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Ramblin' Rhodes: Womack concert will benefit Alzheimer's care center

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One of the best voices in country music can be heard Thursday, March 1, when Lee Ann Womack takes the stage of the Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon, 2834 Washington Road.

Lee Ann Womack performs during the Academy of Country Music Honors show in September in Nashville, Tenn. Womack will be at The Country Club on March 1.  MARK HUMPHREY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARK HUMPHREY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lee Ann Womack performs during the Academy of Country Music Honors show in September in Nashville, Tenn. Womack will be at The Country Club on March 1.

The Country Music Association’s 2001 Female Vocalist of the Year is performing at a fundraiser for the Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer’s Care. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. with Josh Thompson opening.

Tickets are $20. Call (706) 738-5039.

Here are some quick facts about Womack:

• She was born on Aug. 19, 1966, in Jacksonville, Texas, and reared by her mother, a school teacher, and father, a school principal and radio disc jockey.

• She attended South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas, where she performed in a college band. She next studied the music business at Belmont University in Nashville.

• Her 2000 hit single, I Hope You Dance, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s magazine country music chart and No. 15 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart of all kinds of recordings.

• Frank Liddell, her husband, not only produced Womack’s single I Hope You Dance but also co-produced Miranda Lambert’s award-winning albums Kerosene and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

• Her fifth studio album, There’s More Where That Came From, released in 2005, won the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year award.

• She performed I Hope You Dance at the annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2000. It also was featured in the 2008 Tyler Perry film The Family That Preys.

GREAT VOICES FOR A GREAT CAUSE: Some of Augusta’s best voices and instrumentalists can be heard at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 309 Crawford Ave., for a concert benefiting the church.

Eryn Eubanks & The Family Fold; Davis, Wilson & Hill (Roger Davis, Duane Wilson and Ronnie Hill) and also Karen Gordon and Friends will be the main attractions.

Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Call (706) 833-3967 for details. Tickets are available at Broadway Tackle, 1730 Broad St.; Crums on Central, 1855 Central Ave.; Midtown Market, 2113 Kings Way; and Salon 606, 606 Crawford Ave.

RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS TRIBUTE: Augusta native Sammy O’Banion has become more known in recent years for his beach music performances and being inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame.

But his new project is teaming up with his long-time musical partner Kenny Earl to create a tribute stage show about Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield: The Righteous Brothers Story.

It’s divided into their early years of forming their remarkable duo, their breakup and later reunion and also Hatfield’s death.

And, of course, it’s filled with those great Righteous Brothers’ hits like Unchained Melody, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration, Dream On, Justine and Rock and Roll Heaven.

“We had our first show on Feb. 11 at The Morehead Center in Morehead, N.C.,” O’Banion said in a call last week. “We got two standing ovations. I think it was the most rewarding experience that I’ve had since I’ve been performing.”

O’Banion and Earl plan to tighten up the show and begin booking it into other venues. Anyone interested can reach O’Banion at (910) 289-1229.

BECKY HOBBS’ SHOW DEBUT: Oklahoma-born hit singer/songwriter Becky Hobbs will debut the first full production of her musical NANYEHI – Beloved Woman of the Cherokee at 7:30 p.m. April 14, in the 750-seat Lonnie Burns Fine Arts Center at Hart County High School in Hartwell, Ga.

The show, produced in two acts with 17 new songs and created by Hobbs, is based on the life of Hobbs’ fifth generation Cherokee grandmother Nancy Ward.

It also will be staged by Savannah River Productions at 3 p.m. April 15, 22 and 29; and 3:30 p.m. April 21 and 28. Tickets are $5 students, $14 seniors (60 plus) and $15 adults.

Hobbs and her guitarist husband Duane Sciacqua also will perform a fundraiser for the show at 7:30 p.m. March 10, in the Hartwell center. Tickets are $20. For tickets for the benefit or show and information: www.savannahriverproductions.org.

FAN OF RAY PRICE: Faithful reader Pat Larmon wrote that country music legend Ray Price always was her favorite singer and was really surprised about 1970 when he showed up unexpectedly at a supper club that she and her husband were at in the Baltimore, Md., area.

“When the manager of the club introduced him and he stood up to all the applause, I made the comment rather loudly to my table companions, ‘That doesn’t look like Ray Price. He’s my favorite singer and that does not look like him!’

Price, according to Larmon, heard the remark and came to her table and said, “I’m sorry if you’re disappointed, but I am Ray Price” and then asked her to dance! Larmon apologized, saying she had only seen him in his “cowboy outfits” and never in a business suit.

In 1985, Price came to Augusta to perform in what was then the civic center and Larmon’s friends arranged for her to come backstage for a reunion.

“What a neat thing!” she wrote. “He was such a gentleman and still is my favorite male country singer.” Dottie West is her favorite female country singer.


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