Ramblin' Rhodes

Stroll down memory lane with music columnist Don Rhodes.

Hit songwriters will entertain, add to USC Aiken scholarships

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It’s going to be a bittersweet gathering for hit songwriters Archie Jordan, Mike Stewart and Stewart Harris when they perform another Songwriters Come Home concert next week.

Three years ago, the trio staged their first such concert, which grossed nearly $17,000 in sponsorship and ticket sales benefiting USC Aiken scholarships. They were joined by the wonderful singer and songwriter Larry Jon Wilson, who opened the evening with his own great compositions.

Wilson died in June of last year and surely will be missed by those attending this year’s event taking place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Etherredge Center on the USC Aiken campus. Tickets cost $40 and benefit the USC Aiken scholarships fund.

But, on the positive side, the trio will be having as their guest artist Jim McBride, whose songs have been recorded by more than 80 major label artists.

Just a few of those hits songs that McBride either wrote or co-wrote include Conway Twitty’s recording of A Bridge That Just Won’t Burn, Johnny Lee’s Bet Your Heart On Me, Waylon Jennings’ Rose in Paradise and Tammy Cochran’s Angels In Waiting.

He also wrote or co-wrote Alan Jackson’s hits Chasing That Neon Rainbow, Who Says You Can’t Have It All, Someday and Chattahoochee as well as Augusta-area resident Leon Everette’s hit single If I Keep On Going Crazy.

Harris co-wrote Rose in Paradise with McBride as well as Travis Tritt’s hits Drift Off To Dream, Can I Trust You With My Heart and also I’m Gonna Be Somebody, Wynonna Judd’s No One Else On Earth, John Berry’s Standing On The Edge of Goodbye, Leon Everette’s Hurricane and Mickey Gilley’s (I Can’t Take The) Lonely Nights and Don King’s Here Comes That Feelin’ Again.

Jordan wrote or co-wrote Ronnie Milsap’s hits It Was Almost Like A Song, What A Difference You Made in My Life, Jesus Is Your Ticket To Heaven and Let’s Take The Long Way Around The World, Barbara Mandrell’s Happy Birthday Dear Heartache, Sylvia’s Drifter and Anne Murray’s It’s All I Can Do.

Stewart wrote or co-wrote Milsap’s hit Don’t You Know I Love You, The Pointer Sisters’ Sexual Power and the catchy TV commercial song Momma’s Got The Magic of Clorox 2 sung by country and rock star Dobie Gray.

LADY ANTEBELLUM SHOWS: If you don’t have tickets to see Lady Antebellum’s appearance on Oct. 28 to help dedicate the new amphitheater in Evans, named in their honor, you might have a chance at shows nearby.

Among the 21 cities announced for their tour beginning Nov. 11 in Knoxville, Tenn., are: Macon (Ga.) Centreplex on Nov. 12; Florence (S.C.) Civic Center on Nov. 26 and Savannah (Ga.) Civic Center on Nov. 27.

The trio’s third Capitol Nashville CD, Own The Night, is being released on Sept. 13 and contains their current hit single Just A Kiss.

COMING TO NEWBERRY: The Newberry (S.C.) Opera House has released its 2011-2012 season with another long list of stars booked for the theater just an hour’s drive from downtown Augusta.

Acts booked for September and October alone include: Jeannie Seeley, Sept. 23; Delbert McClinton, Sept. 30; Loretta Lynn, Oct. 2; Asleep At The Wheel, Oct. 9; Pam Tillis, Oct. 13; and Sam Bush, Oct. 21.

For a complete list, go to newberryoperahouse.com or call (803) 276-6264 for a colorful, free brochure with the season schedule.

LIVE MUSIC

WHAT: Songwriters Come Home benefit concert, with Archie Jordan, Stewart Harris, Mike Stewart and Jim McBride

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10

WHERE: Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway

COST: $40; benefits USC Aiken scholarships; (803) 641-3305


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