ICYMI: T.I., Sister Hazel to headline 2016 Peach Drop

Atlanta-based rapper T.I. and Sister Hazel, a platinum-selling band known for the ‘90s hit “Happy,” are scheduled to headline the 2016 Peach Drop on New Year’s Eve.

sister-hazelSister Hazel also has new album, Lighter in the Dark, which releases in February. This is the first new release in five years.

The long-awaited 14-track collection, produced by Nashville producer Chip Matthews, represents the band’s longstanding ties to Music City, which date back to 2005 and include collaborations with all-star songwriters Lee Brice, Luke Laird and Hilary Lindsey.

As their lucky 13th album release, Lighter in the Dark also ties together the many threads that make up the band’s tapestry: the restless, road-hungry rush of “Fall Off The Map” and “Run Highway Run,” the deep-country dive of “Prettiest Girl At The Dance” and the sentiment and swagger of “Take It With Me.”

You can’t miss Darius Rucker’s voice on “Karaoke Song.” Sister Hazel has been playing the song live for a while, ever since Rucker, Copeland and Nashville songwriter Barry Dean put it together.

The band embraces their roots and Florida music influences wholeheartedly. Each member of the group is involved in writing and performing their songs and the result is a culmination of 20 years of friendship and musical sentiments.

“We’re writing about who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going,” Jett Beres said. “And we’ve never done it as well as we have on Lighter In The Dark.”

Peach Drop 2016 is free and open to the public at Underground Atlanta. Doors are at 5 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m.

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