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Universal South Records artist Randy Houser will perform a free concert sponsored by radio station WKXC-FM at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta.

The concert follows the Poker Run motorcycle event, also sponsored by WKXC, to benefit the Million Pennies For Kids fundraiser for needy children at Christmas.

For information on the Poker Run, call (706) 396-7003 or see kicks99.com. Registration will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Eighth Street Plaza at Reynolds Street. The entry fee is $20 per rider. Passengers ride free.

Mr. Houser, a native of Mississippi, in August performed his single Anything Goes (When Everything's Gone ), on The Late Show with David Letterman .

"Paul Shaffer (Mr. Letter-man's music director) said that Dave was listening to Sirius Satellite Radio on his ranch in Montana and heard the song and loved it," Mr. Houser said. "He called and had them put me on the show."

Mr. Houser, Dallas Davidson and Jamey Johnson wrote Trace Adkins' 2005 hit Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.

NANCY GRIFFITH IN NEWBERRY: One of country's best songbirds, Nancy Griffith, will perform at 8 p.m. today in the Newberry (S.C.) Opera House, an hour from downtown Augusta. Tickets are $40.

Call (803) 276-6264 or visit newberryoperahouse.com.

Ms. Griffith won a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Contemporary Folk Album for her CD Other Voices, Other Rooms . Her compositions have included Gulf Coast Highway (recorded by Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson), Love at the Five and Dime (Kathy Mattea), and Outbound Plane (Suzy Bogguss).

REMEMBERING JOHN JARRARD: The seventh annual songwriters concert remembering Gainesville, Ga., native John Jarrard and benefiting local charities will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Smithgall Arts Council Depot, 331 Spring St.. in Gainesville.

Tickets are $30. The event benefits Gainesville-area charities. Last year's concert raised $127,000. See johnjarrardconcert.com. Take your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers.

Songwriters performing this year include Jim McBride (Rose in Paradise, Chasin' That Neon Rainbow, Chattahoochee ); Rachel Proctor (Come on Over, Where Would You Be ); Randall Bramblett (No More Mr. Lucky ); Mike Dekle (Scarlet Fever ); Pat Terry (Help Me Hold On ); and Bruce Burch (Rumor Has It, It's Your Call ).

Mr. Jarrard, a hit songwriter, died in 2001 after a lengthy battle with diabetes.

LEWIS FAMILY CONCERT: The Sept. 25 concert by The Lewis Family bluegrass-gospel group and Lizzie Long and her band in the Imperial Theatre was the best of any year in the Southern Soul and Songs concert series.

The addition of Jeff & Sheri Easter and the "surprise" appearance of banjo player Earl Scruggs made for a memorable evening. The 82-year-old Mr. Scruggs tore the roof off when he went into his classic Foggy Mountain Breakdown .

Little Roy Lewis, without question, is one of the funniest guys in any field of show business and a true musical genius.

There is no doubt that Ms. Long, of Lincolnton, Ga., is becoming one of the most versatile bluegrass stars and country singers. She was simply delightful and completely entertaining.

Once again, the concert proved that some of the greatest shows in this area are being performed by great artists from this area.

Don Rhodes has written about country music for 37 years. He can be reached at (706) 823-3214 or at don.rhodes@morris.com.


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