Stories by Ed Turner

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

Music by Turner: Cool reads make the heat of summer more bearable

These long, hot and sweltering days of summer have made me, as the Who's Pete Townshend wrote, an "air-conditioned gypsy." But it has given me the time to catch up on some cool reads that I can ...
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Music by Turner: 'Ain't no drag' recording with James Brown

"Ain't no drag, papa's got a brand new bag." Sure, most everyone knows James Brown's classic slice of funky pop soul that opened up his career to an entirely different and much larger audience. ...
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Music by Turner: Concerts heat up summer

Summer's here and the time is right for dancing in your … seats? Another great series of concerts is upon us, and there are quite a few good shows scheduled for the next couple of months.
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Music by Turner: McCartney is a must-see in Columbia

It's been 22 long years since Paul McCartney last performed in Columbia. He returns to the Colonial Life Arena at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, for what will be an unforgettable night of great music ...
By Ed Turner

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Music by Turner: Stones didn't start off well in Georgia

Gee, what a difference one-half century makes … On Tuesday, June 9, The Rolling Stones celebrated over 50 years as a band with an indescribable evening of rock 'n' roll at Grant Field in Atlanta ...
By Ed Turner

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Music by Turner: 'School's Out' is one anthem everyone hums these days

Each May, one of the things I enjoy telling younger people (which, these days, is almost everyone) is that "no matter how old you are you never, ever forget how happy you are on the last day of ...
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Music by Turner: Musicians find harmony performing downtown

For many musicians downtown Augusta is the place where they primarily make their living. This was not always the case, as it wasn't that long ago when being a full-time musician in our city was a ...
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Music by Turner: Relive 1969 with Fogerty

1969 was quite a year for John Fogerty and his band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Can you imagine a recording artist or group these days recording and releasing three top-10 albums of all-new ...
By Ed Turner

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Music by Turner: Keep the music coming

Let's take a peek at some of the shows in the next few weeks within easy driving distance of Augusta.
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Music by Turner: Major Rager is back with Gov't Mule, Sirius radio gig

It's really amazing to see how quickly the Major Rager has grown in just two years. George Claussen and his Friends With Benefits team should be commended as this year's Festival is already ...
By Ed Turner

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Music by Turner: Documentary tells tale behind music

I bet you heard Hal Blaine play some of your favorite songs in the last few days. Don Randi too. Let's not leave out Carol Kaye, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Osborn, Larry Knechtel, or Plas Johnson either.
By Ed Turner

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Music by Turner: Here's your chance to see, hear legend - Elton John

Elton John's March 10 date in Augusta begins at 8 p.m. Surprisingly, tickets are still available and are $39, $79 and $139 from georgialinatix.com.
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Music by Turner: These dreams are for Heart

The year was 1976. In those all-analog, pre-digital days of music, radio stations would receive dozens of new records most every day.
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Music by Turner: Symphony to pay tribute to King, Wonder, Joel, more

One cannot imagine a better Valentine's date than attending "A Tribute to Carole King and the Great Keyboard Rockers," part of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta Pops! series.
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Music by Turner: Local concert calendar is full of hits

Here they come … to Augusta! As a 40-year veteran of the local concert scene, I have never seen such a flurry of great musical acts coming to our area.
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Music by Turner: Time teaches us to be appreciative

It's a new year, and the change of just one digit always makes me reflect and appreciate those who taught, mentored, coached, and encouraged me through the years.
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Music by Turner: 40 years ago, listeners tuned in to 'Mad Music Asylum'

Forty very long years ago I was asked by a buddy of mine if I would like to do a "free-form style" radio show.
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Music by Turner: Dash away all to buy these great box sets

Here are nine marvelous box sets and reissues that would make anyone who's an ardent music fan very happy on Dec. 25. Sure, some are a bit pricey but remember - it's Christmas!
By Ed Turner

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Music by Turner: Wrap up year with musical gifts

As we enter the final days of 2014, there are still plenty of terrific shows scheduled locally and regionally. Let's take a quick peek at ones that will be sure to warm your musical bones as the ...
By Ed Turner

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Music by Turner: 'Inside Your Eyes' work of local talents

As a musician and a columnist, I never cease to be amazed at just how much astounding talent there is in our part of the world. You can now add Aiken's Lauren Meccia. Her new album, "Inside Your ...
By Ed Turner
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