Bruce Burch, Founder of RIP UGA Music Business, and More Music News and Gossip

REST IN PEACE: The founding director of the UGA Music Business program and successful songwriter Bruce Burch died at age 69. Burch, who had been undergoing treatment for leukemia for 30 years, succumbed to the disease on Saturday, March 12 at his home in Nashville. In addition to founding the MBUS program at UGA, Burch also established a similar program at Kennesaw State University. Most recently, he taught at Brenau University in his hometown of Gainesville. He also helped create the annual John Jarrard Charity Concert Series for that city. As a songwriter, Burch has written hits for Reba McEntire as well as compositions for george jones, hill of faith and T. Graham Brown. Burch is remembered with love, admiration and respect from his former students and colleagues.

FUTURE: UGA student and songwriter Brooks Todd is about to release her new double single. The songs, “Fading” and “Mine”, give the impression that they are not of their time, because Todd goes back a long way on these. Namely, it’s easy to hear the Christopher Cross-isms on the former as well as Todd Rundgren’s touches on the latter. However, none of these statements should be taken as criticism, as they are each adorable in their own right. Todd started playing the piano at the age of five and is also a self-taught guitarist. He has released music in the past with previous projects, but these are his first songs as a solo artist. Both of these songs are set to hit all major streaming sites on March 25th. Follow Todd on Instagram at @brooks.todd3.

LEGENDS NEVER REALLY DIE: On the night of March 12, at his farm just outside Athens, the guitarist Barry Bailey died in his sleep. A founding guitarist of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Bailey had remained with the band from its inception, when it was formed from the studio band that worked in the Doraville recording studio in 1970, until his retirement in 2006. Bailey suffered from multiple sclerosis. for several years. Atlanta Rhythm Section, of course, were one of the most successful bands to appear on the scene during the heyday of 1970s Southern rock. described as a Southern Rock Steely Dan – the band were a wonderful vehicle for Bailey’s songs, and their live performances displayed a sense of effortless cool. He was 73 years old. For more information, please visit

SOMEBODY BRING ME A PLATE: The dates of Hot Corner Festival 2022 have been announced. Kicking off is Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at the First AME Church (521 N. Hull Street), and the festival itself runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. the following day, Saturday, June 11 at the Hot Corner . This area, loosely defined as the area immediately surrounding the intersection of Hull and Washington streets, is a historic local seat of African-American business and cultural engagement. Promoted annually by the Hot Corner Association, the festival is now over two decades old. There are multiple opportunities to participate in the festival, so please check out for more information.

IS THAT NOT ENOUGH?: Although the limited picture disc (one edition of 50) is now sold out, digital customers can still get a dose of Blunt bangs covering Teen fan clubthe flagship anthem of “Everything Flows”. This song remains a staple of the band and easily one of the most emotionally compelling songs of all of the 1990s. Find it at

TO COME UP: In the hot show category, there are a few things worth mentioning. First, Thursday, March 24 The famous world will flip your wig to the loud post-punk sounds of McQQeenfrom New York PattiColumbus, OH Dana and Consec. Doors at 10pm, cost is three dollars if you are over 21, five dollars if you are under. drink is hosting a goth-n-punk karaoke on Friday, March 25 between 7-11 p.m. This is brought to you by Dark Entrances Athens, and if you’re wondering about the aesthetics of a gothic karaoke party that ends before midnight, I don’t know what to tell you. the Flicker Theater and Bar will host its third Night Atmosphere Tuesday 29 March. Doors are at 8 p.m. and admission will cost you seven dollars. The featured acts tonight are The electric nature, Goddess Complex, Ihlyatt and Blythe Bonnie.