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They've been part of the Southern Rock scene for nearly 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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“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.


Playing That Georgia Rhythm in GEORGIA!

Atlanta Rhythm Section will be hanging with our good friends in Pure Prairie League at the famous Anderson Music Hall in scenic Hiawassee, Georgia, located at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. ARS has been very fortunate to share the bill with big Mike Reilly and PPL a bunch of times. We hope everyone shows them some good old Georgia hospitality.

Founding member, John Call plays a mean pedal steel. Drummer, Scott holds down the beat and sings likes a bird. PPL’s front man, Donnie, is a tremendous guitar player and as you can imagine he can really sing too. Randy on keys and guitar is the new guy but he’s from Georgia so we like him all right, even though he did move to Nashville.

If you’ve never been to The Anderson Music Hall, you’re in for a treat. This venue hosts some spectacular shows, as well as, supplying amazing vistas of Lake Hiawassee. ARS recently played a big rock show there with Molly Hatchet and shared the stage with the Marshall Tucker Band up there a few years back. Check out their website for upcoming shows and events. Something you’ll like is sure to show up. Come early for the Brew, Cue and Stew festival and stay for what’s sure to be another great night with Pure Prairie League listening to all their great tunes!

The very same weekend, we get to hear Jimmy Hall and his band at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, in Tifton, Georgia. The Wet Willie front-man and legendary sideman (Hank Jr. and Jeff Beck!!), will knock your socks off with not only his musical skills but also with some infectious energy. He hosted the Southern Rock Cruise that ARS was on earlier this year and Jimmy really set the tone for the great time had by everyone aboard the ship. We always look forward to seeing Mr. Hall perform. He is truly a living legend. ARS doesn’t get down to South Georgia (aka God’s Country) too often so y’all c’mon! We look forward to seeing you there.

Our next stop in Georgia will be near our beautiful coast. Atlanta Rhythm Section is honored to have been invited to perform at the 37th Annual Kingsland Catfish Festival. If you enjoy the ocean but not the hubbub of the touristy areas try a visit to this amazing region of our great state. Just don’t tell anyone else about it. Join Atlanta Rhythm Section in Downtown Kingsland Georgia for some small town family fun, as well as, the famous Southern Fried Catfish and the fixins’.

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Heading to the Heartland!

The band is very fortunate to see a lot of this amazing country. Wisconsin is always one of our favorite stops. The wonderful people and beautiful scenery always welcome us and make us feel right at home. Join ARS on our next visit to America’s dairy land when the band performs for one night only at The Wisconsin Rapids Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lincoln High School.

We recently had another excellent visit to Wisconsin and are definitely looking forward to heading back. One of the most serene outdoor venues ARS played this year was along the Rock River in Watertown, Wisconsin at Riverfest. Also performing that night was a great blues band, The Jimmy’s. Those guys threw it DOWN! While we were in Watertown, some of us discovered the "World Famous Malts" at Mullen’s Dairy Bar. Yummy!

For more information about The Wisconsin Rapids Performing Arts Center, click here...


What Could Be Finer Than Heading To Medina?

ARS always has a great time in Medina, Minnesota. Talk about a legendary venue. And, we will be appearing at The Medina Entertainment Center once again with the legendary Outlaws. ARS also got to cruise the Caribbean Sea with Henry, Monte and the boys on The Southern Rock Cruises. We're always stoked to share a bill with them. Not only will the Outlaws be putting on an amazing show, these are some good guys to hang out with.

The Medina Entertainment Center needs no introduction to those in the area. Since 1956, the venerable venue has stood the test of time and continues to thrive. It has long been and remains one of our favorite regular stops. Great food and a great time are sure to be had by all. Check out all the great acts that come to the 'Ballroom' or just grab an excellent meal at Robert’s. Bowling anyone?

For more information about The Medina Entertainment Center, click here...


The Rock Legends Cruise IS SOLD OUT!


Sorry if you missed out. Maybe you can get aboard next time? Hint: Secure your stateroom EARLY! This cruise is lined up to be a truly epic musical voyage. Just about all of the Ro(d)gers will be aboard, Roger Daltrey (The Who), Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Paul Rodgers from Bad Co. etc. plus our very own Rodger Stephan. A host of other great acts, including our friends in Wet Willie will be joining us aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Sea.

Can’t wait to hear the North Georgia legends Larkin Poe. Uriah Heep, UFO, Jonny Lang, Mark Farner, Elvin Bishop, Artimus Pyle. We look forward to seeing their shows as much as we look forward to meeting all y’all aboard the ship. Gonna need a nap after this one. Ahoy!

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Folks We Are Going to Miss.

Guess it comes with our advancing age but it seems like we begin hearing too often that someone we cherish has gone on to their great reward. The ARS organization had just begun recovering from the devastating 2015 loss of the band’s founder, songwriter and producer, Buddy Buie, when we received additional blows in 2019.

Founding member, songwriter, guitar player and the crux of ARS’s success, J.R. Cobb, passed away in May. Although J.R. rarely performed with the band over the past few decades his touch has always had a significant impact on the band and will certainly continue to do so. His songwriting truly elevated our efforts and J.R.’s skills as a guitar player always energized the band’s performances.

Buddy Buie’s long-time friend and business partner, Arnie Geller, passed away in July. His behind-the-scenes efforts were crucial to Atlanta Rhythm Section’s success and simply cannot be overstated. Any type of positive association with such a great man is an overwhelming honor.

Everyone can be certain that the kitchen in the great beyond has something tasty cooking in the oven and something smelling good on the stove. A few tasty schemes might be getting cooked-up there right now too.

We will also be missing Terry Spackman, a long-time friend and ARS crewmember. Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Phil McCormack. Until we rock out together again.


A.R.S. Heads Back to Texas’ Arlington Music Hall, Dosey Doe and One World Theatre.

With another chance to grab a cup of “the coffee that takes you away” and to perform at a few of the finest live venues anywhere in the USA, Atlanta Rhythm Section is slap happy to be returning to Texas. We will begin a mini tour of Texas just outside 'The Big D' at the historic Arlington Music Hall which premiered as a movie theatre in 1950. The first movie to be shown featured Shirley Temple and was followed by a memorable on stage performance by a local band The Flying Ranch Hands who later became known as The Light Crust Dough Boys.

We continue to The Big Barn at Dosey Doe just outside Houston in The Woodlands. Not only is the coffee incredible but the food, the staff and the venue itself really stand out. If you like wood, you’ve got to check out this amazing place that features massive amounts of reclaimed timbers. Dosey Doe has won numerous awards including “Best Live Music Venue” and “Best Breakfast in The Woodlands”. If you can’t catch our show, stop by for breakfast, BBQ, or some of their amazing coffee; maybe go see a different band. There’s always something going on at Dosey Doe. Try the country fried steak; it’s pretty darn good. Yum! We can’t wait.

Last but certainly not least, we visit the state’s capital, Austin, and yet another fantastic venue, One World Theatre. The heart of One World began beating when its founder, percussionist, Hartt Stearns, attended a seminar at UCLA by Brazilian musician, Mayuto Correa, with whom Hartt would study. This enlightening experience inspired a journey to create and share One World through artistic exchange and experience. Hartt would spend many years traveling and performing music. Eventually, his journey would lead to Austin where he would find Nada. The two eventually marry and together find One World Theatre. For two decades, OWT has been one of the premiere venues in a premiere music town. Amazing place and an amazing couple, we look forward to seeing you again!

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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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