bought them.
Biographical note: Frank MacDonnell grew up in Sandy Springs, Georgia and moved to previous hitAthens in his early twenties to play music next hit. He has played guitar in multiple Athens bands, including Magneto, Poolside, Tom Collins, and The Glands.
AMP-023 Frank MacDonnell audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-024 Montu Miller interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)52 minutes
Scope and Content: Montu Miller talks about growing up in a culture of hip hop, his early involvement in the Athens hip hope scene, and while in college founding the group Dreaded Mindz which hosted weekly poetry and rap events in his apartment. Miller discusses the climate and perceptions surrounding hip hop in the early 2000s, the difficulty of finding receptive downtown venues, and Dreaded Mindz' role in growing the local hip hop movement. He mentions some of the group's original members, women's role in the organization, and the support of the Tasty World club as a hip hop venue. Miller discusses the need for a meeting place for different styles of hip hop, the impact of the Athens Hip hop Awards, and the growing incorporation of hip hop includes partnering with musical festivals, schools, and organizations and working behind-the-scenes to grow the Athens hip hop scene.
Biographical/Historical note: Montu Miller was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and attended the University of Georgia. He was a founder of the Athens group Dreaded Mindz, and is a previous hitmusic promoter in Athens next hit since the early 2000s.
AMP-024 Montu Miller audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-025 Benjamin Edwards (Big Body) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)33 minutes
Scope and Content: Benjamin Edwards, who performs under the name Big Body, talks about his childhood in the West previous hitAthens neighborhood of Newtown, his early hip hop influences, and starting to record music next hit in college. He talks about dropping out of school, going to prison, and maintaining his relevance in the hip hop scene. Edwards recalls the division that existed between different types of hip hop, its increaed dissolution over time, and the current hip hop scene in Athens. He also discusses his thoughts about success, his mentoring of young artists in previous hitAthens, and his advice to them about work ethic and authenticity in producing music next hit. He also mentions the role of the university as a networking resource for previous hitAthens music next hit artists.
Biographical note: Benjamin Edwards grew up in the Newtown neighborhood of Athens, Georgia. After briefly attending Elon University, he returned to Georgia and released his first single in 2003 under the name Big Body.
AMP-025 Benjamin Edwards (Big Body) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-026 Earl Arnold (Big Earl) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)37 minutes
Scope and Content: Earl Arnold, aka Big Earl, talks about his early life in Harlem, collaborating with rapper Big Al, living in the Bethel Homes apartments (known as B-Town) in previous hitAthens, Georgia, and releasing music next hit with the group Big Earl and the Twin boys. He compares his sound to that of Lo' Down and Duddy, another Athens hip-hop group. He talks about releasing his solo album Life on the Line, moving to Los Angeles to produce previous hitmusic, and returning to Athens next hit. Arnold talks about pairing up with Trap Boy in 2012, the Athens Hip-Hop Awards as a platform for artist recognition, and the potential for cultivating mainstream artists in Athens. He also reflects on his songwriting and recording process and the importance of teamwork in producing music.
Biographical note: Earl Arnold, aka Big Earl, was born in Harlem, New York, and settled in previous hitAthens, Georgia where he started releasing music next hit in the late 1990s. He first released music as part of the group Big Earl and the Twin Boys, including the release of an eponymous album in 1998.
AMP-026 Earl Arnold (Big Earl) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-027 Darrin Ellison (Elite Tha Showstoppa) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)62 minutes
AMP-027 Darrin Ellison (Elite Tha Showstoppa) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-028 Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)33 minutes
AMP-028 Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-029 Walter Allen, Sr. interviewed by Fred Smith

