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

#2037 Mar 30, 2013
Among the performers making their Hogbottom debut this year will be Brian Mallard and the Renegade Band... with the Quintessential American rock-n-roll song of these Modern Times.

Play it loud, brothers and sisters...

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

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2038 Mar 31, 2013
A great music & BBQ festival known as Hogbottom..

https://www.facebook.com/events/5869891046473...

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2039 Apr 2, 2013
As the thread shows elsewhere, Columbus-Phenix City music scene stretches all the way back to the birth of The Blues;

Ma Rainey is a huge part of our Columbus Georgia history, as well as American Musical History... Ma Rainey, after all, was "The Mother of the Blues":

http://pennyspoetry.wikia.com/wiki/Ma_Rainey

Ma Rainey (April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues.

She began performing at the age of 12 or 14, and recorded under the name Ma Rainey after she and Will Rainey were married in 1904. Touring as Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues. From the time of her first recording in 1923 to five years later, Ma Rainey made over 100 recordings. Some of them include, Bo-weevil Blues (1923), Moonshine Blues (1923), See See Rider (1924), Black Bottom (1927), and Soon This Morning (1927).

Ma Rainey was known for her very powerful vocal abilities, energetic disposition, majestic phrasing, and a ‘moaning’ style of singing similar to folk tradition.

Bo-weevil Blues and Moonshine Blues. Ma Rainey also recorded with Louis Armstrong in addition to touring and recording with the Georgia Jazz Band. Ma Rainey continued to tour until 1935 when she retired to her hometown.

Gertrude Pridgett was born on April 26, 1886 in Columbus, Georgia, child of Thomas and Ella (Allen) Pridgett, from Alabama. She had at least two brothers and a sister named Malissa, with whom Gertrude was later confused in some sources. She came onto the performance scene at a talent show in Columbus, Georgia when she was 12–14 years old. Around 1902 she was first exposed to blues music,They sang and danced together in Black minstrel shows, and for several years toured with F.S. Wolcott's Rabbit Foot Minstrels From 1914, the Raineys were billed as Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues.

In New Orleans she met musicians including Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and Pops Foster. Blues music increased in popularity and Ma Rainey became well known for songs such as "Bad Luck Blues", "Bo-Weevil Blues" and "Moonshine Blues". She made more than 100 more over the next five years, which brought her fame beyond the South. Paramount marketed her extensively, calling her "the Mother of the Blues", "the Songbird of the South", "the Gold-Neck Woman of the Blues" and "the Paramount Wildcat". In 1924 she made some recordings with Louis Armstrong, including "Jelly Bean Blues", "Countin' the Blues" and "See, See Rider".

In 1924 she embarked on a tour of the Theater Owners Booking Association throughout the South and Midwestern United States, singing both for black and white audiences. She was accompanied by bandleader and pianist Thomas Dorsey, and the band he assembled called the Wildcats Jazz Band which included Eddie Pollack, Gabriel Washington, Albert Wynn and David Nelson. They began their tour with an appearance in Chicago in April 1924 and continued, on and off, until 1928. Dorsey left the group in 1926 due to ill health and was replaced as pianist by Lillian Hardaway Henderson, the wife of Rainey's cornetist Fletcher Henderson, who became the band's leader.

In 1935 Rainey returned to her hometown, Columbus, Georgia, where she ran two theaters, "The Lyric" and "The Airdrome",until her death from a heart attack in 1939 in Rome, Georgia.
In 1983, Rainey was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990

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

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2041 Apr 8, 2013
"One or two tweaks and one Great additional band, may I present the final schedule for Hogbottom 2013..." -Dave Patillo

http://picyou.com/KtMjsL

Thanks, Dave... and I look forward to putting on a good show for y'all at 5:45, for the great cause...

Best BBQ in the Valley, and the best of the local music scene!

--
Music & poetry from Will Dockery & Friends:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2044 Apr 8, 2013
SSgt wrote:
Read your post before you click "Post Comment" Works every time.
You'd be surprised how often typos just slip by no matter how hard you try to catch them... old age, I reckon.

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

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2045 Apr 9, 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.

