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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Native Son Returns for Lake Wedowee Summer Jam

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by Kelly Caldwell



It doesn't matter if your a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll, Lake Wedowee Summer Jam will have something for you.

“The musicians we have lined up really are an eclectic mix.” Doug Williams, event organizer, said. “It's like bluegrass, southern rock, country and gospel all rolled into one.”

Williams, owner of WM Grocery, had the idea of a concert on Lake Wedowee after talking to his good friend Barry Waldrep.

“We have always wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Williams said. “It has kind of snowballed from a couple of conversations into what we hope to be a memorable event.”

Waldrep, a 1982 graduate of Randolph County High School, has been playing music since his father James put a guitar in his hands at 6 years old.

“My first influence was obviously my father, (James Waldrep)” Waldrep said in an earlier interview with Lake Wedowee Life. “When I got interested, my dad starting showing me chords and then I started picking up stuff on my own from watching other people play.”

Since that day, Waldrep has always had an instrument near by. He has toured across the country with different bands like Rolling in the Hay, which he founded in 1993, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Zac Brown Band, Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers to name a few.

“I'm really excited about playing in Randolph County,” Waldrep said. “It has been 30 years and I never thought it would happen.

“But this is going to be a really great show for all ages.”

Barry Waldrep and the Band of Brothers and Sisters will perform May 26th at Chimney Cove on Lake Wedowee. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale May 1. The Band of Brothers and Sisters features Sarah Peacock,Kurt Thomas, Scott Little, Kelsi and Charli Robertson (from Flatt Lonesome), The Church Sisters and SOL JUNKY. The group performed together at Eddie's Attic in Atlanta which resulted in the Live in Atlanta cd.

“What is great is that not only am I returning home to play, but we are also able to help two great causes in the area,” Waldrep said.

The proceeds of the concert will go to Brown Bag Buddies in Randolph County and The HEARTS Program in Cleburne County. Both organizations provide food to the less fortunate.

Sponsorships with different price levels are available. Sponsors will receive reserved seating and other advertising incentives.

Other than reserved seating, the concert layout is first come, first serve and attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.

For updated information, visit www.facebook.com/lakewedoweesummerjam


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