Jones, Soundshifter jamming out Peach Jam

Published 12:40 pm Friday, June 27, 2008

Maggie Jones and Soundshifter are two of the seven acts that will entertain crowds at tonight’s Peach Jam Jubilee.

Soon to be “country music’s sweetheart,” Jones is hosting her breakout performance at the Jam. Instrumental talent and pure vocals are only a few of the qualities that make this 11-year-old star from Springville, Ala. so dynamic. She is being backed by the popular Birmingham Band 59 North.

Soundshifter (a.k.a. Wayne Langston), 56, is a lifelong resident of Chilton County and attended Jemison High School and the University of Montevallo. Langston is a teacher at Jemison Middle School where he has taught for 32 years.

Soundshifter will be playing at 6 p.m., covering songs by Santana, Elvis, Radiohead, Iron Butterfly and others. Soundshifter’s purpose is “to raise your spirits and touch your soul.”

Langston’s musical influences include the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Eric Clapton and many others. Soundshifter is so named because many different sounds and songs are covered. He looks forward to playing at the Peach Jam.

“I’m no Elvis and I’m no Santana,” Langston says, “but I do my best to entertain you. And I definitely am Soundshifter.”

Langston has a wife, Vicki, and son, Bronson.

The complete entertainment lineup for the Peach Jam is listed as follows, with performances beginning at 5:45 in Corner Park:

Perfect Peaches exercise class, Chilton Medical Center

Attitudes Dance, Cornerstone Fitness and Wellness

Maggie Jones


“Blast from the Past,” presented by Chilton County High School


Bryan Haskins

In addition, more than 100 arts and crafts booths and food vendors will keep Jam-goers occupied. There will also be plenty of rides for the kids behind City Hall.

Portions of Second Avenue North and Sixth Street will be closed starting around 4 p.m. to make room for the vendors and crowds. People who wish to access businesses in those areas may still do so, but thru traffic will be prohibited.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and stay late.