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)75 minutes
Scope and Content: Walter Allen, Sr. grew up in Allendale, South Carolina, in the era of Jim Crow. The area was a close knit farming community, and Allen recalls learning principles of responsibility and discipline from his parents, neighbors, and teachers at Allendale County Training School, an all-black public school. While he also took classes on agriculture and home economics, Allen valued his music education most highly. Because of widespread discrimination, Allen saw and experienced many racially-motivated injustices during his school years, which became a factor in his advocacy for black music education, which he promoted by establishing free after school music programs throughout the state of Georgia. In the interview, Allen chronicles his own music education, beginning in primary school and extending through his time in college, the military, and band directing.
Biographical note: Walter Allen, Sr. was born and raised in Allendale, South Carolina. He graduated high school in 1947 and attended Claflin University, a historically black college in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Allen played trumpet in the 36th Army Band during his service in the Korean War. After military service, Allen moved to Athens, Georgia, where he was the band director at Athens High and Industrial. Allen also worked as an assistant principal at different schools as the Athens' school system during the desegregation period.
AMP-029 Walter Allen, Sr. video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-030 Creston Spiers interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)90 minutes
AMP-030 Creston Spiers audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-031 Peter Alvanos interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)124 minutes
AMP-031 Peter Alvanos audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-032 Kevin Sweeney interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)122 minutes
AMP-032 Kevin Sweeney audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-033 Travis West (Dictator) interviewed Dennis Knowa Johnson

