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Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: From serious to sweet, quotes stand out among rest

In keeping with tradition, my last column of 2013 is devoted to my favorite quotes obtained through my interviews during the year.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Singer Ray Price performed in Augusta area many times

Country music legend Ray Price (aka "The Cherokee Cowboy") died exactly 28 years to the day from when he performed with The Augusta Symphony.
By Don Rhodes

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Here Comes Santa Claus' has Georgia connections

So why am I writing about Arthur Edward "Uncle Art" Satherley in my last column before Christmas? Because Satherley produced one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Head straight to library,  'Straight Arrow' radio fans

Sixty-four years ago, Augusta-area entertainment fans only had few broadcast options because there were no local TV stations and just a handful of radio stations.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Georgia-born Little Richard to celebrate his 81st year

Let's all sing Happy Birthday to the legendary Georgia-born artist Little Richard Penniman who turns an amazing 81 years old on Thursday, Dec. 5.
By Don Rhodes

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Famed fiddler played way out of poverty

Mark O'Connor is returning to the Augusta area for his "Appalachian Christmas" concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd. in Evans.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Memories of days surrounding Kennedy assassination vivid

Lucy Baines Johnson, daughter of Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, on CBS' Face The Nation last Sunday told how she learned about the assassination of President Kennedy, which resulted in ...
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Blue Highway makes stop for Southern Soul & Song

The bluegrass music band Blue Highway returns to Augusta with guest artist Sierra Hull for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Imperial Theatre.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Eryn Eubanks music festival will benefit others

Besides a day of music for the Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold Music Festival, there will be artists, vendors and Sconyers barbeque. Pickers are welcome to bring their acoustic instruments and ...
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Find storytelling, music, more at Oka'Chaffa Indian Festival

The Oka'Chaffa Indian Festival returns to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park and will feature tribal gatherings, arts, crafts, music, storytelling, a birds of prey demonstration, a buffalo named Thunder, ...
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Fiddler to bring new music to Oka'Chaffa Indian Festival

One of the new offerings of the second annual Oka'Chaffa Indian Festival will be fiddler and violinist Arvel Bird, who has toured with several country stars including Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, ...
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Augusta, take a listen to Trinity River Band, Danberrys

Three country and bluegrass acts new to Augusta-area audiences will perform this weekend.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Lewis performers inducted into Gospel hall of fame

The Southern Gospel Music Association recently inducted Polly Lewis Williamson Copsey and "Little Roy" Lewis of Lincolnton, Ga., into the SGMA Hall of Fame.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

Be among the first to see Sharon Jones' new video

Augusta native Sharon Jones today got to see the video version of her new song, Retreat, on Daptone Records and shared it with The Augusta Chronicle.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: The Grascals bookend bluegrass dates in Newberry, Augusta

The award-winning bluegrass music band The Grascals returns to this area to perform Oct. 10 in Newberry, S.C., and on Oct. 18 in Augusta.
By Don Rhodes

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Chuck Wagon Gang to perform in Aiken

The Chuck Wagon Gang, one of America's oldest continuous gospel groups, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Bethel Baptist Church, 1127 Bethel Church Road, in Aiken.
By Don Rhodes

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Film crews capture local performers

One crew from New York City was in Augusta and North Augusta a few days ago filming a VH1 documentary about world-famous rhythm & blues singer Sharon Jones. Another from the main TV network in ...
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: The Roys are coming to Sandersville

The brother-sister bluegrass duo The Roys are heading this way promoting their new CD Gypsy Runaway Train after being fresh off their first European tour.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: County Line extends reach, opens for Craig Morgan

The music for the Craig Morgan concert starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Lady Antebellum Pavilion, with opening acts the Delta Cane, County Line and Daniel Johnson bands.
By Don Rhodes

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

Ramblin' Rhodes: Another amazing lineup in Newberry

It always amazes me how Debra Smith, general manager of the Newberry (S.C.) Opera House, manages to come up with her amazing seasonal lineups of super stars for her venue in a town barely bigger ...
By Don Rhodes

Top headlines

Augusta man gets life without parole in killing

Jonathan Lee Felton, 23, was convicted in Richmond County Superior Court of murder and weapon charges for the Oct. 25, 2010, shooting death of 22-year-old Eric "Easy" Wright.
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