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David Harris is a music producer and composer from Manchester. The LaGrange College graduate has worked closely with rhythm and blues musician, H.E.R. Harris collaborated with H.E.R. on "Focus," which is nominated for best R&B song at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Harris also worked on other songs from H.E.R.'s debut album that is nominated for best R&B album. 

"On Second Thought" asked Harris to choose two songs for the Georgia Playlist. Music artists choose two songs written or performed by a Georgian, and they can't nominate their own songs. Harris chose Otis Redding's "Sittin' On The Dock of The Bay" and Thomas Dorsey's "Precious Lord." 


Today we filled up on music and stories of community before Thanksgiving. We spoke with Sharon Collins, whose documentary named "The Macon Sound" premieres Nov. 20 on GPB. The documentary explores musicians like Otis Redding and Little Richard who helped make the town a destination for artists all over the country.

We also figured out how to navigate tense family holiday situations with some wisdom from author Anita Sanchez, plus heard some Thanksgiving stories from Kay Powell and Dame Wilburn.


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You know James Brown, Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers Band. They all carried big sounds all over the world and started in the fairly small city of Macon. A new documentary highlights some of Macon's most influential musicians and performers. It's called "The Macon Sound."

The film's executive producer and narrator, Sharon Collins, gave "On Second Thought" a preview.  "The Macon Sound" premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. on GPB TV .


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This Thursday, July 27, we take our show on the road to the historic Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon. This theater was an important space during the 20th century for African-American artists.

Young Singer Finds Comfort In Opera

Jun 28, 2017
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How many sixteen year old opera singers do you know? Well, add Leah Duval to the list.

Duval is a student at Howard High School in Macon who just wrapped up her third year at the annual Otis Redding Music Camp. She may be a veteran camper, but opera is new to her.

This year marks 50 years since Otis Redding died. He'd ignited the crowd at the Monterey Pop Festival in the summer of 1967; later that year, he and his band were en route to a show in Madison, Wisc., when their plane hit rough weather and crashed in an icy lake. Redding was 26 years old.

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Soul-singer Otis Redding is known for a number of unforgettable tracks. But one song is considered to be his biggest hit: "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."    

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A few years ago, St. Paul and the Broken Bones stormed onto the Soul Revival scene from their home in Alabama. 

The sound grabbed you clearly, but the thing that held it all together was the energy and showmanship of lead singer Paul Janeway.

In this short video, hear Janeway talk about how this started for him, with his love of Georgia's own Otis Redding.

Otis Redding's Soulful Legacy

Sep 13, 2016
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If Aretha Franklin is the “Queen of Soul,” Otis Redding was the king. He died in 1967 at the young age of 26, but not before recording some of the most powerful soul records that still resonate with contemporary listeners. Last weekend, Macon hosted a festival in honor of the fallen soul-singer, including musical performances from his two sons. Author Mark Ribowsky examines Redding’s legacy from his upbringing in Georgia to his untimely death.

We speak with Mark Ribowsky, author of "Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul."

Georgia Playlist: Gwen Hughes

Jul 29, 2016
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We add two more songs to our essential Georgia Playlist. All tunes have to be written or performed by a Georgian. And musicians can't pick one of their own songs to go on the playlist. Atlanta jazz singer Gwen Hughes chooses hits from Johnny Mercer and Otis Redding.