Don Rhodes

Stories by Don Rhodes

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Former senator's love of music will be remembered

Former state senator Joey Brush Jr., who died from a motorcycle accident on May 7, loved music so much that in 2002 he made a nine-song cassette tape he titled Just An Old Sweet Song.
By Don Rhodes

Monday, May 18, 2015

Feast on music at Banjo-B-Que

The Sixth Annual Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que & Music Festival May 22-23 offers a wide range of country, bluegrass, Americana and blues performances on two stages.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Doug Flowers and Friends' features the South's best

There are few people who have done as much for bluegrass music locally as Doug Flowers.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hammond brings own repertoire to Blind Willie festival stage

This year, Grammy-winning blues artist John Paul Hammond knows what to expect when he takes the stage on Saturday, May 9, at the 22nd annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival near Thomson, Ga.
By Don Rhodes

Ramblin' Rhodes: Musical homecoming weekend filled with family ties

This weekend the Lewis and Easter families again will be united in a different way at the seventh annual Jeff & Sheri Easter Homecoming Mother's Day Weekend Festival.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Stuart joins longtime pals Little Roy & Lizzy for festival

It is rare to see Marty Stuart at a bluegrass music festival these days even though he got his musical start performing at such outdoor events in the 1970s. But he and his band, His Fabulous ...
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Music will fill the air at upcoming festivals

Spring is a great time for many wonderful music festivals in the Augusta area. Here's a look so you can be sure not to miss them.
By Don Rhodes

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Idol' McCreery headlines Day in the Country

Scotty McCreery will be performing in Augusta for the fourth time when he headlines the 30th annual A Day in the Country music festival on May 3.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Duane Allen of Oak Ridge Boys remains a good ol' boy

Duane Allen, lead vocalist of The Oak Ridge Boys, likes to unwind from his crazy public schedule by getting away to his farm outside of Nashville, Tenn., just 10 minutes from his home.
By Don Rhodes

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Augusta has its share of celebs

Larry Mize is still the only native Augustan to win the Masters Tournament held in his own hometown. But he is far from being the only native Augustan or former resident to achieve worldwide fame.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Oak Ridge Boys to stop in Aiken

Local fans have an opportunity to catch The Oak Ridge Boys live when they perform Friday, April 17, at the USC Aiken Convocation Center.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: A Thousand Horses got start in S.C.

One of country music's hottest new bands, A Thousand Horses, began five years ago by two guys who grew up in nearby Newberry, S.C.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country star Jackson's come a long way in 25 years

Alan Jackson is bringing his 25th anniversary Keepin' It Country tour to James Brown Arena on March 27, with opening acts Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Pardi ready to 'just get up there and play and sing'

Just last week country music newcomer Jon Pardi was entertaining fans in England at a music festival and also at an exclusive "meet and greet" event held at a British pub.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bates'  'Me and Conway'  is worth listen

One of my favorite singers is Jeff Bates whom I've talked with since 1997 about how much he sounds like Conway Twitty.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Entertainers turn out for talk on music legends

"You've got to write about this!" said singer Flo Carter after my presentation last Thursday night about black entertainers who either came from North Augusta or performed in North Augusta.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Pioneer in Augusta broadcasting still making music

Today there are many women broadcasters, black and white, in radio and television locally. But in the 1960s you could count those pioneer women broadcasters on one hand with one of the earliest ...
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Then, as now, great acts stop here

There have been a lot of entertainment happenings in the first few months of this year with several major stars in town, and that also was true of the first few months 100 years ago in 1915.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Grammy winner Ray Stevens will meet fans, sign books at mall

Ray Stevens is heading back this way to sign copies of his new autobiography, Ray Stevens' Nashville, and copies of his CD Ray Stevens' Greatest Hits on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Barnes & Noble ...
By Don Rhodes

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tributes, talks are focused on Elvis

The Morris Museum of Art has two Elvis-related events planned for Feb. 15.
By Don Rhodes
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