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Music fest on a farm? Southern rock bands return to rural Georgia for 2019 Hayneville JamFest

Hayneville JamFest band jokes around for 2018 promo

Stillwater, Wet Willie, the Jack Pearson Band and the Eli Carlan Band performed at the 2018 Hayneville JamFest set in Houston County. The 2019 event will be April 27.
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Stillwater, Wet Willie, the Jack Pearson Band and the Eli Carlan Band performed at the 2018 Hayneville JamFest set in Houston County. The 2019 event will be April 27.

A charity auction purchase has turned into a revival of Southern rock in rural Houston County and a major fundraiser for the Museum of Aviation.

The 4th Annual Hayneville JamFest on held Saturday has steadily grown and last year drew over 1,200 people to Todd Kinnebrew’s farm.

It originated with an item at the museum’s annual silent auction that offered a live band for a private party. Kinnebrew bought the item, then had the idea of opening it up to the public as a fundraiser for the museum.

The event drew about 500 people the first year, and last year more than 1,200 people attended, raising $65,000 for the museum. If it grows much more this year, Kinnebrew said, he might have to find a new location.

The concert features Southern rock bands, including Stillwater, Wet Willie, Jack Pearson Band and Bruce Brookshire and Friends.

He said all ages come to the event, and he is especially excited to introduce a younger generation to Southern rock, a sound promoted by Macon’s Capricorn Records in the 1970s.

“I’ve gotten a lot young kids come out and see these guys and say ‘We didn’t know this kind of stuff existed,’” he said.

Bruce Brookshire and Friends is a new addition this year. Brookshire was lead guitarist vocalist for the Southern rock band Doc Holliday, which had two albums in the Billboard top 30 in the early 1980s. Brookshire is now a pastor at a non-denominational church in Warner Robins.

Brookshire said he and his band mates definitely lived like rock stars, and it cost them. The band folded after its third album.

“We imploded due to the lifestyle,” he said.

The band re-formed later when they learned they had become popular in Europe, he said. They headlined a motorcycle rally in England and played there before more than 35,000 people. Other members of Doc Holliday will also be playing with Brookshire on Saturday.

Stillwater was a Capricorn Records band in the 1970s and had a near Top 40 hit in “Mind Bender.” The band rarely gets together now. Wet Willie is best known for “Keep On Smilin’,” which was a top 10 hit in 1974.

Jack Pearson is considered one of the top guitarists in the nation and has played with the Allman Brothers.

Tickets are $45, sold in advance either online at www.museumofaviation.org or at the museum gift shop.

Children under 10 get in free. The event is located at Kingsland Farm at 153 Kingsland Road in Haynesville. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the music starts at 5 p.m., running until 11 p.m. Food trucks will also be there.

The community on U.S. 341 south of Perry is officially called Haynesville. The county added the “s” in 2002 at the request of residents who believed that to be the correct name. However, many still call it Hayneville, and the festival uses that name.

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