Ramblin' Rhodes

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Lewis Tradition off for beach weekend

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One of the longest-running bluegrass music festivals in the nation takes place this weekend in the convention center at Myrtle Beach, S.C., with two local groups performing.

Actress Catherine Bach (second from left) joins Lewis Tradition members Earl Phillips, Lewis Phillips, Travis Lewis, Janis Lewis Phillips and Jameson Lewis at a Dukes of Hazzard reunion in Sperryville, Va.  SPECIAL
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Actress Catherine Bach (second from left) joins Lewis Tradition members Earl Phillips, Lewis Phillips, Travis Lewis, Janis Lewis Phillips and Jameson Lewis at a Dukes of Hazzard reunion in Sperryville, Va.

Appearing at the 42nd annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival will be The Lewis Tradition at 1:30 and 7:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, and The Little Roy & Lizzy Show at 1:40 and 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Both groups are based in Lincolnton, Ga., and evolved from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame inducted act The Lewis Family, which disbanded in 2009.

Among the other artists appearing at the three-day festival will be The Larry Stephenson Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Dailey & Vincent on Thursday; The Grascals and Dailey & Vincent on Friday and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver on Saturday.

Visit http://aandabluegrass.com/FestivalListing.html or call (706) 864-7203 for details.

My good friends Norman Adams and Tony Anderson, of Dahlonega, Ga., have been running this festival for decades and always have made it one of the best. Adams and Anderson also will be hosts of the 36th annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival Dec. 29-31 in the convention complex at Jekyll Island, Ga.

SINGING FOR THE DUKES: Speaking of The Lewis Tradition, the Lincolnton group had an especially memorable time a few months ago performing at The Dukes of Hazzard Homecoming in Sperryville, Va.

Members of The Lewis Tradition are Janis Lewis Phillips; her son, Lewis Phillips; her nephew, Travis Lewis; and Travis’ son, Jameson Lewis. Often, Earl Phillips, Janis’ husband, appears with the group.

They were invited to perform at a gathering of The Dukes of Hazzard TV series cast members by their long-time friend Ben Jones, a former U.S. House of Representatives member, who played Cooter on the long-running (1979-1985) show now being rerun on the CMT cable network.

Among the Dukes’ cast members present besides Jones were John Schneider (Bo Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy May Duke), Sonny Shroyer (Enos Strate), Rick Hurst (Cletus Hogg) and James Best (Roscoe P. Coltrane).

Also performing for more than 15,000 fans at the homecoming on the Aug. 13-14 weekend were T. Graham Brown, Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys, Stella Parton and Sleepy LaBeef. Jones, Bach, Parton and LaBeef joined The Lewis Tradition on stage to sing Will the Circle Be Unbroken.

“Everyone was so good to us,” said Janis Lewis Phillips. “That was one event I’ll never forget.”

PAT ON THE BACK TO ERYN: Eryn Eubanks and her Family Fold band put on a really great music and arts festival on Nov. 12 at the new Kroc Center on Broad Street.

The auditorium was packed by late afternoon, and there were hours of wonderful gospel, bluegrass, country and classic rock and roll music.

Apparently the move from Julian Smith Casino to the Kroc Center was the right one. Profits from the festival go to the Lynndale school and training center on Eisenhower Drive for children with developmental disabilities.

Most every Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m., you can find Eubanks and her band members in the fellowship hall of Bible Deliverance Temple at Eve and Fenwick streets leading a free acoustical jam session. Anyone can bring an acoustic instrument and play along. Visit www.eryneubanks.com for more information on performances.

THIS WEEK IN COUNTRY HISTORY: On Nov. 24, 1976, Wanted: The Outlaws album featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser became the first country album certified as platinum, designating 1 million copies sold.

Also this week, the Grand Ole Opry made its debut on Nov. 28, 1925, as WSM-AM radio’s Barn Dance program in Nashville, Tenn., and gospel-country singer Amy Grant was born Nov. 25, 1960, in Augusta at St. Joseph’s Hospital, now Trinity Hospital.

Grant will be in town with her husband, Vince Gill, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 for their The 12 Days of Christmas concert at Bell Auditorium.

CHRISTMAS WITH FLO: A magical Christmas evening with legendary performer Flo Carter is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Lookaway Hall, Georgia at Carolina avenues, North Augusta. Tickets are $20, or $35 couples, and refreshments will be served. Proceeds benefit the maintenance and restoration of historic Lookaway & Rosemary Halls. Reservations are suggested by calling (803) 426-1030.


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