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Decatur pays homage to musical heritage with a star-studded concert

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — Downtown Decatur will host Jimmy Hall, 2021 Grammy winner and member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, during a weekend concert.

The event will also commemorate Decatur’s birthday, Johnny Sandlin. Nationally acclaimed music producer who was also the founder of Duck Tape Studios in Decatur.

Melody Trucks, daughter of Allman Brothers Band member Butch Trucks, will add more Southern rock royalty to the scene by opening the show. Sandlin’s grandchildren, Ella Tidwell and Gray Cauthen, as well as Tim Tucker and Zach Graham will also join the opening performances ahead of Hall’s concert.

Leigh Ellen Sandlin Cauthen, daughter of Johnny Sandlin, said: “Having Jimmy Hall to help us celebrate Easter weekend on Saturday night on Dad’s birthday just makes perfect sense. His historic recording work with Dad makes him the perfect headliner to help us raise money for the new downtown art mural being painted at 217 East Moulton Street. The mural will represent so many legendary musicians, like Jimmy…”

The Sandlin family also announces the creation of a new musical foundation. The mission of the Johnny Sandlin Foundation for Music and the Arts is dedicated to the continued preservation of Decatur’s musical heritage while fostering current opportunities through the enrichment of community music and arts for Decatur and the Valley of the Tennessee River.

Hall said, “I’m excited to be back in Decatur and the Tennessee River Valley. Hoping families plan to join us for an uplifting evening before their Easter Sunday plans… We’ll be playing many classics, including the work I did with Johnny Sandlin for the “Rendezvous With the Blues” album, but I’m also excited to get the public reaction to some of my brand new tracks from the upcoming album. Being there to play on Johnny’s birthday really brings it all home, great time!! »

The concert will take place at the Princess Theater in Decatur on April 16 at 7 p.m. You can find tickets on their website. Funds from ticket sales will be directed to the new musical mural located at 217 East Moulton Street in downtown Decatur.


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