One Saturday night in 1974, 17-year-old Anita Denny accompanied her papa to Benny Riders Music Hall in Oxford. The musicians, good friends of her father, provided her an opportunity to carry out on phase. She took them up on the invitation and sang a few tunes. Denny remembers being excited and terrified at the exact same time.
My life for life altered, said Denny. Once I understood I might my put my mouth on the microphone and stuff would come out, I was just thrilled. (The other artists) encouraged me, nurtured me, and supported me.
That interest for music and for carrying out has never ever left Denny, nor has her gratitude for the comfy, intimate atmosphere of a local music hall. After she and her spouse retired several years earlier, they decided to put their love of bringing music to the community into a tangible form.
They remodelled an old barn on their seven acres of property in Newton County into a space where audiences might concern hear live music highlighted on phase. They called their music hall the Freeway 36 Music Barn.
Since 2009, the Freeway 36 Music Barn has actually been entertaining folks totally free of charge with a range of music played primarily by Denny and her band.
On any given night, between 5 and 7 band members accompany Denny on songs that vary in category from nation to gospel to bluegrass to old rock n roll.
Denny said she prefers to cover male artists such as Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash money and Hank Williams rather than lady, but shell sing whatever the audience really wants to hear.
The shows take location from 7 to 10 pm on the 2nd and fourth Thursday of each month at the Highway 36 Music Barn, 10982 Ga. Highway 36, about three miles south of the Covington Square.
Casual seating such as folding chairs, theater seats and park benches offer room for 100 customers. Treats are available at the alcohol-free shows, and individuals frequently bring their own food to share with others.
The music hall interest mainly older audiences, however its for any ages. You can take your grandmother or your granddaughter, said Denny. Its a location where you can go and be safe and its like a household reunion whenever you go, other than its with music.
Denny passes the bucket at programs and accepts donations to keep the concerts operating.
At the Music Barn, none of my artists is paid to play. They do it because they love it, said Denny.
Denny said shes played with many of the very same musicians most of her life. When they are not performing at the Music Barn they bring their music to churches, celebrations and craft fairs. The band likewise opens for events provided by the Atlanta Music Hall of Popularity.
We have how we call a musical household. Were all extremely close knit. Weve all had fun with one another at one time or another and we draw from each others resources, said Denny, herself a Georgia Music Hall of Popularity inductee.
During Thursday night programs, any youth thinking about performing in front of a live audience is welcomed to do so.
I just bear in mind when I was young how my mentors motivated me and supported me, so I wantwish to pass that along, stated Denny.
Denny and her hubby of 20 years, Larry Denny, are the moms and dads of 4 children and eight grandchildren.
I never dreamed in my life Id be doing this at 58, said Denny.
She provides credit for the bands success to her other half. Mr. Denny handles the band, runs noise and lights as well as acts as the parking manager. He is the foundation for the whole thing, she said.
If it wasnt for him pressing us all to do better and better, we would not be where we are today, stated Denny.
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For pictures of the Music Barn, see the East Metro page inside todays Resident.