Three country and bluegrass acts new to Augusta-area audiences will perform this weekend.
Trinity River Band, a family group from Callahan, Fla., will deliver their own special combination of bluegrass, country and gospel music at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Bible Deliverance Temple, corner of Eve and Fenwick streets in Augusta.
Admission is free with a love offering to be taken. Call (706) 736-1600. Opening will be Eryn Eubanks and The Family Fold, who play at Bible Deliverance’s recreation center most Saturday afternoons; and the Rev. Kelly McKnight’s band, Restoration.
If you miss them, Trinity River Band is to be back in the area on May 3 for the Little Roy & Lizzy Festival in Lincolnton, Ga.
The Danberrys, which consists of married couple Dorothy Daniel and Ben DeBerry, will open for Robert Earl Keen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Imperial Theatre.
Tickets are $15, $20, $22 and $24 for the concert. Call (706) 722-8341, buy online at imperialtheatre.com or at the box office.
The duo met in high school in their hometown of Dickson, Tenn., and married in October 2006. The year 2011 saw the release of their CD Company Store and their appearance at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium with Keen.
They released their self-titled CD in March of this year. Some writers have compared them to the Charleston, S.C.,-based married couple Shovels & Rope.
And Nashville-based singer Michelle Murray will perform two free acoustic sets on Friday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Center, 950 15th St. Bldg. 801, and from 2 to 5 p.m. at Adaptive Driving Solutions, 3027 River Watch Parkway.
She is encouraging donations for Truckin4Troops to finance a mobility truck for triple amputee and Afghanistan veteran Adam Keys, a Canadian-born Army combat engineer from Whitehall, Pa.
Murray also is promoting her music and role in the movie My Finish Line based on IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt, who was paralyzed because of a racing accident in 2000.
He went on to create the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, which works with victims of paralysis.
ALSO AT THE HEPHZIBAH OPRY: Don’t forget about the country and bluegrass music festival from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Hephzibah (Ga.) Opry with singer/songwriter Clinton Gregory, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Split Rail, Flatland Express, 1 Step Ahead, Cricket Ridge and Calvin Esley Lewis.
Admission is free with $10 for the fish fry supper beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Opry in Hephzibah is at 4391 Saxon Drive. Call (706) 755-4584.
STANDING OVATION FOR FLO CARTER: Country music superstar Brenda Lee at her Sunday, Oct. 13, matinee performance in the Newberry (S.C.) Opera House called her friend of more than 60 years, Flo Carter, up to the stage to sing a number.
Although Lee has recognized Carter for audiences in the past, she never before has called the Beech Island-legend Carter up to the stage to perform.
But without any rehearsal with Lee’s six-piece band and two backup vocalists, Carter launched into a fiery performance of the Bill Monroe/Elvis Presley classic Blue Moon of Kentucky.
You could see on the faces of Lee’s band and backup members their expressions wondering, “Who IS this woman?”
When Carter hit the last note, the entire main floor, side sections and balcony audience jumped to their feet with applause, whistles and shouts of praise. And after the concert when Lee signed autographs in the lobby, almost everyone was taking photos of Carter and getting her autograph.
Lee and Carter have known each other since the mid-1950s when Lee was singing live on WRDW-TV and Carter was singing live with Jim Nabors next door in North Augusta on WJBF-TV.
SHARON JONES’ AMAZING VIDEO: It was amazing to watch the new animated music video Retreat by Augusta-area resident Sharon Jones climb in viewing numbers (or hits) on youtube.com.
It was released the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 9, and climbed by 1 p.m. to 300 views. The Chronicle about that time also became one of the first media sites outside of youtube.com to post the Web link for Chronicle music fans.
It hit 1,000 views by 3:30 p.m. that same day and 7,000 by 6 p.m. and 10,000 by 10 p.m. with extremely positive comments posted from viewers worldwide.
By Thursday night, Oct. 10, it was up to 25,000 views and by noon Saturday up to 33,000 views. And within a week’s time hit 42,000 views.
As of Monday evening, Oct. 21, it had topped 50,000 views.
DVD director Lizzi Akana has noted, “We took notes from films such as Yellow Submarine, Fantastic Planet, The Point, The Wall and Heavy Metal, but also looked to individual artists outside of that sphere. We were particularly inspired by the work of Alan Aldridge, the theatricality of Busby Berkeley and the backgrounds of Eyvind Earle, specifically his strong silhouetted designs in Sleeping Beauty. … By pulling inspiration from many influences, we strove to create a unique world that would ultimately strengthen Sharon’s mythology.”
For readers who have not have seen this amazing video, find it at augustachronicle.com/do.
MARK YOUR NOVEMBER CALENDAR: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, David Donehoo and the HIT String Band playing mountain music, Lincoln County Historical Park, 147 Lumber St., Lincolnton, Ga.;
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band with Yungchen Lhamo, Imperial Theatre;
• 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, B.J. Thomas, Newberry Opera House;
• 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, sixth annual Eryn Eubanks & The Family Fold Music Festival, Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St. Augusta;
• 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10, second annual Oka’Chaffa Native American Festival, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta;
• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Blue Highway with Sierra Hull, Imperial Theatre;
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, Pioneer Day, Lincoln County Historical Park, 147 Lumber St., Lincolnton, Ga.