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)50 minutes
AMP-033 Travis West (Dictator) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-034 Robin Edwards interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)59 minutes
AMP-034 Robin Edwards audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-035 Joe Rowe interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)223 minutes
AMP-035 Joe Rowe audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-036 Dave Marr interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)74 minutes
AMP-036 Dave Marr audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-037 Jill Carnes interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)115 minutes
AMP-037 Jill Carnes audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-038 Paul Trudeau interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)81 minutes
AMP-038 Paul Trudeau audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-039 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)70 minutes
AMP-039 Robbie Cucchiaro audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)56 minutes
AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-041 Jason Griffin interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)64 minutes
AMP-041 Jason Griffin audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-042 Alan Flurry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)119 minutes
AMP-042 Alan Flurry audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-043 Ben Reynolds interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)92 minutes
AMP-043 Ben Reynolds audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-044 Annelies Mondi interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)82 minutes
AMP-044 Annelies Mondi audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-045 David Barbe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)70 minutes
AMP-045 David Barbe audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-046 Curtiss Pernice interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)111 minutes
Abstract: In 1985, Curtiss Pernice moved to Athens, Georgia from New York. There, Pernice lived with Ted Hafer, and eventually came to start the band Porn Orchard with Hafer and Sam Mixon, which lasted from 1985-1992. In this interview, Pernice talks about the touring experience, multiple clubs and venues that Porn Orchard played in, and the process of releasing records.
AMP-046 Curtiss Pernice audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-047 Mark Cooper Smith interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)80 minutes
Abstract: Mark Cooper Smith came to Athens, Georgia to attend graduate school in 1982 from Cartersville, Georgia. Smith performed with the Squalls as the band’s drummer shortly upon his arrival. After leaving the Squalls, Smith played with the band 28 Days, previously an all-girls band. In this interview, Smith talks about his performing experience, releasing records, and his work as a music producer and the owner of the Oconee School of Rock.
AMP-047 Mark Cooper Smith audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-048 Bill David interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)85 minutes
Abstract: Bill David grew up in Comer, Georgia during the 1960-70’s and as a child he played the guitar and occasionally visited Athens, Georgia. Eventually, David came to live in Athens where he performed with the Squalls as the band’s guitarist. David has also played with The Yams and the Jolly Beggars. In this interview, David talks about his performance experience, interactions with different bands from Athens, and the Downstairs Cafe.
AMP-048 Bill David audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-049 Barry Marler interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)103 minutes
Abstract: Barry Marler came to Athens in 1983 from South Carolina. Shortly upon his arrival, Marler joined Buzz of Delight with Matthew Sweet and David Pierce. After leaving the band, Marler played in Dreams So Real, a band which gained national recognition. In this interview, Marler talks about performing, touring, practicing at the Morton Theater, and his son’s experience with music.
AMP-049 Barry Marler audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-050 Julie House interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)83 minutes
AMP-050 Julie House audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-051 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)128 minutes
AMP-051 Arthur Johnson, Interview 1, audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-052 David Hannon Pierce interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)117 minutes
AMP-052 David Hannon Pierce audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-053 Jeff Walls interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)117 minutes
Abstract: Jeff Walls was a guitarist from Marietta, Georgia and was a member of numerous bands including Guadalcanal Diary, Hillbilly Frankenstien, and the Woggles. In this interview, Walls discusses his involvement in the previous hitAthens music next hit scene and his experience in Guadalcanal Diary.
AMP-053 Jeff Walls audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-054 Bob Hay interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)78 minutes
Abstract: Bob Hay arrived in Athens, Georgia in the late 1970’s, where he worked at the club El Dorado shortly after graduating from college in Michigan. Hay has played as the guitarist in The Squalls and The Jolly Beggars and has written many songs throughout his musical career. In this interview, Hay talks about his experience playing and touring with the Squalls and the changes to Athens that took place over the years.
AMP-054 Bob Hay audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-055 Lauren Fancher interviewed by Grace Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)97 minutes
