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Big names, big giving

One of Atlanta’s most famous sons, Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” Decades later, thousands of Atlantans volunteer, raise funds, and donate to causes. You don’t have to look far to find local celebrities—from rock star chefs and business moguls—who leverage their fame for good.
Troubador Kristian Bush

The making of Troubadour, Janece Shaffer and Kristian Bush’s 1950s country musical

As Shaffer began to flesh out her characters, she moved Nashville star Billy and son Joe’s estrangement center stage, along with Joe and songwriter Inez’s love story. There was just one problem: If you’re writing a play about country music, you’re going to need, well, country music. And Shaffer’s facility with words did not extend to scoring. Then a friend mentioned that she’d once sat next to Kristian Bush on a flight and came away with his email address

Concert Masters

Southern songbirds share their favorite music venues.
Alex Cooley

Alex Cooley, Atlanta’s legendary promoter, remembered

“Alex was, first and foremost, a fan,” recalls Chuck Leavell.

With a nod to Psycho, Sugarland’s Bush brothers take a stab at scoring

For their latest project, Grammy-winning Sugarland brothers Brandon and Kristian Bush have ventured far afield of their usual country-pop hybrid. The Bush bros reached back to classic cinematic composers, including Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein and John Berry for inspiration after the two Turner Classic Movie nuts got the assignment to pen a score for a brand-new 30-second TCM ID, marking the Atlanta-based cable channel’s 20th anniversary.

Sugarland puts fans in control, Kim and Kroy set the date, Sister Act to return

When Atlanta’s country superstar duo Sugarland hits the road beginning April 5, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will have some VIP help on selecting the band’s set list. You. This week on the act’s official website, Sugarland announced its “In the Hands of the Fans” tour, the band’s first-ever completely interactive trek across the country. Fans at each tour stop will get to decide what Nettles and Bush will perform in their city, using the band’s website, Facebook page, tweeted requests on Twitter and even old school phone calls made during the show and hand-written signs at each venue to make requests.

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