On January 27, 2015, Georgia’s annual Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day was held at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Music was well-represented during the morning’s activities with Mama Louise Hudson of Macon’s famed H&H Restaurant, Georgia blues artist Tinsley Ellis, Atlanta-based artist Flournoy Holmes and Rob Schneck, director of the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon, all on hand.
During the program, Governor Nathan Deal accepted a check representing the $2.8 billion in state tax revenue generated from tourism-related expenditures in 2013. He was then joined by First Lady Sandra Deal, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Chris Carr, famed chef and restaurateur Hugh Acheson and Mama Louise for the unveiling of the cover of the 2015 State Travel Guide.
Acheson and Mama Louise are featured on the cover in a shot taken on Jekyll Island. The food-themed travel guide kicks off a year of GDEcD’s tourism division celebrating the flavors of Georgia by showcasing the state’s culinary experiences and highlighting unique local flavors, notable chefs, award-winning restaurants, agritourism destinations and more.
After the presentations, Lisa Love, GDEcD’s director of music marketing and development, noted that music intersects tourism, hospitality and the arts all across the state before introducing Tinsley Ellis, who performed “Statesboro Blues,” a song written by Blind Willie McTell of Thomason, Ga., name-checking an East Georgia city and made famous by the Allman Brothers Band.
Atlanta artist Flournoy Holmes, who is credited with visually defining the Southern Rock movement of the 70s, attended the program with Ellis. His iconic work is featured on the cover and inside cover of the Allman Brothers’ timeless album, Eat a Peach, as well as albums by Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Dr. John, Wet Willie and many more.
For more about Georgia tourism, visit exploregeorgia.org. To learn more about Tinsley Ellis and his brand new album, Tough Love, visit tinsleyellis.com. To view a gallery of Flournoy Holmes’ work, visit flournoyholmes.com.
To learn more about Hugh Acheson and his award-winning restaurants in Atlanta, Athens and now Savannah, visit hughacheson.com. And to engage with the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band in Macon, visit thebighousemuseum.com and the H&H Restaurant’s Facebook page.