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AMP-001 Shannon Primm interviewed by Joanna Smolko 2014 November 25
AMP-002 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell 2015 October 29
AMP-002-01 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell 2015 October 20
AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot interviewed by Isaiah Feken and Deborah Caldwell 2015 October 29
AMP-003 Art Rosenbaum
AMP-003-01 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by David Heinsen and Kevin Green 2015 October 22
AMP-003-02 Art Rosenbaum interviewed by Anna Williams and Kevin Green 2015 October 27
AMP-004 Dr. Cynthia Schmidt interviewed by Jean Kidula 2015 October 9
AthFest Oral Histories 2015
AMP-005 Jeff Montgomery interviewed by Alex Garrett and Robert Martin 2015 October 27
AMP-006 Russ Hallauer interviewed by Francisco Ruiz and James Ingham 2015 October 29
AMP-007 Melissa Link interviewed by Dylan Teribury and Sara Wilder 2015 November 2
AMP-008 Alicia Nickles interviewed by Kathleen Knowles and Chris Vaughan 2015 November 4
AMP-009 David Barbe interviewed by Henry Pharis 2015 November 6
AMP-011 Troy Aubrey interviewed by Calvin Bottoms and Robin Smith 2015 November 4
AMP-012 Jill Helme interviewed by Sara Hess and Joshua Hinson 2015 November 12
AMP-010 Larry McLure interviewed by Deborah Caldwell 2015 November 6
AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson interviewed by Isaiah Feken 2015 November 12
AMP-014 John Bailey interviewed by Kevin Green 2015 November 15
AMP-015 Chris Enghauser interviewed by David Heinsen 2015 November 15
AMP-016 Greg Hull interviewed by Anna Williams 2015 November 24
AMP-017 Sam Mixon interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 May 5
AMP-018 Eugene Willis, Jr. (Blacknerdninja) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson 2016 May 6
AMP-019 Larry Gresham, Jr. (L.G.) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson 2016 May 11
AMP-020 Carlos Jones (Lo' Down) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson 2016 May 15
AMP-021 Ismeal Cuthbertson (Ishues) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson 2016 May 18
AMP-022 Andrew Rieger interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 June 8
AMP-023 Frank MacDonell interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 May 28
AMP-024 Montu Miller interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson 2016 June 1
AMP-025 Benjamin Edwards (Big Body) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson 2016 June 25
AMP-026 Earl Arnold (Big Earl) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson 2016 June 30
AMP-027 Darrin Ellison (Elite Tha Showstoppa) interviewed by Jasmine Mokah Johnson 2016 July 10
AMP-028 Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken) interviewed by Dennis Knowa Johnson 2016 September 3
AMP-029 Walter Allen, Sr. interviewed by Fred Smith 2016 September 20
AMP-030 Creston Spiers interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 September 17
AMP-031 Peter Alvanos interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 September 20
AMP-032 Kevin Sweeney interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 September 25
AMP-033 Travis West (Dictator) interviewed Dennis Knowa Johnson 2016 October 13
AMP-034 Robin Edwards interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2017 July 27
AMP-035 Joe Rowe interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 October 24
AMP-036 Dave Marr interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 October 27
AMP-037 Jill Carnes interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 November 3
AMP-038 Paul Trudeau interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 November 12
AMP-039 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2016 January 26
AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2017 February 2
AMP-041 Jason Griffin interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2017 March 27
AMP-042 Alan Flurry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2017 April 15
AMP-043 Ben Reynolds interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 01
AMP-044 Annelies Mondi interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 01
AMP-045 David Barbe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 01
AMP-046 Curtiss Pernice interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 01
AMP-047 Mark Cooper Smith interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 02
AMP-048 Bill David interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 02
