Ramblin’ Rhodes: Country star Tritt headed back to Augusta

Georgia-born country music star Travis Tritt sold out the Imperial Theatre the last time he was in Augusta in March of last year.

 

This time, he will be back in a larger venue when the Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Bell Auditorium with guest opening artist Scott Brantley. Tickets are $47, $37 and $27.

It’s not his first time at the Bell. He last was in the historic auditorium in 2003.

He also has performed at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center (now James Brown Arena) in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995 and at Lake Olmstead Stadium in 2001.

The graduate of Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Ga., has earned two Grammy Awards for Best Country Vocal Collaboration in 1992 with The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ with Marty Stuart and Best Country Vocal Collaboration in 1998 for the album Same Old Train with Stuart and nine other singers.

His long list of hit singles that began with (I’m A Member Of The) Country Club in late 1989 also includes I’m Gonna Be Somebody, Help Me Hold On, (I Don’t Love You) Anymore, It’s A Great Day To Be Alive, Can I Trust You With My Heart, Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares), Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man, Put Some Drive in Your Country, Tell Me I Was Dreaming, Foolish Pride, Best of Intentions and his re-make of Elvis Presley’s T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

Tritt has been a cast member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992; joining just days after his 29th birthday.

His appearances also have included at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, two Super Bowls, a World Series game, the opening of the Georgia Dome, the final Braves game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Guest artist Brantley is another Georgia music product hailing from Dublin. He already is well known locally through his Augusta performances at Wild Wing Cafe, Country Club Dance Hall &Saloon, Coyote’s and at the A Day in The Country music festival.

Brantley and his brother, David, started the Deepstep band in 2004. He recently released his debut, full-length album Good Thing Going and tours with his band The Big Cooler Crew.

COME TO THE FREE PARTY: Augusta Amusements Inc. led by the super nice guy Mike Deas may be the only entertainment promotional company that annually hosts a party celebrating its upcoming season.

Everyone is invited to attend the free event, which includes light hors d’oeuvres and door prizes, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in the Evans main library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.

Call (706) 726-0366 or see augustaamusements.com.

FAREWELL TO CHARLES BOBBIT: Charles Bobbit, the long-time road manager and close friend of James Brown, died at the age of 87 on June 8 at a nursing home in the Atlanta area. His funeral was held June 12 in Conyers, Ga.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson issued a statement saying, “He served our community well. He was trusted by James Brown and an ally to all of us in the civil rights struggle. Charles was James Brown’s confidant, his pillar in the most troubling times of the Godfather’s life and career.

“Charles was always there to help me. He was always there when needed. His time was well spent. I miss him already so very much.”

It was Bobbit alone who was with Brown on Christmas Day 2006 in an Emory Hospital room in Atlanta and who recounted those dying moments to overflow mourners at the superstar’s funeral on Dec. 30 at James Brown Arena.

And it was Bobbit who was with Brown in Los Angeles when Brown came up with the idea for the song Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud and had Bobbit round up some children at random to record the song that same night in a Los Angeles studio.

Bobbit’s death adds another celebrity who was at Brown’s funeral in Augusta and who since has died including Famous Flames group co-founder Bobby Byrd, 73, 2007; keyboardist Leon Austin, 74, 2008; close friend Michael Jackson, 50, 2009; former Temptations lead vocalist Ali Ollie Woodson, 58, 2010; and Brown backup vocalist Marva Whitney, 68, 2012.

Brown’s drummer Clyde Stubblefield also died a few months ago on Feb. 18 at 73. He played on such Brown hits as Cold Sweat, I Got The Feelin’, There Was A Time and Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.

GRETCHEN WILSON COMING BACK: Country star Gretchen Wilson (I’m Here For The Party) will perform for the Gurls’ Night Out concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the Columbia County Amphitheater in Evans. Tickets are $25. Visit gurlsnightout.com.

ROCKIN’ 80S SHOW AT LAKE OLMSTEAD: What should be one of the best shows of the summer is coming to Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 12, with ‘80s top acts Billy Ocean (Get Outta My Dreams), Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (We Built this City), Taylor Dayne (Tell It To My Heart), The Motels featuring Martha Davis (Only The Lonely) and Naked Eyes (Always Something There To Remind Me).

Tickets are $29, $39 and $69 at greenjacketsbaseball.com and replayamerica.com.

British singer Ocean, who won a Grammy Award for Caribbean Queen and whose hits include When the Going Gets Tough and There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry), is making his first U.S. tour in 20 years.

 

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