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The Paintings of Georgia Artist Steve Penley

The Paintings of Georgia Artist Steve Penley By James Calemine  Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1964, Steve Penley was raised in Macon, Georgia. By the time he attended the University of Georgia, he'd been painting and drawing for as long as read more...


Swampland's Top 25 Albums of 2011

As March fades and the first quarter of 2012 comes to a close, Swampland has used this moment to look back on 2011 putting together our list of last year's best music releases from the South. Although we've named 25 records on our Top 25 Albums of 2011, each one serves as read more...


A Georgia Son in the Big Apple: The Brit Whittle Interview

A Georgia Son in the Big Apple The Brit Whittle Interview By James Calemine Acting is a rough trade. Few attain moments on the silver screen. The streets of Hollywood and New York are paved with bones of dead aspirant thespians. Georgia read more...


Jimmy Hall: Still Smiling, With Plenty of Horsepower

Jimmy Hall Still Smiling, With Plenty of Horsepower By Jerry Grillo Jimmy Hall might write a book some day, and the whole thing will be about that one song, the one that got read more...


Widespread Panic's Michael Houser: Eight Years Gone

Michael Houser: The Quiet Genius: Eight Years Gone By James Calemine Eight years ago Widespread Panic’s founding guitarist died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 40. It doesn’t seem like eight years since he’s been read more...


Remembering Capricorn's Frank Fenter: The Push To Get Him Into The Georgia Music Hall of Fame

by Michael Buffalo Smith Frank Fenter is truly an unsung hero of the music world, especially in the world of Southern Rock. Today there is a movement afoot set into motion by Fenter’s step[son Robin to get Fenter into The Georgia Music Hall of Fame. His work read more...


The Big House - America's Finest new Rock'n'Roll Museum

by John Charles Griffin Macon Music Ambassador The much anticipated Allman Brothers Band Big House Museum in Macon, read more...


Capricorn Records - A Tribute

Swampland's Tribute To Capricorn Records When Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records gave Phil Walden and Frank Fenter the read more...


Lisa Love's Soulful Mission for The Georgia Music Hall of Fame

Lisa Love’s Mission To Preserve The Georgia Music Hall of Fame By James Calemine  My old friend


Chuck Leavell Fall 08 Interview (Part One)

The Chuck Leavell Interview Fall 08 (Part One) "The cultivation of trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful and the read more...


The 2009 Allman Brothers Band Beacon Run in Review

Swampland Reviews The Entire 2009 Beacon Run   Be Sure read more...


Macon GABBAFEST Soars to 101 Degrees


The GRITZ Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook : Part 19, Memorials

Memorials, continued. Allman Brothers Band and Marshall Tucker Band. Duane Allman and Berry Oakley read more...


The GRITZ Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook : Part 15, 1971, Skynyrd, MTB, EQT

Ronnie Van Zant playing in the park in Jacksonville, 1971.


The GRITZ Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook : Part 20, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington Collins Band

Mr. Cool, Ronnie Van Zant. Lynyrd Skynyrd.  


Legends of Southern Rock: Cowboy


The Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook : Part Ten; Winters Bros. Band, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker Band

An ad from Rolling Stone.  


The Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook : Part Fourteen

Gregg Allman with The Allman Joys.  


The Top 40 Moments From The Allman Brothers Band's 2009 Beacon Run

The 2009 Beacon Run was one for the books. Never have The Allman Brothers welcomed so many diverse guests onto their stage during a single run. And the results were read more...


The Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook : Part Eight, Capricorn Days

Frank Fenter, Phil Walden, Dick Wooley and Don Schmitzerly do the Marx Brothers.


The Allman Brothers Band: An Essential Link Through America's Music Generations

by James Calemine   “You don’t need no gypsy to tell you why/You can’t let one precious day slip by…”                    --Gregg read more...


The Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook : Part Seven

Phil Walden and Frank Fenter lakeside.  


The Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook : Part Six; Capricorn Days

Frank Fenter in his office at Capricorn Records, Macon.


Six Degrees of Swampland: Widespread Panic


The Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook, Part Five: Cowboy, Capricorn & MTB

The Cowboy House in Cochran, GA. Actually called "The Shedd House" at the time, it was where read more...


Recruiting Never Ends in the South

When it comes to college football, just ‘Google’ the phrase “recruiting is the lifeblood” and you’ll see a ton of results. The fact that quality recruiting is the number one key for long-term success in the big-time world of college football has never read more...


2008 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductions

                                    2008 Georgia Music Hall of Fame


The 25 Best Songs: The Allman Brothers Band

by Michael Buffalo Smith They were the the first, and many consider them the best, band of the Southern Rock era. The fiery slide guitar of Duane Allman, the country meets Django guitar and decidedly country vocals of


What It Is--Is Swamp Music--Is What It Is

                                   What It Is—Swamp Music—Is What It Is


Chuck Leavell: Rolling Stone & Tree Farmer

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A Southern Strategy For The NBA

Now that we welcome another NBA team to our Footprint (three cheers for OKC), it's time for the NBA to start making some other changes that will help this league's popularity continue to grow in our read more...


