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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

Calling All Jammers!

Join us and a slew of other great bands for a sure enough party in Duluth, GA, Georgia Jam 2022 at the Gas South District Arena on Sugarloaf Parkway just off I-85. This is an all-day event featuring of course mostly Georgia centric music. Doors will open at noon. Atlanta’s Mother Finest, Drivin’n’Cryin’, Michelle Malone, Athens Georgia’s Love Tractor will all be there to show y’all how we do it here in the Peach State. Pat Travers and his incredible band will be on hand to kick up the jams. We’ve been fortunate to perform with those guys regularly over the past couple decades. Pat’s one of the funniest and nicest dudes out there on the road. He will keep you in stitches. Then when he gets on stage, he just totally shreds it. Just like back in the day at the Omni. One could only hope that Cairo, Georgia’s Mickey Thomas will show up and sing along with Jefferson Starship but he’s so busy with Starship that’s probably wishful thinking.

Be sure to get there early to catch the Michael Allman Band, Shyanne, BCB, and Yacht Rock Schooner. Oh yea! And Atlanta Rhythm Section, we will be performing around 5:00. That’s about midway through the day’s lineup. We hear they are allowing everybody to go in and out of the arena throughout the day to enjoy all the outdoor activities as well as the concert inside. That’s awesome! There will be a festival going on all day all around the arena. If you’ve been to Gas South for an event you know the food is great at the arena, in addition the Sugarloaf area has a bunch of great restaurants. Bass Pro Shop is close by if you need to grab some plastic worms. Plus, the 61st Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show starts at 9:00am right next door at the Gas South District Convention Center.

If you see any one of us stumbling around the parking lot, please, make sure that we get to the hotel safely. Thanks! Hope that we see a whole bunch of you there!

For More Info on Georgia Jam 2022 Click Here!


Enjoy a Sunday Brunch with A.R.S. at the Newberry Opera House.

It’s not often a rock’n’roll band gets to play a venue built pre-1900. There really aren’t too many buildings that old out there and the ones that are, well, they’re not regularly utilized for such an affair. So, it is a real honor to have been invited back to the historic Newberry Opera House in Newberry, South Carolina, which is between Columbia and Greenville. Dedicated in 1882 this fine example of eclectic Victorian civic architecture is a rare gem these days, a true survivor. After dodging the wrecking ball the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

It wasn’t until the 1990’s that a real effort to renovate the stately old building began. It would cost five and a half million dollars to do so, well over 100 times the original building cost of a mere $30,000. Dang, building a modest home for that amount now a day would be all but impossible. Three local brickyards produced the bricks and a nearby quarry the granite. Local tradesman would pour their effort into what would become a source of pride for the region. Although the original design included a fire engine garage, jail cells and civic offices, the heart of the opera house was and remains a performance venue. A place for a community to come together and enjoy one another’s company.

It’s a special thing to enter a building and feel the history, almost sensing the energy from the myriad of lives that flowed through the space before you and feeling the pride that would well up in the craftsmen if they only knew that over a hundred years into the future their labor still is admired. We are so thankful and fortunate to have been invited back to the Newberry Opera House. Y’all should come on out! Looks like only a handful of tickets remain for this matinee 3:00 pm show. So, you better hurry!

For More Info on The Newberry Opera House and Performing Arts Center Click Here.


A.R.S. Is Ready For Rock-tober 2022. Are You Ready!

We are thrilled to be heading back to Virginia Beach for this year’s Neptune Festival. It’s been a while so we’re extra ready to rock again in an awesome place for another awesome crowd. Y’all are always ready to have a good time up there. We get to rock out again at St. Louis’s Family Arena in October, this time with our buds in MTB and PPL. Marshall Tucker Band AND Pure Prairie League AT Family Arena! HECK YEA! Rockin’ town! Rockin’ venue! Thank you KSHE for keepin’ St. Louis rockin’!

If that wasn’t enough rock, the next week we’re playing the Alabama National Fair in Montgomery, Alabama. Atlanta Rhythm Section may have been named for a city in Georgia but much of the band’s soul grew out of lower Alabama. It’ll be great to rock out with you all in the wiregrass. The band finishes up October in a couple remarkable venues. Starting the weekend at one of the most legendary east coast venues there is, Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD, then we get to hear The Outlaw’s rock it in eastern Pennsylvania when we perform with them at the fabulous Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Opening in 1926, this historic venue looks amazing. We are really looking forward to it. See you there!

For All Upcoming A.R.S. Shows and Links to the Venues Click Here For Our Events Page.


"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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