Collective Soul To Release First Official Live Album

Jason Bullinger for Alternative Revolt

One of Georgia’s most revered and successful rock bands is gearing up to release its first official live album.

Atlanta-based Collective Soul, which is responsible for seven No. 1 hits including “Shine,” Run” and “December,” announced it will release “Collective Soul: Live” through Suretone Records on Dec. 8. The band released “Home: A Live Concert Recording with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra” in 2006, but doesn’t consider it to be an “official proper” live album.

Following the 2015 release of the group’s ninth full-length album “See What You Started by Counting,” which landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums Chart, the band made a collective decision to record more than 160 shows over the course of the next two years, according to PledgeMusic.

Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland previously told Atlanta Business Chronicle about the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio.

“We had the weekend off, because everything happened real quickly with Collective Soul, and my manager said ‘You have the weekend off. Go do something because after that your ass is mine,'” Roland recalls. “So the girl I was dating at the time and I flew to Memphis because I had never been to Graceland. We landed in Memphis, got in the rental car and ‘Shine’ came on the radio. That will never go away. How cool can that be for a Southern boy?”

The band was inducted into The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009 with Roland being individually inducted as a songwriter in 2014.

Collective Soul currently consists of brothers Ed [vocals, guitars, keyboards] and Dean Roland [guitars]; Will Turpin [bass]; Jesse Triplett [guitars]; and Johnny Rabb [drums].