Ray Charles Plaza in Albany, Georgia

Ray Charles Plaza in Albany, Georgia

3-Day Legendary Albany Music Getaway

For a town of fewer 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 the Freedom Singers and 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."

Spend your weekend experiencing Albany’s inspiring music legacy. While Georgia's on your mind, listen to music by local artists in the "Our Albany Picks" playlist.

Published: October 2019