Georgia Connector Magazine Spring 2013 : Page 21

Listening to Liberty 3rd Class Citizens Creates a Vibration “ I want to stop singing and hear the crowd keep going at a concert, knowing the words that come next,” that from Robbie Sauls, the appointed ladies’ man of 3rd Class Citizens, a band comprised of locals from in and around Liberty County, Georgia. However, while maybe a hit with the ladies and one of the youngest, this 20-year-old native has defi nite dreams and hopes for the future of this group. The other four group members kind of nod and shake their heads, acknowledging that he has a point. Hearing their original songs played on the radio, or at a concert, would be the ultimate sign that they have arrived. Country Super Star and fellow Georgia Boy Luke Bryan Originally comprised of four guys who (middle) with 3rd Class Citizens attending the came together out of accident versus Georgia Music Foundation Dinner in January. (L-R ) Blaine Bunting and Jason Stewart of 3rd Class Citizens, necessity, the band has come a long Bryan, Dallas Davis and Robbie Sauls, 3rd Class Citizens. way in the year and half they have been together. Playing the Wildlife Festival This feat came with many roadblocks in Long County as their fi rst gig back in thrown in their way; you should also be 2011, they played in Savannah for the amazed at the win. From a lead guitar fi rst time the week before Valentine’s player and vocalist playing with a broken Day this year. hand and a thumb pic that falls off in the Most recently they have added Dakota middle of a song, to another lead guitar Woods, “the rookie,” or Nebraska as player/lead vocalist who breaks a guitar they tease the 20-year-old newbie. He (L-R, back row) Blaine Bunting, Jason Stewart, string in the middle of a song, continues was brought in for his ability to add Robbie Sauls and Ashley Sands. Dakota Woods, front. All of 3rd Class Citizens. playing and then forgets the words to one more diversity and fl avor to an already of their original songs. fl avorful cast of characters. Along with “That’s when I learned it’s how you present what you have,” Robbie, lead guitar and vocals, and Dakota, lead guitar and says Blaine, the one who forgot the words. Graduating from high vocals, there is Blaine Bunting, acoustic guitar and vocals; school in 2012 as an honor graduate, the others have dubbed Ashley Sands, 38, bass and vocals; and Jason Stewart, 36, him the comedian, teasing the newly sheared crooner for having drums and percussion. There is defi nitely a diverse age range his ears lowered (country speak for “hair cut”). with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. From the “We don’t just want to be a bar band, we want to go places,” newly graduated high school student to the former soldier, this says Jason Stewart, the other veteran band member. Learning group embodies the melting pot that is Liberty County. the drums quite by accident, just hanging out with Blaine and Starting with playing anywhere they could fi nd, this group of beating until he got something right, Jason and Blaine have gregarious, and sometimes downright loud guys, imbues any been friends the longest, collecting the others along the way and room with a fun and lively atmosphere that is sure to please the crafting themselves into what they are today. pickiest crowd. Their practice studio, a converted garage, has Playing all over South Georgia from Brunswick and hosted countless conversations on the latest YouTube videos, Savannah to Baxley and Vidalia, they landed their fi rst Atlanta National Signing Day, conversations about the lies women tell gig to take place in April of this year. They are currently ranked and where they really want to go. If only those walls could talk, #1 in Savannah for Country/Country Rock on Reverbnation, oh, the stories they would tell. a website launched in 2006 that focuses on the independent Overall winners in the IShowcase Music, a battle of the music industry. A local favorite, they have garnered quite bands of sorts, held in Jacksonville, Florida in late 2012, the the following, those who have a love of music are sure to be group earned a coveted consult with Warner Brothers Studios amazed at the power and talent the 3rd Class Citizens bring to after placing fi rst in the rock category. This win was in spite of the stage. They take each song and make it their own. Crafting tremendous obstacles. their originals through lots of hard work, they plan to stand “I honestly couldn’t have been more blown away,” said together, sharing their passion with any who will listen. Ashley Sands of their win. He is defi nitely the quietest of the We at the Liberty County Chamber and Convention and Visitors group, leaving the others to fi nish his sentences, if he even Bureau and our community are very proud of our local talent. bothers to speak up in the fi rst place. However, it’s when he For more information about 3rd Class Citizens, visit sings that you see his real passion, the music lighting him up www.3rdclasscitizens.com or fi nd them on Facebook. You can also from the inside out, creating a spark in the most seasoned band book them through their Manager Maureen Mobley at 912.977.3895. member that shows his commitment to his craft. www.GeorgiaConnector.com Spring 2013 21

