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05

Jun

We love Nathan Sexton’s cover of “Back in the High Life”. Do you like it too? Then come hear Nathan play at Hotel Indigo-Athens this Thursday night from 6-8pm! Admission is FREE. 

Find out more about Nathan here

07

Nov

The Last R.E.M. Release Parties

Are you an out-of-towner making the trip to Athens, Georgia for the Last R.E.M. Release Parties? Hotel Indigo-Athens wants to help make your trip the best it can be! Stay with us for the low rate of $119/night by simply calling us at (706)546-0430 or visiting www.indigoathens.com and using the booking code REM. 

For a full run-down of the R.E.M.-inspired events, click here

18

Jul

Flagpole Magazine's Feature on "Songwriters in the Round"

13

Jul

Mike Dekle

Meet Mike Dekle, one of the four featured musicians in our “Songwriters in the Round” concert in The Rialto Room on July 15, 2011. Buy your tickets to the show today at http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/rialtoroom/mainpage.aspx

Mike Dekle is a singer/songwriter/entertainer from Athens, GA, with a second residence
in Nashville, TN. He’s released five albums and has had a number of songs from
his albums chart in Billboard Country Charts and Americana Charts.

Mike’s hit singles include “Scarlet Fever” and “Someone Must Feel Like
A Fool Tonight” (Kenny Rogers); “Don’t Love Make A Diamond Shine”
(Tracy Byrd); “No Trash In My Trailer” (Gene Watson) (Jerry Springer) (Colt
Ford); “Size Matters” (Joe Nichols) and his just released “Country Must Be
Countrywide” (Brantley Gilbert)

His best known album cuts are “Two Hearts One Love”, “People In
Love”, “Some Prisons Don’t Have Walls” (Kenny Rogers); “’Til They Come
Home” (Rhonda Vincent); “Joe’s Place”, “Things Like That” (Joe Nichols);
“A Day In The Life of A Fool” (Keith Whitley) and “You Wouldn’t Be My First
Mistake” (The Whites).

In addition he’s also had songs recorded by Rachel Farley, Gord Bamford, Hank
Thompson, Moe Bandy, Ricky Skaggs, T.G. Sheppard, Byron Hill, Rick Guys,
Gene Cotton, Patti Miner, Glen Fields, Mark Houston, Dusty Miller, John Berry,
Steinar Albrigtsen, Tony Pritchett and others, including overseas artists.

Mike says, “I consider myself a sensitive Southern storyteller who is extremely
blessed to have been given a creative talent. Songwriting is in my blood. I write
because I’ll bust wide open if I don’t.” In the words of one of his songs….”I’d Be
Lost Without Music In My Life”.

12

Jul

Wil Nance

Meet Wil Nance, one of the four featured musicians in our “Songwriters in the Round” concert in The Rialto Room on July 15, 2011. Buy your tickets to the show today at http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/rialtoroom/mainpage.aspx

Wil Nance hit the top of R&R and Billboard with his #1 BRAD PAISLEY smash “She’s Everything”, a song on Time Well Wasted, the Multi Platinum 2007 CMA Album of the Year.

He also landed on Troubadour, GEORGE STRAIT’S Platinum selling, Grammy Winning, 2008 CMA Album Of The Year with a song called “If Heartaches Were Horses.”

In 2009, GEORGE STRAIT cut another Wil Nance song; “Where Have I Been All My Life”, which is currently on the new GEORGE STRAIT CdTwang.

In 1999, Wil received a BMI award for “Round About Way”, a #1 hit single for GEORGE STRAIT, a song on the Multi Platinum CMA Album Of The Year Carrying Your Love With Me.  “Round About Way” is also on GEORGE STRAIT’S Latest Greatest Hits and GEORGE STRAIT’S 50 Number Ones …Over ten million sales and counting.

Wil has received “Million Air” Awards from BMI for GEORGE STRAIT’S “Round About Way” and BRAD PAISLEY’S “She’s Everything”.

In 2004, Wil received another BMI Award for his top ten JOE NICHOLS single “Cool To Be A Fool”.

Other singles include; BLUE COUNTY “I Get To”, JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY “You Are”, GENE WATSON “Next To Nothin”, CHAD BROCK “You Are”, & more.

Plus additional cuts on artists BRAD PAISLEY, TRACY LAWRENCE, JOE NICHOLS, NEAL MCCOY, CRAIG MORGAN, DIAMOND RIO, SAMMY KERSHAW, and many others.

