“WE’RE GONNA HAVE US A CHAMPAGNE JAM”

WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANKS  TO THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION FOR ALLOWING ME TO PHOTOGRAPH THEIR SHOW BUT ALSO FOR LETTING BE A PART OF YOUR SHOW SINGING BGV’S OFF AND ON FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS !!! AFTER ALL THIS TIME YOU GUYS STILL BLOW ME AWAY!

RELATIONSHIPS ALONG THE WAY LED ME TO JAN SMITH OF JAN SMITH STUDIOS IN ATLANTA WHERE I BECAME A PART OF HER BAND AND VERY CLOSE FRIEND. THIS LED TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO SING WITH ARS IN 1996 ON THE GA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS SHOW. THEY WERE INDUCTED ALONG WITH MAC DAVIS, BRENDA LEE, JERRY REED, BILL ANDERSON AND OTHERS. ( I MUST SAY SINGING WITH MAC WAS A HIGHLIGHT FOR ME)

SINGING WITH THE BAND HAS ALWAYS BEEN A THRILL BECAUSE OF SONGS LIKE: “SO INTO YOU”, “NOT GONNA LET IT BOTHER ME TONIGHT”, “ALIEN”,  “IMAGINARY LOVER”, “CHAMPAGNE JAM”, “HOMESICK”, “BALLAD OF LOIS MALONE”, “SPOOKY”, AND “GA RHYTHM”, ETC…MAN THE LIST IS LONG.

IT’S MUSIC THAT GOES RIGHT TO THE CORE OF THE MEMORIES OF YOUR PAST. NOTHING DOES THAT LIKE MUSIC…EXCEPT MAYBE THE PICTURES SOMEONE WAS SO SMART TO SNAP ALONG THE WAY.

IT WAS SO FUN GROWING UP LISTENING TO THE GREAT LICKS OF BARRY BAILEY AND J.R. COBB. THE SOUNDS OF THEIR HARMONIZING GUITAR RIFFS WERE SO INDICATIVE OF THAT ATLANTA GA SOUTHERN ROCK SOUND.

RONNIE HAMMOND ON LEAD VOCALS WAS MY ERA OF ARS. RODNEY JUSTO WAS THE ORIGINAL FOUNDING MEMBER LEAD VOCALIST. I USE TO SING RIGHT ALONG WITH ALL THE SONGS HARMONIZING ALL THE WAY!

WITH ROBERT NIX ON DRUMS AND PAUL GODDARD ON BASS, FOR 40 YEARS THE BAND HAS BEEN SELLING OUT STADIUMS OF AVID ARS AND SOUTHERN ROCK FANATICS.

THEN STEVE STONE MAKES A GRAND ENTRANCE ON GUITAR. STEVE YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD FRIEND AND GREAT PLAYER. THANKS FOR ALWAYS MAKING ME LAUGH! DEAN DAUGHTRY ON KEYBOARDS (THE ONLY REMAINING ORIGINAL MEMBER) HAS TICKLED THE IVORY’S LIKE NO ONE ELSE. HIS STYLE OF PLAYING IS THE SIGNATURE OF THE ARS SOUND.

THE BAND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE ADDING MEMBERS OVER THE YEARS TO INCLUDE: ROY YEAGER ON DRUMS, SEAN BURKE ON DRUMS, JUSTIN SENKER ON BASS, R.J. VEALEY ON DRUMS, JIM KEELING ON DRUMS, ANDY ANDERSON ON LEAD VOCALS, ALLEN ACCARDI ON GUITAR, DAVE ANDERSON ON GUITAR.

THE EVOLUTION OF THE BAND HAS ONLY SOLIDIFIED THE SOUNDS WE LOVED FOR SO LONG!!

GO CHECK OUT THE HISTORY AND THEIR UPCOMING SCHEDULE!

http://www.atlantarhythmsection.com

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