Welcome to the home of Southern Garage Bands!
SGB specializes in the histories and stories of Garage Bands of the South during the 60's and 70's. We are a growing site and need your input. We want anything related to bands of the region and era, from pictures and posters to autographs and stories. Preserving the legends and the unknowns and spreading the lore are what we enjoy and everyone can be involved. Let us hear from you! Click on the "Bands" link below to see the bands and our contact info.
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In September we will be celebrating Music in Wacross. At the Heritage Center, we will have the Smighsonian Exhibit, "New Harmonies", which is a historical look at American Music. Lots of activities are being planned for the month. One of our big events, of course, will be our annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull. We would also like an evening dedicated to South Georgia Garage Bands. We want to invite members of the bands from the late 60's and early 70's to come back for an evening and share memories, music and mementos. Please let me know if you would be interested in joining us for an evening... and please let any of your friends who are part of the Garage Band era know what we are planning. Contact Genelda at firstname.lastname@example.org
SouthernGarageBands.com had a part in helping with information for the marker commemorating the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival of 1970 in Byron, GA. Read the story here:
There are many things that fuel this site: the music, of course, but also the excitement of the crowd at a dance, and for many of us, the things that made it work. In addition to the musicians and the dance hall or teen center or any place a band could find to set up and play, there were the instruments and associated equipment that enabled the whole thing to work. Band members will think about those Gibson, Fender and Silvertone guitars; the Ludwig, Gretsch and Pearl drums; the Zildjian cymbals; the Farfisa and Hammond organs; the Precision, Jazz, EB-1, Thunderbird and Explorer and Hofner basses; the Shure microphones; the Fender, Vox, HiWatt, Kustom, Marshall and Orange amplifiers; and they will remember staring at them longingly through the window of the music store, or perhaps being allowed to try them out in the store if they were very fortunate. We will be featuring a series of discussions of all this and more on the SouthernGarageBands blog. Visit the blog and keep in touch there as the saga continues to unfold.
We would like to acknowledge that some of the pictures and information on this site were obtained from the following sources:
David Luckie has written a marvelous book about The Malibu's that captures the essence of what being in a local rock band in the 1960's was all about.
Find it here: Malibu's Book
For an excellent description of Garage and Psychedelic Rock in 60's Georgia read the following article published in Creative Loafing, an Atlanta, Ga publication:
Check out this great site for bands in the Alaska, Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana area from 1954 to 1979
SouthernGarageBands.com recognized and linked by the Lowndes County Historical Society!
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