What We Love About Georgia

Monday, May 21, 2012 | Things We Love, music

From American Idol to backyard Hollywood blockbusters, our home state is making some serious headlines. Here are a few of our favorite Peach state perks—from Hotlanta and beyond.

Phillip_phillipsCall us biased, but we can’t get enough of American Idol’s Phillip Phillips. The Leesburg, Georgia native’s soulful performance of Bob Seger’s classic ballad “We’ve Got Tonight” left us just a little teary. With any luck, the Top 2 Finalist’s Idol exposure will earn him a place among other GA hit makers like Ray Charles, R.E.M., Cee Lo Green and more.       (Photo released by FOX.)

Dubbed Hollywood South by industry insiders, Atlanta has fast become a top shooting location for feature films and popular television series. From Oscar picks, like The Blind Side and Driving Miss Daisy, to AMC’s grisly zombie drama The Walking Dead, A-Town landmarks and icons are making their way into more and more American homes.

From exotic cuisine to near-weekly festivals, Atlanta’s cultural scene is constantly growing. Right now, Piedmont Park (designed by sons of Central Park co-planner Frederick Law Olmstead) is gearing up for its annual Jazz Festival. Other highlights include Music Midtown (seen left) and the always-popular Taste of Atlanta, featuring savory global delights.

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