As one of rock's legendary voices, Brian Howe exploded onto the scene when he partnered up as lead vocalist with multi-platinum artist Ted Nugent for the 1983 album, Penetrator. As the front man of Nugent's live show, the album’s tour took Howe around the globe – his first opportunity to share his killer rock vocals internationally, and it wouldn't be long before the world would take notice of Howe’s ascension to super-stardom with his next venture - Bad Company. After 5 albums in as many years, and frequent touring, Bad Company wrapped up the 70's in a decline. At this point the band decided to take some time off which proved to be professionally disasterous. Maybe it was a new decade, and a new wave of artist, the importance of MTV, or simply that the band could not find it's stride again since their last suceesses in the 70's. Whatever the reasons, the group wound up releasing the album Rough Diamonds in 1981 which continued their downward spiral, resulting in the band perfoming at much smaller venues and consequently, the departure of Paul Rodgers - leaving remaing members to re-evaluate the group's future. Enter Brian Howe - Bad Company courted Brian to take the helm as lead vocalist in 1984. He accepted the offer, launched the group back into sold out arena tours, and the rest is history. Subsequently, Brian created, wrote, recorded and toured with Bad Company for the next ten years, headlining every major venue around the globe. In 1991 Brian Howe was reunited once again with Ted Nugent when Damn Yankees were brought on to support Brian and Bad Company in what was credited as one of the top 5 grossing tours of that year. In addition to Bad Company's highly acclaimed, (and long–awaited) 1993 live CD What You Hear Is What You Get - The Best of Bad Company – Live, Brian wrote and sold 19 million additional albums highlighted by such radio and MTV music video hits as Holy Water, If You Needed Somebody, No Smoke Without A Fire and How About That. Today, Brian and the band continue to perform around the globe and recently released his latest album CD entitled “Circus Bar” to rave reviews. In addition, Rhino Records are currently working on a date for the up-coming Bad Company double album release with Brian on vocals.
Formed from the cream of Atlanta’s studio musicians, the Atlanta Rhythm Section (actually hailing from nearby Doraville, Georgia) came together in 1970 after working on a Roy Orbison recording session.
Keyboardist Dean Daughtry and drummer Robert Nix had been members of Orbison's backing group, the Candymen, and Daughtry and guitarist J.R. Cobb had been members of the Top 40 hitmakers Classics IV (“Spooky,” “Stormy,” “Traces”). Rounding out the original ARS lineup were vocalist Rodney Justo (replaced after the first album by Ronnie Hammond), guitarist Barry Bailey, and bassist Paul Goddard.
The group recorded two albums for Decca Records in 1972, neither of which made an impact, before signing to Polydor Records in 1974. Their first album for that company, Third Annual Pipe Dream, only reached number 74 in the U.S. The next two albums fared worse. Finally, in 1977, “So In To You” became the band’s breakthrough single, reaching the U.S. Top 10, and the album from which it came, A Rock And Roll Alternative, went gold. Their platinum followup album, Champagne Jam, broke into the Top 10 in 1978, together with the blockbuster single “Imaginary Lover” (“I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight” was another major hit from the same album). Nix left after that, replaced on drums by Roy Yeager. During this magical timeframe, ARS performed at the White House for President Jimmy Carter, another notable Georgia product.
After an extended break, the band got back together in the mid-‘90s and re-recorded some of their best and best-known songs. The live-in-the-studio sound of Atlanta Rhythm Section ‘96 presents a different, less polished take on some classic tunes and captures the sound of their live performances from that period. Three original band members returned: singer Ronnie Hammond, guitarist Barry Bailey and keyboardist Dean Daughtry. They were joined by Steve Stone on guitar, Justin Senker on bass and Sean Burke on drums. The group also cut a second version of these songs with the same lineup except for new drummer R. J. Vealey.
It was around this time that ARS was elected to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The band was honored at a September 1996 induction ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center.
In the first part of 2001, lead singer Ronnie Hammond made a commitment to perform with the ensemble touring group Voices of Classic Rock and this led to a parting of ways with ARS.
Original singer Rodney Justo and original bassist Paul Goddard returned to ARS in 2011 after lengthy absences from the group. Sadly, Goddard passed away April 29, 2014 of cancer in Atlanta. Nonetheless, Atlanta Rhythm Section will carry on, continuing to make concert appearances showcasing their many classic hits and outstanding musical abilities.
Bassist Tony Stevens, original founding member of Foghat and veteran performer with Savoy Brown, has assembled a powerful blues-rock ensemble who deliver an explosive live concert performance bursting with passion and energy. SLOW RiDE features former members of Foghat, Savoy Brown, Clarence Clemons Temple Of Soul, Rick Derringer and Hall and Oates. SLOW RiDE is currently touring playing Foghat classics, originals, and wailing blues.
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