2014 Georgia Roots Music Festival
Third-generation lap steel guitarist AJ Ghent and his band brought the audience to its feet with their soulful set. Photo by Diane Kirkland.

2014 Georgia Roots Music Festival

Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta

The inaugural Georgia Roots Music Festival was held on Jan. 18, 2014 at Woodruff Arts Center and presented by the Georgia Humanities Council and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The free concert was a celebration of music by Georgia artists and coincided with the final stop of the New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Smithsonian Institute exhibition that traveled to 12 Georgia cities in 2012 and 2013.

AJ Ghent, a third-generation lap steel guitarist, led his soulful band, including MarLa Ghent (shown) through a soulful set.

AJ Ghent, a third-generation lap steel guitarist, led his soulful band, including MarLa Ghent (shown) through a soulful set.

 

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With songleader and Civil Rights Pioneer Rutha Mae Harris to their right, the Albany Civil Rights Institute Freedom Singers powerfully interpret the songs of The Movement for the audience. Photo by Diane Kirkland.

Atlanta blues musician and preservationist Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck and his band brought a "speakeasy" vibe to the Rich Theatre. Photo by Diane Kirkland

Atlanta blues musician and preservationist Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck and his band brought a “speakeasy” vibe to the Rich Theatre. Photo by Diane Kirkland

Spirits soared with the joyful performance by Villa Rica's Thomas Dorsey Birthplace Choir. Photo by Diane Kirkland

Spirits soared with the joyful performance by Villa Rica’s Thomas Dorsey Birthplace Choir. Photo by Diane Kirkland

(L-R) Linda Bolley and Sonia Tetlow are two of the multi-talented members of the five-piece string band Roxie Watson.

(L-R) Linda Bolley and Sonia Tetlow are two of the multi-talented members of the five-piece string band Roxie Watson.

Freddie Palmer of the McIntosh County Shouters helped share African musical traditions including the ring shout. Photo by Diane Kirkland

Freddie Palmer of the McIntosh County Shouters helped share African musical traditions including the ring shout. Photo by Diane Kirkland

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The Dacula-based Skillet Lickers, led by fiddler Russ Tanner, the great-great grandson of Skillet Lickers founder Gid Tanner, perform old-time tunes.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist Juan Ramírez and fellow members of the ASO presented a selection of Mexican folk songs in honor of Georgia's diverse musical roots. Photo by Diane Kirkland

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist Juan Ramírez and fellow members of the ASO presented a selection of Mexican folk songs in honor of Georgia’s diverse musical roots. Photo by Diane Kirkland

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