Ramblin’ Rhodes: Daniels to light up Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee stage

You can help celebrate country rocker Charlie Daniels’ 81st birthday a day early by attending the free concert the Country Music Association award winner is performing on Friday night, Oct. 27, in downtown North Augusta.

 

Daniels and his band are headlining the 33rd annual Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee Festival on Georgia Avenue about 8 p.m. with Clemson University graduate Cody Webb of Ridge Spring, S.C., opening about 6:30 p.m. with his band.

And the next night you can catch another CMA award winner, the Augusta area’s own Terri Gibbs, perform a benefit concert at the Imperial Theatre with proceeds benefiting the James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute at Augusta University. That show starts at 6 p.m.

Gibbs, the voice behind the international hit single Somebody’s Knockin’, won the first CMA Horizon Award recognizing rising newcomers. Other acts to subsequently win the award include The Judds, Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.

Daniels has made many trips to the Augusta area since his first appearance at Bell Auditorium in July 1973 opening for the rock band Canned Heat. His first hit single, Uneasy Rider, at the same time was popping into the top listings on Billboard magazine’s national popular music chart.

Many other hits followed including Long Haired Country Boy, The South’s Gonna Do It Again, In America, The Legend of Wooley Swamp and of course, his signature song, The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

In 2016, Daniels became the newest inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame along with singer Randy Travis and Monument Records producer Fred Foster.

This week has been especially memorable for Daniels. Besides marking his 81st birthday on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Wilmington, N.C.-born entertainer on Oct. 24 saw the release of his official biography, Never Look at the Empty Seats.

The book accompanies the release of his new album Memories, Memoirs and Miles – Songs Of A Lifetime. It is being sold exclusively at Walmart with copies most likely available Friday night in North Augusta at Daniels’ merchandise table.

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Although Terri Gibbs was born in 1954 in Miami, Fla., with sight, an incubator accident cost Gibbs her vision. It didn’t stop her from becoming world-wide famous and achieving her dreams after a tape recording discovered by Nashville, Tenn.-based singer and songwriter Ed Penney led to Gibbs’ being signed to MCA Records.

Her debut MCA single, Somebody’s Knockin’, co-written by Penney and Jerry Gillespie, struck the right chord in late 1980 with the music public and charted on all kinds of music charts including country, pop and soul. She won both the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association and the New Female Vocalist Award from the Academy of Country Music.

Gibbs toured extensively in several countries and opened for various stars including George Jones. She appeared on many network TV shows including Barbara Mandrell &Mandrell Sisters, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and Bill Gaither’s Homecoming series.

Among her other honors was having the music room at her 1972 alma mater, Butler High School, in Augusta, named after her.

Due to changes in the music industry, the twice Grammy Award-nominated singer turned to her roots and recorded several gospel music albums. Her great-grandfather, John Thomas King, traveled to area churches in the early 20th century leading hymns. Her grandmother, Effie King Gibbs, played the organ for 35 years at her church, Marvin United Methodist, in Martinez, Ga. Her uncles, Harold and Iniard Gibbs, were local celebrities who sang weekly on WJBF-TV as The Masterworkers Quartet, and also performed often with The Blackwood Brothers.

She also devoted her life to her husband, Grovetown City Council member David Daughtry, who died in 2008, and her son, David Daughtry II.

The congregation of Bethesda Baptist Church near Harlem, Ga., know Terri Gibbs Daughtry as their pianist. But music fans of all kinds around the world still remember her as the voice behind one the biggest country and pop hit singles.

ALL YOU CARE TO KNOW ABOUT TY COBB: Baseball fans shouldn’t miss the free talk amateur historians Lamar Garrard and Milledge Murray are giving about Ty Cobb at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Georgia Heritage Room, third floor, of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.

The two were instrumental in bringing about the historic marker unveiled last January in front of Cobb’s home on Williams Street, two blocks from Augusta University.

Cobb was the first player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and lived in Augusta throughout his professional playing years (1904-1928) for the Augusta Tourists, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics.

if you go

The 33rd edition of North Augusta’s biggest annual street party kicks off Friday, Oct. 27, with Charlie Daniels.

Cody Webb will open for Daniels on the first night of the two-day free festival that features entertainment on two stages, food, arts and crafts vendors, a car show, corn hole tournament, amusement rides, a costume contest, face painting, clowns and inflatables. Friday’s events run from 6-10 p.m.

The Jubilee resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday and lasts until 10 p.m. A daylong parade of local talent will perform on the Your Pie stage, starting with Junior Jazzercise and including a dog costume contest, cheerleaders, a baton twirling exhibition and after-party.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band will take the main stage at 8:30 p.m., after Future Birds.

No tents or coolers will be allowed.

Terri Gibbs will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Imperial Theater in a Lions Club benefit concert for Augusta University’s James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute. Visit imperialtheatre.com.

 

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