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They've been part of the Southern Rock scene for more than 30 years. Their biggest hits include So Into You, Champagne Jam, Imaginary Lover, and Spooky. But there's so much more...
With 15 albums of outstanding songwriting and performances, The Atlanta Rhythm Section represents all the good things the phrase "classic rock" implies.
So read, watch, listen, enjoy - have yourself a "Large Time!"
 
 


 

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Sad News: Paul Goddard Passes Away

Paul Goddard

The members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section are sad to announce that Paul Goddard, our bass player and a founding member of the band, died April 29, 2014, after a brief, sudden illness.

Paul was 68.

Paul was frequently singled out for the flawless and tasteful tone of his Rickenbacker 4001 and Fender P bass guitars on ARS's string of hit singles, which began in 1977 and included "So in to You," "Imaginary Lover," "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight," "Do It Or Die" and a remake of the Classics IV's "Spooky." Rolling Stone magazine voted his bass solo on "Another Man's Woman," from the 1978 ARS live album "Are You Ready" as one of the top five bass solos of all time.

He had retired from touring in the mid-80s, but returned to the band in 2011. He still loved to play on road, actually more now than when the band was at its peak.

"I knew Paul when he was a guitarist, and maybe that's why his bass playing was so musical," singer Rodney Justo said. "And to go with that musicality was a unique sound that made him so identifiable to fans and other musicians as well. Yes, at one time he was 'that big fat guy that played bass,' but once he started playing, he wasn't fat. He was a giant."

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ARS Releases New 2-Disc CD: "One From the Vaults"

2012 two CD archive release from the Classic Rock band. 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).

Audio Mixer: Rodney Mills.

 

ARS "Are You Ready" Released on CD

Digitally remastered two CD edition of this 1979 live album from Southern rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section which showed the world the power that ARS could bring to a live performance. Following the band's biggest album chart success in 1978 with Champagne Jam, which was the breakthrough album for ARS, Are You Ready! made #51 in the US charts.

 

Sad News : Robert Nix, Original ARS Drummer, Passes Away.

Our thoughts are with Robert Nix, our founding drummer, who passed away on May 20, 2012.

For more information, click here...

 

 

Paul Goddard and Rodney Justo, founding members of ARS, return to the band.

Following several special-guest appearances this past year with the band, Paul Goddard re-joins ARS with his trusty Rickenbacker bass. Joining Paul and Dean is fellow founding-member, the band's original singer, Rodney Justo.

Rodney, Paul and Dean began performing together pre-ARS with the Candymen. Growing up musically together in LA (Lower Alabama), long-time friends, Rodney and Dean, also share the Southern Alabama roots that contributed so much to the ARS sound.

Stay tuned for more info!


ARS on VideoARS DVD Background Details on ConcertVideo411.com: ConcertVideo411.com has published some articles/posts that discuss the "Atlanta Rhythm Section: Live at Stabler Arena" DVD was produced (camera logistics, audio recording, etc).

Check it out at: ConcertVideo411.com and look for Example Productions to see articles on Atlanta Rhythm Section

Click Here to view select tracks/videos from the ARS Live at Stabler Arena DVD....


Sad News: Ronnie Hammond Passes Away

A Message from Justin: Ronnie Hammond leaves this Earth...forever in our lives...(link)

A Letter (from Bob Lefsetz) Read by Arnie Geller at Ronnie's Service .(link)
 

News Links:

Ronnie Hammond, 60, ARS front man, was great yet humble singer (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)
 
Former ARS lead singer Ronnie Hammond dies from heart attack (Macon Telegraph)
 

The Atlanta Rhythm Section -
Live at Stabler Arena

ARS Releases First Official Live Concert DVD/Video

Catch the "Georgia Rhythm" at a performance at Stabler Arena (Bethlehem, PA), a 6,000 seat high-tech concert arena located on the campus of Lehigh University. Joining ARS and the high spirited crowd at this seasonal event was a camera crew and a mobile digital multitrack audio recording unit from Rolling Storm Communications Corporation - a production company who has collaborated with ARS on various projects over the past couple of years. The result is the release of ARS's first official live concert DVD.

Concert date: December 2003

Features 2003 ARS lineup:
Barry Bailey (lead guitar),
Dean Daughtry (keyboards/vocals),
Steve Stone (guitar),
Jim Keeling (drums),
Andy Anderson (lead vocals),
Justin Senker (bass)


NOTE: ConcertVideo411.com has a added couple of articles to its site discussing background details of how the Atlanta Rhythm Section: Live at Stabler Arena DVD was produced. Check it out at: ConcertVideo411.com and look for Example Productions to see articles on Atlanta Rhythm Section


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Gott Discs Releases Dog Days and Red Tape on CD

Dog Days/Red Tape
 

These two albums were originally released in 1974 and 1976 on the Polydor Record label and now available for the first time as a 2 on 1 CD.

Due to the exceptional demand for these two recordings, Gott Discs has re-released the band's fourth & fifth albums. Recorded in 1975 and 1976 respectively, and originally on the Polydor record label, 'Dog Days' and 'Red Tape' are now appearing for the first time as a 2 on 1 CD on Gottdiscs.

From AMG review: "When they released 'Red Tape' in 1976, the Atlanta Rhythm Section were at the brink of success. They achieved it the following year, when 'A Rock and Roll Alternative' nearly broke into the Top Ten, but they truly found their winning sound here. The blend of soul, blues, country and rock is melodic and appealing - maybe not as complex as the Allman Brothers, but rivalling the Marshall Tucker Band in terms of songwriting and sound. An impressive effort from a band beginning to find its feet."


 
Gott Discs Releases Third Annual Pipe Dream and Rock and Roll Alternative on CD

These two albums were originally released in 1974 and 1976 on the Polydor Record label and now available for the first time as a 2 on 1 CD.
Review of 'A Rock And Roll Alternative'from AMG: "'A Rock And Roll Alternative'was the Atlanta Rhythm Section's breakthrough record. After five albums and four years of trying, they hadn't gotten higher than #74 in the LP lists, but this time their mixture of country and rock finally found its audience, largely due to the single 'So Into You'(#7 pop, #11 easy listening), so that the album soared to #11 and went gold. It was only fair: the ARS had perfected a sound that was lighter and more accessible than The Allmans/Lynyrd Skynyrd school of Southern rock, but no less accomplished, and 'A Rock And Roll Alternative'was the embodiment of it."

 

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A little bit of ARS history has recently been published in a new book called "Tales From the Rock 'N' Roll Highway" by Marley Brant. Her previous books include "Southern Rockers: The Roots and Legacy of Southern Rock" and "Freebirds: The Lynyrd Skynyrd Story."

Her new book is a collection of first hand stories from musicians. ARS bassist Justin Senker offers a detailed story (and a photo) about one of his first shows with ARS - and provides some ARS history along the way.
   
   

 

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