‘Sweet Southern Rock n Roll’ is the best way to describe this band from Athens known as Radiolucent.  They were on fire at Smith’s Olde Bar as lead singer, Michael Mann, started the set off acappella, crooning to the crowd while showing his smooth soulful vocals. The ‘sweet tone’ was quickly whisked into rock mode as the band came crashing in behind it with a whiskey soaked rocker called “Jim Beam”. It’s obvious from the start, this band loves what they do and the crowd was instantly caught up in the spirit.  These guys have developed an impressive fan base playing around North Georgia since 2007 –  Smith’s was full of faithful fans that made the trek from Athens to Atlanta to hear their favorite band sing homegrown tunes like American Son, Rivertown, I’m So Country and Man that I Am.

Radiolucent’s lyrics dig deep into their Georgia red clay roots and the energy this band emits is large enough for any stage. Behind Mann’s churning guitar, and thumping out each tunes infectious rhythms with reckless abandonment, was drummer, Andy Appling and bassist, Cody StalveyPat Strausser (filling in on keys for temporarily injured keyboardist, Mike Cowan) fell right in with the band, seamlessly holding down the B3 and piano parts.

With musical influences like Led Zepplin, Lynard Skynard, Mihalia Jackson and Otis Redding this young band brings the vibe and excitement of yester-years vintage R&B and Gospel soul of the past.  Rumor is they have been hanging out at ZAC Recording in Atlanta and their debut album will be released soon!  Glad to hear it …cuz this Southern Girl is ready for some more!

Genre: Country, Soul, Southern Rock


Song List


Jim Beam

I Miss Mississippi

Please please please

Coal Miners Cry

I’m So Country

Say Your Prayers

American Son

Henry Hill


Man that I Am

Honky Tonk Heart

Farther Along