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That Guy BAMN!

BAMNWho’s that? It’s That Guy BAMN! This Atlanta-based artist is spinning rhymes like it’s his business. His album “First Class” is the perfect title, as this about as good as Southern rap gets. Following in the footsteps of great rappers before him, BAMN has a sound that’s distinctly Southern with rhymes smoother than silk.

“Brandon Ford, better known to most as BAMN, was born in Vidalia, Ga., on a stretch of farmland he affectionately calls the “kuntry”. As a child, like many others BAMN would flip buckets upside down and beat them with sticks as if they were drums. However during his adolescence BAMN discovered he had a real way with words. During middle school he began writing poetry; poetry that molded his spoken word into raps. BAMN boasts that his solid work ethic instilled in him by his strong family and rappers like Outkast, Twista, and Field Mob to name a few heavily influenced his love and dedication for music. Here at Pretty Southern, we’ve had his single “Do Dat” on repeat in the car stereo for months now!”

Honey Honey Sweetens Up Atlanta

Honey honey music

Miss Katy Ruth Camp recently introduced me to the music of Honey Honey. Now this is some Pretty Southern music, especially the lyrics to “Thin Line”.

‘Cause I want whiskey when I’m sick
And a man when I’m well
But it’s nice to have them both sometimes
When I feel like raising hell

So don’t try and save me
I’ll be just fine
I’m getting used to walking on a thin line

Some days I try hard
To watch my mouth
To say the right things
But the wrong just slip right out

Oh, I ain’t no Southern belle
No Georgia peach
I guess all my good graces are too far out of reach

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Southern hospitality and world class jazz…what could be sweeter! I think of the Atlanta Jazz Festival as the prelude to summer. The music is awesome and because it runs through Memorial Day Weekend, I associate it with longer days, more fun and vacation. It’s really a great excuse to get out of the house, meet some friends and explore some of the city’s hotspots.

Every day throughout the month of May there will be jazz performances in parks, clubs and venues around Atlanta as part of the festival. These “31 Days of Jazz” activities will include live jazz in Underground Atlanta, Martinis & IMAX at Fernbank Museum, Friday Jazz at the High, a concert series at Loews Atlanta Hotel, and Fiesta Atlanta in Centennial Olympic Park. Then the festival opens on Saturday, May 26 and runs through Monday, May 28. Memorial Day Weekend will be three full days of music in beautiful Piedmont Park. And it’s free!

Roy Ayers, renowned jazz composer and vibraphone player will be performing in Piedmont Park.

Y’all can bring your own picnic, or you can make it a culinary adventure and try the BBQ, Caribbean foods and more. They have a whole area of booths with art, clothing and jewelry so you can get a little shopping in, too.

Atlanta Jazz Festival was named one of the Top 10 Festivals for 2012. The festival attracts some of the best jazz musicians in the world. This year’s performance schedule includes jazz greats Roy Ayers, Cyrus Chestnut, Tito Puente Jr. & Orchestra, Robert Glasper Experiment, Russell Gunn, Edy Martinez, Johnny O’Neal, Ojeda Penn and Kathleen Bertrand. Newcomers include the Grace Kelly Quintet and Yolanda Rabun.

The 35th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information, check out the ATL Jazz Festival’s website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

[author] [author_image timthumb='on'][/author_image] [author_info]Pretty Southern contributing culture and lifestyle reporter Karen Hatchett is a life-long southerner and resident of Smyrna, Georgia. She’s a Marketing & PR professional, arts & music lover, jewelry designer and casual gardener.[/author_info] [/author]

Southern Christmas Songs

We’ve got your top Southern Christmas songs! Our holiday season South of the Mason Dixon line is drastically different than other parts of the U.S. as unlike our Northern kin, we can count on not having a white Christmas. There’s a strong chance it’ll be warm and today in Georgia we’ve got fat raindrops instead of snowflakes. Our latitude calls for a slightly different soundtrack to properly capture the spirit of a Southern Christmas. Pretty Southern is privileged to provide y’all with a few tunes for this auspicious occasion.

To start us off, we’ve got Alabama’s “Christmas in Dixie”.

Followed by Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas”.

And of course this classic holiday favorite “Leroy the Redneck Reindeer”.

Robert Earl Keene’s “Merry Christmas from the Family” is about as Southern a Christmas song y’all can hear

We can’t forget Mr. Garth Brooks and all the gentlemen out there.

Did you know Sixpence None the Richer is a Southern band? The group started in Texas and broke into the Nashville music scene. And thank God they are from the South so we can cap off this Southern Christmas soundtrack with this classic.


Merry Christmas y’all!

Matthew Mayfield Rocks the South

We’ve got a sweet singer touring across the South this season. You may have heard his voice before on Grey’s Anatomy and now y’all can see him in the flesh: Matthew Mayfield himself.

Esquire magazine and Renaissance Hotels are bringing this amazing artist to Atlanta for a special acoustic performance at Briza as part of the RLife LIVE global entertainment program on Friday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. If you’re a “Grey’s Anatomy” follower, you’ve probably heard some of Mayfield’s songs. His hits have topped the iTunes singer/songwriter charts — claiming #1 status several times — and the versatile artist also has an online series covering hits by Britney Spears, U2, Radiohead and others.

In 2010, Mayfield independently released his first full-length studio album, “Now You’re Free.” The album broke the Top 20 charts in the itunes rock category in the first week. Since that time, he began a heavy touring schedule with a full band, and a newer – more polished rock sound. Since the release of the album, Mayfield has toured with such artists as Needtobreathe and Will Hoge. Several of the tracks of “Now You’re Free” have been featured on MTV’s Teen Mom. With song names like “Open Road”, “By Your Side”, and “Grow Old With You”, perhaps Matthew is writing songs fit for an soundtrack to all of our lives.

From Matthew’s blog, he wrote “At 19, I quit school, started a new band, played every dive in the Southeast for 50 bucks and beer, and eventually signed a giant record deal with Epic Records in 2005. We spent lots of their money making a big record, opening big tours, and believing big promises. The wheels eventually fell off, and we realized this isn’t about overnight success. You have to grind it out for a LONG time. You have to work your ass off just to get by. You have to keep paying your dues and keep paying your dues and keep paying your dues.”

We totally feel you, Matthew. If you’re in Atlanta this weekend, go check him out at Briza! During the show, nationally acclaimed bartender Chris McMillan will craft one of his classic cocktails featuring Belvedere Vodka to complement full bar offerings. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook for this event! Briza: 866 West Peachtree Street, NW, adjacent to the Atlanta Renaissance Midtown Hotel; 678.412.2400.