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NATHAN SHEPPARD

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Nathan Sheppard

Donna Hopkins Band

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Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar

1578 Piedmont Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA 30324

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NATHAN SHEPPARD

Donna Hopkins Band

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NATHAN SHEPPARD

Nathan Sheppard is a singer/songwriter and entertainer/producer from the north Georgia area. He has been performing in the Athens/Atlanta area for 20 years, or so. He has shared the stage, as an opening act, with Leon Russell, The Neville Brothers, Jefferson Starship, David Allan Coe, Matthew Sweet, and several other national acts. His songs have been featured on the WB television network, and in the full length movie, “Blue Ridge Fall,” starring Tom Arnold and Amy Irving. His strong voice and guitar style, coupled with his thoughtful lyrics and unique melodies have kept him working as a solo artist throughout the southeast for over two decades. Influences such as Donovan, The Moody Blues, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Neil Young are part of his thousand song “cover’ repertoire, but his original works (6 CDs) are the centerpiece of his performances. His original songs and his choice of cover material make his shows truly original. The "road less traveled" has always been his path, and the music he has created, and continues to create, is evidence that it "has made all the difference."

DONNA HOPKINS BAND

Donna Hopkins was only 14, growing up in Arab (pronounced AIR-rab), Alabama, when she began sneaking out of the house to play guitar in bars in nearby Huntsville and Muscle Shoals. It wasn't long before she left home for good, relocating to Birmingham and later to Nashville. She then spent eight years on the road, traveling for much of that time in the Dakotas, Montana and in Las Vegas, before settling in Atlanta in the late '90s.

If age 14 seems a bit young to make a commitment to a career and a lifestyle, consider that Donna, whose blues band performs continually, has music in her blood dating back three generations. "My great grandfather, my grandfather, and my mother were all musicians," Donna recalls. "My grandfather, Tip Barbee, played bluegrass and blues kind of stuff. I remember going to hear him play on Saturday nights." Donna also remembers her mother playing guitar and organ back in the late '60s and early '70s, clad in mini skirt and go-go boots. In keeping with the family tradition, Donna's daughter India also makes an appearance on Donna's album, sharing vocals with her mom on "Everything Money Can't Buy," a cut selected by Atlanta Magazine for the first annual Atlanta Artist compilation CD.

Donna Hopkins aims for a raw, old-school approach to blues, armed only with a vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom, a guitar cable and an old tube amp (that's vacuum tube, by the way, versus the more contemporary solid-state amplifiers). She continues to maintain and nurture her own tradition of gigging and travel, which includes having completed a month-long tour of Europe, where she played blues festivals and clubs in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and France. "I just totally fell in love with Europe," she says. "I want to go back. It's amazing how well they treat you. We wish for that over here." Scandinavian countries, ironically, have a profound appreciation for blues. "Norway and Denmark were the most incredible places for the blues," she says. "They've really studied the stuff."

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Nathan Sheppard

Donna Hopkins Band

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Music Room at Smith's Olde Bar

1578 Piedmont Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA 30324

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