As a former Athens resident I try (from the west coast) to keep to keep up with the pulse of the local scene and support new artists. HAM1 is no exception. Under his stage name, local schoolteacher Jim Willingham has recently self-released his first album, but he would rather you have it for free. A novel idea, no? Backed by a crew of esteemed townie musicians (members of OTC, Ballard Lesseman, etc.), Willingham etches himself firmly into Athens’ musical lore. Two samples below…visit his Web site for further details.

HAM1 – Alice’s Call
MP3: HAM1 – Pop Song for a Funeral

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