Athens Music Walk of Fame welcomes 5 new inductees for 2022
The number of plates on the Downtown Athens Music Walk of Fame will soon grow to 20 with this year’s honorary class. The 2022 inductees were announced during the AthFest Music & Arts Festival on Saturday evening.
Bloodkin, Tituss Burgess, The Acorns, Ishues and Love Tractor will join 2021 winners Bob Cole, Lo Down & Duddy, Nuçi’s Space/Linda Phillips, of Montreal and Art Rosenbaum. The plates are expected to be installed later this summer.
The first inductees in 2020 were The B-52s, Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton), Drive-By Truckers, The Elephant 6 Recording Company, Hall Johnson, Neal Pattman, Pylon, REM, Vic Chesnutt and Widespread Panic.
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“It feels really good to be recognized at the highest level in the city,” Ishues told the Banner-Herald. “I was focused on making downtown Athens recognize hip-hop and be a place where we could come and play.”
Bloodkin and Love Tractor were part of the 1980s new-wave rock explosion that brought worldwide attention to the Athens music scene. Singer-songwriter Daniel Hutchens, who co-founded Bloodkin with childhood friend Eric Carter, passed away on May 9, 2021.
Athens-born Burgess was an active participant in Cedar Shoals High School’s theater program and received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Georgia in 2001. Burgess is a five-time Emmy nominee for his work on ” The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. “
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The Acorns’ influential 1996 self-released album “Double Thriller” and the self-titled 2000 follow-up were called “masterpieces” by NPR and have been reissued on vinyl. Frontman and founding member Ross Shapiro, who also owned Schoolkids Records downtown, died in 2016.
Ishues, whose first name is Ismeal Cuthbertson, went from competing Battle of the Bands in downtown Athens to touring with legendary rapper KRS-One in the mid-2000s and opening major American labels in Africa. . Ishues is one of the most respected MCs in the history of Athens music.