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Musikfest: There's more Soul on tap

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON Special to The Press in Focus

Collective Soul is an American rock band formed in the 1990s in the small town of Stockbridge, Ga. The band performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Also on the bill is 3 Doors Down.

Collective Soul consists of Ed Roland, principal songwriter and front man on keyboard, guitar; Jesse Triplett, lead guitar; Dean Roland, rhythm guitar; Will Turpin, bass, and Johnny Rabb, drums.

The band broke into the mainstream with its first hit single, "Shine," in 1993. Dolly Parton received a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance for her cover of "Shine" in 2001. The group has had seven No. 1 rock hits, with its song, "Tremble For My Beloved," on the soundtrack for the film, "Twilight," nine years after the song's release. The Roland-written "A Perfect Day" featured Elton John on vocals.

"Elton John is my hero, so to play with him and get to know him is a reward in itself. Dolly Parton, the greatest songwriter on the planet, was also an honor and that they even know who I am and the band's name is a great accomplishment," said Roland in a phone interview.

Songs from Collective Soul's new album, its ninth, "See What You Started By Continuing," set for fall release, are expected to be included in the Musikfest concert.

"We are a band that makes records to listen to the whole thing, not just a single song. Some days you feel good, some day you feel bad and some days you don't want to play at all. This is a rock record and we wanted to have fun with it.

"Rock and roll has a lot of definition in it alone. It's been a cool ride. We are happy where we are and very proud of what we've accomplished. There's a lot more to offer."