Originally created 07/27/06

Songwriter is remembered at annual concert



Georgia country performers John Berry and T. Graham Brown are among the singers and songwriters performing Tuesday in Gainesville, Ga., at the fifth annual concert honoring the memory of songwriter John Jarrard.

The concert is at 6:30 p.m. at the Smithgall Arts Council Depot, 331 Spring St. Other performers include songwriters Bruce Burch (Rumor Has It), Alex Harvey (Delta Dawn) and Tony Arata (The Dance).

Tickets are $30. The event benefits Gainesville-area charities. Call (770) 540-3934, or see the Web site johnjarrardconcert.com.

Mr. Jarrard, a Gainesville native, died in 2001 after a lengthy battle with diabetes that included two kidney transplants and the amputation of both legs. He wrote or co-wrote such country hits as Alabama's There's No Way, Don Williams' Nobody But You, George Strait's Blue Clear Sky, Pam Tillis' Deep Down, Tracy Lawrence's Is That a Tear, and What's a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This), recorded by Moe Bandy, Conway Twitty, John Schneider and Mickey Gilley.

Mr. Burch, the concert organizer and a friend of Mr. Jarrard, teaches at the University of Georgia on the business aspects of the music industry.

"Those of you who knew John know he inspired so many as he dealt with his blindness and health struggles," Mr. Burch recently wrote of the concert, "yet never complained and still accomplished so much as a songwriter (11 No. 1 hits). More importantly beyond that, he was a great human being."

COMING THIS WAY: Pollstar.com is listing native Augustan Amy Grant as performing at Bell Auditorium on Oct. 19, and also the acts in the Morris Museum of Art's new bluegrass series at the Imperial Theatre: Oct. 20, The Del McCoury Band; Nov. 18, Mountain Heart; Dec. 15, guitarist Doc Watson; Jan. 19, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage; Feb. 16, Tony Rice; and March 24, Marty Stuart.

GOODBYE, JOHNNY: We want to remember the great Georgia blues guitarist Johnny Jenkins, who died June 26 at Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon after a stroke.

In the early 1960s, a young singer started hanging around Mr. Jenkins' band, The Pinetoppers.

When Mr. Jenkins took his band to Memphis, Tenn., in 1962 to record an album for Stax Records, the singer drove them from Macon to Memphis. The band had remaining studio time, and the young singer asked to use it.

He recorded a couple of songs, including a ballad called These Arms of Mine, on which Mr. Jenkins can be heard playing guitar. It sold 800,000 copies as a single and turned the young singer into the star the world came to know as Otis Redding.

Don Rhodes has written about country music for 35 years. He can be reached at (706) 823-3214 or at don.rhodes@morris.com.