Ramblin' Rhodes: Mountain Faith brings bluegrass from Smokies to Augusta

This weekend will see the second offering of the Morris Museum of Art’s Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song series in Augusta and the first offering of a new fall series in Edgefield.


And you can look forward to the return of another cultural arts series next week at the Etherredge Center in Aiken.

The North Carolina bluegrass group Mountain Faith, which made its Grand Ole Opry debut last month as a guest artist, takes the stage of the Imperial Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

Tickets are $28, $23 and $15 and can be bought online at imperiatheatre.com, at the box office at 745 Broad St. or reserved by calling (706) 722-8341.

Mountain Faith is based in Sylva, N.C., west of Asheville, and consists of Sam McMahan on bass; his daughter, Summer McMahan, on fiddle and lead vocals; his son, Brayden McMahan, on banjo, and friends Cory Piatt on mandolin and Chris Wright on drums.

Besides appearing on the NBC-TV series America’s Got Talent last year, they also performed in 2015 for more than 3,000 military men and women at Al Udeid Air Force Base in Doha, Qatar.

The band also has been seen performing the national anthem for the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco 49ers.

Their fourth and latest album is That Which Matters.

On average days, you can find the band members working at the family-owned High Country Tire store in Sylva from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. and rehearsing at night after supper.

Summer told reporter Garret K. Woodward of the Smoky Mountain News in Waynesville, N.C., that her father has shown one of the greatest work ethics of anyone she has known in her life.

“From the time we were kids, he made us know that you’re not going to get anywhere without working very, very hard. That work ethic transitioned into music a long time ago.

“And more so now, because in the younger years it was more of a hobby, where today it’s a career choice – it’s what we want to do with our lives,” she added. “We put as much work into the music as we do into the shop.”


EDGEFIELD FALL SERIES: The Edgefield County Historical Society is offering a new fall music series beginning with Elvis tribute artist Jeff Barnes at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the William Miller Bouknight Theater in the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center, 405 Main St.

Other performers will be local legend Flo Carter on Oct. 29 and Americana singer/songwriter Carey Murdock on Nov. 19.

Tickets are $12 for each show or $30 for all three. Call (803) 637-2233.


CULTURAL SERIES AT USC AIKEN: The touring show Live From Nashville produced by Nashville, Tenn.-based Matt Davenport Productions is the first offering in the 2016-2017 Cultural Series at the Etherredge Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway.

Talented singers and dancers will be backed up by some of Music City’s best musicians in performing classic country songs made famous by a wide range of artists including Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.

Admission is $40 or $15 for students with a valid ID. Call (803) 641-3305.

Other offerings in the series are French pianist Pascal Rogé on Dec. 2, An Evening With Danny Kaye featuring Brian Childers portraying the late Broadway and movie singer/comedian on Jan. 19, the Harlem Quartet classical music group on Feb. 11, the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing on March 2 and The Russian National Ballet performing Sleeping Beauty on March 16.


more chances to see the Edgefield (S.C.) County Theatre’s re-staging of the musical
Always … Patsy Cline which is centered on the
late country music star and one of her fans.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14; and Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Pine Ridge Country Club in Edgefield.

Tickets are $25 per show. Dinner is available prior to the show (costs vary). Call (803) 336-8726 to reserve tickets.


SAVANNAH RIVER NATIVE AMERICAN GATHERING: The National Native American Pow Wow festival, successor to the Oka’Chaffa Indian Festival, takes place 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam Park.

Tickets are $10 advance or $12 at the gate. Call (404) 857-5964 with questions.

There will be drummers and dances, alligator and birds of prey demonstrations, Native American/Celtic flute and violin performances, and Native American food and crafts for sale. Visit: roadrunnerenterprisesllc.com for more details.

GREG BOERNER BACK VISITING: Very talented former Augusta musician Greg Boerner is back home visiting relatives and friends and is performing from 9 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Sky City, 1157 Broad St. The son of Bob and Patricia Boerner of Augusta, known locally for playing solo and in bands like Doc Guido, moved to the Madison, Wis., area in 1997 and later to Chicago, Ill., for his wife, Stephanie, to pursue career opportunities. You can read more about him at gregboerner.com.



Wed, 12/13/2017 - 21:35

Pop Rocks: Augusta, my Christmas wish list has one thing

My family often accuses me of being a difficult person to Christmas shop for. While it is true that my tastes run toward the particular and tend to lean heavily on easy-to-wrap standards such as books and records, I believe that as I get older, I’m less concerned with the item than the idea. Give me something I believe you have thought about and carefully considered, and I’m happy. The present clearly purchased at the drug store the day before is met with considerably less enthusiasm.

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