I get excited any time I hear that a local band is releasing a new album. It means Macons music scene is alive and kicking. This time, it delivers a big kick with the release of Sterling Waite and the Cotton Avenue Hustlers second album, Rose Hill.
Sterling Waite moved to Macon from the Bronx in 2009. He met Zachary Gruman, Christian Wimberly and James Lengel (also the drummer for Back City Woods), and they formed the Cotton Avenue Hustlers in 2011. Shortly after, they released their first album, Free In The Mountains, which is available for free download at www.noisetrade.com/swcah. This album features an ode to Macon with the track Macon Town, which is full of Macon references and a catchy refrain that is sure to make any Maconite sing along.
While its not quite fair to call the Hustlers a bluegrass band -- there are certainly many bluegrass elements to be found in their style -- it may be better to call them old-timey. The sounds of the banjo, upright bass and mandolin fill their songs. But you will also hear tin cans, washboards, harmonicas and more when you give them a listen.
Their new album, Rose Hill, is a full 13-track release. The recording of the album took five months of hard work, putting it together instrument by instrument. The result is more than 50 minutes worth of good Macon music that the band can be proud to share with listeners.
They will release Rose Hill to Macons music listening public on Friday when they play an album release party at Billys Clubhouse. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. and it is free admission. You can hear them perform live and pick up a copy of the album.
With Christmas quickly approaching, the new album would make a perfect stocking stuffer for the music lover in your life. As we talk more and more about shopping local, Macon music is a great gift to give as it supports Macon artists and local shops that carry these Middle Georgia independent releases. Its a great way to give a gift and show your Macon pride at the same time.
One great place to pick up several different local musical offerings is the Golden Bough bookstore on Cotton Avenue in downtown. You can also buy direct from many artists through their websites.
Contact Roger Riddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.