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#MusicMonday: Covington’s Favorite Musicians of 2016

music monday2016 is coming to a close and that means this is the last #MusicMonday of the year! It’s also the close of Georgia’s Year of Music. 2016 was entirely dedicated to exploring Georgia’s rich musical history, from Ray Charles to Music Midtown and everything in between. We also celebrated Georgia’s Year of Music by bringing you some of Covington’s musical legends and a few up and comers too. For this last Music Monday, we thought we’d look back at three of our hometown favorites.

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Drew Parker
Drew Parker is a Covington, Georgia native and has been playing music since he was a child. By the age of 3, he was already preforming for local church crowds who admired his voice and his skill with a plastic guitar. After graduating high school, Parker went west to find his fortune and landed a spot of NBC’s The Voice! Nowadays, you can find the local celebrity preforming with The Drew Parker Band. This boot-scooting band has a sound that can't be resisted. If you happen to hear them, you will stay and dance your legs off until they leave. Drew sings a variety of music; from Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Hank Jr., to Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Bob Segar.

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Tedo Stone
Stone is a Covington native who is making a splash as the next folk-rock superstar. Tedo Stone began learning and playing music from a very early age. His father and brothers all played instruments and handed down their knowledge (and instruments) to the young star. Tedo would hone his stage presence in motorcycle bars around Covington when he was just 12 years old. While hanging out in Athens, Georgia Stone’s sound and his stage performances began including wailing guitars and his vocals took on a completely raw, tonal sound akin to Neil Young and company. The result was his sophomore album, Marshes, which catapulted Stone to rock fame.

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Gannon Adams
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. Most recently, the young country star released his second album, Tailgate High, on April 15th, 2015. 

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