Downtown Albany highlights the city's musical history

Albany's musical history was highlighted downtown Thursday night.
For local musical legends like Emory and Rutha Harris, Bo Henry and T. Marshall Jones home is where the heart is.

People gathered at this red carpet event at the Flint Riverquarium Imagination theater to honor those celebrated artists.

They also watched the Music Voyager episode aired recently by Georgia Public Broadcasting that focused on the musical history of Albany.

State tourism officials believe the show will help draw visitors to Albany.

"So many amazing things have happened here that folks are not familiar with. So it is really a chance to tell that story and to use that story as an anchor to drive visitation here," said Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for FDED.

Local entrepreneur and musician Bo Henry was happy to brag about the culture of his hometown.

"I don't think they had heard a lot of good southern music honestly and I think it was a good thing for them. They ate southern food everything. We had to show them what we do here in Albany," Bo Henry, local musician. 

The red carpet affair started with musical selections by Bo Henry, Rutha Harris and the freedom singers and then the film ensued.

"I've seen a few pieces and that's one of the reasons I wanted to come down because I haven't had a chance of seeing it yet and I'm really excited about seeing it," said Langston.

Harris is one of the original freedom singers and was featured heavily in the episode.

"This is very special because this is the first time that we have had a red carpet event of something that we've done like documentaries. so this is very wonderful," said Rutha Harris, Original Freedom Singer.

The overall theme of the event was to celebrate and promote Albany and it's unique history.

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