AMP-049 Barry Marler interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 02
AMP-050 Julie House interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 03
AMP-051 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 03
AMP-052 David Hannon Pierce interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 03
AMP-053 Jeff Walls interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 04
AMP-054 Bob Hay interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 May 04
AMP-055 Lauren Fancher interviewed by Grace Hale 2017 July 10
AMP-056 Vanessa Briscoe Hay interviewed by Grace Hale 2017 July 10
AMP-057 Terry Allen interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 July 10
AMP-058 Bryan Cook interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 July 10
AMP-059 Dana Downs interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 July 11
AMP-060 Lynda Stipe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 July 11
AMP-061 April Chapman interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 July 11
AMP-062 Kelly Noonan interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 July 11
AMP-063 Deonna Mann interviewed by Curtiss Pernice and Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 July 11
AMP-064 Arthur Johnson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 July 12
AMP-065 Rodger Brown interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 July 12
AMP-066 Nick Bielli interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2017 July 17
AMP-067 Ken Starratt interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2017 June 25
AMP-068 James Willingham interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2017 June 24
AMP-069 Pat Shields interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2017 September 13
AMP-070 Claire Horne interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2017 October 10
AMP-071 Roland McElroy interviewed by Christian Lopez 2017 November 15
AMP-072 Clarence Cameron interviewed by Benjamin Dupriest 2019 February 25
AMP-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
AMP-077 Vic Varney interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2018 February 24
AMP-078 Patrick Ferguson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2018 March 10
AMP-079-01 Sylvanus Zeke Turner interviewed by Dr. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje 2018 March 19
AMP-079-02 Sylvanus Zeke Turner interviewed by Dr. Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje 2018 March 21
AMP-080 Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje by Jean Kidula 2018 March 21
AMP-081 Keith Bennett interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2018 June 11
AMP-082 Kathy Kirbo interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2018 June 12
AMP-083 Vernon Thornsberry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2018 March 15
AMP-084 Don Chambers interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2018 June 08
AMP-085 Mamie Fike interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2018 June 11
AMP-086 Daniel Horowitz interviewed Curtiss Pernice 2018 June 28
AMP-087 Bernard Anderson (Pharaoh Gottie) interviewed by Montu Miller 2018 July 10
AMP-088 Cindy Wilson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale 2018 August 09
AMP-089 Chris McKay interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2018 September 15
AMP-090 Ballard Lesemann interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2018 October 04
AMP-091 Rob Veal interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale
AMP-092 Ben Spraker interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2019 January 06
AMP-093 Todd McBride interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2019 January 09
AMP-094 Gordon Lamb interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2019 January 09
AMP-095 Bob Fernandez interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2019 January 19
AMP-096 Killick Hinds interviewed by Samuel Fisher 2019 February 06
AMP-097 Daniel Ray interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2019 May 14
AMP-098 Jason Richardson interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2019 May 18
AMP-099 Velena Vego interviewed by Curtiss Pernice 2019 May 19
AMP-100 Jabriel Winfrey (Billy D. Brell) interviewed by Montu Miller 2019 August 27
AMP-101 Cedric Huff (Amun-Ra) interviewed by Montu Miller 2019 December 17
AMP-102 Tarik Camp (Top Cat) interviewed by Montu Miller 2020-10-15
AMP-103 Gregory Jones interviewed by Montu Miller 2020-10-27
Athens Music Project Oral History Collection

