Postcard from Athens, GA 2006

As the old Sam Phillips line goes "nostalgia isn'€™t what it used to be”; well, last night it was pretty fun to see a few generations of Athens musicians come together for a benefit for the local charities Community Connection and Family Connection/Communities in Schools. Billed as Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play the Music of R.E.M., the night featured many of the town's top current-day musicians, everyone from Claire Campbell from Hope for agoldensummer, to Tin Cup Prophette, to the Modern Skirts, to Bain Mattox, to Bill Doss of the Sunshine Fix, accompanied by a torrent of people from the various Elephant Six Collective bands (known last night as The Observatory), to Patterson Hood with some of the Drive-by Truckers, to Five Eight to R.E.M., comprised of the original Berry, Buck, Mills and Stipe…needless to say, it was fun for all.

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