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

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2046 Apr 9, 2013
As far as local groups go, I'd place Poanna pretty high on the list, imo:

http://www.reverbnation.com/poanna

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2047 Apr 11, 2013
From Rusty Wood on a Columbus-Phenix City music scene milestone:

Rusty Wood:

"...We'll be airing our 100th episode of "Minstrels on the Block" with Brian Mallard tonight~! I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the very talented local musicians that have been guests on our show.. some but not all: SoL', Southern Ashe, Henry Foster Conley, Marsha Short, Caylee Hammack, Wally Montgomery, Jim Patrick, Daniel Shafer, Travis Mackey, Abi Permenter, Andrew Wood, Will Dockery, Brian Fowler, Dan Davidson, Gini Woolfolk Davidson, Brittany Avery, John Phillips, Don Hall, The Buddy Harden Band, Derundo Jenkins, Sandy Madaris, Basil Fitzpatrick, Robert Earl Lowery, Rick Edwards, Don Hall, Blue Harvest, Mike Matthews, Haden Sammons, Whitney Lynn, Nadine Coker, Christian Modest Roots Ortiz,... and so many others that have appeared.. THANK YOU for making our little show a Big Success~!"

http://youtu.be/cU58UbG3cwc

Published on Apr 11, 2013
"Minstrels on the Block" with Brian Mallard. Special guest, Rusty Wood. Produced by EATV 7.

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2048 Apr 24, 2013
While the Columbus-Phenix City music scene does have some rabid supporters, I've been seeing the outpouring of negative opinions on our under-rated local perfomers & bands, as this poll of the general public makes painfully clear. The voting hasn't ended, but here's where it stands now:
Is the Columbus music scene legitimate?

Yes, its varied and alive: 1,892 votes

vs.

No, its dead, not much talent in these parts: 4,616 Any way I spin it, I have to admit that's pretty damned dark, my friend.

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

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2049 May 7, 2013
If you missed Hogbottom this year, the only local festival with all local talent... Hope to see you next year!

24 local performers and bands played, and raised what appears to be over $10,000 for a LOCAL cause, not shipping the money out to out of town Carpetbaggers:

A note from Dave to all those who participated in Hogbottom this year, on
all levels.

"I just wanted to offer my appreciation for you and the guys playing at
Hogbottom? again this year. We had the biggest crowd ever with at least 900
through the gate and after the tally is in, I fully expect we will be well
over our goal of $10,000 for the House of Heroes! Please pass along my
thanks to the others. Ya'll were great! God Bless You. And coming sooner
that I want to think about, Hogbottom 9!" -Dave Pattillo

http://youtu.be/F4muOcHezyo

Published on May 7, 2013

The Shadowville All-Stars are: Will Dockery ~vocals, Jack Snipe
~guitar,backup vocals, Brian Mallard ~guitar, John Phillips ~bass, Eric
Gunter ~drums, Patricia Suddeth ~tambourine,backup vocals, Terry Gannon ~
guitar, Alicia McLeod ~keyboard, Terry Gannon ~guitar, Jamie McGuire
~trumpet.Playing a benefit at Hogbottom for the House of Heroes.

But suit yourself, if you don't support local talent, that's your choice...

We'll get by just fine without you... Obviously!
Smiths Station Panthers

Smiths Station, AL

#2050 May 7, 2013
I think its great that 900 went to Hogbottom, but as you like to point out, the population of Columbus is 194,000 and the population of Russell county is about 58,000, that's about 250,000 in the area roughly.
You have 900 show up out of 250,000.
Can you imagine how many would come and support our local charities if we could get better musicians and bands to come? If we just had the lineup thats going to be at Cutbait I bet the people attending Hogbottom would be 10 or 20 times 900.
There are professional musicians who will play for free, especially for a great cause as this.

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2051 May 7, 2013
Smiths Station Panthers wrote:
I think its great that 900 went to Hogbottom, but as you like to point out, the population of Columbus is 194,000 and the population of Russell county is about 58,000, that's about 250,000 in the area roughly.
You have 900 show up out of 250,000.
Exactly the problem the local music scene has with the apathetic, and even outright hostile and negative locals such as you who don't help support the local musicians and performers, Panther.

