Music Voyager, an international music and lifestyle travel series, recently focused its spotlight on the creative communities of five Georgia cities in three episodes now available on YouTube. By engaging local artists, personalities and tastemakers as his guides, Music Voyager host Tacuma Bradley immerses himself in the music, food and culture of Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Albany and Columbus.
Atlanta’s episode features interviews and performances from local artists including soul and R&B group Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, rapper and producer Killer Mike and singer, songwriter and country music star Kristian Bush along with his brother and bandmate Brandon Bush. The episode visits local favorite watering holes including Porter Beer Bar, Lotta Frutta, Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt, Orpheus Brewery, Rosebud, Sound Table and Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles. The different personalities of Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods shine including Little Five Points, Grant Park, West Midtown and the Old Fourth Ward. The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau provides a handy Music Voyager itinerary to find all the spots featured in the episode.
In the Athens/Macon episode, Tacuma Bradley takes in the 40 Watt, Georgia Theatre, The National, World Famous, the Classic Center, the University of Georgia’s Special Collections Libraries and Bloodroot Blades. He catches performances by locals including Art Rosenbaum, The Whigs and Kishi Bashi. Bradley then hits the road to Macon where he visits H&H Soul Food, the Otis Redding Foundation, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, Taste and See Coffee Shop and Cox Capitol Theatre. Local performers featured include Otis Redding III and John Ford, singer/songwriter Louise Warren, Back City Woods and Widow Pills.
The Albany/Columbus episode takes Bradley to South Georgia where Albany musician and entrepreneur Bo Henry takes him quail hunting followed by an emotional visit to the Albany Civil Rights Institute to meet Rutha Mae Harris and the Freedom Singers. Carter’s Grill and Restaurant, Henry Campbell’s Steakhouse, Harvest Moon, Ray Charles Plaza and a Sunday morning service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church are all on the Albany itinerary. As the episode moves 90 miles up the road to Columbus, Music Voyager features performances by locals including blues guitarist Neal Lucas, singer/songwriter Garrett Lee and classical guitarist Robert Sharpe. Bradley visits the Ma Rainey House & Blues Museum, the Iron Bank Coffee Company, Chester’s Barbeque, The Loft’s music venue, restaurant and recording studio, the studio of artist Sally Bradley, Belloo’s Martini and Cigar Bar, and Whitewater Express, where guide Jeremy Rose takes Bradley and the crew on an unforgettable trip down the Chattahoochee River.
“With its focus on telling authentic stories through the eyes of locals, Music Voyager has succeeded in capturing a lively and engaging portrayal of Georgia cities that will resonate with audiences around the world,” said Lisa Love, director of music marketing for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We hope that travelers around the world will want to explore Georgia to learn more about our culture and arts scene as well as our fantastic destinations across the state.”
The Georgia episodes of “Music Voyager” were produced by Tantra World Wide Inc. in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Georgia Tourism Foundation, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Macon Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Music Voyager hosts have traveled across the globe to hear the music, taste the food and visit the off-the-beaten path attractions and events that only the locals know. Previous episodes have featured cities including Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Bogata, Istanbul, Nashville, New Orleans and more. To learn more, visit http://tantraww.com/work/voyager/music-voyager/.