There are very few things that really surprise me about the depth of the music scene in Athens. That being said, I am truly surprised by the incredible quality of the musical talent (with only a few exceptions) of the bands that played the main stage and the Morton Theatre Flagpole Awards. I consider myself to be a tough critic, but when I was blown away by Dead Confederate, I needed to reconsider the myriad of excuses I had used to remain deaf to the up-and-coming Athens bands.
You see, I was raised on old-school rock-n-roll radio. It seemed that Athens was more of a town for the college/indie music scene. While I mean no offense to the genre or talented artists from this sector, I will have to admit I was a bit of a rock snob.
I am not a rock snob anymore, most specifically because the spacey Pink Floydish riffs that fill your ears on dead Confederate tracks like "The News Underneath" and the Verve-like vocals of Hardy Norris's "All the Angels" gave me a new understanding of what rock in 2009 should sound like. Since I was so wrong to be that judgemental, I decided to write this blog and bare all my musical sins for the world to hear, lest you fall into the same bad habits of the rock snob. Seriously, though, I really want to talk about some great bands from Athens as they move fans to ear-piercing "woooos" and hard-core devotion.
A final note for today's blog regards the fine leadership I have witnessed in the Athens community since the tragic burning of the Georgia Theatre. The Morton Theatre generously took over the venues that had been originally planned to be staged at the Georgia Theatre during Athfest. Kudos to all who un-selfishly made this possible. I'll be writing more on the Morton Theatre later, but suffice it to say that it is a rich jewel of an era gone-by. Its recent total restoration was just in time for the 100th year it has been part of Athens' heritage.
Thanks for reading my first blog- I hope you return for many more to come!