Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

Created by I Love Music on Jul 8, 2012

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Yes, its varied and alive

No, its dead, not much talent in these parts

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1689 Jan 25, 2013
Druid Hills Commando wrote:
I haven't checked in lately on the Columbus Georgia Topix but not surprised to see Will's much ballyhooed "music scene" lagging so far behind in his poll.
Well, as you put it yourself in this thread, D. H. Commando, the negative minded people gravitate here in greater numbers than the positive, creative thinkers:
Druid Hills Commando wrote:
I would agree that when Will uses Topix to "share" his or his friends music or musical event he is setting himself up for ridicule. Maybe not because the quality of the musicians but because Topix is not really the place for that, most people get on here to complain about whatever and to attack that which they hate.
I could start a post about some new movie I watched and liked and 9 out of 10 would say they hated it and I'm a idiot for posting, that's just the way it is.
Will, you seem like a nice guy but you are unrealistic if you think you can post what you do and get nice replies
So, the fact that nearly 2000 voters have voted Yes in support of our vastly talented Columbus GA-Phenix City AL music & art scene is a good sign, that a significant number go against the mob mentality and applaud the under appreciated singers, singwriters, performers and musicians of our local area.

For a good example of some of the fine work coming from the local music scene, here's the amazing guitar team of Jack Snipe & Brian Mallard set my poem "Idle Hour Night" to music, the first release of The Shadowville All-Stars 2013 sessions, the "preliminary radio edit":

http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1690 Jan 25, 2013
Druid Hills Commando wrote:
much ballyhooed "music scene"
More than just "ballyhoo", the evidence of the creative abundance is easily visible to any who care to investigaye for themselves:

And for those unfamilar with the music scene in Columbus-Phenix City then and now, the scene is also thriving with talent of every variety:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

These videos can be viewed by Phenix City residents on East Alabama Cable-TV channel 7 throughout the days and nights.
Follow the link above for a smapling and overview of the local Columbus-Phenix City music scene with videos from local talent both young and old.

--
"Idle Hour Night" / Shadowville All-Stars 2013:

http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1691 Jan 25, 2013
Reposting here, as Poanna are a truly great addition to the Columbus GA-Phenix City AL music scene, thanks to Josh Green for pointing them out to me:
josh_green wrote:
POANNA ( http://www.poannamusic.com/ )
Poanna, a band out of Columbus, Georgia by way of Australia and parts unknown, rides that fine line between folk, rock, Americana, and polka (when the mood strikes). Call it what you want but it sure feels good!
Another non-local national touring act (ATH has been on the road with Kip Moore who they played with this week at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, Blackberry Smoke, and are a regular staple on the Lynyrd Skynyrd and KISS cruises) with one of the more promising local bands, POANNA, kicking off the party for only $5. Show starts at 10pm!
I came across Poanna on Reverb Nation also... great vibe and sound, and a truly great addition to the Columbus Georgia music scene!

http://www.reverbnation.com/poanna

Love Is Lead / Poanna:

http://www.reverbnation.com/poanna/song/15410...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1693 Jan 27, 2013
Denise D wrote:
Interesting poll
Indeed it is!

Here's yet another side of the local music scene, Echobeast.

Here's the FB Echobeast page:

https://www.facebook.com/ #!/groups/348495401838566/

Echobeast members:

Brian Fowler gtr,therimen,vox
Will Dockery-vox
Charles Fowler-drums,vox
Dan Davidson-keys
Gini Woolfolk-vox,bass
Wildman Steve-Therimen
Gabe Holland-vox,keys,therimen
Josh Reynolds-keys,vox,bass,program ming
and more...

"Echobeast has a annual ritual called VENUS STAR RITUAL....Here is the whole Beast Set. Will Dockery,Brian Fowler,Gabe Holland,Charles Fowler,Wildman Steve,Dan Davidson,Gini Woolfolk,Joe Strings,John Pack,Mitch Cherry... Killer whales/Flying teapot/White rabbit/Whole lotta Love..." -Brian Fowler

http://youtu.be/nOFI2uVSCAI

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1694 Jan 27, 2013
More than just "ballyhoo", the evidence of the creative abundance is easily visible to any who care to investigate for themselves.
And for those unfamilar with the music scene in Columbus-Phenix City then and now, the scene is also thriving with talent of every variety:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

These videos can be viewed by Phenix City residents on East Alabama Cable-TV channel 7 throughout the days and nights.
Follow the link above for a smapling and overview of the local Columbus-Phenix City music scene with videos from local talent both young and old.

