On Sept. 17, the second concert in the 2017 ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series will be at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival, with performances by Keith Jenkins & Greg Hester, Lola Gulley and Otis Redding III.

Augusta native Keith Jenkins joined James Brown’s band, The Soul Generals, as guitarist when he was barely 18 years old. He spent 12 years touring with the Godfather of Soul until the legendary musician passed away in 2006. Jenkins, who serves as music director at the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils in Augusta, collaborated with another soulful Georgia singer, Greg Hester, to release the tribute album “Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?” in 2015. Hester has released solo albums that reflect his love of soul, funk and country-rock, and showcases his powerful voice in Street Choir, a tribute to the great Northern Irish musician Van Morrison.

Every week at Northside Tavern, the legendary Atlanta blues club, Lola Gulley leads the Monday Night Jam, an institution within itself. A dynamic singer, Gulley has been compared to Candi Staton and Mavis Staples, and earned “Best Vocal Performance – Female” honors by the Blues Critics’ poll in 2014. Two of her albums, “Give Her What She Wants” and “Cleanin’ House,” were produced by soul legend William Bell and released on his Wilbe Records label.

It’s a heavy burden to carry the name of one of the world’s most beloved artists, but Otis Redding III has carved his own path in music over the past three decades. He had several charting hits in the 1980s with R&B, soul and disco group The Reddings, which included his brother Dexter and singer Mark Lockett. Since then, Otis III, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, has recorded and toured extensively in America and Europe, and continues to write and release bluesy, soulful music while honoring and paying tribute to his father, Otis Redding, by always performing some of his songs in his sets.

Admission to the ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series concert in Augusta is available with the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival Badge. Badges can be purchased in advance at http://artsintheheartofaugusta.com/ for $7 and at the gate for $12.

The ExploreGeorgia.org Songwriter Series takes place in six cities across the state from August through November, promoting the state as a destination for live music and music heritage. Other participating cities include Athens, LaGrange, Savannah, Rome and Valdosta.


Courtesy of http://www.exploregeorgia.org