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Local to play at Oktoberfest
Cody Walden
Cody Walden - photo by Photo provided.


Oktober 16, 5-midnight
5-12: Festhalle Bier Tent
5-12: Food Vendors
5-8: Manuela Horn and Kerry
8-12: Cody Walden

Oktober 17, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
11-11: FestHalle Bier Tent
11-11: Food Vendors
11-5: Marktplatz (arts and crafts general goods, commercial booths)
11-5: Kinder Fun (family games and activitiesy)
11-6: Manuela Horn and Kerry
6-9: The Rhinelanders
9-11: Manuela Horn and Kerry

Entertainment for the upcoming Oktober Fest in downtown Hinesville Oct. 16-17 centers on a young local man who is kicking off a career in country music.
Cody Walden, son of Eddie and Katy Walden, will play that Friday night from 8 to midnight.
The 23-year-old songwriter/storyteller says his love for music developed early, listening to artists such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Don Williams. As a young boy Walden said he would often mimic his heroes and their live performances with an old guitar given to his mother by Cody’s late grandfather.
In the fourth grade Walden and a friend entered a Joseph Martin Elementary School talent show and performed the Garth Brooks hit “Rodeo.”
“Me and my buddy Ryan wanted to appear as Garth and Ty England for the performance,” Walden said. “We each had an electric guitar and a big ol’ cowboy hat that we bought at a local flea market. I know we looked ridiculous, but we had a good time ... ”
As Walden matured and navigated his way through middle and high school he studied the sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Eagles, the Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker Band. He credits his father for turning him on to these groups. After graduating from Liberty County High School in 2004, Walden enrolled at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. And that is where he started writing music about events in his own life.
Walden teamed up with friend and fellow musician Chad Carter and formed Georgia Pine. The duo presented their own unique mix of classic covers and orginal songs at parties, bars and events around South Georgia. After completing ABAC, Walden enrolled at Georgia Southern University where he continues to hone his skills, songwriting and playing guitar with other artists. His songs include “Small Town Memory,” “Back in the Day,” “East of the Interstate,” “Ludowici” and more.
Walden hopes to complete his degree at GSU in December and plans to make the leap to Nashville soon after. His debut album “Songs, Stories and Bold Face Lies” is sure to impress and give insight into the life of a genuine country boy.
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