Abstract: Fancher came to Athens in 1978 as a University of Georgia student majoring in journalism. Fancher has worked as an artist and has hosted art shows around Athens. Fancher was also the guitarist for the band, El Caminos. In this interview, Fancher discusses her experience as a University of Georgia student, jobs she held around Athens, and some of the art shows she held around Georgia. Fancher also details her experience as a member of the El Caminos.
AMP-055 Lauren Fancher audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-056 Vanessa Briscoe Hay interviewed by Grace Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)97 minutes
Abstract: Vanessa Briscoe Hay, born in Atlanta, Ga, was the singer for the Athens band Pylon. In this interview, Hay discusses her experience of Athens during the 1970s and performing and recording with Pylon, before and after their break up.
AMP-056 Vanessa Briscoe Hay audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-057 Terry Allen interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)87 minutes
AMP-057 Terry Allen audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-058 Bryan Cook interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)87 minutes
Abstract: Bryan Cook came to Athens to attend the University of Georgia as a film major. After leaving the institution due to financial constraints, Cook played in many bands including Is/Ought Gap, Club Gaga, Time Toy, Hindu Love Gods and Oh-Ok. In this interview, Cook discusses his career as a musician and the Better Than T.V. Tour. Cook also shares some remembrances of the late Laura Carter.
AMP-058 Bryan Cook audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-059 Dana Downs interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)79 minutes
Abstract: Dana Downs is a bassist in Athens, Georgia. She has played in many bands over the years including the Tone-tones, Go Van Go, and Vietnam. In her interview, Downs discusses her experiences in several of her bands and her opinions and experiences of other bands, such as R.E.M., The B-52s, and Pylon. She also shares her experiences of previous hitAthens music next hit and art.
AMP-059 Dana Downs audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-060 Lynda Stipe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)78 minutes
AMP-060 Lynda Stipe audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-061 April Chapman interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)93 minutes
AMP-061 April Chapman audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-062 Kelly Noonan interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)99 minutes
Abstract: Kelly Noonan came to Athens, Georgia during the early 1980’s, where she performed as a guitarist in the band, A Few Good Men. Noonan has performed in many other bands including Billy James and Jackpot City. Noonan currently works as a dog groomer at her own grooming service. In this interview, Kelly Noonan talks about her decision to attend the University of Georgia, her experience as a guitarist, and her work as a dog groomer.
AMP-062 Kelly Noonan audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-063 Deonna Mann interviewed by Curtiss Pernice and Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)96 minutes
Abstract: Deonna Mann moved to previous hitAthens, GA as a young adult and got involved in art and music next hit. She is best known for her 1990s experimental performances with local bands. In her interview, she discusses her puppet shows, art exhibitions, and performing with Medaglia D'oro Orchestra and other groups.
AMP-063 Deonna Mann audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-064 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)42 minutes
Abstract: Arthur Johnson attended the University of Georgia and played drums in numerous bands including the Bar-B-Q Killers and Come. He appeared with the Bar-B-Q Killers in the 1987 previous hitmusic documentary, “Athens next hit, GA: Inside/Out”. In this interview, he talks about touring with the Bar-B-Q Killers and recording their album, Comely.
AMP-064 Arthur Johnson, Interview 2, audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-065 Rodger Brown interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)89 minutes
Abstract: Rodger Brown came to Athens, Georgia in 1979 as a University of Georgia student. Brown worked as an editor of the magazine Line of Sight while in school and also published the book Party out of Bounds, which retold stories about the previous hitmusic scene of Athens next hit, Georgia. In this interview, Brown talks about the party scene in Athens upon his arrival and the magazines he published while living in the city. Brown also discusses the public opinion of musician Vic Varney.
AMP-065 Rodger Brown audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-066 Nick Bielli interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)75 minutes
AMP-066 Nick Bielli audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-067 Ken Starratt interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)115 minutes
AMP-067 Ken Starratt audio and interview index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-068 James Willingham interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)125 minutes
AMP-068 James Willingham audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-069 Pat Shields interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)92 minutes
Abstract: Pat Shields grew up in Athens, Georgia, as his father was the recreational director of the city. Shields, as a teenager, grew up playing folk music and has worked at many cultural institutions in areas including Keyser, Virginia and Australia. Shields has also performed in One Night Band and has taught mandolin.
AMP-069 Pat Shields audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-070 Claire Horne interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)71 minutes
Abstract: Claire Horne moved to Athens, GA from Atlanta as a freshman at the University of Georgia. During her time in Athens, she played guitar in alternative band the BBQ Killers. In this interview, Horne discusses performing with the BBQ Killers and working alongside other popular Athens bands.
AMP070 Claire Horne audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-071 Roland McElroy interviewed by Christian Lopez

