For a town of less than 100,000 residents in Southwest Georgia, Albany has produced its share of influential musicians. "The Genius" American music icon Ray Charles was born there, as was Big Band–era trumpeter Harry James, jazz guitarist Russell Malone, top country songwriter Dallas Davidson, Shawn Jay and Smoke of hip-hop duo Field Mob and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. From the Albany Chorale to the award-winning sounds of the Albany State University Marching Rams, the mighty gospel of church choirs like Voices of Zion and local groups like Evan Barber and the Dead Gamblers and 7th High Band, music is ingrained in the community of "The Good Life City."
Below, use the itinerary to find must-see music venues, festivals and more points of interest, and listen to music by local artists in the "Our Albany Picks" playlist.
Hear music by Ray Charles as the bronze statue of the superstar rotates in a scenic spot along the Flint River.