Musicians with Augusta ties ready to rock

Brenda Lee's two Newberry Opera House shows were rescheduled.

Wow! There is going to be some absolutely incredible music in this area in the next couple of days coming from Augusta-related artists with great regional and national reputations.


ERIC LEE BEDDINGFIELD: It's no secret that Eric Lee Beddingfield, of Dearing, Ga., has been one of my favorite country rock singers and songwriters ever since I heard his 2000 Feel It in the Air CD with his Georgia Southern-days band County Line.

With every album, especially under the guidance of producer Kent Wells, Beddingfield continues to get better and better. His just-released CD, This Life Ain't For Everybody, slams a hit record home run out of the ballpark with its even dozen tracks that Beddingfield either wrote or co-wrote.

He saves the best for last with the final cut, More Than One Year at a Time , which should be a single release.

He will perform most of those songs when he returns at 9 p.m. Friday to the Country Club, 2834 Washington Road. Admission is $5.

Beddingfield also will return to his old stamping ground of Statesboro, Ga., to perform Saturday night at Buffalos Wild Wings nightclub. Visit the Web site,

CAREY MURDOCK: Fans of this wonderfully talented, North Augusta-based singer and musician are going to be blown away when they hear him perform songs from his new CD, Baby Don't Look Down , at 8 tonight at Sky City, 1157 Broad St.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 and include a copy of the CD. Reservations can be made at or by calling Sky City at (706) 945-1270.

Yes, you can count on hearing the deep-throated, Bruce Springsteen-like classic rock songs Murdock is known for with his band NoStar, but he also literally re-invents himself with his new 11-song album.

The songs range from the beautifully-composed, Dylan-ish Silvergirl and the hard rocker These Things Will Drag You Down to the country flavored Young Love sung as a duet with Cary Ann Hearst of Charleston, S.C., and the beach music inspired Nobody Like My Girl.

There are moments in musical time when just the right artist comes together with just the right producer, and that is what has happened with Murdock coming together with musician and producer Patrick Blanchard Jr.

Murdock also will perform the Greg Lake song I Believe in Father Christmas on the 12 Bands of Christmas show Dec. 18 at the Imperial Theatre and its accompanying CD.

JEFF BARNES: Last but not least, I've been trying for years to get popular Elvis tribute artist Jeff Barnes to sing more than just Elvis songs.

And he's going to do that at 8 p.m. Friday when he does some George Strait songs (and some Elvis songs) at the Hardin Performing Arts Center in the Columbia County Library, Ronald Reagan Drive and Evans Town Center Boulevard. Tickets are $12. Call (706) 394-3916.

Also on the show titled A Legendary Christmas will be Dawn Tate singing Celine Dion songs, Charles Harvey (George Jones' songs), Ashton Montgomery (Gretchen Wilson), Justin Eppenbrock (Kenny Chesney), Ray Thompkins (Marvin Gaye), Elaine Elsner (Karen Carpenter) and Barnes' daughter, Logan, making her public debut singing Miranda Lambert songs.

BRENDA LEE SHOWS POSTPONED: Little Miss Dynamite had to postpone her two concerts scheduled for Sunday at the Newberry Opera House until March 27, according to Opera House Manager Debra Smith.

"We are calling everyone we can, and both were sold-out shows," Smith said. "The tickets will be honored then."

Fans will have to be content hearing Lee sing Jingle Bell Rock and Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree on the radio and over the in-store speaker systems.

She remains the only entertainer to be at the same time an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Her Web site is