Ed Grant, Sr. told his family in 1970 to tighten their belts; he was opening his own business. As an African-American owned bar catering to a racially mixed audience, Grant’s was one of the only places in town where a fledgling musical group of hippies led by guitarist Duane Allman could play.
Capricorn Records co-founder Phil Walden had them and the new label’s other bands play the lounge as a testing ground, earning Grant’s the moniker, The Original Home of Southern Rock. It became a hotbed of activity as new artists, including Tom Petty and Boz Scaggs, flocked to Macon. Ed Grant, Jr. and his sister, Cheryl Louder, carry on today, welcoming all to enjoy the lounge’s historic vibe, hear great music and see the “Wall of Fame” featuring photographs of all the acts to ever play there.
576 Poplar Street
Macon, GA 31201