Ramblin’ Rhodes: Wilson to perform for Gurls’ Night Out

Grammy Award-winning country star Gretchen Wilson returns to the area this week for the “Gurls’ Night Out” concert on Friday, July 7, at the Columbia County Amphitheater, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. in Evans.


Jared Ashley, a singer from Hobbs, N.M., who served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Independence and USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carriers, will open the show at 8 p.m. with Wilson taking the stage about 9 p.m.

Ashley, who has been popping up in Augusta repeatedly lately, will be back at the Country Club Dance Hall &Saloon on Washington Road on Saturday night, July 8, where Wilson herself performed in 2010 with opening acts Eric Lee Beddingfield and Natalie Stovall.

General admission tickets for the Gurls’ Night Out show presented by Durty Gurl cocktail mixes is $25 with VIP tickets priced at $40.

Tickets are available at Vapor Hut and Columbia County Security Federal locations and online at gurlsnightout.com.

Wilson, who turned 44 a few days ago on June 26, grew up in the small town of Pocahontas, Ill., near St. Louis, Mo.

She moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1996 and soon landed a major label contract. She was burning up the music charts from 2004 to 2006 with her debut CD, Here for the Party, selling more than 5 million copies.

Her hit singles include Redneck Woman (co-authored with John Rich of Big &Rich), Here For The Party, Homewrecker, When I Think About Cheatin’ and I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today.

In 2008, she performed the national anthem at the Republican National Convention with Rich and Cowboy Troy.

More recently she formed her own label, Redneck Records; releasing an album and singles.

Her autobiography, Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life, co-authored with Allen Rucker, came out in 2006.

TWO VISITING ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTISTS: Just a few weeks ago in early June, Cote Deonath of Donnellon, Fla., near Ocala won the right to represent the city of Tupelo, Miss., in the 2017 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition being held Elvis Week (Aug. 11-19) in Memphis, Tenn.

Along with that honor came $5,000, a commemorative plaque on a bronze statue of late rock king Elvis Presley, a guitar, three nights lodging in Memphis and an invitation to be the featured performer at the 2018 Tupelo Elvis Festival.

You can see this amazing, 20-year-old artist in a two-hour concert that begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at the Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post 71, 333 East Spring Grove Ave., in North Augusta.

Tickets at the door are only $20.

Opening for Deonath will be 14-year-old Riley Jenkins of Clarksville, Tenn., who himself is a rising star among Elvis tribute artists.

Riley, making his first appearance in the Augusta area, recently won the non-pro division at the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Elvis Festival and headlined at the Lake George, N.Y., Elvis Festival.

For questions, call Jeannie Nichols at (803) 507-1355 or email mail4jeannie@gmail.com.

MARK CHESNUTT AT THE COUNTRY CLUB: Texas singer Mark Chesnutt will perform many of his long string of hits at the Country Club Dance Hall &Saloon, 2834 Washington Road, on Friday, July 14. Visit augustacountry.com.

Just a few of those hits include (It Was) Almost Goodbye, Brother Jukebox (Sister Wine), Old Country, Sure Is Monday, Your Love Is A Miracle, I’ll Think of Something, Broken Promise Land and I Just Wanted You To Know.

FREE CONCERT BY J.A.M.P STUDENTS: You can bet it’s going to be a great concert when the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils, otherwise known as J.A.M.P., perform a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Augusta Museum of History, Sixth at Reynolds streets.

The students study vocals, instrumentals and stage presence at the museum learning from Keith Jenkins, former leader of Brown’s Soul Generals world-touring band.

The academy was started by Deanna Brown-Thomas, a member of the museum’s board of directors, to help preserve her father’s musical legacy.

See Gretchen Wilson perform When I Think About Cheatin’ at Ryman Auditorium.