‘Everyone deserves to hear live music once in a while’

Jesse Priest (right) strums with his lead guitarist Zane Emerson (left) at a concert over Rock the South weekend hosted at the Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled for its residents. (Shannon Calhoun)

Jesse Priest rocks the CCCDD over RTS weekend

CULLMAN, Ala. – Rock the South is an explosion of light, color and twangy country sound. The now three-day weekend is packed with thousands of folks from near and far, which can be overstimulating for even the most seasoned concertgoer; for those with sensory processing disorders and disabilities, it can be a total no-go.

Enter local musician Jesse Priest, making the concert scene accessible by bringing a softer country music experience to the Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled (CCCDD).

“We just wanted to give back to the community and let everyone enjoy music that maybe couldn’t go to Rock the South or be out in a crowd like that,” said Priest. “We always love helping out any way we can and supporting local. This is our town and our community, and everyone deserves to hear live music once in a while!”

CCCDD Peer Support Professional Shannon Calhoun said, “It was great to have Jesse Priest Music bring a little Rock the South-style fun to us. Everyone had a great time singing and dancing with the music. We are truly fortunate to have not only such amazing talent in our community, but to have them give back is even something more special!”

Echoing Priest’s sentiment of making music accessible, Calhoun also shared the positive benefits that entertainment like this provides to the clients who are served by the CCCDD.

“The individuals all left with a smile on their faces and a song in their hearts. Music is so important to the soul, and I know everyone left feeling a little bit better than before,” she said. “We are so thankful to live and work in such a wonderful community with such incredible people.”

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