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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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Some Sad News - Barry Bailey

We're very sad to report the passing of Barry Bailey on March 13, 2022.


You heard that word a lot when people would talk about Barry Bailey's guitar playing. That meant that not enough people were aware of his work. His playing, and style were so unique that it enabled Buddy Buie to get a record deal by playing a recording of a casual instrumental "JAM" of Barry playing a song called "SOMETHIN IN THE AIR" by Thunderclap Newman. That instrumental led to the formation of The Atlanta Rhythm Section.

The story goes that Buddy used Barry on a session once, and when the session was over, Barry went to leave, and Buddy stopped him and said, "Barry, you left something behind." When Barry inquired as to what he was missing Buddy said, "You left your ass behind, you played it off."

I happened to get a phone call from a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. I won't say his name, but he is a well known studio musician, and a guitar player that's played with some of the most highly acclaimed artists on earth. He said to me "I've been on the road a bit for the past few months and a lot of ARS stuff is coming up on my playlists. Is that Barry playing on all those recordings?" "Of course," I replied. "Well let me tell you, I have even more respect for him after listening to this stuff, that's some serious playing."

UNSUNG my ass...
...if you heard him, you sang his praises.

Barry, you may have been unsung...
...but you made others sing.

Speaking for all of the original, former, and existing members of Atlanta Rhythm Section...
Thanks for setting the bar so high...


Barry Bailey June 12, 1948 - March 13, 2022

Helllloooo New England!

There are a number of reasons all of us in ARS look forward to heading up east this August. Certainly, we hope the temperatures cool off, more than a little, for all of you up there. We really enjoy being able to escape the southern heat and humidity when we get to visit during the summer. The forecast looks promising. Hang in there! You certainly can’t say you’ve seen and experienced America until you’ve seen and experienced New England.

The Old Saybrook Town Hall was planned and built shortly before Katharine Hepburn and her family first traveled through Old Saybrook, Connecticut. A Hartford native, she would often visit the area. Of course, a grand building dedicated to live theatrical performance would have an impact on an aspiring young actress. For over a century, The Town Hall has served Old Saybrook and as the times changed so has the community’s need for the building. The theatre even hosted some basketball games until the auditorium was eventually divided into office space and the stage transformed into a conference room. A starlet would permanently return to her “paradise” and retire in 1997. To honor a great talent and beloved resident, the Town Hall would be reconditioned to again host live performances and is posthumously renamed The Katherine Hepburn Performing Arts Center. It’s a privilege to be invited.

The rest of the country might be surprised that one of the east coast’s finest venues is in New Hampshire. Everyone along this stretch of the Atlantic coast knows where to find some great music because for almost 20 years Tupelo Music Hall has been “All about the music”. We’re particularly psyched to check out the Hayward’s new digs. A few years ago they took their vision of an intimate listening room experience and the awesome Tupelo crew down the road to a new home. The location may have changed but Tupelo Music Hall remains “All about the music”. Hope to see you there.

We always manage to have a great time when we get up to Massachusetts. A show in Springfield was on our horizon before the pandemic began and we were truly thankful to finally head your way. Unfortunately our show at MassMutual Center was cancelled. Thanks to everybody who bought tickets, all twelve of you! We hope you get a quick refund and get to another one of our shows up that way. We’re very fortunate to be playing at some other really incredible venues.

Check Out All Our Upcoming Shows!


Come See Us at the Fabulous Suffolk Theatre!

For decades the theatre was at the center of America’s main street. Folks would go to town; see a show. Their evening out often included a meal at a local restaurant. Children would be entertained in comfort and safety of the theatre while their mothers shopped and patronized the area stores. It’s no surprise that the struggles of our historic theatres mirror the struggle of many main streets that dot America. Revitalizing the theatres and encouraging performance venues could be a key to revitalizing some of these struggling business districts.

The Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead, NY opened December 30, 1933. The beautiful art deco theatre served the town for over fifty years until finally closing its doors in 1987 when the mega malls and multiplex cinemas were putting the serious squeeze on virtually every historic theatre and Main Street across America. Although the Town of Riverhead would buy the property The Suffolk lay “dark” for nearly twenty years. The real inertia to renovate and recapture the splendor of the venue would not arrive until Diane and Bob Castaldi purchase The Suffolk in 2005.

It took nearly ten year of planning studying and labor. Maintaining a building’s history while simultaneously modernizing and improving its function is a delicate balancing act. Obviously the care and devotion necessary to do the job right was there and now the Castaldi’s can carry The Suffolk into the future and create memories for many generations to come. Those memories and the nostalgia they invoke certainly adds value to the community just as a first rate venue brings a measurable monetary value to its neighborhood. Deep down, a community needs a place to come together and laugh or cry or yell. Spending time out with our friends and neighbors and enjoying that time together.

Check Out All the Great Shows and Plan Your Next Fabulous Event at The Suffolk!


Calling All Jammers!

Join us for a special night of music and hometown fun just north of Atlanta at Gas South District Arena. Georgia Jam 2022 naturally features a Georgia forward lineup. Cairo, Georgia native, Mickey Thomas comes to town with Starship. Longtime ATL residents Mothers’s Finest will rock the house along with ATL’s Driving And Crying and Michelle Malone. Of course our buddy Pat Travers will be there among other rocking it all day long. 11 bands! Doors open at noon. Music starts at 1:00. Can’t wait to see 96Rock All-Star DJ, Willard. It has been a while old buddy!

It’d be amazing to see a full Gas South Arena ready to rock and have a great night with us in Duluth, Georgia. C’mon out!

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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.


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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