05

Jul

John Ford Coley

Meet John Ford Coley, one of the four featured musicians in our “Songwriters in the Round” concert in The Rialto Room on July 15, 2011. Buy your tickets to the show today at http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/rialtoroom/mainpage.aspx

There are songs you hear in your life that transport you to a certain time period or give you a special feeling. You associate those good times to the group that made them famous. Songs like “ I’ d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “ Nights Are Forever Without You” and “ Love Is The Answer” have that kind of effect on people. Those songs and numerous others have made John Ford Coley a singing legend. He has spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing.

John is most revered as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. He continues with an active roster performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world. Classically trained on piano and an avid guitarist, John loves the craft and enjoys every audience he encounters.

With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists. Most recently, he co-produced several sides on Eddie Money. Country musician, Vince Gill added vocals along with John to give the sessions a country feel. Additionally, John has produced CD’ s on Country Artist Tom Wurth and another talent, Lynn Bryant.

Of late, John recorded a live album while he was on tour in the Philippines with many of the hits. It is available on the internet, and at concerts. John is currently going into the studio to record new material for an acoustic album.

Some of John Ford Coley’ s hits are as follows: “ Love Is The Answer” , “ Gone Too Far” , “ I’ d Really Love To See You Tonight” , “ We’ ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again” , “ Nights Are Forever Without You” , “ Soldier In The Rain” , “ Come Back To Me” , “ Sad To Belong”, “ Simone” , “ Westward Wind” , “ Part of Me, Part of You.” Some of John’ s songs have appeared in feature films such as “ Nights are Forever Without You” in “Dickie Roberts Former Child Star”.  Another hit “ I’ d Really Love To See You Tonight” appeared in the film “Long Kiss Goodnight” with Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.

Over the years John has shared the stage with many of the music industry’ s famous hit makers. Some of those include: Elton John, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Carole King, Bread, Loggins and Messina, Led Zepplin, Carly Simon, Bill Cosby, Steve Miller Band, Randy Bachman, Jesse Colin Young, Air Supply, Ambrosia, Poco, Terry Sylvester (formerly of the Hollies), Orleans, Lou Gramm and Gordon Lightfoot, to name a few. John’s television exposure crosses all demographic boundaries.

In between the extensive road duty, John lives in the Nashville area with his family, where he’s penned a book on his years in the music industry entitled “Backstage Pass”, and is writing another book about his spiritual journey back from another religion to Christianity. He also speaks in churches about his experiences.

28

Jun

Byron Hill

Meet Byron Hill, one of the four featured musicians in our “Songwriters in the Round” concert in The Rialto Room on July 15, 2011. Buy your tickets to the show today at http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/rialtoroom/mainpage.aspx

Byron Hill is from Winston-Salem, NC. Byron moved to Nashville in May of 1978 and signed his first songwriting contract with ATV Music Group in September of 1978. While at ATV, the hits started happening for Byron as a writer with “Out Of Your Mind” by Joe Sun (1979), “Pickin’ Up Strangers” by Johnny Lee (1981), and many other cuts and several smaller singles along the way, including George Strait’s first #1 “Fool Hearted Memory” (1982), and many other early cuts including recordings by artists such as Juice Newton, Conway Twitty, Mel McDaniel, Ricky Skaggs, Margo Smith, and Reba McEntire.

In 1984, after the sale and closing of ATV Music, Byron began four years as an independent songwriter/publisher, having hits with Ed Bruce’s #4 single “Nights” (1985, co-written with Tony Hiller), and the Ray Charles’ single and album title “The Pages Of My Mind” (1986, co-written with J. Remington Wilde), as well as songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, George Jones, Tom Wopat, and others.

Since 1988, Byron has been a staff songwriter for various companies including Collins Music (now Sony/ATV Music), MCA Music Publishing (now Universal Music Publishing), Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Writers Group (now Warner Chappell Music), and Almo-Irving Music (now Universal Music Publishing). His hits continued with Alabama’s #1 single “Born Country” (1992, co-written with John Schweers); “Alright Already” by Larry Stewart (1993, co-written with JB Rudd); “Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous” by Tracy Byrd (1994, co-written with Wayne Tester); “High-Tech Redneck” by George Jones (1994, co-written with Zack Turner); “Over You” by Anne Murray (1995, co-written with Tony Hiller); “If I Was A Drinkin’ Man” by Neal McCoy (1996, co-written with JB Rudd); “Politics, Religion And Her” by Sammy Kershaw (1997, co-written with Tony Martin); “The Strong One” by Mila Mason (1998, co-written with Cyril Rawson); “Nothing On But The Radio” by Gary Allan (2004, co-written with Odie Blackmon and Brice Long); “Size Matters” by Joe Nichols (2006, co-written with Mike Dekle); and numerous top-10 hits recorded by 2008 CCMA award-winning Canadian artist Gord Bamford, including “Blame It On That Red Dress” (2007), “Stayed Til Two” (2008), and “Postcard From Pasadena” (2008). Other artists who have recorded Byron’s songs include Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Rhonda Vincent, Doc & Merle Watson, Trace Adkins, Asleep At The Wheel, John Michael Montgomery, Toby Keith, Gene Watson, Porter Wagoner, Brooks & Dunn, Hank Thompson, Bill Medley, Blackhawk, Highway 101, Jeff Bates, Rhett Akins, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Van Shelton, The Whites, The Seekers, and many others. In 1993 and 1994, Byron was Director of A&R for BNA Entertainment working with a roster of artists that included Marc Beeson, Lisa Stewart, Zack Turner and Tim Nichols (as Turner Nichols), Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Doug Supernaw, and Kim Hill (no relation).

