Rock Candy Tours is a music history tour company that showcases the legacy of Macon, Georgia’s rich music history. Once home to artists like Little Richard, Otis Redding, James Brown and the Allman Brothers Band, Macon was listed among legendary studio engineer Tom Dowd’s “Five M’s” of music towns, joined by Manhattan, Miami, Memphis and Muscle Shoals.
Jessica Walden and Jamie Weatherford founded the company in June 2011 in response to the closure of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. They believed Macon’s storied music history didn’t have to live in a museum, but already existed on its sidewalks, street corners, historic structures and if the walls could talk, they would sing.
Macon native Jessica was raised in the shadows of rhythm and blues and the after-shocks of southern rock as the daughter of Alan Walden, retired music industry executive and 2003 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee.
She shares her life and passion for Macon with her husband, Jamie Weatherford, a local candy manufacturer and passionate music historian.
They are joined by family friend and travel and tourism executive Ruth Sykes, who has spent over 20 years guiding visitors in Macon.
Through family stories and extensive research, Rock Candy Tours was created with the hopes to honor, preserve, protect and downright show-off some of the most fascinating and colorful historic sites of the South. These are the stories that music was made of!
Rock Candy Tours offers weekly public walking tours and opportunities for private walking, group and step-on tours with an array of experienced guides and bona fide music fan-experts.