Like a lot of other music fans, I grew up in the 1960s watching American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark and in the 1970s added watching Soul Train hosted by Don Cornelius.
The death of Cornelius last week on Feb. 1 led former Augustan Mark Oliphant to remind us that our own local legend, James Brown, made several appearances on both shows.
Oliphant, who is sales manager and event coordinator for Rebel Clan Infinity Productions in Atlanta, also wanted to remind us that on one of those occasions, in 1974, Brown had with him his then-6-year-old daughter, Deanna.
They even wore matching outfits, and Deanna (now Deanna Brown Thomas) really was getting down and rocking out with her father. You can find the video of that father-daughter dance team at www.augustachronicle.com/do and on YouTube.
Thomas, who worked with Oliphant on Augusta’s WKSP-FM radio station (Kiss 96.3), now serves on the board of directors of the Augusta Museum of History and has helped the museum develop several exhibits including the Local Legends room, which opened in October.
RHONDA VINCENT REMINDER: Don’t forget to see the fabulous bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Imperial Theatre. Vincent and her band The Rage wrap up the 2011-2012 Morris Southern Soul & Song series. Tickets are $24, $19 and $13. Call (706) 722-8341 or buy online at imperialtheatre.com.
Speaking of father-daughter performances, Vincent told me that she and her brothers, Brian and Darrin, grew up playing instruments with their father and grandfather at frequent musical gatherings at their northern Missouri home.
“There was a music party every night at our house,” Vincent said. “The streets in Greentop rolled up at 5 p.m., so there wasn’t much to do except join in our family music gatherings. Even strangers visiting in the town who loved music were welcome. They were told, ‘Just head over to the Vincents.’”
Vincent’s brother, Brian, is the chief financial officer for a major animal medicine company, but sometimes goes on the road and sings with his sister.
And, of course, her other brother, Darrin, is half of the awarding-winning bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, singing with Jamie Dailey.
ANOTHER GOOD DUO: Shovels & Rope, consisting of the Charleston, S.C.,-based husband-and-wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, will perform on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Sky City, 1157 Broad St.
Opening the alternative country and Americana music show at 10 p.m. will be Athens, Ga.,-based rock band PacificUV. Tickets are $5.
I became aware of Hearst’s great voice when Carey Murdock of North Augusta invited Hearst to record on Murdock’s classic country duet song Young Love for his Baby Don’t Look Down CD.
OVER YONDER IN NEWBERRY: Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs performs with his Kentucky Thunder band at the Newberry, S.C., Opera House at 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Tickets are $45.
And legendary country star Ray Price will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets, also $45, are available at (803) 276-6264 or newberryoperahouse.com.
Among Price’s long list of giant hits are For the Good Times, Release Me, Crazy Arms, Heartaches By The Number, City Lights, Night Life, I Won’t Mention It Again, You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me and Danny Boy.
COOKING WITH TRISHA: My friends Loudilla and Kay Johnson, the Colorado sisters who co-founded the International Fan Club Organization, report that Garth Brooks’ wife, Trisha Yearwood, has signed a deal to star in a six-episode daytime cooking show for The Food Network.
According to the Johnsons’ Tri-Son online newsletter, the show is in production in Nashville for an April debut. Yearwood will be sharing her family’s food traditions from growing up in Monticello, Ga., as well as recipes for family events.