Athens Music Project Oral History Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens Music Project Oral History Collection
Creator: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Creator: Kidula, Jean
Inclusive Dates: 2014-ongoing
Language: English
Extent: 104 interview(s)
Collection Number: RBRL/379/AMP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Athens Music Project Oral History Collection is part of the Athens Music 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

Historical Note

The Athens Music Project Oral History Collection is part of the Athens Music Project (AMP), a Willson Center for Humanities and Arts research cluster co-directed by Jean Kidula and Susan Thomas. The Athens Music 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 Athens Music Project Oral History Collection documents the diversity and depth of Georgia music and culture, with emphasis on the Athens music 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 music and arts education.


Administrative Information

Preferred citation

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

Processing Information

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 on: 2017.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Athens (Ga.)
Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) -- Politics and government.
Georgia -- Music.
Music -- Instruction and study

Related Collections in this Repository

Athens Oral History Project


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

AMP-001 Shannon Primm interviewed by Joanna Smolko

1 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

2 moving_image(s)



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

( 1 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

( 1 moving_image(s) 83 minutes )
AMP-002-02 Seth Hendershot, Interview 2 video on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-003 Art Rosenbaum

2 moving_image(s)



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

( 1 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

( 1 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

1 sound_recording(s) 134 minutes
AMP-004 Dr. Cynthia Schmidt audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AthFest Oral Histories, 2015

7 interview(s)



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

( 1 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

( 1 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

( 1 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

( 1 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

( 1 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

( 1 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

( 1 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

1 sound_recording(s) 226 minutes
AMP-010 Larry McLure audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson interviewed by Isaiah Feken

1 sound_recording(s) 72 minutes
AMP-013 Mary Hutcherson audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-014 John Bailey interviewed by Kevin Green

1 sound_recording(s) 86 minutes
AMP-014 John Bailey audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-015 Chris Enghauser interviewed by David Heinsen

1 sound_recording(s) 146 minutes
AMP-015 Chris Enghauser audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-016 Greg Hull interviewed by Anna Williams

1 sound_recording(s) 113 minutes
Hull was born in Athens, Georgia where he was first introduced to music through the Hill Chapel Baptist Church. Hull has worked with music his whole life, though his degree is in Education and Family Development. He currently works as the Clarke County Schools pre-k coordinator and as a musician at Hill Chapel Baptist Church. In this interview, Hull talks about his singing career, his experience at UGA, Black musical history, and his current projects
AMP-016 Greg Hull audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-017 Sam Mixon interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

1 sound_recording(s) 135 minutes
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 Athens music 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.
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

1 sound_recording(s) 61 minutes
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 Athens where his grandmother lived. He talks about starting to write raps, deciding to pursue music, 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 music scene in Athens 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.
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

1 sound_recording(s) 33 minutes
Larry Gresham, Jr., aka LG, grew up in Athens, Georgia, and fell in love with music 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 Athens and increase collaboration and camaraderie between artists. Gresham also comments on his work outside of music and his involvement with his church choir and coaching basketball at Cedar Shoals High School.
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

1 sound_recording(s) 46 minutes
Carlos Jones, who performs under the name Lo' Down, talks about his early performances in Athens, releasing his first album Between the Hedges with friend Ken Richardson (Duddy Ken), and leaving college to pursue his music 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 music career and the influence of their group in the nascent hip hop scene in Athens 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 music.
Carlos Jones was born in Athens, 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

1 sound_recording(s) 82 minutes
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 Athens Music 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 music careers and personal life, and comments on hip-hop in Athens in 2016, the fragmentation of the black community in Athens, and how the internet has changed the nature of music exposure.
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

1 sound_recording(s) 52 minutes
Andrew Rieger talks about becoming a music fan at a young age, his first band, and starting the band Elf Power when he moved to Athens, 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.
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

1 sound_recording(s) 102 minutes
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 Athens to play music, and forming the band Magneto. He describes the atmosphere of friendly competition in the Athens music 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.
Frank MacDonnell grew up in Sandy Springs, Georgia and moved to Athens in his early twenties to play music. 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

1 sound_recording(s) 52 minutes
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.
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 music promoter in Athens 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

1 sound_recording(s) 33 minutes
Benjamin Edwards, who performs under the name Big Body, talks about his childhood in the West Athens neighborhood of Newtown, his early hip hop influences, and starting to record music 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 Athens, and his advice to them about work ethic and authenticity in producing music. He also mentions the role of the university as a networking resource for Athens music artists.
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

1 sound_recording(s) 37 minutes
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 Athens, Georgia, and releasing music 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 music, and returning to Athens. 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.
Earl Arnold, aka Big Earl, was born in Harlem, New York, and settled in Athens, Georgia where he started releasing music 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

