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Win VIP Package To 9th Annual Bloodkin & Friends Celebration In Athens December 13, 2017 01:18

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Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography
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Veteran southern rock group Bloodkin returns to its stomping grounds of Athens on Saturday night, as the band celebrates the 9th annual "Bloodkin & Friends" show at Athens' famed 40 Watt Club. This year is stacked, as expected, with the likes of Eric CarterDonna HopkinsDaniel HutchensJon MillsTodd NanceJohn NeffScott NicholsonAaron PhillipsAdam Poulin, and William Tonks.
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Last year's two set performance was highlighted by a variety of Bloodkin  originals, as well as several tunes from the late Michael Houser  (Widespread Panic) catalog, and an encore which included The Rolling Stones' "Happy." Check out the official event poster below via J.T. Lucchesi, as well as 2016 photos via Home Team Photography. For all official updates on the show, make sure to RSVP to the official Facebook event page.
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  • Head over to the Live & Listen Facebook page for a chance to win a VIP package, which includes two VIP tickets, a meet and greet with the band, VIP laminates, an official event poster, light appetizers, and an open wine/beer bar for one hour. Share the post from our FB page + tag a friend in the comments to enter. Winner will be announced at 12:00 PM EST on Friday, December 15th.
Earlier this week, we caught up with Bloodkin's Daniel Hutchens to get the inside scoop on this year's festivities:
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"The 40 Watt is an iconic venue, one of the best Rock Clubs anywhere. One of my favorite places in the world to see a band. It's just part of the Athens neighborhood. I've attended weddings and funerals there, on top of countless shows. It feels like home base."
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"The musicians playing with us for this year's Bloodkin & Friends aren't just some of our favorites in this area; they're people who have been instrumental in making our music. They've all shared stages and studios with us for many years, and contributed to our body of work in many ways. You surround yourself with the best people you can find. Music is a team sport. And these folks who will be onstage with us on the 16th are the best of the best."
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A limited number of tickets are still available for this show. Click here for details on General Admission. Click here for details on VIP.
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Artwork by J.T. Lucchesi: Home Team Graphics
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Spafford's Georgia Debut Features Surprise Sit-In From David Lowery October 29, 2017 14:52

Words by Josiah Garrett

Eager fans gathered in anticipation on Wednesday for Spafford's debut performance in Athens, Georgia, and they were not disappointed! After Spafford's customary "Soundcheck Jam", their 2 sets included a groovin' 19-minute Minds Unchained, an uplifting, 13-minute Windmill, and a super-duper tasty In the Eyes Of Thieves” into JJ Grey's “On Fire.” However the most memorable and surprising moment of their peach-state debut was when Spafford brought up longtime songwriter-rights advocate and University of Georgia professor, David Lowery, to close out the first set with Cracker original, “Low.”

David Lowery, in addition to being the founder and co-founder of Camper van Beethoven” and “Cracker” respectively, is most well know for his fight for songwriter royalties from digital distribution services like Spotify and Pandora. An established professor in UGA's Music Business program, Lowery has brought to light the prevalent issues of digital music services taking advantage of copyright loopholes and neglecting to pay songwriting royalties, or mechanical rights, to the artists. In the complex system of royalties for online music distribution Lowery is an outspoken advocate for musician's rights to their songs, and while his lawsuits may fizzle out in court it highlights a bigger issue of importance whereby creative artists are compensated for their work in the digital age.

Conversely, jam band fans have historically opted not to monetize the taping and sharing of live performances, which is what makes their live performances so amazing and this sit-in so surprising! The 6-minute “Low” was met with cheers as audience members recognized the acoustic guitar bearing staple of their community. By the time the chorus came around, bewilderment turned aside and a hundred voices sang in unison. There was no doubt in the crowd's mind that they were witnessing a rarity inside the historic 40 Watt Club.

So while David wont get songwriting royalties on the audience recording of Cracker's biggest hit, his unexpected collusion with Spafford paints a more poignant picture: That beautiful 6-minutes of keyboard riffin', bass groovin, and guitar soloin' brought together two unlikely heroes and will surely resonate in the hearts of Athens music lovers as a moment of community and solidarity across genres. Listen to the whole show here! And don't worry, you won't have to pay for it.

Special thanks to Spaffnerds for the setlist and video footage!

Set List via Spaffnerds - (Listen)

Spafford: 10/25 | 40 Watt Club | Athens, GA

Set 1: Plans, It's a Bunch > Mind's Unchained, Windmill, People , Low*

Set 2: Lonely, The Remedy, In The Eyes Of Thieves > On Fire^, All In

Encore: Todd's Tots

Notes:

*Cracker - with special guest David Lowery (of Cracker)

^JJ Grey

Watch Set 1 via Spaffnerds here:

 

Watch Set 2 via Spaffnerds here: