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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

Headed Down Texas Y’all and Arkansas Y’all.

ARS is stoked to be visiting the Lone Star State again. It is the home of the “Large Time” after all. Scott and the great crew at the Arlington Music Hall always make us feel welcome. We’ve been very fortunate to play this fantastic venue several times. Always working to make this vintage 50’s theatre even better, some real comfy new seats were added shortly before our last visit. That show at the Arlington Music Hall occured just as things were getting a little weird, so, we’re extra thrilled to be able to go back to Arlington this go round.

Another sunrise in Texas, this time in New Braunfels, just up the road from San Antonio, we will spend the evening at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre. The Brauntex got off to a shaky start in 1942 due to World War II. The theatre closed briefly at the start of the war but would soon reopen keeping the local folks informed by featuring the news reels of the day. The venue would remain a fixture in the town until the late 90’s, a time when many of the old theatres had been struggling. While too many of our wonderful historic theatres met the fate of the wrecking ball, some like the Brauntex found salvation in the form of concerned citizens who championed these stately venues. We look forward to our visit to the Brau and to this part of Texas.

Playing a show with some old friends is always a treat. We will be honored to again perform with Pure Prairie League this time at East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center in Forrest City, Arkansas. Opening in 2010, the Fine Art Center is a state of the art, “Class A” performance hall and is an important component of the cultural landscape of Eastern Arkansas. Join ARS and the amazing musicians in Pure Prairie League for some great tunes and help celebrate 50 years of our bands rocking out together.

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


Tennessee and Kentucky, We’re Headed Your Way Too.

Nashville is not short on music venues. However, not many can stand up next to City Winery. It is a great room to see a show, a great restaurant to eat at and if you like wine, well it’s City Winery! City Winery is the brainchild of Michael Dorf, founder of the iconic Knitting Factory, one of New York’s longest running music venues. He wanted to create a space in Manhattan where he could combine his shared passions for wine and music. His dedication to perfection can be seen, tasted and heard at all of the City Winery locations. From the scrumptious menus to the tasty wines to the Meyer Sound systems, this is a place to treat yourself and a special someone to a perfect night out or to kick it chill style with your friends far from the din of Broadway.

We’re looking very forward to playing City Winery Nashville again. If you can’t make it to our show, check out the myriad of talent coming to this awesome venue. Not in Nashville? Don’t worry there are City Winery’s in Chicago, N.Y., D.C., to name a few and oh yea, ATLANTA baby!

The Historic State Theatre in Elizabethtown, Kentucky will be our next stop. This stately Art Deco venue began serving the area in 1942 when it was commissioned by the president of the Kentucky Amusement Company, J.M. Hobbs. In the early 1980’s hard times fell upon the State Theatre and it was closed. Caring citizens of the Elizabethtown area knew the value of the State and many of them had experienced and reveled in her former glory. So began a two decade long struggle to save the Historic State Theatre and save it they did! The city of Elizabethtown would eventually purchase and begin the arduous task of renovating the theatre. The State would finally again greet visitors in April of 2009 as a public, non-profit organization with a 501(c) (3) status. In 2011, the State won a national award for Historic Preservation that was presented to architect Jim Kienle. The theater is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco architecture.

Today, the Historic State Theatre is the cornerstone of the revitalization of downtown Elizabethtown. The State is now home to classic movie showings, concerts, live comedy shows, live theater productions, lectures and is also a fully featured rental facility, hosting many community events.

Check out The Historic State Theatre's web site for all the great events that are planned. Go see Exile in May. They are amazing!


Barbeque and Sunshine Anyone?

If relaxing, having fun, enjoying good food and listening to great live music is ‘The Plan’ and you are anywhere near Sarasota, Florida on the weekend of May 6-8, 2022, join us at the Sarasota Blues & BBQ Festival at Sarasota Fairgrounds. The lineup of entertainment looks fantastic! If you’re going to see the Outlaws on Friday night be sure to get there early to see Damon Fowler and Shaw Davis rip it up. On Saturday we play with Blackhawk and Derek St. Holmes. Some fellas we've been running with for years now, although it has been a while since we shared a stage with Mr. St.Holmes. Looking forward to that!

Sunday looks like a guitar forward soundscape featuring Sean Chambers, Albert Castiglia and Frank Bang. So come on everybody and get your blues and que on.

Checkout All the Fantastic Events That Paragon Festivals 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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