Ramblin' Rhodes

Stroll down memory lane with music columnist Don Rhodes.

Ramblin' Rhodes: From pop to gospel and country, get ready for it all

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There will be lots of good singing in the Augusta area over the next couple of weeks, ranging from pop music superstar Helen Reddy to regionally known gospel and country music singers.

Helen Reddy will perform in Newberry, S.C., on March 5.  RICHARD SHOTWELL/INVISION/ASSOCIATED PRESS
RICHARD SHOTWELL/INVISION/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Helen Reddy will perform in Newberry, S.C., on March 5.

You can hear Reddy “roar” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Newberry (S.C.) Opera House.

After all, she became the first Australian to win a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1972 for her famous ballad I Am Woman (Hear Me Roar).

Tickets are $60. Call (803) 276-6264 or visit www.
newberryoperahouse.com.

Reddy might not be known as a country music artist, but she sure did help out some country songwriters when she recorded her own version of the Tanya Tucker hit Delta Dawn,
co-authored by Larry Collins and Alex Harvey, in addition to I’ll Be Your Audience by Nashville-based songwriter Becky Hobbs.

She also is known for her version of the Jesus Christ Superstar hit song I Don’t Know How to Love Him and for her hit single Angie Baby.

The Newberry Opera House also is playing host to Grand Ole Opry star Lorrie Morgan at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, $45; and traditionalist country star John Anderson at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15; $37.50.

JEFFERSON ROSS AT VINEYARD CAFÉ: This area has been known for producing a lot of great singers and songwriters.

Jefferson Ross, formerly of Lincolnton, Ga., certainly is one of them; having proven his talents for 26 years in Nashville, Tenn., before moving recently to Savannah, Ga.

He played in the bands of Southern gospel music greats Wally Fowler, The Hemphills and The Happy Goodman Family (featuring Vestal Goodman) before becoming country star Terri Clark’s bandleader and backup vocalist for 10 years.

Ross will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Vineyard Café in the Vineyard Church, 3126 Parrish Road, in Augusta, off Fury’s Ferry Road between Washington Road and Riverwatch Parkway.

The church’s lead pastor is former WAGT-TV news reporter Reese LeRoy, also formerly of Lincolnton.

Ross’ recent CD Hymns To The Here and Now contains among other things his composition Carry On Like Larry Jon, which is his personal tribute to the late Augusta songwriter and singer Larry Jon Wilson.

THE AKINS AT SWEETWATER BAPTIST: The country gospel family band known as The Akins, of Fayetteville, Ga., will be the featured musical entertainment at the Seventh Annual Wild Game Supper offered by Sweetwater Baptist Church.

It begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Sweetwater Baptist at Five Notch and Sweetwater roads in North Augusta.

There will be lots of free country cooking and free entertainment by The Akins and also Dan, The Animal Man.

Close family harmony of The Akins comes from the mixture of David Akin on keyboard and strings and his three sons: Nick, lead vocals and acoustic guitar; Eli, electric and acoustic guitars and mandolin; and Dave, bass guitar.

The group also has added Lucas Vaughn on drums.

The Akins also will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Belvedere (S.C.) First Baptist Church, 421 Edgefield Road.

You can learn more about this close-knit band at theakinsonline.com.

JUST DOWN THE ROAD: Carrie Underwood with Hunter Hayes, 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, James Brown Arena;

• Justin Moore with Parmalee and Charlie Worsham, 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, Bell Auditorium;

• Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, USC Aiken Convocation Center.


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