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They’ve been part of the Southern Rock scene for over 50 years. Their biggest hits include So Into You, Champagne Jam, Imaginary Lover, Homesick, and Spooky. But there’s so much more...
With 15 albums of outstanding songwriting and performances, The Atlanta Rhythm Section represents the good things the phrase “classic rock” implies.
So read, watch, listen, enjoy - have yourself a “Large Time!”


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Bruce Houghton, President
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Remembering a Legend and Our Friend: Dean Daughtry (September 8, 1946 - January 26, 2023)

We’re sad to announce the passing of our long time keyboard player, and founding member Dean “Ox” Daughtry.

During the late 60’s, Dean was a member of The Candymen, a legendary southern band that was at one time the touring band for Roy Orbison. At 20 years of age, Dean went from performing with a local group in southern Alabama, to touring Australia and Europe with one of the most famous singers of all time, literally overnight. After a short time playing in The Classics IV, Dean would decide to point his future toward a band being formed by Buddy Buie, who had recently achieved chart topping success writing songs for Classics IV. The new band would be named The Atlanta Rhythm Section and as they say, the rest is history.

While ARS is often thought of as a guitar centric group, just listen to any of the band’s recordings and you’ll realize the enormous contributions that Dean made. From the first chord of So Into You, to the intro of Imaginary Lover (both co-written by Dean) he left a deep imprint on the band’s records. From the ethereal chord changes of Dog Days to the powerhouse pop of You’re So Strong (one of Dean’s favorites) his songwriting will live on and continue to stand up as some of the greatest modern musical compositions.

For 49 years, Dean never missed an ARS gig, just up until a couple of years ago, when his faltering mobility forced him to leave the road. Sadly, when he retired he was only a few months short of his goal to perform with Atlanta Rhythm Section for the band’s 50th anniversary.

Back in the day, Dean apparently had a feared right cross that he wasn’t afraid to let loose if someone crossed the line but underneath his powerful persona lay a true heart of gold. He was as tenacious and loyal as a Bulldog, but all his friends knew him as “OX”.

Our hearts go out to his wife Donna, and his family.

We miss you, Ol’ Buddy !


!!!! UPDATE: Our Harrisburg Show Has Been Rescheduled For April! !!!!!

Hear Some Boogie Smoogie & Ease Some Pain in Ukraine.

Southcentral Pennsylvania, come on out April 22nd and help ARS support a great cause. Our show in Harrisburg will be benefiting the American Ukrainian Relief Association. It’s impossible for most of us here in the USA to imagine the hardships that the people in Ukraine have been experiencing. Not too many concerts going on over there right now, that’s for sure. Keep the good folks of Ukraine in your thoughts and prayers then come to the Scottish Rite Theatre in Harrisburg and rock out with us knowing that you’ll also be helping out people that really need some help.

American Ukrainian Relief Association is a non-profit organization with roots directly connecting them to the people of Ukraine and their needs. All of us have been affected by the global supply chain issues. Well, combine that with the struggle of living in a war zone and you begin to feel the profound needs of the Ukrainian people. It is often the simplest things that make our day feel normal and help us feel human. Simple things that are so easily and so often taken for granted in America. If you can’t make it to our show please show your support however you can. Thanks.

Soloway Band will begin the evening’s music with an authentic Ukrainian feel. This six-piece band from Philadelphia brings some serious chops and musicianship along with their eastern European vibe. We are really looking forward to hearing them play. Hope to see you there and we really hope that the terrible conflict in Ukraine is quickly resolved.

Hello Pennsylvania! We really need y’all to buy some tickets for this one. Even if you really don’t like us that much, this is a benefit that supports a great cause. If we don’t sell this one out we’re not doing all we can to help. Y’all c’mon!

For Tickets to This Show, Click Here.

To View American Ukrainian Relief Association's FaceBook Page, Click Here.


Thankful For All of Y’all!

It was fantastic to get out there and see everybody in 2022. After not being able to hit the road for a good long while, performing and spending time with our bandmates, friends and fans comes now with a deeper sense of appreciation. Thank you all so much for the continued support over the years! We simply could not keep doing this if you did not keep coming out to see us. All of us absolutely love performing our music for our fans and it is something that we will never take for granted.

