The Music: Local & Live in February
Pictured above is John Hensley, the featured artist of the month.
By KRIS YOUMANS, Special to The Paper
“Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination & life to everything.”… Plato
Featured Artist – John Hensley
John Hensley is proud to be born and raised here in Newnan. He joined the Army at age 18 and taught himself to play guitar while serving in Iraq in 2007.
After his service, he began to play in the church and eventually met his band mate Patrick Thompson at Four Corners Church in Newnan. They began doing local shows together in December 2020 as the band Liberty Road.
With a blue collar background, and a loving family, John tends to play songs that folks can feel whether they’re out for dinner at “Mad Mexican,” having a drink at “The Bays,” or at the local brewery, “Abide.”
John enjoys connecting with the crowd and he’s always ready for requests!
John is heavily influenced by classic country music and singer / songwriters. He loves story tellers and musicians that sing the truth. His measure of good music is “if one guy can play it on a guitar and you want to sing with him, it’s a great song.”
John covers a range of music from The Allman Brothers and Tom Petty to modern songs from Tyler Childers, Chris Stapleton, and Jason Isbell.
Whether he’s with his band Liberty Road, sitting in with other local artists, or playing solo: John can be found entertaining locally with an extended set list, a friendly approach to shows and great music!
Local Venues – February Calendar
4 AM COFFEE ROASTERS
401 Maple Street (inside historic Maple St. Mansion), Carrollton • 678-664-1766
2/5 … Barefoot Ninan, 7 p.m., Acoustic soft rock, folk, oldies and great harmonies
ABIDE BREWING COMPANY
130 Werz Industrial Blvd., Newnan
2/4 … Mary Martin, 6 p.m.
2/5 … Daniel Toole, 3 p.m.
3/4 … Mary Martin, 6 p.m.
3/19 … Lerogie, 1 p.m.
19 W. Court Square, Newnan • 770-683-2526
Call ahead to check on Live music dates.
700 Lincoln St., LaGrange • 706-298-6500
3/6 … Daniel Toole, 4 p.m.
BIG SHOTS KITCHEN & BAR
102 B Guthrie Way, Peachtree City • 770-629-5591
Every Sunday … Jeanine Duke, 12:30 – 3 pm
141 Main Street, LaGrange • 706-298-5485
Live Music every Friday and Saturday Night with Food & Drink Specials all week.
Thursday is Karaoke Night.
BRICKHOUSE GRILLE & TAVERN
80 Newnan Station, Newnan • 770-683-2790
Check Brickhouse’s Facebook page for details.
THE BRICKS ON CHURCH STREET
13 Church Street, Grantville • 678-877-6571
The Bricks on Church Street in Grantville features local and live music events and is a good choice for your own special events.
THE CELLAR / THE BAYS
20 Jefferson Street, Newnan • 770-683-6328
Live Jazz on Wednesdays, Acoustic on Thursdays in The Bays
Live Music Friday & Saturday Nights at 9 p.m.
2/4 … Chuck & Nick
2/5 … Band One
2/9 … Toni Byrd
2/10 … Mary Martin, 7 p.m.
2/11 … Luis Alas Project
2/12 … Hardy Boyd Band
2/16 … Jeanine Duke, 6 to 9 p.m.
2/17 … Nick Bentley
2/18 … Southside Band
2/19 … Sundowner Motel
2/ 23 … Toni Byrd
2/ 24 … Josh Gilbert
2/25 … 6 Feet Back
2/26 … Pete & Pete Band
COCHRAN MILL BREWING
27 Word Street, Fairburn • 770-892-1539
2/12 … Hunter Flanagan, 6 p.m.
COPELAND HALL / LOWELL OPRY SHOW
103 Barr Avenue, Bowdon • 770-258-8980
2/5 … The George Britt Band, 2 p.m., Playing country music and having good times, hosted by Mimi Gentry!
2850 Hwy. 54, Peachtree City • 770-486-2696
All Shows begin at 8 p.m.
2/11 … Dirty Roots
2/12 … Limited Edition
2/18 … Flux
2/19 … Phil & The Blanks
2/25 … The Band 85 South
2/26 … FUZE
3/4 … The Wyatt Band
HALF SHELL OYSTER BAR & HOTDOG SHOP
1690 Highway 34 East, Newnan • 770-502-9911
Specials on appetizers and beer on Thursdays along with great music! Shows start at 6 p.m.