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)40 minutes
Abstract: Roland McElroy was born in Quitman, Georgia in 1945. He began working as a disc jockey for the local radio station when he was fourteen. He continued working in radio when he was a student at the University of Georgia and later became a freelance writer and U.S. Senate staffer. In this interview, McElroy discusses his experience as a disc jockey in Quitman and Athens.
AMP-071 Roland McElroy audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-072 Clarence Cameron interviewed by Benjamin Dupriest

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)76 minutes
 

AMP-073 Dan Nettles interviewed by Benjamin Dupriest

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)97 minutes
Abstract: Dan Nettles grew up in previous hitAthens, Georgia and attended the Berklee College of Music next hit in Boston. Nettles worked at the Banff Center and Nuci’s Space, located in Athens, Georgia. Nettles has also performed in several instrumental bands including Kenosha Kid and Hot Action. In this interview, Nettles talks about coming to Athens, his work at the Banff center, and his musical career. Nettles also shares memories of his late friend, Carl Lindberg.
AMP-073 Dan Nettles audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-074 Michael Lachowski interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)113 minutes
Abstract: Michael Lachowski, born in Norfolk, Virginia, moved to Athens, Georgia after enrolling at the University of Georgia as an art major. He was the bass player for the Athens band Pylon. In his interview, Lachowski discusses his time at UGA, forming Pylon with Randy Bewley, and the experiences gained with the band, such as touring and recording.
AMP-074 Michael Lachowski audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-075 Peter Fancher interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)92 minutes
Abstract: Peter Fancher grew up in New Jersey and moved to Athens, Georgia in 1975, where he attended the University of Georgia. Fancher performed as the guitarist in Club Gaga, and has additionally worked as the audio engineer at Elixer Recording and Intense Audio.
AMP-075 Peter Fancher audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-076 Rick Stanziale, James Greer, and Joe Eldridge interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)111 minutes
AMP-076 Rick Stanziale, James Greer, and Joe Eldridge audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-077 Vic Varney interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)122 minutes
Abstract: Vic Varney was born in Georgia but grew up in Chattanooga, TN. He moved to Athens in 1975 and earned two degrees from the University of Georgia. In this interview, Varney discusses his experiences in The Tone-Tones, The Method Actors, and Go Van Go. He shares his opinions and perspective of various topics including previous hitAthens and shifts in music next hit culture.
AMP-077 Vic Varney audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-078 Patrick Ferguson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)127 minutes
AMP-078 Patrick Ferguson audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-079-01 Sylvanus Zeke Turner interviewed by Dr. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)59 minutes
Abstract: Sylvanus Zeke Turner was born in Clarke County, Georgia, and has lived in Athens his entire life, currently performing as a solo Gospel singer. In this interview, Turner discusses the details of his early life, including his participation in choirs which began his interest in singing. He mentions performing with his brother’s quartet and the Honey-Drippers before moving on to solo performances.
AMP-079-01 Zeke Turner, Interview 1, video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-079-02 Sylvanus Zeke Turner interviewed by Dr. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)57 minutes
Abstract: Sylvanus Zeke Turner was born in Clarke County, Georgia, and has lived in Athens his entire life, currently performing as a solo Gospel singer. In this interview, Turner shares his experience with previous hitmusic in Athens next hit and popular places in the black community. He explains his role and participation in the Gospel Music Workshop of America, the Civil Rights Movement, and the difference in main styles of gospel.
AMP-079-02 Zeke Turner, Interview 2, video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-080 Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje by Jean Kidula

Extent: 1.0 moving image(s)17 minutes
Abstract: Dr. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje grew up in Jesup, Georgia, learning piano from an early age. She attended Boggs Academy, Fisk University, and the Hampton Institute. She is currently a professor and the Chair of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this interview, DjeDje talks about her educational experiences and introduction to music.
AMP-080 Jacqueline Codgell DjeDje video interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-081 Keith Bennett interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)151 minutes
 

AMP-082 Kathy Kirbo interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)82 minutes
Abstract: Kathy Kirbo moved to Athens and attended the University of Georgia where she graduated with a degree in psychology. She has been part of numerous bands including Greenhouse and Jackpot City. She currently works as the executive director for the Reef Balls Foundation. In this interview, Kirbo discusses her experience in bands, her work on political campaigns, and women in the previous hitAthens music next hit scene.
AMP-082 Kathy Kirbo audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-083 Vernon Thornsberry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)97 minutes
Abstract: Vernon Thornsberry was born and raised in New Orleans. He taught himself to paint and play several instruments. He moved to Athens, GA in 1986 where he has become a local legend and familiar face, especially around The Grit and Jittery Joe’s. During the interview, Thornsberry discusses the development of his painting and sculpting in New Orleans. He also explains how he began to learn to play saxophone, trumpet, violin, and accordion. He mentions performing with various groups, such as Hear It, Love It, Dance it and Wild Gumbo.
AMP-083 Vernon Thornsberry audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-084 Don Chambers interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)93 minutes
Abstract: Don Chambers came to Athens, Georgia from Atlanta where he has played in many bands including Black Crows, Mudpuppies, Cursing Alice, Vaudeville, The Fountain, and Don Chambers and the GOAT. In this interview, Chambers talks about his experience playing in these bands, his work as a teacher, and how Athens has changed over the years.
AMP-084 Don Chambers audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-085 Mamie Fike interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)91 minutes
Abstract: Mamie Fike moved to previous hitAthens to attend the University of Georgia on a music next hit scholarship. She played violin in numerous bands including Long Low Rumble, WET, Jackpot City, Toast, Hetch Hetchy, and the Athens Symphony Orchestra. She currently works as a Business Manager at Athens Regional Library System. In this interview, Fike talks about her previous hitmusic education, performing in various bands, and changes in Athens next hit.
AMP-085 Mamie Fike audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-086 Daniel Horowitz interviewed Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)121 minutes
Abstract: Daniel Horowitz grew up in Norway during the 1960s, before he moved to Athens where he spent his teenage years. Horowitz has played as a guitarist and bass player for many bands including The Reasonable Men, Five Eight, and Klezmer Local 42. Daniel talks about his performance experience, the process of making music, and some of his travels to Israel.
AMP-086 Daniel Horowitz audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-087 Bernard Anderson interviewed by Montu Miller

