Atlanta Rhythm Section, featuring original members lead vocalist Rodney Justo, bassist Paul Goddard, and keyboardist Dean Daughtry, will perform next Tuesday (Feb. 14) at 7 p.m. in the First Federal Center at Hazard Community & Technical College. Admission is $20 reserved, $15 all other seats, and $8 for students (age 18 and under).
Between 1970, the year the band was formed in Doraville, Georgia, and 1981, Atlanta Rhythm Section released 11 albums known for their studio sophistication. Their biggest hits, which came after Justo left after the first album and was replaced by vocalist Ronnie Hammond, included “So Into You,” “Champagne Jam,” “Imaginary Lover,” “Spooky,” and “I’m not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight.” Hammond died after suffering a heart attack last March at age 60. The band’s music was labeled as “southern rock,” but by performing songs that were musically diverse and having hits that had a softer, pop sound, the label was a mixed blessing and many of their unique musical accomplishments became lost in a genre that has lived on to this day, but never really fit Atlanta Rhythm Section. The band, which was made up of already accomplished studio musicians, was said to be more influenced by music coming out of England than other music in the South and shared musical styling with the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. They were excellent musicians who tried to stretch themselves (think Steely Dan or Little Feat), and Goddard’s bass solo on “Another Man’s Woman” in 1976 is still considered one of the best ever. So, if you want an introduction or re-introduction to a great band and a lot of wonderful music, don’t miss this Valentine’s Day concert. Persons wishing more information about the concert may call Tammy Duff, performing arts series director, at 606-487-3067 or 800-246- 7521 ext. 73067.