Love’s presentation will include a lively look at the state’s music history, with a special emphasis on gospel, blues, R&B and soul artists in Georgia from 1950 – 1975, the era of George Washington Carver Park.

From Coca-Cola to Spanx, many iconic global products have originated in Georgia. Few people realize, however, that Georgians have also been instrumental in shaping the fabric of popular music. The Peach State’s musical dynasty includes the Father of Gospel Music, Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey (Villa Rica); the Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey (Columbus); a giant of the Great American Songbook, Johnny Mercer (Savannah); the Architect of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Little Richard Penniman (Macon); the Godfather of Soul, James Brown (Augusta); the Crown Prince of Soul, Otis Redding (Macon); the World’s Greatest Party Band, the B-52s (Athens) and the group that Rolling Stone once called “American’s Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Band,” R.E.M. (Athens).

The lecture is free for members of the museum and is included in the price of admission to the museum for non-members.

About the Speaker

Lisa Love has worked with the Georgia Department of Economic Development for over a decade, assisting in the efforts to promote Georgia as a destination for music tourism and music-related projects. In 2016, she oversaw the department’s successful “Year of Georgia Music” campaign, putting the spotlight on live music and music heritage in the state. Love served in success capacities at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame museum in Macon, including executive director. She is managing director of the Georgia Music Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports programs of music preservation, education and outreach. Love sits on the governing board for the DREAM Academy, an arts-and music-integrated charter school opening in Macon in 2018 and served on Governor Nathan Deal’s recent Task Force for Arts Learning.

About Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more. For additional information, visit