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)66 minutes
 

AMP-088 Cindy Wilson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)96 minutes
Abstract: Cindy Wilson was born and raised in Athens. She was a founding member of the B-52s along with her brother, Ricky Wilson. In the band, Wilson was a vocalist, songwriter, and percussionist. During the interview, Wilson talks about her brother, discussing his involvement in the New York gay scene and his death from AIDs. She describes the evolution of the B-52s to international fame, and she talks about raising a family while touring.
AMP-088 Cindy Wilson audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-089 Chris McKay interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)113 minutes
Abstract: Chris McKay was born and raised in Camden, South Carolina. He began playing music at an early age and joined his first band when he was sixteen. He moved to Athens, Georgia in the early 1990s and played in numerous bands including Q-Sign, Tanjent, and the Critical Darlings. He has received national acclaim for his photographs of musicians. In this interview, McKay describes his early introduction to music and his experience in numerous bands. He talks about his career in concert photography, describing his interactions with many famous musicians, and he discusses his experience in the first "Athens in Harmony" performance.
AMP-089 Chris McKay audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-090 Ballard Lesemann interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)98 minutes
Abstract: Ballard Lesemann was born in 1970 in Charleston, South Carolina. He played drums from an early age, and he joined his first band when he was thirteen. Lesemann moved to previous hitAthens, Georgia to attend college at the University of Georgia; however, he left school to focus on music next hit. He worked as the music editor for Flagpole Magazine and hosted the local film review show called Box Office Banter. He has played in numerous bands including The Islands, The Nabors, Roosevelt, and Hay Town Blowouts. He currently plays drums in Rock*A*Teens. In this interview, Lesemann talks about his introduction to music at an early age. He describes his experience in various bands, beginning at age thirteen. Lesemann discusses working for Flagpole Magazine, and he talks about hosting a show on local television. He also talks about his experience touring with multiple bands including Vic Chesnutt.
AMP-090 Ballard Lesemann audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-091 Rob Veal interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)98 minutes
Abstract: Rob Veal was born in previous hitAthens in 1969 where he grew up listening to local music next hit. In this interview, Veal talks about playing as the drummer for the La Di Das and the Dashboard Saviors. He also talks about his interactions with Vic Chesnutt and other musicians around Athens.
AMP-091 Rob Veal audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-092 Ben Spraker interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)94 minutes
Abstract: Ben Spraker was born in Atlanta, and moved to Athens in 1990 to attend the University of Georgia. Spraker has played as the guitarist and songwriter for many bands including Ancient Odis, The Arcs, NSM, and Don Condescending. In this interview, Spraker talks about his performance experiences, the difficulties of performing while older, and the use of click tracks in music.
AMP-092 Ben Spraker audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-093 Todd McBride interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)70 minutes
Abstract: Todd McBride grew up in Griffin, Georgia and attended Gordon State College, and the University of Georgia. He was a singer and guitarist in multiple bands including Random Factor, the La-Di-Da’s, Liquor Cabinet, and The Dashboard Saviors. In this interview, McBride talks about his friendship with Vic Chesnutt beginning in 1982. He discusses playing with Chesnutt in La-Di-Da’s before forming another band. McBride describes touring Europe and talks about his relationship with Jack Logan.
AMP-093 Todd McBride audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-094 Gordon Lamb interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)124 minutes
Abstract: Gordon Lamb moved to Athens, Georgia and began his studies at the University of Georgia in 1989. He taught himself guitar and currently writes for Flagpole magazine In his interview, Lamb shares his experiences of the previous hitAthens music next hit scene while playing with his band, A Mercy Union, and booking shows for the Ultramod House. He mentions writing for Flagpole Magazine and explains his writing process for and details mentioned in his book Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia.
AMP-094 Gordon Lamb audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-095 Bob Fernandez interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)78 minutes
Abstract: Bob Fernandaz was born in Germany and came to Athens in 1977 nearing the end of high school. Fernandez plays the drums and guitar and has played in many bands including Flaming Chopsticks, The Fit, Stellas Fellas, Three Walls Downs, and the Star Room Boys. In this interview, Fernandez discusses his coming to Georgia, his performance experiences, and the music making process.
AMP-095 Bob Fernandez audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-096 Killick Hinds interviewed by Samuel Fisher

