Ramblin’ Rhodes: Series welcomes a cappella group Ball in the House

Ball in the House sings pop and rhythm and blues hits to their own beat-box sounds. Catch their Waynesboro-Burke County Concert Series show on Nov. 17. SPECIAL

Ball in the House, an a cappella group from Boston, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Burke Office Park Auditorium for the Waynesboro-Burke County Concert Series.


Tickets are $20 adults or $5 students. Visit burkeconcert.org or call (706) 437-0070.


Ball in the House sings pop and rhythm & blues hits to their own beat-box sounds.

Their travels have taken them on a 19-day tour of China that included the China International Chorus Festival in Beijing, another international choral festival in Shenyang and several area concerts.

Among the five members, according to the group’s web site ballinthehouse.com, is Wallace Thomas, who was born and reared in Jacksonville, Fla. Thomas majored in music at Florida State where he first sang with an a capella group.

He served in the U.S. Air Force before settling in West Palm Beach, Fla. He eventually hooked up with Ball in the House and has traveled with them ever since.

Other group members are Ben Detty of Rochester, N.Y., who has a degree in chemistry; Montario “Monty” Hill, who grew up singing and playing a trumpet in rural Chaptico, Md.; and also Dave Guisti, reared in Dorchester, Mass., and Jon Ryan, reared in Boston, who met singing in the Boston Boys Choir and who co-founded Ball in the House.

EDGEFIELD CONCERT SERIES: Last to perform for the Edgefield County Historical Society’s new concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, is singer-songwriter Carey Murdock.

He will perform at the William Miller Bouknight Theater in the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center, 405 Main St. Tickets are $12. Call (803) 637-2233 for reservations.

Born in Augusta and reared in North Augusta, Murdock has made three tours of European countries performing at such a wide variety of places as pubs in London and music festivals in The Netherlands.

His debut album, Baby Don’t Look Down, features a duet with Shovels & Rope group singer Cary Ann Hearst. His recent studio albums include Shot In The Dark and If It’s Got Wheels.

He repeatedly has performed at the A Day in the Country festival at Augusta Riverfront Marina. Learn more about him at careymurdock.com.

20th ANNUAL PIONEER DAY: The Lincoln County Historical Society is celebrating the town and county’s 20th annual Pioneer Day at their park, 147 Lumber St. in Lincolnton, Ga., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

The complex has many notable buildings moved to the site including a former doctor’s office, cotton gin, grist mill and smokehouse plus a covered music pavilion dedicated to The Lewis Family of Lincoln County, known across America as “The First Family of Bluegrass Gospel Music.”

Admission is free with the entertainment including the Lincoln County Red Devil Band, Bill Maxwell, Jeff Fanning, Amie Griffin, Amanda Griffin, Christi Whitehead, The Epps Family and the Hillbillies in Training String Band under the direction of David Donehoo.

There will be all kinds of demonstrations of early pioneering skills including a grist mill grinding corn into fine meal for grits supervised by Wayne Beggs.

You can also see an operational, animal-powered cotton gin supervised by J.B. Mathews, a press turning sugar cane into syrup, Murray Norman showing how to make apple cider, Debra Pierce washing clothes outside in a pot over a fire, Don and Pat Thomas talking about area Revolutionary War history and firing a muzzle loading weapon, Mark Davis demonstrating the art of blacksmithing and much, much more.

Home-made canned goods and lots of Southern cooking also will be for sale.

For questions, call the society’s president Gary Edwards at (706) 831-9556.

HANK WILLIAMS’ LAST VISIT: It was 64 years ago this week that Augusta-area country music fans got to see the great Hank Williams for the last time.

His show at 3 p.m. on Nov. 16, 1952, at Bell Auditorium was with his band, The Drifting Cowboys, new Decca artist Merle “Red” Taylor, country style tap dancer Eileen McLaine and folk/country imitator Dick Broderick.

Less than two months later, Williams died on New Year’s Day 1953 in the back seat of a powder blue Cadillac near Oak Hill, W.Va., being driven to a show in Canton, Ohio.

His latest release, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, was climbing the charts at the time of his death.

Williams also made two other Augusta appearances on Nov. 3, 1950, in the Municipal Auditorium (later Bell) and on Aug. 25, 1951, at Jennings baseball stadium on Walton Way in Augusta with the Hadacol Caravan show featuring Minnie Pearl, Dick Haymes, Carmen Miranda, Jack Dempsey and others.



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