GENEVA FESTIVAL ON THE RIVERS
LAST SATURDAY IN APRIL
APRIL 24th, 25th & 26th, 2015
Have lunch with our food vendors they welcome you to the Food Court Saturday and entertainment at the food court and through out the park. Enjoy the music from a variety of local artists and surrounding areas.
Douglas Jackson “Doug” Brooks (Born June 19, 1956 in Newnan, GA) is an American country music artist known professionally as Doug Stone. Doug, a contemporary country star, found his mark in music as a lonesome baritone balladeer, although he was very adept at hard-up-tempo country. Doug began at age five learning guitar from his mother an avid singer and guitarist. At age seven he was given the opportunity, by his mother, to open for Loretta Lynn. Life presented Doug a drastic change with the divorce of his mother and father. Doug, as result, moved in with his dad. As his youthful years past, Doug played at skating rinks, local bars or any money making project to help his father make ends meet. In the daytime Doug worked as a mechanic, something else that came to him naturally.Doug had already past the age of 30 when a Nashville manager paired him up with Epic, his first record label. He debuted in1990 with the single, “I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box),” the first release from his 1990 self-titled debuted album for Epic records. This album found Pine Box at a number 4 position on the charts with three more in the top 10 ratings. These singles included, “Fourteen Minutes Old”, number 6 and number 5,”These Lips Don’t Know How to Say Goodbye”. Following these songs was his first number one, “In a Different Light”. In addition, the single was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. Both this album and its successor, 1991’s I Thought It Was You, earned a platinum certification from The Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of one million copies. Two more albums for Epic, 1992’s From The Heart and 1994’s More Love, each was certified gold. Stone has charted –twenty-two singles on Hot Country Songs, with his greatest chart success coming between 1990 and 1995. In this time span, he charted four Number Ones: “In a Different Light”, “A Jukebox and a Country Song”, “Too Busy Being in Love”, and “Why Didn’t I think of That”, and eleven more Top Ten singles.
In early 1992, Stone found that one of the arteries in his heart was almost entirely blocked. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery and took time off to recover, just as his third album, "From the Heart," was released. With a gold certification for shipments of 500,000 copies, "From the Heart" included two Number Ones among its four singles: “Too Busy Being in Love” and “Why Didn’t I Think of That.” The other two singles were “Warning Labels” and “Made for Lovin’ You,” at No. 4 and No.6 respectively. One month later Stone released an album titled "The First Christmas."In June 1994 Stone discovered that he was having breathing problems, which were affecting his singing. Doctors at Vanderbilt University’s medical center failed to find any problems in his throat. A second consultation revealed a lump in his nostril but amazingly it was not cancerous. While Stone was undergoing treatment, his Greatest Hits, Vol.1 compilation was released in late 1994.This album included the new song “Little Houses, “which debuted on the charts in October 1994 and peaked at No. 7 in early 1995.
Stone made his acting debut in the 1995 film "Gordy." "Gordy," a heartwarming story featured Doug as Luke McAllister, a struggling musician. Gordy paved the way for stone’s acting career and as well featured several of his songs. In 2011 Doug moved on to another movie role, "When the Storm God Rides," a Thomas E. Kelly film.
In 2000 Doug suffered a broken ankle and a cracked rib after crashing his ultra light plane in Robertson County, TN.
In April 2012 Doug Stone and Dr. Gerald Murray of Muscle Shoals, Alabama signed a management contract. Murray is the former manager of George Jones and the late Vern Gosdin. In 2012 an agreement with Tonya S. Holly, Producer/Director of Cypress Moon Studios was made to further Stones acting career. Doug will be in the 2013 remake of the great movie Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie Parker will be played by Lindsay Pulsipher, most recently staring in the Hatfield’s & McCoy’s.
What do you get when you pair Stewart Halcomb and Holly Helms together? Along with tight harmonies, sure-footed songwriting direction, high energy shows, authenticity, and undeniable chemistry, you ultimately get - The Springs. At just 22 and 24, the driven pair is carving out a place of longevity in Music City. Featuring both male and female vocals, The Springs come packed with an always growing fan base. The versatile multi-award winning duo delivers Country/Southern Rock, Rock, and traditional favorites, offering something for the whole family.
Some things are just meant to be, and the divine pairing of Stewart and Holly serves as a perfect example. The two Alabama natives met at the world famous Bluebird Café shortly after they each moved to Nashville. They both moved to town with a dream and a moving story. During their high school days, both Stewart and Holly found healing and comfort in music as they each had endured tragedies – Stewart survived an EF4 tornado hitting his school and taking the lives of eight of his friends, while Holly lost her grandmother and cousin in drunk driving accidents.
Holly made it to the third round of the preliminaries of NBC’s “The Voice, while Stewart brought several impressive awards to the table. The future duo began co-writing, and both approached their music with a “live life to the fullest” outlook. Sparks flew between the two, and it became certain that their chemistry onstage and offstage set them apart in a large pool of aspiring artists. They began working with Rick Barker, who managed Taylor Swift when she got her record deal. Barker witnessed their unwavering work ethic and their obvious connection. Subsequently he encouraged them to work as a team. From taking his advice and following his model, they continue to watch their careers flourish.
The Springs have shared the stage with some of country music’s top recording acts including Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square, Jake Owen, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, Love and Theft, Mark Wills, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Charlie Daniels and Easton Corbin.
Alongside their EP and merchandise which can be found on their website, The Springs also have a new CD slated for release in June. In the studio they have worked with Shayne Hill (lead guitar of Sawyer Brown).
Offstage, Holly accepted Stewart’s marriage proposal on December 20, 2013. Stewart popped the question at the Bluebird where the pair first met on January 23, 2011. He was successful in closing the Bluebird down for 2 hours and successful in getting that “Yes.” Besides the future bride and groom, the only other people present for the memorable moment were Stewart and Holly’s parents and a photographer.
Their faith, individuality and unwavering work ethic, positively places them in a league of their own in the midst of an ever competitive industry. They believe in family friendly shows and their songs reflect those values. The standout duo tirelessly performs approximately 150-200 shows, while personally engaging with their audiences.