--
"Idle Hour Night" / Shadowville All-Stars 2013:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1696 Jan 27, 2013
Not Ballyhooed wrote:
The local music scene isn't BALLYHOOED it is
REALLYBOOED.
That's why America is a free country... you have the right to whine!

--
"Idle Hour Night" / Shadowville All-Stars 2013:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1698 Jan 27, 2013
Whining wrote:
Any non postive response to anything he likes he calls WHINING.
Not at all, I call a spade a spade, as I always have.

--
Music & poetry from Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1700 Jan 27, 2013
We do too wrote:
We do too(*call a spade a spade and we also know a REAL JOKER when we see one.) Everything that agrees with you on here is 100% praised by you. Anyone who disagrees with you gets lambasted on here by you.
I'm not one to turn the other cheek... if you post something false about me or a musrepresentation of what I do, then of course I'll correct uour errors and falsehoods and set the record straight.

Fair enough?

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live,
mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn,
burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across
the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and
everybody goes "Awww!" -Jack Kerouac

--
"Idle Hour Night" / Shadowville All-Stars 2013:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1703 Jan 27, 2013
Roman Candle wrote:
Like all Roman Candles Keroauc burnt himself out. He is KING OF THE BURN OUTS.
* If you could quote JESUS as well as Keroauc you may have been well thought of, respected and acclaimed SUCCESSFUL by now.
But like all who lie down with dogs, they become ring master in their own FLEA CIRCUS.
Not at all, I'm pretty well versed on the Jesus, Old Testament and Woody Guthrie quotes as well.

--
Over You / Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://youtu.be/4rvCp_xzWH8

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1705 Jan 27, 2013
Turn The Other Cheek wrote:
If he listened to THE SCRIPTURE and did as instructed and TURNED THE OTHER CHEEK he would of been esteemed by providence already. The Lord of all creation clearly commands of all mankind to TURN THE OTHER CHEEK.
"That's a-right on!" -James Collier

--
Over You / Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://youtu.be/4rvCp_xzWH8

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1706 Jan 27, 2013
For those unfamilar with the music scene in Columbus-Phenix City then and now, the scene is also thriving with talent of every variety:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

These videos can be viewed by Phenix City residents on East Alabama Cable-TV channel 7 throughout the days and nights.

Follow the link above for a comprehensive overview of the local Columbus-Phenix City music scene with videos from local talent both young and old.

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1709 Jan 27, 2013
The Auburn Band wrote:
We know Madiera the band from Auburn wrote all those songs on their CD.
I look forward to hearing the Madiera band, original music is always the best, in my opinion.

Now Playing: "I Need A Dumptruck" By The Conley Brothers:

http://www.artemisrecords.net/conley.html

That was from Henry Conley's first album, way back in 1996. Henry Conley's kept the "The Willfull Suspension of Disbelief" audio CD in print for almost 20 years now... first released way back in 1996:

http://www.artemisrecords.net/conley.html

==========Begin quoted text]=========
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Monday, July 29, 1996

"Henry Conley runs his sports card shop by day, but come nightfall, he turns into the soul of [...] a popular Columbus band...":

http://www.musik-news.org/post/3343/Henry_Con...

"By day, Henry Conley is the mild-mannered owner of a sports card shop
in Columbus. But as the shadows grow longer, the fingers on his left
hand begin to fidget. Chords from in the silent air, while his right
hand begins to strum at his side. Behind the huge, waist-high glass
cases of cards, his feet find a rhythm to notes only he can hear. By
nightfall, the transformation is complete. Henry Conley, sports card
guy; meet Henry Conley, jazz musician..."

[...]