That's your choice, since you seem to have a sort of personal grudge against those of us locals who are trying to build and make something happen.

So be it, keep whining away if it makes you feel any better.

And since you obviously didn't even attend the Hogbottom or Doo-Nanny festivals, you pretty much have to admit you're just whining constantly about something you have no clue about, am I right, Panther?

There are dozens of local, talebted musicians who are professional... and as long as you attent to put across false facts that there are not, I hope to be here to follow behind you and your ilk and set your falsehoods straight.

Out-Of-Town talent = Carpetbaggers, taking money and venues away from the local talent.

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

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2052 May 7, 2013
Anyway, Panther, sorry to come down so hard on you, old pal, but the constant ignorance of the subject of local music and it's value gets annoying at times.

Sometimes you seem to come across as if you have a personal grudge against the local musicians and performers... Are you a frustrated musician, yourself? Or just another person who takes some pleasure in bashing the local talents for some odd reason?

Well, whatever your motives, thanks for giving your opinion, although your exprience with our local music scene seems quite limited... here's a link showing the great variety of musical talent to be found here in the Columbus-Phenix City area:

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.

Exactly the problem the local music scene has with the apathetic, and even outright hostile and negative locals such as you who don't help support the local musicians and performers, Panther.

That's your choice, since you seem to have a sort of personal grudge against those of us locals who are trying to build and make something happen.

So be it, keep whining away if it makes you feel any better.

And since you obviously didn't even attend the Hogbottom or Doo-Nanny festivals, you pretty much have to admit you're just whining constantly about something you have no clue about, am I right, Panther?

There are dozens of local, talebted musicians who are professional... and as long as you attent to put across false facts that there are not, I hope to be here to follow behind you and your ilk and set your falsehoods straight.

Out-Of-Town talent = Carpetbaggers, taking money and venues away from the local talent.

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

Smiths Station, AL

#2053 May 7, 2013
Will Dockery wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly the problem the local music scene has with the apathetic, and even outright hostile and negative locals such as you who don't help support the local musicians and performers, Panther.
That's your choice, since you seem to have a sort of personal grudge against those of us locals who are trying to build and make something happen.
No grudge. I love good music and have been to some famous venues in my years.
When I was young and first started going out the local music scene was really cool, yet year after year of the "same old same old" wears your enthusiasm out. Also traveling and hearing talented musicians in other local music scenes made Columbus pale by comparison.
The truly talented in Columbus quickly move on, all that remains is a unusually large number of hobbyists and to put it bluntly, untalented want to be's.
I would love nothing better to go over to Broad and sit and drink a beer and be wowed by what I hear, all I hear is the "same old same old" I been hear for years and you know its true.

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2054 May 7, 2013
Smiths Station Panthers wrote:
<quoted text>

No grudge. I love good music
So why the constant complaining?

You've stated your "position" dozens, if not hundreds of times here, yet you never fail to keep coming back with your same whining and bitter complaining.

We know you don't like the local music scene.

We know I will continue to truthfully praise it and promote it here and elsewhere.

What good do you think you're doing contsntly trying to post your negative and false judgements on top of mine?

Again, as I wrote you earlier:
Smiths Station Panthers wrote:
<quoted text>
You are the one with no clue.
No, I have a "clue", indeed it is more than a clue, but your grudge against the local music scene talents has been obvious for months.

And then there was your silly whining about local festivals such as Doo-Nanny and Hogbottom charging an admission to the shows.

Yet I know you'll be shelling out to see some out-of-town performer, eh?

That's fine, that's your choice, but when you continue to post slurs and falsehoods about the under rated local talents of Columbus-Phenix City, I hope to be here to set your fake judgements straight and make the truth available, for observers to decide for themselves on.

And if this is just going to be an endless "Mobius Wheel" of your misrepresentations and my corrections and facts... then so be it.

We can continue this as long as we need to.

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

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2055 May 7, 2013
Smiths Station Panthers wrote:
<quoted text>

The truly talented in Columbus
For once we agree, as I have a list of the truly talented, along with videos of their music to prove it, in a message I recently posted in another thread, elsewhere:

So you keep complaining, yet so far you've given zero examples to back up your complaint, Panther.

