Country music star Travis Tritt was born in Marietta, went to Sprayberry High School and cut his teeth playing local clubs before he hit in 1989 with the song “Country Club.” Tritt has gone on to have five No. 1 singles with his blend of mainstream country and Southern rock influences. Here is a new living room performance of the Johnny Cash standard, “I Walk the Line.” Tritt performs a ballad version of the song that is engaging and, according to Tritt, more in line with Cash’s original vision for the tune.
Blackberry Smoke: “Southern Child”
Blackberry Smoke has released another song from its upcoming EP of classic Southern songs recorded in Macon at Capricorn Sound Studios. This one is “Southern Child,” appropriately enough originally recorded by the late Little Richard. Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr told ArtsATL that he first heard the song playing on WMLB-AM (1690) while driving in Atlanta. “I had to pull over after the first 45 seconds,” he said. “I knew it was Little Richard, and I’d never heard it. That one just hit me like a ton of bricks.” The song features Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie on harmonica.
Little Richard: 1964 British concert
This film of Little Richard in his prime comes from a television appearance during his 1964 European tour, which featured a new band called The Rolling Stones as his opening act. The Shirelles sing two songs, but the rest is vintage Little Richard playing his roster of classic songs, plus a rousing version of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On.” Check out the moment when he sheds his suit jacket and loosens his tie. It’s Little Richard being unleashed and when he launches into “Tutti Frutti,” it simply doesn’t get much better than that.
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