Originally Posted by Roku
You missed two that are not FROM Athens but played there all the time when I was there in college. Sugarland and Zach Brown Band.
Ah yes, recall seeing their names on the Georgia Theater Marquee many times. Sugarland didn't really "grow up" within the Athens scene. They were a record label creation. Jennifer Nettles performed here with various bands for many years before Sugarland. I saw her at the 40 Watt in '01 and she had a wonderful voice. Somewhere along the way she picked up that standard country-pop twang. She used to host coffee house shows in the basement of my church for married couples with children who couldn't get out much. There was a free childcare area upstairs so the parents could sip wine, enjoy nice tunes from a live band and relax a little. It was very thoughtful of Jennifer to do that at our church.
Dear country music "artists," If all your songs are about how "country" you are, you aint country at all.