Byron’s work as a producer includes product on artists including Jim Seal (1980, NSD Records), Roger Bowling (1981-1982, Mercury Records, Avco Embassy Pictures, select recordings only), Renate Kern (1981, Ariola Records/Germany), Kathy Mattea (1983-1984, Mercury Records), Nancy Wood (1983-1984, Lovelight Records/Germany), and Richard Gachner (1984, WEA/France, Polydor Records/France), Marie Bottrell (BMG Records/Canada, Cardinal Records/Canada), multi-platinum artist Gary Allan (Decca Records), Gil Grand (Monument Records/USA & Canada). Byron currently produces CCMA Award winning Canadian Country artist Gord Bamford (GWB Records/Canada, Royalty Records/Canada), CCMA Award winning Canadian vocal group Hey Romeo, sister duo Missouri Mile, and Mike Dekle (1982-present, NSD Records, Parlay Records, a longtime producer/co-writer association which has resulted in four albums).

For thirty-three years, Byron Hill has been a professional songwriter in Nashville, with songs that have generated more than 650 recordings, earned seventy-seven RIAA certified Gold and Platinum awards, ten ASCAP awards, twenty-nine U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits, and numerous hits in other worldwide markets. His songs have been recorded throughout the world, released by artists in England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Holland, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.

Many of his songs have been used in feature films, television network shows and syndicated television and radio programming including: American Idol (Fox), America’s Most Talented Kids (NBC), America’s New Country, Austin City Limits, B.J. and the Bear, Inside Fame (CMT), Insider (CMT), Power Picks (CMT) Country Music Across America (GAC), Country Music Spotlight, Feed The Children (AOL-TV), Joe Nichols’ My Military Diary (GAC), Later With Greg Kinnear (NBC), Live From The Bluebird Cafe, Music With Altitude (CMT), Most Wanted Live (CMT), On E! (E!), Santa Barbara (NBC), Video Joint, World News Now (ABC), Fox Sports Network (FSN), Live At The House Of Blues (GAC), NFL on Fox (Fox), The Singing Bee (NBC), Cribs (MTV), The Fall Guy (ABC), Car Talk (NPR), Words & Music (WTVF), Headline Country (GAC), The Statler Brothers Show (TNN), Burn Notice (USA Network), The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (Fox), Knight Rider (NBC), Club Dance (TNN), Celebrities Offstage (TNN, Spike TV), Hee Haw (CBS), Crook & Chase (TNN), Nashville Now (TNN), Music City Tonight (TNN), ABC In-Concert (ABC), Path To Stardom - Hot Country Nights (NBC), The Country Music Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards, The Canadian Country Music Awards (CBC), Talent Roundup (CMT), Opry Live (GAC), At The Ryman, CMT Greatest Moments (CMT), I Love The 90s (VH-1), The Greatest - 40 Days That Shaped Country Music (CMT), FLW Outdoors, Foxworthy’s Big Night Out (CMT), Coast To Coast (Paramount Pictures), The Exterminator (Avco-Embassy Films, The Soldier (Embassy Pictures), Pink Cadillac (Warner Brothers Pictures), Elvis: Up Close and Personal with Sonny West (Rochford Films), and Lake Effects (Life Out Loud Films).

Byron performs as a singer/songwriter in Nashville and around the southeast. Byron’s own albums are available online at www.cdbaby.com, and at Byron’s website at http://www.byronhillmusic.comwww.cdbaby.com, and at Byron’s website at http://www.byronhillmusic.com.

