Randall Bramblett, Eliot Bronson & Joe Smothers Kick Off ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series in Valdosta Aug. 19

The energy created when three musicians take the stage together for the first time is electric, and the audience should expect nothing less than magic when Randall Bramblett, Eliot Bronson and Joe Smothers kick off the 2nd Annual ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series on Saturday, August 19 at the Dosta Theatre in Valdosta. The “in the round” format features the artists taking turns performing their songs and sharing stories behind them. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are $15 in advance, available at xorbia.com

Presented by Georgia Tourism, the ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series was included in National Geographic Traveler’s prestigious “Best Trips 2017” list. The series launched in 2016 as part of Georgia Tourism’s “Year of Georgia Music” promotional campaign, but after receiving rave reviews, the shows are back for an encore run with additional concerts scheduled in Augusta, Athens, LaGrange, Savannah and Rome.

Rolling Stone called Randall Bramblett “one of the South’s most lyrical and literate songwriters.” The Athens resident just released his eleventh album, Juke Joint at the Edge of the World, on New West Records, and said that it is “rooted more in the soul and R&B dance music that I grew listening to and playing.” The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has been a distinguished force in music for four decades, from his role in the rock-jazz fusion group Sea Level to recording and touring stints with artists including Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, and Widespread Panic to his highly acclaimed solo albums.

On Aug. 25, Nashville’s Rock Ridge Music will release Eliot Bronson’s album, James, his second produced by Dave Cobb, the Savannah native known for his work with Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. The Atlanta-based artist was born into a Pentecostal family with a great love of music and a massive folk record collection. Bronson disccovered guitar and Zen Buddhism as a teen and today mines the sounds of the blues, folk and roots music he grew up with to create soundtracks for his thoughtful, evocative stories. He is a past winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest and Eddie Owen Presents “Songwriter Shootout.”

Longtime Valdosta singer, songwriter and guitarist Joe Smothers was born in North Carolina like his hero, Doc Watson, with whom he toured for years and recorded more than a dozen albums. He also toured extensively with and recorded an album with Watson’s longtime musical partner, the “flatpicking powerhouse” Jack Lawrence. Although he has performed with some of the finest American roots musicians over the past three decades, Smothers recently recorded his very first solo album, These Things I Know.

Upcoming concerts in the ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series include:

September 17 – Keith Jenkins & Greg Hester, Lola Gulley, Otis Redding III
Community Stage at Arts in the Heart of Augusta, Broad Street & Augusta Common
5:30 p.m. Admission included with Arts in the Heart Badge ($7 advance/$12 gate)

October 6 – Mike Dekle, Levi Lowrey, Abby Owens
The Foundry, 295 East Dougherty Street, Athens
8 p.m. $15 advance, $20 door

October 27 – Pat Alger, Tony Arata, EG Kight
West Side Recital Hall at LaGrange College, 601 Broad St., LaGrange
8 p.m. $15 advance/$20 door

November 9 – Anthony David, Lulu the Giant, Kristina Train
Trinity Church, 225 W. President St., Savannah
8 p.m. $15 advance/$20 door

November 17 – Trea Landon, Eric Dodd, Jordan Rager
Rome City Brewing Company, 325 Broad St., Rome
8 p.m. $15 advance/$20 door

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