Of course, 2022 wasn’t a year without some troubles. We suffered losses and have acquired some new aches and pains. We aged a little more and must now accept the challenges that come with our accumulated experience. We, well, actually only David, had to heal broken fingers after crashing his bike. Finding solace in the lyrics of a song, escaping the pressure of the daily grind into the melody of your favorite tune, being comforted by the companionship of others while you enjoy a show, music can do so much. We are so grateful to be a positive part of your journey.

After a show we have heard more than once and usually with a splash of astonishment “It really looks like you guys are having fun up there on stage..?..? ”. HELL YEAH, We are! We’re not faking that in the slightest. We’re some of the most fortunate people on the planet being able to do what we do. Thank you. Thank you. Hoping you had a great year, that 2023 treats you better and we can see you soon!!

For All Upcoming A.R.S. Shows and Links to the Venues Click Here For Our Events Page.


"The Atlanta Rhythm Section : The Authorized History" - Is Now Available!

Seasoned, southern author, Willie G. Moseley, has written an in-depth book about The Atlanta Rhythm Section. Years of research and extensive interviews are infused into the first and only authorized history of the band. A native and current resident of Alabama, Mr. Moseley effortlessly weaves the story of a band whose roots are so close to his own.

Atlanta Rhythm Section’s background is a history lesson of the music scene in the South during the 60’s. Mr. Moseley details how Buddy Buie assembled a core group of incredibly talented southern musicians and developed the creative environment that enabled the ensemble to flourish and truly craft some amazing work. Buddy made real his dream of forming a super group to use as a vehicle for his songwriting skills, musical vision and business acumen. Mr. Buie’s efforts played out like an expertly conducted symphony and crescendo when Atlanta Rhythm Section’s mainstream success peaked in the late 70’s.

What goes up..., well, you can read the rest of that story too. Mr. Moseley’s book delves into the struggles that follow the band’s Top 40 success. He trails the band’s twists and turns throughout the new millennium up to the present day. Published by Schiffer Publishing and available through many online retailers, “The Atlanta Rhythm Section : The Authorized History” is Mr. Moseley’s thirteenth book. A senior writer of Vintage Guitar Magazine, he is News Editor emeritus for The Tallassee Tribune.

LOOK for  "The Atlanta Rhythm Section : The Authorized History"  at your favorite retailer.


A.R.S. Releases 2-Disc CD: "One From the Vaults"

Often described as a more radio-friendly version of Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers, the Atlanta Rhythm Section was one of many Southern Rock bands to hit the upper reaches of the charts during the late `70s. Hailing from the small town of Doraville, Georgia, the beginning of the Atlanta Rhythm Section can be traced back to 1970. It was then that a local recording studio was opened, Studio One, and the remnants of two groups (the Candymen and the Classics Four), became the studio's house band. One of the facility's head figures, Buddy Buie, soon began assembling the session band. After playing on several artists' recordings, it was decided to take the band a step further and make the group of players a real band, leading to the formation of the Atlanta Rhythm Section. This collection contains 10 tracks previously unavailable on compact disc.

Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.

Recording information: Atlanta, GA (1977); Chandler, NC (1977); Cleveland, OH (1977); London, England (1977); NYC, NY (1977); Pittsburgh, PA (1977); Tokyo, Japan (1977); Atlanta, GA (1978); Chandler, NC (1978); Cleveland, OH (1978); London, England (1978); NYC, NY (1978); Pittsburgh, PA (1978); Tokyo, Japan (1978); Atlanta, GA (1981); Chandler, NC (1981); Cleveland, OH (1981); London, England (1981); NYC, NY (1981); Pittsburgh, PA (1981); Tokyo, Japan (1981).

Personnel: Rodney Justo, Andy Anderson , Ronnie Hammond (vocals); Dave Anderson (guitars, background vocals); Steve Stone (guitars); J.R. Cobb, Barry Bailey (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Dean Daughtry (piano, organ); Robert Nix (drums, percussion); Roy Yeager, R.J. Vealey, Jim Keeling (drums) Paul 'TheMan' Goddard (bass).

Audio Mixer: Rodney Mills.



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