Listening to Liberty

3rd Class Citizens Creates a Vibration<br /> <br /> “I want to stop singing and hear the crowd keep going at a concert, knowing the words that come next,” that from Robbie Sauls, the appointed ladies’ man of 3rd Class Citizens, a band comprised of locals from in and around Liberty County, Georgia. However, while maybe a hit with the ladies and one of the youngest, this 20-year-old native has definite dreams and hopes for the future of this group.<br /> <br /> The other four group members kind of nod and shake their heads, acknowledging that he has a point. Hearing their original songs played on the radio, or at a concert, would be the ultimate sign that they have arrived. Originally comprised of four guys who came together out of accident versus necessity, the band has come a long way in the year and half they have been together. Playing the Wildlife Festival in Long County as their first gig back in 2011, they played in Savannah for the first time the week before Valentine’s Day this year.<br /> <br /> Most recently they have added Dakota Woods, “the rookie,” or Nebraska as they tease the 20-year-old newbie. He was brought in for his ability to add more diversity and flavor to an already flavorful cast of characters. Along with Robbie, lead guitar and vocals, and Dakota, lead guitar and vocals, there is Blaine Bunting, acoustic guitar and vocals; Ashley Sands, 38, bass and vocals; and Jason Stewart, 36, drums and percussion. There is definitely a diverse age range with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. From the newly graduated high school student to the former soldier, this group embodies the melting pot that is Liberty County.<br /> <br /> Starting with playing anywhere they could find, this group of gregarious, and sometimes downright loud guys, imbues any room with a fun and lively atmosphere that is sure to please the pickiest crowd. Their practice studio, a converted garage, has hosted countless conversations on the latest YouTube videos, National Signing Day, conversations about the lies women tell and where they really want to go. If only those walls could talk, oh, the stories they would tell.<br /> <br /> Overall winners in the I Showcase Music, a battle of the bands of sorts, held in Jacksonville, Florida in late 2012, the group earned a coveted consult with Warner Brothers Studios after placing first in the rock category. This win was in spite of tremendous obstacles.<br /> <br /> “I honestly couldn’t have been more blown away,” said Ashley Sands of their win. He is definitely the quietest of the group, leaving the others to finish his sentences, if he even bothers to speak up in the first place. However, it’s when he sings that you see his real passion, the music lighting him up from the inside out, creating a spark in the most seasoned band member that shows his commitment to his craft.<br /> <br /> This feat came with many roadblocks thrown in their way; you should also be amazed at the win. From a lead guitar player and vocalist playing with a broken hand and a thumb pic that falls off in the middle of a song, to another lead guitar player/lead vocalist who breaks a guitar string in the middle of a song, continues playing and then forgets the words to one of their original songs.<br /> <br /> “That’s when I learned it’s how you present what you have,” says Blaine, the one who forgot the words. Graduating from high school in 2012 as an honor graduate, the others have dubbed him the comedian, teasing the newly sheared crooner for having his ears lowered (country speak for “hair cut”).<br /> <br /> “We don’t just want to be a bar band, we want to go places,” says Jason Stewart, the other veteran band member. Learning the drums quite by accident, just hanging out with Blaine and beating until he got something right, Jason and Blaine have been friends the longest, collecting the others along the way and crafting themselves into what they are today.<br /> <br /> Playing all over South Georgia from Brunswick and Savannah to Baxley and Vidalia, they landed their first Atlanta gig to take place in April of this year. They are currently ranked #1 in Savannah for Country/Country Rock on Reverbnation, a website launched in 2006 that focuses on the independent music industry. A local favorite, they have garnered quite the following, those who have a love of music are sure to be amazed at the power and talent the 3rd Class Citizens bring to the stage. They take each song and make it their own. Crafting their originals through lots of hard work, they plan to stand together, sharing their passion with any who will listen.<br /> <br /> We at the Liberty County Chamber and Convention and Visitors Bureau and our community are very proud of our local talent.<br /> <br /> For more information about 3rd Class Citizens, visit www.3rdclasscitizens.com or find them on Facebook. You can also book them through their Manager Maureen Mobley at 912.977.3895.

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