About the Event

Use Your Gift Foundation’s 8th Annual Fundraiser Presented by Rogue Regency Inn, Kool 103.5, Fox 26, People’s Bank and REMAX Integrity.

Use Your Gift Foundation is hosting our 8th annual FUNraising event to raise money and awareness for our unique organization.

All proceeds from this show go to the Use Your Gift Foundation.

Atlanta Rhythm Section (or ARS) is an American southern rock band, formed in 1971 by Rodney Justo (singer), Barry Bailey (guitar), Paul Goddard (bass), Dean Daughtry (keyboards), Robert Nix (drums) and J.R. Cobb (guitar). The band’s current lineup consists of Daughtry and Justo, along with guitarists David Anderson and Steve Stone, bassist Justin Senker and drummer Rodger Stephan.

In the spring of 1970, three former members of the Candymen (Rodney Justo, Dean Daughtry and Robert Nix) and the Classics IV(Daughtry and James B. Cobb, Jr.) became the session band for the newly opened Studio One recording studio in Doraville, Georgia, near Atlanta.

After playing on other artists’ recordings, the Atlanta Rhythm Section was formed in January 1971, with Rodney Justo (singer), Barry Bailey (guitar), Paul Goddard (bass), Dean Daughtry (keyboards), Robert Nix (drums) and J.R. Cobb (guitar).

Signed by Decca Records, the band released their first albumAtlanta Rhythm Section, in January 1972. the band’s second release, Back Up Against the Wall(February 1973), also failed to sell and Decca dumped ARS from their roster.

Jeff Franklin, who was based in New York and had gotten the group the Decca deal, was then able to get ARS signed to Polydor for their third release, Third Annual Pipe Dream, in August 1974. Mylon LeFevre performed on one of the album’s tracks, “Jesus Hearted People.” (Buie, Bailey, Goddard, Daughtry, and Rodney Mills had all been regular players at LeFevre’s studio before they built Studio One). Pipe Dream spun off the band’s first hit single, “Doraville”, which peaked at No. 35 and pulled the album up to No. 74 on Billboard‘s Top 200 by November 1974.

The band’s next two releases, Dog Days (August 1975) and Red Tape (April 1976), sold in lesser quantities, but ARS made more of an effort to take to the road in 1976 with numerous shows in the South, Northeast and Midwest. In August of that year they opened both for The Who at the Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida and The Rolling Stones at the Municipal Auditorium in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The increased exposure paid off as the group’s next album, A Rock and Roll Alternative (December 1976), rose to No. 13 on the Billboard chart and was certified gold in the spring of 1977. The debut single from the record, “So in to You“, peaked at No. 7 on April 30 of the same year.

On September 4, 1977 ARS played their biggest show yet, the Dog Day Rockfest at Atlanta’s Grant Field on the campus of Georgia Institute of TechnologyHeart and Foreigner were the opening acts and Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band co-headlined.

In January 1978 ARS released what would turn out to be its most successful album, Champagne Jam, which led off with the song “Large Time”, a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, some of whom had lost their lives in a plane crash the previous October. Champagne Jam became their biggest selling album, selling over a million and certified platinum. The album provided two more hits for the band, “Imaginary Lover” (No. 7) and “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight” (No. 14).

On June 24, 1978 ARS appeared at the Knebworth Festival in KnebworthEngland before a crowd of 60,000 on a bill that included GenesisJefferson StarshipTom Petty and the HeartbreakersBrand XDevo and Roy Harper.

On August 26, 1978 the band appeared at Canada Jam at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada before their largest audience yet (over 110,000) with the Doobie BrothersCommodores and others.

The following week, ARS had a rock festival of their own, Champagne Jam, at Grant Field at Georgia Tech on September 3, 1978, which also included Santana, the Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money, Mose Jones and Mother’s Finest.

Three weeks later, they appeared at the White House at President Jimmy Carter‘s invitation for his son Chip’s 28th birthday party.

The eighth Atlanta Rhythm Section album, Underdog, was released in June 1979 and produced Top 20 hits “Do It or Die” (No. 19) and “Spooky” (No. 17), a remake of Cobb and Buie’s Classics IV hit from 1968.

Champagne Jam II on July 7, 1979 at Georgia Tech featured ARS, Aerosmiththe CarsDixie Dregs and Whiteface. In October, ARS performances from Champagne Jam II and elsewhere on the tour were released as the double live set Are You Ready. Besides the group’s hits and popular tracks up to that time, the album also contained the fan favorite “Another Man’s Woman”, with Goddard’s now famous bass solo.

ARS is still carrying the Southern Rock Torch to this day and keeping all those great songs alive.

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