36th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Inductees
Non-Performer Award – Danny Beard Founder of Atlanta, GA based independent music record label DB Recs, has been a major player in the music scene in Georgia. In 1978, he took it upon himself to help out his friends from Athens, GA. He recorded their single “Rock Lobster”, and thus the B-52s were born on record, one could also say that DB Recs was born because of the B-52s. Other groups appearing on his label included Pylon, the Jody Grind, Fetchin’ Bones, Swimming Pool Q’s and Guadalcanal Diary. Through the ‘80s, DB Recs became known as a source of great southern regional music. DB Recs headquarters still reside in the Wax N Facts record store in Little Five Points.
Spoken Word Award – Jeff Foxworthy One of the most respected and successful comedians in the country. He is the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple GRAMMY Award nominee, and the bestselling author of more than 26 books. Jeff has starred in numerous television shows, most recently hosting The American Bible Challenge. He was the creator of the wildly successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour and the three concert films and a television show of the same name. Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes well beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature, a style that has been compared to Mark Twain’s.
Performer Award – Lady Antebellum Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning group Lady Antebellum is currently out on the road as part of their headlining 2014 TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR, which will hit almost 80 cities in the US and Canada across the course of the year. The trio recently dropped their sultry new single “Bartender” that is climbing the charts, off their upcoming album, 747, out Sept. 30. The new album follows over 11 million albums worldwide, eight trips to No. one on the country radio charts, five Platinum singles and Lady A has won the “Vocal Group of the Year” honor from both the CMA and from the ACM’s three years in a row. In 2011, the city of Augusta opened the Lady Antebellum Pavilion in honor of the trio and its Georgia natives Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley. For more information, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.