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Scenes: The Redneck Underground


The Redneck Underground is a a local alt-country, roots rock music scene. The Redneck Underground is an aggregation of bands, a product of both geography and style, combining the heritage of Deep South roots and Southern identity with the country/rockabilly music born and bred all over the South. While mainstream country music was already popular in the Atlanta area, the Redneck Underground — the alternative country music scene in Atlanta (for lack of a better definition) — emerged from an Inman Park dive bar called the Austin Avenue Buffet in the late 1980s. The Buffet’s two-room set up was perfect for live music, and the owner was happy to have roots-oriented performances on various Friday and Saturday nights. - James Kelly

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Tuesday September 8, 2020 01:47 pm EDT
How the pandemic and current politics are impacting the scene | more...

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Friday May 24, 2019 09:59 am EDT
Bubbapalooza, Jazz Fest, Finster Fest, and more fun that’s not to be missed | more...

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Tuesday May 21, 2019 09:11 am EDT
The young master of shamanic garage rock on the mystery of music and more | more...

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Wednesday May 1, 2019 03:28 pm EDT
Shaky Knees, Dragon Con, A3C, and more | more...

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Thursday December 14, 2017 02:52 pm EST
Rearing its inebriated head one last time, the Atlanta band recalls its days in the ‘Redneck Underground’ | more...

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Tuesday May 31, 2016 04:00 am EDT
Redneck Underground band celebrates 30 years of classic country music | more...

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Thursday May 21, 2015 03:33 pm EDT
Performing over two nights are old guard honky-tonkers Blacktop Rockets and Caroline & the Ramblers, along with rockers such as the Lizardmen, Chickens & Pigs, Kenney Howes, and more. | more...

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Wednesday May 22, 2013 10:26 am EDT
Tonight's memorial at the Soul Bar in Augusta begins at 7 p.m. and runs till 10 p.m. | more...

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Friday May 27, 2011 12:17 pm EDT
The cocky, guitar slinging, ne’er do well Gregory Dean would be proud to know that his legacy lives on — but he'd never tell you that | more...

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Monday May 18, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Fri., May 22 | more...

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Friday May 23, 2008 04:24 pm EDT

image-1MAN IN BLACK: Robin Dean Salmon (photo courtesy of Paul Street)

Day 2 of Bubbapalooza kicks off at The Star Bar tonight. Robin Dean Salmon headlines with a set of songs from his latest release, Gasoline. Cletis & His City Cousins, the Blacktop Rockets, the Downer Brothers, Ghostrider Car Club, J.J. & the Hustlers and Rat Rod & the Rusty Rebels also perform.

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Thursday March 18, 2004 12:04 am EST
The beauty of Atlanta's shabby bars | more...

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Wednesday May 22, 2002 12:04 am EDT
The Star Bar presents Bubbapalooza, an annual three-day music festival celebrating both the "Redneck Underground" and the memory of its patron saint, Gregory Dean Smalley, who passed away in 1996. But the 2002 schedule has raised some eyebrows by interspersing its country/rockabilly fare with liberal doses of hard rock and off-the-wall acts including Lust, Gargantua and Greasepaint.All of... | more...