Don Rhodes

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Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Augusta's rich musical tradition finally being noticed

Augusta is finally getting much of its due with Oxford American magazine, based in Little Rock, Ark., devoting its 17th annual Southern Music Issue to the "immense musical legacy both past and ...
By Don Rhodes

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Augustan was awed by Toussaint's music, warmth

There has been much renewed focus on the last nine years of Allen Toussaint's life thanks in large part to an Augusta-reared filmmaker named Matthew Buzzell.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Collin Raye to perform country hits in acoustic set

Country music star Collin Raye, who was racking up hit after hit single in the 1990s and performed at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center (now James Brown Arena), returns to the area to ...
By Don Rhodes

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

Kentucky Headhunters will bring on the Southern rock

The Kentucky Headhunters make their first appearance on behalf of the Morris Museum of Art's Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Imperial Theatre.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Mike Farris to perform in Waynesboro

You can catch Grammy Award-winning performer Mike Farris in Waynesboro, Ga., on Thursday, Nov. 5.
By Don Rhodes

Ramblin' Rhodes: Georgia author Kay, more to speak at literary festival

And so it has evolved that six decades after Terry Kay opened that door into the world of journalism in 1959 by sweeping the floor at the Decatur-DeKalb (County) News, he will be bringing his ...
By Don Rhodes

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: 45 years of columns make for some notable quotes

Well, dear and faithful readers, this week marks a milestone that I surely never expected to see: the 45th anniversary of my weekly Ramblin' Rhodes column.
By Don Rhodes

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

M*A*S*H* concert opening acts have rock-country flavor

The three opening acts for the Kid Rock concert on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Evans (Ga.) Towne Center Park will blend in just right with Kid Rock's own country-rock-flavored music.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Oka' Chaffa Indian Festival returns

The Oka' Chaffa Indian Festival brings Native America history in focus through dances, food, music and rituals.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Georgia Music Hall of Fame's Royal had unique voice

Over five decades, I crossed paths numerous times with singer Billy Joe Royal, who died Oct. 6 at age 73. Royal was known for hits such as "Down in the Boondocks."
By Don Rhodes

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Gibson Brothers' bluegrass derived from unusual beginnings

Almost all of the major bluegrass music acts have come out of Southern states. But The Gibson Brothers duo, who are performing Oct. 9 at Imperial Theatre, is an amazing exception.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Lambert's Pink Guitars tour is showcase for women

For many decades, female country singers were relegated to only being the opening acts for male country music stars. Not so any more.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Newberry Opera House has another season of hits

There is good news and bad news connected with the Newberry (S.C.) Opera House which has a wealth of show offerings for its 2015-2016 season.
By Don Rhodes

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Arts council festival still going strong after 35 years

The Greater Augusta Arts Council's organization of an annual arts festival began in 1971 when the Augusta Civic Ballet was named the host company for the annual Southeastern Regional Ballet Festival.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Seldom Scene kicks off Southern Soul & Song concerts

Fans of bluegrass music are excited to have another opportunity to see the world famous band Seldom Scene back in Georgia opening the 2015-16 Morris Museum of Art's Budweiser True Music Southern ...
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Doc Severinsen is bringing 'Big Band' for Evans show

It's been a long, long time since Doc Severinsen, formerly bandleader on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson TV program, performed locally. Specifically, it was April of 1974 at Bell ...
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: It's a busy time for playwright, actor and musician Cook

About the only time that Jonathan Cook truly sets aside time just for himself are the pre-dawn hours when he is working out at Gold's Gym.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Georgia's music history is luring writers to Augusta

Nationally-read Oxford American magazine based in Little Rock, Ark., is planning an upcoming issue on the Georgia music scene. That has prompted visits to Augusta from the magazine's associate ...
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015

A look back at Beatles' only Georgia show

Fifty years ago next week in the new Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the British sensation known as The Beatles ran out to the stage at second base, tuned up a bit and immediately launched into the ...
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Anderson remembered for talent with music, horses

One of my favorite memories of Lynn Anderson is not of her singing on a concert stage or appearing on TV as a regular member of The Lawrence Welk Show.
By Don Rhodes
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