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)123 minutes
Abstract: Killick Hinds was born in 1972 and spent the first three years of his life in Japan before returning to New Jersey with his mother. Hinds went to college in Maine and moved to previous hitAthens in 1995. He performs Appalachian Trance Metal Music next hit and manages a record company called Solponticello. In this interview, Hinds talks about his early memories of music and describes how he started improvisation. He talks about his music, his use of alternative instruments, and his involvement in the previous hitAthens music next hit scene. Hinds also discusses his autobiography The World for a Dying Antidote: Or, Masterless Effortry, and explains the role of meditation in his life and music.
AMP-096 Killick Hinds audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-097 Daniel Ray interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)75 minutes
Abstract: Daniel Ray began playing music at the age of four, switching from violin to drums, then guitar. While taking guitar lessons, he started writing his own songs. After graduating high school in Iowa, he moved to Athens to form a rock band. In his interview, Ray discusses his role in bands including Exit 86, Donkey Punch, Let’s Surf, Noise Mountain, and more. He shares his experience going back to school to study at the University of Georgia and his musical background.
AMP-097 Daniel Ray audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-098 Jason Richardson interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)83 minutes
Abstract: Jason Richardson was born in Waynesboro, Georgia. Richardson is a drummer and has played in bands such as Exit 86, Savagists, and Mandible Rider. In this interview, Richardson discusses performing and touring with various bands, and the differences between public venues and house concerts. He also talks about recording music and his experiences with the bands he's been in.
AMP-098 Jason Richardson audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-099 Velena Vego interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)65 minutes
Abstract: Velena Vego is from Atlanta, GA and moved to Athens to pursue success in her sister’s girl band, Mystery Date. After the band broke up, she worked for R.E.M. and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. She finds her work in booking shows for The 40 Watt CLub, the Buckhead Theatre, and band management. During the interview, Vego discusses her work at The 40 Watt, the time she spent with Mystery Date, and relationships she has built with bands.
AMP-099 Velena Vego audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-100 Jabriel Winfrey (Billy D. Brell) interviewed by Montu Miller

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)92 minutes
Abstract: Jabriel Winfrey (Billy D. Brell) was born and raised in Athens, GA. He took an interest in rap and hip-hop at a young age and began writing his own previous hitmusic, becoming a part of the original wave of hip-hop in Athens next hit. In his interview, Winfrey discusses life in Athens, his involvement with other popular Athens hip-hop artists, and how his musical style has developed over the years. He mentions the production of several CDs, as well as a book he plans to release.
AMP-100 Jabriel Winfrey (Billy D. Brell) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-101 Cedric Huff (Amun-Ra) interviewed by Montu Miller

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)93 minutes
Abstract: Cedric Huff (Amun-Ra), born in Athens, Georgia, is an influential member of the previous hitAthens hip-hop scene. He began recording music next hit at age 14 and was introduced to the industry early. In his interview, he discusses musical influences, growing up in previous hitAthens, and the development of his music through experience and studies of Islam.
AMP-101 Cedric Huff (Amun-Ra) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-102 Tarik Camp interviewed by Montu Miller

Extent: 1.0 sound recording(s)95 minutes
Interview Location: Remote interview
AMP-102 Tarik Camp audio on Kaltura Access Online