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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

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Evenings overflowing with music, stories

When you are at a soul music concert along with James Brown's daughter, Otis Redding's son and JB's cape man, Danny Ray, you know that it's a special one.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Latest book on Ty Cobb is well-researched account

The new biography, "Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty" by Charles Leerhsen, goes a long way in setting the record straight about the baseball legend.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Seldom Scene act will kick off Soul & Song music series

Recently the Morris Museum of Art announced its 2015-2016 lineup for the Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song series with museum executive director Kevin Grogan once again coming up with ...
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Birthday event to celebrate Native American heritage

An exhibit on Native Americans of the Savannah River region is part of the anniversary celebration of the North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bryan stays true to his roots with annual Farm Tour

Anybody who has talked with country superstar Luke Bryan in person knows just what an incredibly great and humble and nice guy he is.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: 7th season brings in big band, country, rock, more

Mike Deas, the president of Augusta Amusements Inc., once again has lined up some diverse and interesting acts for his seventh season.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Jim Ed Brown was in Hall of Fame for many reasons

One of the smoothest country music crooners was Jim Ed Brown who died Thursday, June 11, at the age of 81.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ramblin' Rhodes: Martell was the first black woman to appear on 'Opry'

Want to see a real music legend up close and personal? Then don't miss the rare appearance of Linda Martell at the Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta on June 20.
By Don Rhodes
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