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Music Monday: Mansfield’s Own Gannon Adams

You might not have heard of Mansfield’s own Gannon Adams.  But, trust us, you will. Gannon Adams has been tapped as the newest addition to the country music scene. His high energy stage presence and old-school music influences have made Adams a stand-out amongst his more “bro-country” contemporaries. Adams grew up with the influences of many traditional country artists, and has played guitar since he was a teenager. But, the budding star wasn’t too sure he wanted to perform his music publically until he began studying at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. After he wrapped up his studies and began playing local shows, Adams was introduced to Barry Williams, father to Jason Aldean. Williams was instrumental in helping the country singer develop his first album, “Breaking Me Down” (2012), at Johnson Brothers Recording Studio in Covington, Georgia.

 2012 was a huge year for the hometown hero. In April of that year, Adams had the privilege of being invited to Nashville, Tennessee to open for the legendary Merle Haggard at the Ryman Auditorium. He also opened for Merlein Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Macon, Ga. “Opening up for Merle Haggard at the Ryman was just awesome, because he's my hero and I grew up listening to him,” said Adams. Most recently, Gannon has opened for Jackyl, Confederate Railroad and Mark Wills.  “I guess you could say I’m making a living at music,” he said. “I’m focusing all my energy on music. It’s my job now and it’s great, but it’s still a tough job.

Adams — who lives near the Newton-Jasper county line — said he enjoys playing close to home and getting reacquainted with old friends and classmates. “I always like playing at home,” he said. “For one thing, you always get a good crowd and many times you get a chance to see people you haven't seen in a while. The last time I played in Covington, I ran into a guy I hadn't seen since we graduated. He didn't even know what I was doing before that night. There are a lot of people around here who don't know what I'm up to, so it's fun to show them what I'm doing now and build a fan base close to home.”

Gannon has just finished his second album, “ Tailgate High “, which debuted on April 15th, 2015. You can check out his newest album, as well as his previous recordings, here

 

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