Titled "The Willful Suspension of Disbelief," the cover shows a wide-
eyed, but detached Conley staring at a stripper on the front. On the
back, Conley stares with the same expression at a preacher n a
pulpit.
"Saturday night, Sunday morning," he says with a laugh. Songs
include "Pass Him Away," "It Ain't Bad to be Good" and "Mordecai" -
all written by Conley. "We really believe in his songs," says Gates.

[...]

Henry Conley, 35, is a gentle, likable man about the size of a small bear.
His hands are so large, he had to have a special specially made. He
loves sports and often plays softball with area teams.
As a kid in Savannah and later in Columbus, he wanted to play
professional baseball, "but I couldn't hit the curve ball". He still
can't. But while his sporting needs are met by baseball and softball,
his soul finds its freedom in music. On stage, his is constant energy
and the critical element that triggers the group's obvious chemistry.
Sometimes, he will drop his guitar to his side and hunch over, his
feet pounding away in a secret rhythm.

==========End quoted text]=========

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live,
mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn,
burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across
the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and
everybody goes "Awww!" -Jack Kerouac

--
"Idle Hour Night" / Shadowville All-Stars 2013:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1710 Jan 27, 2013
Those musicians wrote:
Those musicians don't needs no hep from your beard hairs thank you.
I'm just responding to the negative anonymous postings on this poll... I'm well aware the musicians need no help for me, you or any bearded Beatniks out there... heh.

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live,
mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn,
burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across
the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and
everybody goes "Awww!" -Jack Kerouac

--
"Idle Hour Night" / Shadowville All-Stars 2013:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1712 Jan 27, 2013
Caint Stop Laughin wrote:
That girl from outta town tellin' Wheel she thought he might be SPECIAL as in SLOW was funny as that one episode of Fred Sanford when Fred told that hungry boy if you eat NECK BONES you'll grow a chicken neck. Aw, I caint stop laughin'. So much for the music scene. Maybe if you get Alfalfa Schweitzer and Spanky to bring in THE INTERNATIONAL SILVER STRING SUBMARINE BAND we might get a fan base for the town.
"You ole fish eyed foo!" -Aunt Esther

Yes, the Conley Brothers CD has been in print ever since 1996, one of the oldest artifacts of the Columbus GA-Phenix City AL music scene, a bona fide collector's item, available online from Artemis Records. That was Henry Conley's first album, way back in 1996. Henry Conley's kept the "The Willfull Suspension of Disbelief" audio CD in print for almost 20 years now... first released way back in 1996:

http://www.artemisrecords.net/conley.html

==========Begin quoted text]=========

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Monday, July 29, 1996

"Henry Conley runs his sports card shop by day, but come nightfall, he turns into the soul of [...] a popular Columbus band...":

http://www.musik-news.org/post/3343/Henry_Con...

"By day, Henry Conley is the mild-mannered owner of a sports card shop
in Columbus. But as the shadows grow longer, the fingers on his left
hand begin to fidget. Chords from in the silent air, while his right
hand begins to strum at his side. Behind the huge, waist-high glass
cases of cards, his feet find a rhythm to notes only he can hear. By
nightfall, the transformation is complete. Henry Conley, sports card
guy; meet Henry Conley, jazz musician..."

[...]

Titled "The Willful Suspension of Disbelief," the cover shows a wide-
eyed, but detached Conley staring at a stripper on the front. On the
back, Conley stares with the same expression at a preacher n a
pulpit.
"Saturday night, Sunday morning," he says with a laugh. Songs
include "Pass Him Away," "It Ain't Bad to be Good" and "Mordecai" -
all written by Conley. "We really believe in his songs," says Gates.
[...]
Conley, 35, is a gentle, likable man about the size of a small bear.
His hands are so large, he had to have a special specially made. He
loves sports and often plays softball with area teams.
As a kid in Savannah and later in Columbus, he wanted to play
professional baseball, "but I couldn't hit the curve ball". He still
can't. But while his sporting needs are met by baseball and softball,
his soul finds its freedom in music. On stage, his is constant energy
and the critical element that triggers the group's obvious chemistry.

