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Don Rhodes: Area music fans saw flamboyant Little Richard in person

The death of Little Richard Penniman on Saturday morning at the age of 87 also ended the life of the last survivor of what many classic rock music fans → Read More

Augustan Jessye Norman to be honored with Lincoln Center rare broadcast

Fans of the late world-famous opera star Jessye Norman will be listening when New York City’s Lincoln Center broadcasts a performance that → Read More

8th annual Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival canceled

It was confirmed today that the 8th annual Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival scheduled April 30 and May 1-2 near Lincolnton, Ga., has been canceled for → Read More

Ramblin’ Rhodes: Vincent shows love for Augusta fans

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with Rhonda Vincent, the mandolin-playing entertainer known as "America’s bluegrass sweetheart?"OK, you probably could list a few better moments spent with your main squeeze, but seeing Vincent in the last season offering of the Morris Museum of Art’s Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song series should be high on your list.She and her manager,… → Read More

Ramblin’ Rhodes: Concerts feature latest from Davis, Collins on dulcimer

North Carolina musician Joe Collins and South Carolina musician Patrick Davis have two special offerings over the next two Fridays.First up is Davis who → Read More

Ramblin’ Rhodes: Circle network offers classic country shows

How many of you have been watching the new country music-themed Circle network being broadcast over WRDW (Channel 12-4) on antenna TV since it went on air → Read More

Ramblin’ Rhodes: Balsam Range brings bluegrass back to Imperial

Few nationally-known bands have played both sides of Broad Street as much as North Carolina’s award-winning Balsam Range.They were at the Imperial Theater in 2017 for the Morris Museum of Art's Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song Series.Then last year the band was across the street at the Miller Theater for a show raising money for the Robert E. Knox Scout Reservation camping center near… → Read More

Ramblin’ Rhodes: A look at the ups, downs in entertainment in 2019

Before we get too much into the new year let's take a look back at some local entertainment-related highlights of 2019:The contracted management company → Read More

Billy Graham’s first ecumenical crusade was held in Augusta

One morning in late April of 1976, while I was a reporter for The Augusta Herald, City Editor John Barnes came over and said, “In about 30 minutes, I want you to go over to the Georgia Railroad Bank (most recently Wells Fargo at Seventh and Broad streets) and interview Billy Graham for our final edition.” → Read More

American Legion’s first female national commander to visit North Augusta post

Denise H. Rohan, the first female national commander of the American Legion in its 100-year history, will visit North Augusta on March 5, the day before she addresses the South Carolina General Assembly. → Read More

Ramblin’ Rhodes: New biography sheds more light on James Brown

The announcement that members of James Brown’s past bands would reunite for the fifth annual Major Rager music festival in April comes on top of a new biography about the late soul music legend. → Read More

Ramblin’ Rhodes: New biography sheds more light on James Brown

The announcement that members of James Brown’s past bands would reunite for the fifth annual Major Rager music festival in April comes on top of a new biography about the late soul music legend. → Read More

Life celebration to be held for local TV pioneer ‘Fargo’ Pope

You can pretty much expect some traditional country music to be played at the celebration of life service this week for local TV pioneer A.J. “Fargo” Pope, an inductee into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. → Read More

Life celebration to be held for local TV pioneer ‘Fargo’ Pope

You can pretty much expect some traditional country music to be played at the celebration of life service this week for local TV pioneer A.J. “Fargo” Pope, an inductee into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. → Read More

Ramblin’ Rhodes: Miller Theater, filled with rich history, ready for future

There have been two specific dates that arguably until now have been more important than any other individual days in the 78-year history of the Miller Theater. → Read More

Miggie Lewis of The Lewis Family dies at 91 after 60 years on stages

Throughout most of her adult life, Omega “Miggie” Lewis of Lincolnton, Ga., was ridiculed in public by her younger brother, Little Roy, who always joked about Miggie being a never married “old maid.” → Read More

Jim Nabors loved Augusta, singing on WJBF with Flo Carter

Singer-TV series star Jim Nabors, who died Thursday at his Hawaii home at 87, loved the Augusta area and especially North Augusta from living here briefly in the mid 1950s. → Read More

Ramblin’ Rhodes: Critics praise Jones’ last album, Soul of a Woman

The release on Friday, Nov. 17, of the new album Soul of a Woman by rhythm and blues superstar Sharon Jones &The Dap-Kings already is following the pattern of her past Daptone Records releases. → Read More

Jennings, Spangler to perform at inaugural Veterans Day event

Waylon Albright “Shooter” Jennings, son of country music legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, will headline the “CSRA Veterans Day Tribute Concert” this weekend in Evans. → Read More

Post to bid farewell to longtime American Legion member, official

The Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post 71 in North Augusta was a familiar place to Norman Walker, a retired U.S. Navy master chief petty officer. → Read More