1 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

1 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

1 moving_image(s) 75 minutes
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.
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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 sound_recording(s) 59 minutes
Edwards was born in Florida, where her first introduction to music was her father's love of jazz. In high school, Edwards played the guitar and occasionally sang in a small band. Edwards eventually moved to Athens in the early 1980's where she played guitar and bass with a few bands including Mystery Date and Liquid Beat. Edwards currently plays for entertainment at retirement homes. In this interview, Edwards talks about her touring experience, playing with Liquid Beat, and the spirit of music.
AMP-034 Robin Edwards audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-035 Joe Rowe interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 sound_recording(s) 70 minutes
Robbie Cucchiaro was born in New York and grew up playing various horn and percussion instruments for his school's Drum and Bugle Corp. After graduating high school, Cucchiaro moved to Athens, Georgia after fellow musician Julian Koster, where they both joined the band The Music Tapes. While in Athens, Cucchiaro has played in many bands. Cucchiaro currently plays for the theatrical podcast, The Orbiting Musical Circus. In this interview, Cucchiaro describes his time growing up in New York, creating The Music Tapes' first album, and his more current work with the Orbiting Human Circus.
AMP-039 Robbie Cucchiaro part 1 audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

1 sound_recording(s) 56 minutes
Robbie Cucchiaro was born in New York and grew up playing various horn and percussion instruments for his school's Drum and Bugle Corp. After graduating high school, Cucchiaro moved to Athens, Georgia after fellow musician Julian Koster, where they both joined the band, The Music Tapes. While in Athens, Cucchiaro has played in many bands. Cucchiaro currently plays for the theatrical podcast, The Orbiting Musical Circus. In this second interview, Cucchiaro talks about the specifics surrounding the creation of the First Imaginary Symphony for Nomads, stage props used for performances, and his experience learning how to tap dance.
AMP-040 Robbie Cucchiaro part 2 audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-041 Jason Griffin interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

1 sound_recording(s) 64 minutes
Jason Griffin grew up in Columbus, Georgia during the 1980's. As a child, Griffin played the drums and skateboarded with other kids in his community. In high school, Griffin played for many bands including Beluga and Straight Youth. Later Griffin played as the drummer for the band Tres Kids and Apparition. In this interview, Griffin talks about the touring experience, bands he performed in, and shares memorable performances.
AMP-041 Jason Griffin audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-042 Alan Flurry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

1 sound_recording(s) 119 minutes
Alan Flurry grew up in Savannah, Georgia. In high school, he moved to Athens, Georgia and has played as the drummer for many Athens bands since, including Mr. Right Now, SNAIL, and for the David Marr Album. In addition to drumming, Flurry is a writer and published the novel Cansville. Flurry currently works as the writer and producer for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. In this interview, Flurry talks about his drumming career, writing, living in Europe, his time in Athens, and raising a family.
AMP-042 Alan Flurry audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-043 Ben Reynolds interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

1 sound_recording(s) 92 minutes
AMP-043 Ben Reynolds audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-044 Annelies Mondi interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

1 sound_recording(s) 82 minutes
AMP-044 Annelies Mondi audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-045 David Barbe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

1 sound_recording(s) 70 minutes
AMP-045 David Barbe audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-046 Curtiss Pernice interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

1 sound_recording(s) 111 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 80 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 85 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 103 minutes
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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 sound_recording(s) 117 minutes
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 Athens music 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

1 sound_recording(s) 78 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 97 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 97 minutes
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

1 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

1 sound_recording(s) 87 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 79 minutes
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 Athens music and art.
AMP-059 Dana Downs audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-060 Lynda Stipe interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

1 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

1 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

1 sound_recording(s) 99 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 96 minutes
Deonna Mann moved to Athens, GA as a young adult and got involved in art and music. 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

1 sound_recording(s) 42 minutes
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 music documentary, "Athens, 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

1 sound_recording(s) 89 minutes
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 music scene of Athens, 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

1 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

1 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

1 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

1 sound_recording(s) 92 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 71 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 40 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 76 minutes
AMP-072 Clarence Cameron audio on Kaltura Access Online
 

AMP-073 Dan Nettles interviewed by Benjamin Dupriest

1 sound_recording(s) 97 minutes
Dan Nettles grew up in Athens, Georgia and attended the Berklee College of Music 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