Sometimes, he will drop his guitar to his side and hunch over, his
feet pounding away in a secret rhythm.

==========End quoted text]=========

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live,
mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn,
burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across
the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and
everybody goes "Awww!" -Jack Kerouac

Here's the link, in case you missed it, to the Columbus-Phenix City music scene is abundantly documented on videos filmed by East Alabama Cable-TV, and also available on their YouTube channel.
So for those, like you, who are unfamilar with the music scene in Columbus-Phenix City then and now, the scene is also thriving with talent of every variety, including examples of the music of The Conley Brothers:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

No Ballyhoo, just documented facts, these videos give a representative overview of the local Columbus-Phenix City music scene with videos from local talent both young and old.

--
"Idle Hour Night" / Shadowville All-Stars 2013:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...
Robin

Greensboro, GA

#1713 Jan 28, 2013
I read thru the posts here and I see that this is an ongoing argument about the music played in Columbus Georgia.
I took the recommendation of this board and visited the coffee shop but I was extremely disappointed at what I heard.
Was this the exception or was it the rule?
Let the debate rage on!

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1714 Jan 28, 2013
Robin wrote:
I read thru the posts here and I see that this is an ongoing argument about the music played in Columbus Georgia.
I took the recommendation of this board and visited the coffee shop but I was extremely disappointed at what I heard.
Was this the exception or was it the rule?
Let the debate rage on!
Well, you attended a Conley Brothers show, which is just one of many performer/groups in the Columbus-Phenix City music scene... although I would ordinarily consider them among the best.

A few other favorites in the local scene I'd list would include more of the dozens of talented singers and songwriters of the Columbus & Phenix City music scene who are constantly creating and performing original songs.

Of course, since The Conley Brothers fell flat for you, I have no idea who might please you... heh.

Here are some individual examples of local singer-songwriters who, in my opinion, are creating some quality work, and put on a great performance, and in my opinion are very legitimate musicians:

Riley Yielding:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

Bibb City Ramblers:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

Fiddlers Blues Band:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

The above performers in the Columbus-Phenix City music scene are great examples of why this poll is bogus... there's a wealth of talent in the Chattahoochee Valley.

--
"Over You" / Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_132...
Squirrel

Americus, GA

#1716 Jan 28, 2013
Where are the nuts, is wheel a nut?

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1717 Jan 28, 2013
The Auburn Band wrote:
We know Madiera the band from Auburn wrote all those songs on their CD.
I'm in Auburn about once a week and haven't seen this band... are you sure you have the spelling correct?

--
"Over You" / Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_132...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#1719 Jan 28, 2013
Philo Math wrote:
Philo Math. He knows the low down. Michael Stipes said NO! NO! to signing anyone from the Columbus Georgia Music Scene. Cause it not real. Just a handful of has been wannabe loons trying to draw in folks. They aren't singers or musicians. That is why Robin said her 13 year old cousin sounded better.
"A Southern man don't need him around anyhow..."

Here's my latest, a poems set to music by the amazing guitar team of Jack Snipe and Brian Mallard:

"Chasing 'round a silver-dollar moon,'round glimmering green ozone,'round
midnight's pale blue maelstrom, through crimson horned stigmata tied with a
sailor's knot of stars before I give her up... to that Idle Hour Night." -
with Jack Snipe and 5 others at The Shadowville All-Stars.

http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...
Smith Station Panthers

Smiths Station, AL

#1720 Jan 28, 2013
Robin wrote:
I read thru the posts here and I see that this is an ongoing argument about the music played in Columbus Georgia.
I took the recommendation of this board and visited the coffee shop but I was extremely disappointed at what I heard.
Was this the exception or was it the rule?
Let the debate rage on!
Hello robin and welcome!
Yes this is an ongoing debate and you are one of many who weigh in on this and of the same opinion.
I think what is so funny is after each new person opines on this, Will (or should I say Wheel now) posts 5,6, 7 replies to try and bury the opposing opinions. I have yet to see anyone give a good review and even Josh (Will's friend) had his doubts too.
It has become almost comical at this point.

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