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Dawg Nation gets new anthem with 'The Bulldog Song'

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI

University of Georgia football fans love their anthems and Chip Carter has added to the canon with “The Bulldog Song.”

Carter, a Conyers native who lives in Tampa, said the chorus to the song came to him while watching a mid-season UGA game in 2013.

He initially didn’t do anything with it.

Then, said Carter, “Last year, again mid-season, verses started popping in, one every Saturday for about a month. I've got a chain of emails from where ever I was in the country -- Georgia, L.A., Florida -- each with a verse.”

This summer, Carter hit Atomic Studios in Tampa with drummer Andrew Pellegrino (“regrettably a ‘Bama fan,” Carter joked) and recorded the catchy singalong in a day.

He also got a little help from David Barbe of Sugar and Drive-By Truckers fame, who offered “some game-changing recommendations on the mix.” Carter said Barbe’s suggestions were critical to the finished sound.

A video for “The Bulldog Song,” which you can see below, was filmed in Athens and Atlanta. The song is also available for download purchase for $1.99, and is on  Carter’s debut album, “Reluctant Cowboy.”

Music, though, is secondary to his day job as video producer/marketing maven/Southeastern editor for The Produce News, an international publication dedicated to the fresh fruit and vegetable industry.

But really, Carter has one primary goal for “The Bulldog Song”: “I'm really hopeful this becomes something meaningful to the Bulldog Nation.”

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for Atlanta Music Scene blog on ajc.com.

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