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Macon Magic


Hearts of the South Hosts Grant’s Lounge Reunion


by Michael Buffalo Smith


After months and months of planning, the time was finally approaching for the first ever Hearts of the South Grant’s Lounge Family and Friends Reunion and Southern Rock Summit. A long name to be sure, but every word important. Everyone was excited, but none more than me. I mean, I am such a huge fan of Capricorn Records and the whole Macon music scene. I have been for many years. So when we met with Ed Grant and he agreed to allow us to have


Universal Music Tribe, to raise money for the non-profit Hearts of the South. On March 23, 2012, we rolled into downtown Macon right into the middle of their annual Cherry Blossom Festival.


Eddie Stone and Robin Kirk (both of Doc Holliday fame) had already set up the P.A. sys- tem, and Silver Travis had already loaded in and soundchecked. Everything was moving smooth as clock work.


We had no idea as we began setting up shop just how big a night we were in store for. It would truly be one of the most memorable week- end of this writer’s life.


We had several last minute cancelations due to health issues, one early baby bundle and one motor vehicle mishap, but we still want to acknowledge the following folks who tried to make it. Thanks to Bonnie Bramlett, Robert Nix and Allison Heafner, Sandy Blue Sky Wabegijig, Scott Boyer, Robin Duner Fenter, and Dave


GRANT’S REUNION - (L to R) John Charles Griffin, Bob Burns, AlanWalden, Larry Howard, Justin McCorkle and Donnie Winters. (Photo by Roxanne Lark)


the fundraiser at his historic bar, the original home of Southern Rock where all the legends used to play (from The Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker, to Wet Willie and everyone else) I was thrilled. Our friend John Wilson got the ball rolling, and soon it became a joint effort of his Road Trip Entertainment and our


Cantonwine. I stepped up to the mike and welcomed every-


one. I then had the privilege of introducing Alan Walden, who welcomed everyone to historic Grant’s Lounge, and then introduced my old friends, The Silver Travis Band.


Silver Travis, made up of Rick Cash (vocals), 42


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