The Ten Greatest Southern Rock Cities

by Michael Buffalo Smith   1. Jacksonville, Florida     The birthplace of


The Top Ten Guitarists of the Southern Rock Era

The Greatest Guitar Slingers of The Southern Rock Era by Michael Buffalo Smith


Capricorn Records Discography 1969 - 1979

  CAPRICORN LABEL ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] (Chart) read more...


Southern Sporting "Events"

by Patrick Snow As I attended a Kentucky Derby function this past Saturday, it was never more evident that Southerners must throw a pretty good party. We are probably more known


Gritz Legends of Southern Rock

A handful of bands from the Southern Rock Era have earned the title of  "Legend."  These are the bands that defined the genre and set the bar for all other bands in their wake. These are the few, the originals, the Legends of Southern read more...


Big House Benefit a Major Success

Article & Photos by John Charles Griffin The annual Allman Brother's Big House Museum Benefit was a rock'n'roll home run with near-capacity crowd at Macon's Armory Ballroom on Saturday, January 19th despite weather forecasts earlier that day for potential snow with ice read more...


SEC: Conference King Once Again

By Patrick Snow It’s an argument that will never end-whose Conference is better? Fans will debate this topic vociferously every season, and the answer always tends to lie close to your address. I’m not sure that the Bowl games are the best way to evaluate read more...


Macon Holiday Jam Was a Major Success

by John Charles Griffin Macon, Georgia's 2007 Holiday Benefit Jam was held on on December 21st at Cox Capitol Theatre. The event was a major success that featured music by Randall Bramblett,


Cosmic Art Show in Georgia: A Photographic Retrospective

Buena Vista, Georgia's St. EOM is a Mecca for Cosmic Art Pasaquan's second annual Arts for Pasaquan Day on November 3rd, 2007 featured some of America's best visionary artists including Miz Thang, Robert Seven, Chris (Chubb) Hubbard's Heaven & read more...


Legends of Southern Rock: The Allman Brothers Band

by Michael Buffalo Smith


The Allman and Oakley Fence Fund Seeks to Protect Grave Sites

by Michael Buffalo Smith There has been an ongoing battle in Macon, Georgia for several years now concerning the grave sites of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley at Rose Hill Cemetery. Over the course of the years, the grave sites have attracted thousands of visitors, and while read more...


Bragg Jam 2007 in Macon: A Photo Retrospective

Macon's  annual Bragg Jam, held on July 28, 2007, was again a stellar success. Bragg Jam always draws a lot of Middle Georgia acts, many who were friends with Brax and Taylor "Tate" Bragg, the brothers the event commemorates. The Bragg brothers were read more...


GABBAFEST 2006

AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT Article and Photos by Bill Thames November 2006   The Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association read more...


Mama Louise's Most Excellent Birthday Jam

Story & Photos by by Bill Thames September 2006 A pessimist might say, “a good deed never goes unpunished,” but last weekend, in a room full of smiling optimists, Gregg Allman told the crowd that, “one shared read more...


Phil Walden Memorial

Phil Was a Capricorn By Michael Buffalo Smith May 2006   Phil Walden, 66, the Capricorn Records founder who launched the careers of Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band, died on Sunday, April 23, 2006 after a long read more...


The Jam for Duane: 2005

THE JAM FOR DUANE: 2005 by Mitch Lopate November 2005 Jam For Duane October 27-29 2nd Street Music Hall Gadsden, AL I’m tellin’ ya read more...


John D. Wyker's Cat Tales - Macon & Capricorn Records

Macon & Capricorn Records Cat Tale The year 1969 was a wild and strange and crazy time for me.When the editor of GRITZ asked me to write a Cat Tale about the time I spent in Macon,Georgia I was honored to be asked and to be able to say read more...


Capricorn Records

By Russell Hall April 2004 In a business where executives often achieve legendary status, Capricorn Records founder Phil Walden has always been something of an anomaly. Unlike say, Jerry Wexler or Ahmet read more...


Ace Moreland: A Remembrance

Ace Moreland: A Remembrance by Paul Doell February 2003 Ace Moreland’s most recent album (Give It To Get It, released on the King Snake-Icehouse label in 2000) includes a 1998 photo of the lean, lanky read more...


Tom Dowd Memorial

TOM DOWD The Legendary Producer Dies on October 27, 2002 By Derek Halsey Last May I was invited to be backstage at the Grand Ole Opry as the guest of the excellent country and western singer, Joni Harms, whom I had interviewed read more...


Stanley Booth: Can I Get A Witness

Can I Get A Witness The True Adventures of Stanley Booth By James Calemine Winter 2000 Jack Kerouac was a writer. That is, he wrote. Many people who call themselves writers and have their names on books aren’t read more...


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