John and Lalla McGee

jl mcgee is John and Lalla McGee, a husband and wife duo from Newnan GA, who perform their own original songs along with traditional and contemporary folk music and Americana.  

In addition to folk music, John worked in bluegrass and newgrass,  He was a founding member of Gypsy Lizard and The Liberty Hill String Band.  He won the gospel category of the 2017 Walnut Valley Festival songwriting contest, was a first-round winner of American Songwriter Magazine’s lyric contest, and  has been recognized by The River Town Showdown singer/songwriter contest.  John has been a featured performer at other singer/songwriter showcases, including Opelika Unplugged, Columbus Unplugged,  Lowell Opry House and Newnan Unplugged

Lalla plays piano and pipe organ and has begun learning to play mandolin.   Her musical background is more formal, including solo, ensemble and choral music since her early teens. She served as organist for several metro Atlanta churches and was the accompanist for the Atlanta Women’s Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Lyn Schenbeck. Lalla is also a great-granddaughter of Jane Hicks Gentry, a renowned "song catcher" in Appalachia during the early 1900’s who contributed more than 70 songs to Cecil Sharpe when he collected tunes for his famous anthology "English Folk Songs from the Appalachians."

John and Lalla have been playing as jl mcgee since 2005, performing at Atlanta's oldest and most revered coffee houses: Lena’s Place, The Hungry Ear, Universal Sensations and The Catacombs, among other Atlanta venues.  They are also regulars at First Friday Folk in Savannah, GA  and performed for 3 consecutive years at Festival in the Clouds in Alma, CO.  

They opened for Jeff Black, the wonderful Nashville singer/songwriter,  at Pure Life Studios in LaGrange GA. and performed at the 2017 Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. 

jl mcgee has two studio recordings, Open Arms and Two Sides to Every Story,  as well as a live recording, jl mcgee Live at the Hollonville Opry Currently focused on house concerts and festivals, they are also available to play other venues.  

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