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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Macon's Soul Man Celebrates

The weekend forecast continues to shine. Although Mom and Shuga D aren't quite sure how they are going to pull it all off, they've got one party where even if they have to HOLD ON! They're coming! Macon's favorite soul man Newton Collier is celebrating a birthday. And he's got quite the group of old school soulsters to celebrate with him.

Headlining the show will be the "Crown Prince of Blues" Sammy Blue and the Georgia Legacy All-Star Revue. Other special guests will include Harvey Scales, Rita Graham and Mom's friends the Buckeye Band - among others!

The celebration takes place this Saturday, August 15, at the Fish n' Pig Restaurant on Lake Tobosofkee and will start around 6 p.m. and go on to 11 p.m.

If you don't know a thing about Macon music history, then Newt Collier is the one to ask. Want to know who drove the brass section on the road with Sam & Dave and their horn-driven hits such as "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Coming"? Look no further than Newt. In fact, look closely at their historic performance on the "Ed Sullivan Show," and you can see the lanky young Collier leading the dancing sidemen charge on the slide trombone.

Newt has rocked, rolled and souled all over the world with some of the best of them -- sharing the stage with everyone from the Beatles to Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding. He's played for the Queen of England. He's performed in Japan, Africa and some of the greatest nightspots of the U.S. He is as much of a music relic, as he is a survivor, and to Mom, he's one of Macon's most humble heroes.

Happy Birthday, Uncle Newt! Candy Lou (and Mom) love you!

Keep it Soulful,

Candy Lou

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