1 sound_recording(s) 113 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 92 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 111 minutes
Rick Stanziale grew up in Athens, Georgia during the 1980s, during which he was an avid skateboarder. Stanziale later joined his first band, The Problem Children during the late 1980s. James Greer was also involved in the skating scene and punk rock during the 1980s despite coming from a very religious household. Joe Elridge grew up skating in Athens, Georgia, though a serious skateboarding accident at the age of 16 inspired him to become more involved in the Athens punk rock scene as a bass player. In this interview, Stanziale, Greer, and Elridge talk about Athens' skate parks, playing around Athens, and the cultural influences of skating.
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

1 sound_recording(s) 122 minutes
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 Athens and shifts in music culture.
AMP-077 Vic Varney audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-078 Patrick Ferguson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

1 sound_recording(s) 127 minutes
Patrick Ferguson grew up in Columbus, Georgia, where he was exposed to a number of punk rock bands. When Ferguson moved to Athens, Georgia to attend UGA, he played in a variety of bands including Five-Eight, Southern Bitch, and Teenage Math Lab. In this interview, Ferguson talks about his inspirations, notable performances, and his current musical endeavors.
AMP-078 Patrick Ferguson audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

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

1 moving_image(s) 59 minutes
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

1 moving_image(s) 57 minutes
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 music in Athens 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

1 moving_image(s) 17 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 151 minutes
 

AMP-082 Kathy Kirbo interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

1 sound_recording(s) 82 minutes
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 Athens music scene.
AMP-082 Kathy Kirbo audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-083 Vernon Thornsberry interviewed by Curtiss Pernice

1 sound_recording(s) 97 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 93 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 91 minutes
Mamie Fike moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia on a music 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 music education, performing in various bands, and changes in Athens.
AMP-085 Mamie Fike audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-086 Daniel Horowitz interviewed Curtiss Pernice

1 sound_recording(s) 121 minutes
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 (Pharaoh Gottie) interviewed by Montu Miller

1 sound_recording(s) 66 minutes
Bernard Anderson aka Pharaoh Gottie grew up in Athens. He became involved with hip hop at a young age, and he helped manage various artists. Anderson has owned numerous businesses in Athens including a record store, beauty store, and restaurant. In this interview, he discusses early hip-hop artists in Athens and his experience as a Black business owner.
 

AMP-088 Cindy Wilson interviewed by Grace Elizabeth Hale

1 sound_recording(s) 96 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 113 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 98 minutes
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 Athens, Georgia to attend college at the University of Georgia; however, he left school to focus on music. 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

1 sound_recording(s) 98 minutes
Rob Veal was born in Athens in 1969 where he grew up listening to local music. 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

1 sound_recording(s) 94 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 70 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 124 minutes
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 Athens music 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

1 sound_recording(s) 78 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 123 minutes
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 Athens in 1995. He performs Appalachian Trance Metal Music 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 Athens music 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

1 sound_recording(s) 75 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 83 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 65 minutes
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

1 sound_recording(s) 92 minutes
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 music, becoming a part of the original wave of hip-hop in Athens. 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

1 sound_recording(s) 93 minutes
Cedric Huff (Amun-Ra), born in Athens, Georgia, is an influential member of the Athens hip-hop scene. He began recording music at age 14 and was introduced to the industry early. In his interview, he discusses musical influences, growing up in Athens, 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 (Top Cat) interviewed by Montu Miller

1 sound_recording(s) 95 minutes
Tarik Camp, also known as Top Cat, was born in Athens, Georgia. His mother worked as a singer and his father as a DJ. Growing up, Camp worked as a D.J and music creator before he formed the band, Mascom. Camp currently has a wife and two daughters and creates music as a hobby. He is the CEO of Squeeze King Lemonade.
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AMP-102 Tarik Camp (Top Cat) audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online
 

AMP-103 Gregory Jones interviewed by Montu Miller

1 sound_recording(s) 97 minutes
Gregory Jones was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. His first introduction to music was his mother's records. Growing up and throughout adulthood, Jones left Athens many times before he eventually returned to work on his music. Jones served in the military where he also DJ'd and created music to be sent back to Athens. Jones currently produces hip-hop music in Athens, Georgia.
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AMP-103 Gregory Jones audio interview and index in OHMS Access Online