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'Ludowici' puts singer in spotlight
MRCody Walden in center sings song about LudowiciFILE
Cody Walden, center, and his band sing songs about southeast Georgia. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Four years ago, Cody Walden was an 18-year-old student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. On a Saturday afternoon, before classes had begun, he and two friends purchased a cooler full of beer and started enjoying the weekend. On this particular night, however, the three underage drinkers were caught by campus police and carted off to the Tift County Jail.
It’s funny how things work out sometimes. That arrest, you see, launched Walden’s singer/songwriter career. He will perform Saturday at The Clubhouse in Rye Patch.
“After the incident, I thought it was kind of funny, so I sat down and wrote “Caught,” and the song just took off, all over campus,” Walden said.
Not long thereafter, Walden joined friend Chad Carter and the two started a group called Georgia Pine. They enjoyed local success, performing at parties and bars. After Walden graduated from ABAC, he transferred to Georgia Southern University to pursue a degree in justice studies.
While a student at GSU, Walden continued to perform and wrote several more songs.
Songs like “East of the Interstate,” Small Town Memory,” and “Back in the Day” have brought Walden more attention and linked him to residents of southeast Georgia.
No song has brought him more notoriety, however, in Long County than “Ludowici.” The song, which can be heard in Long County hotspots such as Huddle House and Dairy Queen, has probably been heard by every teenager in the area, and continues to be a favorite on the Internet. According to Walden’s MySpace page, “Ludowici” has been downloaded and played 14,584 times.
Tim Works, the owner of The Clubhouse in Rye Patch, where Walden has played several times, recently told a story about the singer.
According to Works, after a concert, Walden ran into a fan that had had a little too much to drink.
“Instead of just letting the guy drive home, Cody loaded him up in his truck and took him home,” Works said. “That’s the kind of guy Cody is.”
Walden, a Hinesville native, said that he has been influenced by such groups as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Eagles, the Allman Brothers Band and the Marshall Tucker Band. His biggest role models, however, are his parents, Eddie and Kathy Walden.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without them,” Walden said. “I’m very thankful for them.”
Walden will graduate from GSU on Friday. He said he plans to “put my career in full gear” by the start of the new year.
He has already lined up a producer, Candler Tomlinson of Lotrax Productions, and his first big project is called, “Songs, Stories, and Bold Face Lies.”
Walden will kick off his post-college music career on Saturday at The Clubhouse.
More information on Walden, including concert dates and locations, can be found at his Web site,
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