Again, the dozens of talented singers and songwriters of the Columbus & Phenix City music scene are constantly creating and performing original songs that stand on a world class level with songwriters anywhere in the world, and I defy you to prove otherwise.

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 I see no way thant my posting links to their work can in any way "hinder" these 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.
Heck, you might even manage to list a couple someday... heh.

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

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2056 May 7, 2013
And of course, part of the negativity and false statements are just a part of the sleazy tradition of anonymous posters and trolls on Topix.com , as I recently pointed out elsewhere:

The "problem and animosity" seems to be a widespread problem with anonymous trolls such as you, hiding behind fake names and posting lies and smears against people.

Unfortunately for you, I fight back and correct your lies and misrepresentations about me... and label you for the trash you are.

Truth hurts, eh?

The fact is that I'm just a real person posting here, while anonymous trolls such as you, create these threads apparently from some obsessed agenda they have to attempt to smear my name, libel, and otherwise misrepresent me. And from further reading, it appears to be a sort of Topix.com phenomenon that some don't seem to be able to deal with as well as I have.

For example:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/us/small-to...

"...a social media Web site called Topix, where they write and read startlingly negative posts, all cloaked in anonymity, about one another. And in Dee’s Place, people are not happy... called Topix a 'cesspool of character assassination.'[...] In rural America, older, poorer remote population lagged the rest of the country in embracing the Internet, the growing use of social media is raising familiar concerns about bullying and privacy... hubs of unsubstantiated gossip, stirring widespread resentment in communities where ties run deep, memories run long and anonymity is a novel concept.'Something about rural culture seems to make people want to have conversations in public,' Topix, a site lightly trafficked in cities, enjoys a dedicated and growing following across the Ozarks, Appalachia and much of the rural South, establishing an unexpected niche in communities of a few hundred or few thousand people..."

And, of course, there's a difference between free speech and libel. The posts made here and elsewhere on Topix.com by the trolls you asked about generally tend to fall into the latter category.

--
Music & poetry from Will Dockery & Friends:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery
Big Apple Productions

Brooklyn, NY

#2057 May 7, 2013
These silly videos of the music of Doo Nanny and Hog Bottom are laughed at on a national level.
I know this fair city of Columbus Georgia does not warrant the ridicule it garners because of one old crusty sad sack, but it happens.

“The undiscovered country... ”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2058 May 8, 2013
Big Apple Productions wrote:
These silly videos of the music of Doo Nanny and Hog Bottom are laughed at on a national level.
I know this fair city of Columbus Georgia does not warrant the ridicule it garners because of one old crusty sad sack, but it happens.
So you claim, yet never provide any proof for these falsehoods and misrepresentations.

What yo provide is the sound of one hand clapping... Lord knows where the other hand is... heh.

A note from Dave to all those who participated in Hogbottom this year, on
all levels.

"I just wanted to offer my appreciation for you and the guys playing at
Hogbottom? again this year. We had the biggest crowd ever with at least 900
through the gate and after the tally is in, I fully expect we will be well
over our goal of $10,000 for the House of Heroes! Please pass along my
thanks to the others. Ya'll were great! God Bless You. And coming sooner
that I want to think about, Hogbottom 9!" -Dave Pattillo

http://youtu.be/F4muOcHezyo

Published on May 7, 2013

The Shadowville All-Stars are: Will Dockery ~vocals, Jack Snipe
~guitar,backup vocals, Brian Mallard ~guitar, John Phillips ~bass, Eric
Gunter ~drums, Patricia Suddeth ~tambourine,backup vocals, Terry Gannon ~
guitar, Alicia McLeod ~keyboard, Terry Gannon ~guitar, Jamie McGuire
~trumpet.Playing a benefit at Hogbottom for the House of Heroes.
Smiths Station Panthers

Smiths Station, AL

#2059 May 8, 2013
I thought I was the one spreading falsehoods and misrepresentations, LOL, I thought I was just giving my opinion.
The New Yorker actually may have a point, the poll here in question has 1000's of votes, much to many for the few users on the Columbus Topix.
There must be links elsewhere that go to your music video's and then let people come here to vote on whether they like it or not.
That's the only reason I can see for have such a large amount of voting on this one poll.

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