Ramblin’ Rhodes: Country singer Webb is main act for ‘Shamrocks & Sirens’

Cody Webb

Downtown North Augusta will be having its own St. Patrick’s Day blow-out while the one on the Augusta Common is taking place five minutes driving time away.


Billed as “Shamrocks &Sirens,” the North Augusta event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the Jackson Square food trucks area at the intersection of Georgia and Buena Vista avenues (second traffic light from the 13th Street bridge).

Admission is $10 with Nashville, Tenn.,-based country singer Cody Webb headlining at 8:30 p.m. after the opening act Bethany (Davis) and the Southside Boys.

The “sirens” part of the name refers to the public safety aspect of the event sponsored by North Augusta FORWARD and benefiting Support1, a nonprofit organization.

The group was co-founded by Chris Chavous, an Aiken County Sheriff’s Department deputy; his wife, Melanie, a North Augusta public safety officer; and Michael Ford, who has a degree in criminal justice.

Its goal is to provide medical and personal support for public service men and women of 18 counties in the Central Savannah River Area who have endured traumatic or injurious experiences.

For more information on the group visit support1.org or call (803) 349-5427.

Country rocker Webb, reared in Ridge Spring, S.C., has come a long ways since his debut performance at the South Carolina Poultry Festival when he was 12. He gained much experience performing with bands fronted by his father, Eddie Webb.

After graduating from Clemson University majoring in mechanical engineering, Webb moved to Music City U.S.A. where he had a rude awakening like many other aspiring country music performers.

He notes on his web site codywebbcountry.com, “There were 10 guitar players better than me in the room, let alone the city. Every song at every writer’s round was better than anything I had. It was overwhelming and I went back (home) thinking, ‘You’ve got to get better. You’ve got to work your tail off.’ That was real motivation, real inspiration.”

Webb must have figured it out because he keeps attracting a loyal following through his single and album releases, public appearances and popular music videos such as his recent She’s Carolina.

The singer will return to the area on Tuesday, April 4, to perform at the Country Club Dance Hall &Saloon, 2834 Washington Road.

The same night, Bethany and the Southside Boys will open for Kip Moore, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum at the Rock Fore! Dough fundraiser at Evans Towne Center Park.

Just a few days ago, the band opened for Atlanta-based Whiskey Gentry at Sky City in Augusta in support of its new CD Raunchy Tonk.

They have been popping up all over the area lately, and Davis tore up the Imperial Theatre audience in 2016 singing Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart with Ed Turner and Number 9. Learn more about them through Facebook and at bethanyandthesouthside boys.com.

ROCK FOR THE COPS BENEFIT: North Carolina-reared rising country singer Chris Lane will headline the Rock for the Cops benefit at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at The Country Club Dance Hall &Saloon.

Opening with be the new country music act LANco.

Proceeds benefit the Georgia Post Critical Incident Seminar through The Police Benevolent Foundation that provides officers with education on trauma, patterns of resolution and field-tested coping strategies to promote recovery and resilience.

Tickets are $25 at etix.com. VIP tickets are $100 plus $6.49 fee at http://bit.ly/1oISZDT and include early admission, open bar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and heavy hors d’oeuvres from the French Market Grille West.


STEVE AND McKENNA THIS WEEKEND: Two of my favorite entertainers also will be performing this weekend at local nightclubs.

McKenna Jones Hydrick, who has been living lately in Nashville, Tenn., will perform songs from her CD Ever After and other classic hits on Friday, March 17, at the Country Club Dance Hall &Saloon,

Steve Chappell, still the only Georgian to win the annual world-wide recognized Elvis Presley tribute artists contest in Memphis, Tenn., will perform with Mo Jo Hooker rockabilly band on Saturday, March 18, at Coyote’s, 2512 Peach Orchard Road.

REMEMBERING JAMES H. GOODMAN: Those who knew James H. Goodman, co-founder of the Beech Island (S.C.) Historical Society and co-owner of Goodman Chevrolet and Coachmen RV in New Ellenton, know how much he loved music and history. The author of eight books, who died in February 2015, will be honored with the second annual James H. Goodman Memorial Gospel Music Concert benefiting the historic group.

It begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Matlock Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 980 Main St., in Jackson, S.C. Tickets are $10 advance or $15 at the door. Call (803) 827-0184 or visit beechislandhistory.org for ticket locations.

Headlining will be local music legend Flo Carter with her daughter, Cookie Dodson. Other performers will be the Crimson Cross Quartet featuring Tim and Cynthia Rollins, Charles Stribling and Tim Thompson.


Deal BACK IN WAYNESBORO: The Waynesboro-Burke Concert Series again will host Katie Deal in a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Burke County Office Park, 715 West 6th St., in Waynesboro, Ga.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students. Buy online at iTickets.com, call (706) 437-0070 or visit burkeconcert.org.

Deal, known for her portrayal of country legend Patsy Cline, will join Jason Petty of Manchester, Tenn., known for his shows portraying late legend Hank Williams, for the Classic Nashville Road Show concert.