23

Jun

And of course, be sure to book your room at Hotel Indigo-Athens for this year’s AthFest Music & Art Festival. We’re offering a pretty awesome AthFest package featuring wristbands, CDs, t-shirts, and more! Check it out here: http://indigoathens.com/athfest.html

artuga:

It’s that time of year again…ATHFEST is upon us! 
From Flagpole’s Art Notes:
This weekend marks AthFest’s 15th year and, along with showcasing dozens of local bands throughout the five-day festival, local artists will also be part of the scene. The 46 artists presenting their work at the AthFest Artists Market this year are primarily Athens-based, but some are traveling from North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida to attend. A few returning artists areJamie Calkin, Chris Hubbard (CHUB), Robert Smith of BlackSmith Guitars, Chuck Hanes of Misty Mountain Pottery, ReCycle Jewelry by Russell Williams and Ken Turk Glass. Newcomers to the festival include Mandy Elias, Sergio Ruano of Spoke-N-For, Jason Thomas of Red Rocket Farm,Letter Landmarks, Gabriel Brown and Kathleen Masters. Art market Chair Sean Cook worked with two other jurors, Pat McCaffrey of Swampware Pottery and glass artist Susan Staley, to select the artists.
Cook says that the group is really excited about presenting their work and that he “loves them all.” Drop by Washington and Hull streets to say hello, check out the artwork and take some home with you! The Artists Market is open Friday, June 24, 5–10 p.m., Saturday, June 25, noon–10 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, 12:30–8 p.m.
Read more: http://flagpole.com/Weekly/ArtNotes
Check out Athfest’s website for more information: http://athfest.com/

And of course, be sure to book your room at Hotel Indigo-Athens for this year’s AthFest Music & Art Festival. We’re offering a pretty awesome AthFest package featuring wristbands, CDs, t-shirts, and more! Check it out here: http://indigoathens.com/athfest.html

artuga:

It’s that time of year again…ATHFEST is upon us! 

From Flagpole’s Art Notes:

This weekend marks AthFest’s 15th year and, along with showcasing dozens of local bands throughout the five-day festival, local artists will also be part of the scene. The 46 artists presenting their work at the AthFest Artists Market this year are primarily Athens-based, but some are traveling from North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida to attend. A few returning artists areJamie CalkinChris Hubbard (CHUB), Robert Smith of BlackSmith Guitars, Chuck Hanes of Misty Mountain Pottery, ReCycle Jewelry by Russell Williams and Ken Turk Glass. Newcomers to the festival include Mandy EliasSergio Ruano of Spoke-N-For, Jason Thomas of Red Rocket Farm,Letter LandmarksGabriel Brown and Kathleen Masters. Art market Chair Sean Cook worked with two other jurors, Pat McCaffrey of Swampware Pottery and glass artist Susan Staley, to select the artists.

Cook says that the group is really excited about presenting their work and that he “loves them all.” Drop by Washington and Hull streets to say hello, check out the artwork and take some home with you! The Artists Market is open Friday, June 24, 5–10 p.m., Saturday, June 25, noon–10 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, 12:30–8 p.m.

Read more: http://flagpole.com/Weekly/ArtNotes

Check out Athfest’s website for more information: http://athfest.com/

20

Jun

Hotel Indigo-Athens is a proud supporter of the Athens Area Arts Council and appreciates everything they do for the booming art community within The Classic City. Their latest venture is called “Art Rocks!”- a collabrative effort to create unique and meaningful bus shelters throughout the Athens community. The newest bus shelters are inspired by music by such famous Athens’ artists as The B-52’s & R.E.M. In fact, R.E.M. helped create this music video in the hopes to inspire people to contribute to such a worthy effort. Check out this great video, and visit http://athensarts.org/you-me-and-the-bus-video.php to learn more about the Athens Area Arts Council, “Art Rocks!”, and how to contribute.

16

May

It’s no secret that Hotel Indigo-Athens has some serious hometown pride. It also shouldn’t be a surprise that we have a passion for good music (want proof? Check out our “Go Green” Rialto Room Concert Series!) Our love of music & Athens makes us a big proprietor of awesome musical shout-outs to The Classic City. Thanks to our Tumblr friend for bringing this great Athens, Georgia lyrical shout out by The Avett Brothers to our attention! 

the-season-blue-remains:

The good Lord was with me tonight, just ridin’ beside me tonight, and now we’re just talkin’, we’re hitchhikin’ walkin’, we’ll see you in Athens tonight. And now we’re just talkin’, we’re hitchhikin’ walkin’, we’ll see you in Georgia tonight. 

Dearest Seth Avett, this is the best hometown shout out. I couldn’t ask for a better one. Thank you, sincerely.