2/10 … Jimmy & Tom
2/17 … Joey Troup
2/24 … Jimmy & Ron
LEAF & BEAN
22 West Court Square, Newnan • 770-683-7290
2/5 … Scottish Whiskey Tasting with Live Music.
LINE CREEK BREWING
150 Huddleston Road, Peachtree City • 678-545-6024
2/11 … Daniel Toole, 6 p.m.
2/13 … Mary Martin, 12:30 p.m.
LINE CREEK BUS BARN
300 City Center Parkway, Fayetteville • 770-731-1641
2/12 … Mary Martin, 6 to 9 p.m.
2/25 … Daniel Toole, 6 to 9 p.m.
THE MAD MEXICAN
2 East Court Square, Newnan • 770-683-9545
2/4 … Joey Troupe
2/16 … Joey Troupe
2/19 … Larry Mills
1339 Upper Big Springs Road, LaGrange GA • 706-881-7401
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday … Live local performers in the Tasting Room.
All shows start at 7 p.m.
2/11 … Chase Tibbitts
2/12 … Daniel Toole
2/24 … Daniel Toole
11 North Court Square, Newnan • 770-251-0092
2/4 … Doug Kees & Michelle Malone, presenting Canyonland. If you like The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, CSN, Jackson Brown, Emmy Lou, etc., you’ll love this show! Get your tickets online at www.canyonlandband.com
RPM FULL SERVICE
15 Jackson Street, Newnan • 770-683-1414
Every Sunday, music on the patio, Karaoke every weekend, Open Mic Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
SUMMERGROVE GOLF CLUB
335 SummerGrove Parkway, Newnan • 770-251-1800
Friday Night Dinner & Music
2/4 … Pete & Pete Band
2/11 … Matt Moskal
2/18 … The Wyatt Band
2/25 … Highway Katz
3/4 … The Dreamers
3/11 … Midnite Cruzers
Contacts & Links for Various Local Musicians
CALLISTA CLARK … Callista is from Zebulon,Ga. – started singing & playing in church, has created a huge following while recording her videos onYouTube & has become quite a songwriter! She’s under the Big Machine label and the new EP really showcases her amazing talent. She’s playing shows all over the country so follow her on FB, Instagram & YouTube.
DOUG KEES … Voted Best Musician in Coweta County. Look for his shows with Michelle Malone. Go to Michelle’s website for tickets and The Hot Toddies page on Facebook for dates. Next up in Newnan is the Canyonland show on Feb. 4 at Redneck Gourmet. Also, check out Doug’s live videos on Facebook. www.dougkees.com official website.
Doug has a new album release titled ‘ELEVEN.’ You can get your copy of the CD now by going to Doug’s website! A number of the singles from the new CD have been added to multiple Spotify playlists. Also check out the album Roots & Boughs (acoustic guitar instrumentals) on his website.
LEROGIE … find him on Facebook & on Reverbnation at www.reverbnation.com/Lerogiemusic
MARY CLAIRE MARTIN … find Mary on Facebook & on her website at www.marymartinmusic.com where her upcoming events will be listed. Classically trained on piano as a child, as a teenager took up the electric guitar & never looked back!
JOSH PURGASON … www.joshpurgason.com
SWEET GRASS SALLY … One of Newnan’s most popular bands. We love Tim and the guys and you can find them on Facebook and Instagram and at an event at The Highlander on Jan. 29 with Bucky Lastard & Hellcat Razor. Fun night of Southern Rock, Blues, Rockabilly, Polka and Celtic Punk! Starts at 10 p.m.
DANIEL TOOLE … Daniel Toole Music on YouTube, Amazon Music, Apple Music & www.onedanieltoole.com. Check out Daniel’s website for all upcoming events.
LEONARD WASHINGTON on Facebook, Instagram & Reverbnation
KRIS YOUMANS BAND … Next show on March 12 for Newnan Theatre’s BBQ & Brews. Recording new album at Southside Tracks Studio. Reader’s Choice Newnan-Coweta Magazine Best Band 2020 & 2021. www.krisyoumansband.org.