11 Feb 2016, Posted by bthrasher in photo,press,Uncategorized. Tagged athens ga music, georgia, georgia tourism and travel guide, jason thrasher, photographer
A few months ago, Jason had the opportunity to photograph 31 musicians from around the state of Georgia at the newly restored Georgia Theatre for a centerpiece in the new Georgia Travel Guide for Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Tourism and Travel’s Lisa Love.
The annual meeting for the Georgia Tourism & Travel Board was held earlier last month at the Atlanta History Center (which by the way has a really interesting folk art and music history exhibit on display right now). This annual meeting is where the folks who care about tourism in our great state go to network once a year, and we had the honor of being invited to the party because of Jason’s photo– which they, incredibly, managed to put into an ice sculpture:
This year, all year, for Georgia Tourism & Travel, it’s “The Year of Georgia Music,” which of course is right up our alley over here at Thrasher Photo and Design!
Here’s the guide for who’s who in the big picture– you’ll notice some true Athens Greats, such as Pylon’s infamous singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay, Randall Bramblett, Art Rosenbaum, Don Chambers, Chase Park Transduction and Sugar’s David Barbe, Hope for Agoldensummer’s Claire Campbell, Bryan Howard, Jason Fuller, and newcomer Sienna Chandler of Monsoon along with talented musicians from cities and towns all over Georgia.
Georgia music champion, Lisa Love, will be blogging all year about music in the great state of GA, here, where there’s also a cool Timeline of the History of Georgia Music. Jason Thrasher’s photos will appear there, too, including this one of Robert Lee Coleman shot at Eddie’s Attic.
And we hear rumors that there’s going to be some kind of show or party honoring the 31 musicians in the photo…maybe at the Georgia Theatre…with performances? Sounds great– so definitely stay tuned, because if the rest of the folks are anything like Robert Lee Coleman, you will want to be there.
Jason had the chance to hang out with Robert Lee Coleman and The Night Owls both down in Atlanta, and also in Macon where they gave him a two-day tour of their stomping grounds last month. If you don’t already know about these guys, you need to check them out (Robert played with James Brown’s band, back in the day–check out the album, Hot Pants to learn more).
Robert Lee Coleman and the Night Owls on Facebook.
Special thanks go out to everyone who helped Jason with the massiveness of the Georgia Theatre Group Picture!
Thanks to Lisa Love and Atlanta Magazine for asking me to make this image. Big thanks and high fives to Colm O’Rielly and the Georgia Theatre’s crew for all of their help. Thanks to Dewitt Burton and REM for the use of all the road cases. Thanks to Elizabeth O’Shaughnessy and Kasey Lowe from Model Citizen for helping with the hair and makeup. Thanks to Jamie Derevere for the extra lights and Terry Allen for the advice. Many Many Many Thanks to my team Chad Osburn, Lauren Geitner, Kyle Carruthers and my awesome wife Beth Hall Thrasher for all of the constant help and support. And lastly, and most importantly, to all the great artists and musicians who were able to be a part of this project. Thanks for making Georgia special. — Jason
The day after the Tourism & Travel meeting, Jason’s photograph from the Georgia Travel Guide was presented to Governor Deal at the Capitol, and guess who showed up to meet the Governor? None other than Sienna Chandler of Monsoon (she’s the girl holding her baby blue guitar on her shoulder in the big pic), who we’ve known since her days at Nuci’s Space Camp Amped and whose song was played in a Toyota ad during the Superbowl last week!
Here’s the Flagpole article Yes that was a Monsoon Song in a Toyota Commercial
Here’s Sienna with the Governor! (I think her mom took this photo!) She’s only eighteen and she’s been working on her band since middle school– we are big fans!
And here are two other cool kids glamming it up at the photo wall for me:
And here’s the actual spread from Atlanta Magazine:
See y’all at the Year of Georgia Music Party honoring the awesomeness of Georgia musicians, location and time TBA!
’til next time y’all…