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Published on May 18th, 2011 | by Hugh Hession


Interviews from the South: Charlie Daniels, Chuck Leavell, Derek St Holmes and more

the-shadow-sound_coverThe following interviews are courtesy of my good friend Joey Stuckey. He conducted these interviews through the years on his radio show on

Joey has over 20 years experience as a music producer, engineer, publisher, record label owner, composer and performer. He owns and operates Shadow Sound Studio out of Macon, Georgia where such music elite as The Allman Brothers, Otis Redding and Jason Aldean originated. Through the years he has worked with many prominent artists, including James Brown, The B52’s, Charlie Daniels, and Trisha Yearwood. Stuckey has won multiple awards from the Atlanta Society of Entertainers for Entertainer of the Year and was named the official “Ambassador of Music” to Macon, Georgia by the mayor of the city in 2006. Stuckey is also a board member of the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association (GABBA). You can connect with Joey at

Music artists from the South: The interviews

Though some of these artists weren’t necessarily from the South, their impact on the region was notable. Click on the name of the artist to listen/download the interview. All interviews copyright Joey Stuckey. All rights reserved.

Artist Description
Charlie Daniels One of the South’s greatest. Known for The Devil Went Down to Georgia, The South’s Gonna Do It and In America.
Chuck Leavell Keyboardist for The Allman Brothers, Sea Level, Eric Clapton and the legendary Rolling Stones. Also can be heard on Shake Your Money Maker by the Black Crowes and Drops of Jupiter by Train. Chuck resides in Dry Branch, Georgia.
Ian Copeland Brother of Stewart (drummer of The Police) and Miles (founder of IRS Records, REM, Go-Go’s); Ian helped launch the careers of The Bangles, The Go-Go’s, Squeeze and The Police. He founded Frontier Booking International (FBI), one of the premier booking agencies in the business. Copeland passed away in 2006.
Randall Bramblett Keyboardist, saxophonist and vocalist for Steve Winwood, Traffic, Widespread Panic, Greg Allman and Elvin Bishop. From Jesup, Georgia.
Chris Hillman Mandolin, bass, electric guitar and vocalist. Member of The Byrds (Turn, Turn, Turn, and Mr. Tambourine Man).
Derek St Holmes Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter. Most known for his work with Ted Nugent (Stranglehold).
Drivin-n-Cryin Atlanta and Athens favorites. Nationally known for their hits Fly Me Courageous and Build a Fire.
George McCorkle Guitarist and founding member of The Marshall Tucker Band. Known for Can’t You See, Fire on the Mountain and Heard it in a Love Song. McCorkle past on in 2007.
Jimmy Hall Lead singer, harmonica and sax player from the southern based blues band Wet Willie. He sang on Jeff Beck’s 1985 album Flash, and was nominated for a Grammy for his performance.


About the Author

owns and operates Emerging Artists Entertainment Marketing & Consulting, LLC - a company devoted to cultivating aspiring music artists, He is also the head of Hession Entertainment Group, LLC (artist management) and the Music Industry Liaison for the artist discovery site, TalentWatch ( He has over 25 years experience in the music business as a performer, composer, producer and artist manager. Hugh holds a BA in Marketing and is a professional member of NARIP and a voting member of The Recording Academy. He often speaks at seminars and workshops on artist development.

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