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Guest Post: Carolyn Drinkwater

A while back I tweeted/facebook posted this:

"Anyone interested in writing a guest post on my blog, no restrictions whatever you want??? Email me"

Carolyn (@CarolynD30) was the first one to respond to that post. Thank you so much Carolyn for submitting your blog post on local Georgia bands/musicians and for your patience in me getting this blog post posted. While I may have never heard of these musicians that Carolyn is discussing in her post I will say that it is some good down home Georgia southern rock/country music. It's a great way to get some awareness for these local musicians that people across the country and world may have never heard about otherwise.  Again, I want to thank Carolyn for taking the time to write this post up for me and tell you all to give a listen to this music, you may find that you like it. Comment on it, let us know what you think.

And by all means, if you have a guest post that you would like to submit, please write it and send it to

So here is Carolyn's post (hopefully it pulls from the word document fluidly):

Bands of South Georgia
I started supporting local bands in South Georgia back in July of 2010. I started with 1 band called The Ryan West Band because my friend played Bass Guitar. While becoming friends with someone I knew from church, I found another band to support with the name of Running Down Romance. I currently do not support these two bands due to differences in opinions but support around 15 different bands now. It is not easy to support the bands but I do the best I can. Let me introduce you to a few of the bands I support: Highway 55, Landis Frier, The Tyler Hammond Band and Roger Jackson Band. I always take pictures when I go to show and share with fans on Facebook. I have made videos for some of the bands I support and also try to encourage others to listen to their music and like their facebook page and follow them on twitter. I support many more bands but these 4 bands have got to be my favorite local bands. They need all the support they can get if they would like to make it on to bigger dreams. Local bands need to begin somewhere and if it Is not for people in their hometowns, it would not be possible for them to follow their dreams. So I say to you, please support the local bands no matter where you are.
Highway 55
I was introduced to Highway 55 by the lead singer Cody Smith sending me a friend request on facebook. While I was not sure at the moment that he was, I for someone remember a friend of mine talking about the band Highway 55. Well I decided to look up the band Highway 55 on Facebook, and sure enough Cody was listed as the lead singer. I accepted the friend and he sent a message wanting me to check out his bands website. From the moment I listened to a song, I was in love with the music. There are 5 members in the band and include: Cody Smith, Grover Mims, Jason Bowden, Skyler McCrary and Dave Cortez. They do not live in the same area but Cody is from Dawson, Georgia. I had the opportunity to see the band play live in March of this year at the Albany, Georiga Mardi Gras Festival and I was impressed very much. The next weekend on St. Patrick’s Day, I saw the band again at Big Rax Saloon in Albany, Georgia where a total of 500 people showed up and once again had a blast. They bring lots of energy to their shows and have a huge passion for what they do. I show my support to this band by taking pictures at shows that I attend and posting to Facebook, and also making videos for their CD called The Levee Sessions and posting to YouTube. The guys are a great group to be around and have a blast every show that they do. I have provided the link to their Facebook page and their own website which includes their songs and lyrics. Videos for them can be found on YouTube by searching for carolyndrinkwater.
Twitter: @highway55music

Landis Frier
I got introduced to the music of Landis Frier by a friend who invited me to go the National Peanut Festival in Sylvester, Georgia back in October of 2011. I got in touch a friend to see if Landis was good and all I got back was I think so. My friend and I decided to stay and give a listen and instantly I was hooked. The next weekend, Landis Frier was an opening act for Jake Owen at Sasser, Georgia and I of course went and he was great again. Well, those first 2 shows he played acoustic sets and I was ready to hear the full band. So, in December of 2011, I took a friend with me to Columbus, Georgia to Bootleggers Honkey-Tonk and had a blast. The band was great and it was the first time I talked with Landis and he was a Southern Gentleman. He is currently living in Nashville, TN following his dream and working on his second CD.
Twitter: @Lfrier

Tyler Hammond Band (THB)

I got to the Tyler Hammond Band through another musician on facebook. I heard a few songs on their reverbnation page and the sound was incredible. I have seen them play twice and they were amazing. Know how to have a great time and do not disappoint. When I initially met the band, they had 1 bass player and then by the time the second show came around, there was another bass player. They are from Milledgeville, Georgia with Thomas Archer recently moving to Nashville, TN who writes all the songs for Tyler Hammond Band and co-writes with others including Jordan Rager. They have so much energy and stage and a lot of passion for what they do.
Twitter: @tylerhammondbnd

Roger Jackson Band
I heard of the Roger Jackson through a friend on facebook and their songs sound great. I have not seen this particular band in concert but I am hearing that the shows that they do play are amazing. Roger Jackson band is from Cordele, Georgia and are in the process of getting their second CD released. Roger Jackson is one of the most laid back musicians that I know and takes the time to talk with his fans. He considers them to be friends and always likes to try and see the positive things in life.
Twitter:  @rjacksonmusic


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