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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

Come On Down Sweet Virginia!

ARS is really looking forward to seeing our good ole friends, Firefall, in Sweet Virginia. Actually, Bristol sits partly in Virginia and partly in Tennessee. It’s about 300 miles northeast of Nashville and yet a world away. Most Bristolians probably don’t mind that the current batch of country musicians call Nashville home. After all, it’s only Bristol that can claim to be the birthplace of country music.

We can’t wait to hit the streets that once carried Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family on their way to changing music forever. Bristol’s Cameo Theatre opened in 1925 two years before Ralph Peer made his historic recordings for Victor Records. Who knows? Ralph, Jimmie, A.P., Mother even old Tennessee Ernie himself could have taken in a picture show at the Cameo. Hopefully, we’ll meet Brent Buchanan the man who stepped up to save one of the oldest remaining theatres in the state. Hope we see you there. Not many tickets are left for this one. Better hurry!

The next day, we will have a beautiful drive up to Roanoke, VA for the Festival in the Park at Elmwood Park Amphitheater. It’s always a treat to spend an evening with Jock and the guys. How amazing is it to get to hang with and hear them two nights in a row!? This fantastic annual event takes place in beautiful downtown Roanoke. Parking is free in the Williamson Road Parking Garage. Save us a space!

Here’s a list of all our upcoming shows. Hope we see you at one of them!


We’re Gonna Have Us a Memorable Memorial Day!

Winder, GA was not too long ago a little bitty town way up the road from Atlanta that you might pass through on your way to UGA in Athens. Well, not anymore. The town now even boasts a fabulous brand-new 1,000 plus seat amphitheater, Innovation Amphitheater.

If you’re a fan of the music of the Eagles, this may just be the show for you. Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” is playing with us. We had fun seeing them again on the 70’s Rock and Romance Cruise. They sounded great! ARS is incredibly fortunate to be able to pull from a thick catalogue of great tunes. The Eagles’ catalog... Uh huh... Pretty darn thick. And Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” can really do it some justice.

Wow! This venue looks amazing! Check out the scenic location, convenient parking and great layout. They are doing it right up there in Barrow County. Join us Memorial Day on the campus of SIMS Academy and Lanier Tech for a great night of great tunes. The weather looks fantastic. You may need to bring some sunscreen.

Check out the choice acts coming to Innovation Amphitheater.


St. Charles via Des Plaines.

ARS was really excited to play at another one of Ron Onesti’s fine venues. Unfortunately, our show in Des Plaines, Illinois with Pure Prairie League had to be rescheduled several times during the course of the COVID shutdown. Although we won’t get to visit the Des Plains Theatre, we are ecstatic that Mr. Onesti and his great team were able to move that show up the road to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. So now, we will get to see some of the good folks that we met at the “Gem of the Fox Valley” in 2019 and we get to play in that fantastic room.

In 2005, Ron Onesti spearheaded the efforts to save and revitalize the Arcada Theatre. Now the premiere live venue in the area, the stately theatre oozes her roaring 20’s vibe and splendor. Built in 1926 by Lester J. Norris a cartoonist for Chicago Tribune to bolster his beloved community, the Arcada has long been an important part of the Fox Valley region.

Lookin’ forward to chillin’ in the grooviest backstage around with one of the best bands around. If you wanted to come to see us in Des Plains, we really hope you can make the drive to St. Charles.

Check out all the great shows and more that Onesti Entertainment has to offer!


"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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