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Opelika expects it's music scene to boom

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The future Cotton Seed Studios The future Cotton Seed Studios
OPELIKA, Ala. -

The Opelika music scene is on the verge of huge success according to musicians in the city. We got a look at some of the plans.

Opelika loves the band Martha's Trouble. Rob and Jen Slocumb came from Canada years ago to Opelika to continue their music dream. They embrace the city's support.

"It has allowed us to continue to be able to do what we love," said Jen Slocumb with Martha's Trouble. "Knowing that people here are behind us and want us to succeed, it makes a big difference."

And even more music is on the way as Cotton Seed Studios will open in 2014.

"It will be a full recording and film studio," said Richard Patton, a partner with Cotton Seed Studios. "We have got two blocks of old cotton warehouses in downtown Opelika. Cotton Seed Studios will be what we feel like is the heartbeat of what we feel will be the arts district in downtown.

Opelika is in a great geographic location to attract bands to play. Bands from places like Athens, Georgia gravitate to Opelika along their tours.

Music lovers know more arts can elevate the Opelika lifestyle.

"When you do that in your community, you kind of naturally and organically, the things you want attract to that," said Patton. "Safe schools, great nightlife, restaurants, cultural events."

These artists think Opelika can be a world famous place that supports music and creativity.

"We are rebranding Opelika as the next great arts community in the southeast," said Rob Slocumb with Martha's Trouble.

Get ready to sing along, Opelika.

Richard Patton and Rob Slocumb are two of the people attending the famous South by Southwest music festival in Texas.

They want everyone there to know about music in Opelika.

For more information on Martha's Trouble, visit http://www.marthastrouble.com/.

For more information on Cotton Seed Studios, visit http://cottonseedstudios.com/

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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