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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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Come Celebrate With Us At The Buckhead Theatre!

Help us celebrate the season and a living legend at the legendary Buckhead Theatre just after Christmas. It will be a bit of a bitter sweet event but we really want you to join us wishing our ‘Old Buddy’ well. Legendary piano player, Dean Daughtry, has decided it’s time to get off the road. For nearly five decades, he has led ARS with his commanding talents. Dean deserves a huge party. Y’all c’mon!

From humble beginnings in south Alabama, Dean began touring the world with Roy Orbison in the 60’s. Working next with the Classics IV and then founding Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dean would become a living legend writing some of the greatest tunes ever recorded. It’s fitting since so many of his road trips began here in Atlanta, the town will now serve as Dean’s official curtain call and final stop on the road.

This is a great excuse to come to town and see the holiday lights. Sitting in the heart of ATL, the Buckhead Theatre anchors the vibrant music scene in the city’s most vibrant neighborhood. Opened in 1931 and painstakingly restored in 2010, the theatre invites you through her original Art Deco doorway into an intimate interior now outfitted with state of the art lighting and sound systems. ‘Didn’t I go there in the 80’s?’ Yup, it was The Roxy back then.

If you haven’t been to the renovated theatre, it’s definitely worth another visit. Some amazing shows are constantly being announced. Be sure to check out the Allman/Betts Band when they’re there. What a great band!

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It's Been A Long Road Old Buddy.

After decades of traveling and performing in front of millions, Dean Daughtry has decided it’s now time to get off that long road. As one of ARS’s founding members and main songwriters Dean was truly instrumental to the band’s success. His touch is obvious listening to any ARS record. His talents shine when you hear ‘So Into You’, ’Imaginary Lover’ and any number of the great songs he was essential in penning. ‘Dog Days’, ‘Normal Love’, there are so many incredible ARS songs founded upon the incredible piano playing that Dean brought to the group.

As the band approaches its 50th anniversary, we are truly disheartened that we will not have our ‘Old Buddy’ on the road with us. Dean is the longest riding member of Atlanta Rhythm Section having literally been on the road continuously for well over forty years. Some of you may have noticed his occasional absence over the past couple years. We’ve been fortunate to have some very talented friends able to sit in when we’ve needed them. Lee Shealy, who we met through Andy Anderson, has performed with the band several times now and will man the piano for us into 2020. Lee grew up in Atlanta and we’re sure everyone will like him as much as we do.

We hope that Dean and Donna enjoy a long and happy retirement together. And that Dean will really enjoy not having to rush to and through the airports anymore. Dean would like all of Atlanta Rhythm Section’s fans to know how much he really appreciates them and how much he will miss seeing them. That isn’t nearly as much as his fans and his friends in the band are gonna miss ‘Ole Ox’.


Winter Wonderland Tour 2020.

Most of us are looking forward to bundling up and visiting some of the continent’s more heat challenged regions. However, our Florida contingent has hopelessly acclimated to the tropics and has a bit of trepidation. Snow boards and non-water skis aren’t a regular part of a southern boy’s upbringing so don’t expect to see any of us on the slopes but we may get caught at the bar with one of those hot toddies.

A local landmark, The Egyptian Theatre, in Park City will be one of our stops this winter. Saved from destruction in 1978, with the support of Mrs. Field’s Cookies and an amazing community, the stately venue would go on to host The Sundance Film Festival. In the 90’s, Save Our Stage Foundation stepped up to ensure The Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre would flourish and enter the new millennium with all the glory she possessed when her doors opened, Christmas day in 1926.

ARS looks forward to a long overdue visit to see our north of the border neighbors. It’s been nearly thirty years since Atlanta Rhythm Section has been to Canada. That will be remedied soon when the band performs at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, Alberta. It’ll be a scorching weekend in Alberta because our pals in Georgia Satellites are gonna heat it up the very next night. Hey Rodney! Can we stay for an extra day? C’mon to River Cree for the weekend. It’s gonna be a fun one!

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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.

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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 and legendary bass player, Larry ‘LJ’ Junstrom. 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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