Playin' that Georgia Rhythm

Posted On: Monday - January 11th 2021 5:07PM MST
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  Immigration Stupidity  Music  Southern rock

Something in my head got me to the lyrics ("I got a job to do") of this old Atlanta Rhythm Section song a few days back. It was almost right at a year ago when Peak Stupidity posted Rock & Roll Never Forgets about Rock & Roll songs that either complain, glorify, or just comment on, life on the road as a rock* musician (as it was, anyway).

Georgia Rhythm is such a song, this one with an upbeat, pros-and-cons look at the group's life on the road playin' that Georgia Rhythm. I am partial to the songs on the band's Are you Ready? live album from 1979, though this song was originally from their 1976 studio album A Rock and Roll Alternative. That one had their hit So Into You, not one of my favorites, and it was the album just prior their breakout album Champaign Jam.

Peak Stupidity has featured these good old boys from Doraville, GA before and another cut from this album, Sky High, from our early-on post Inflation and Interest.

Yeah, Doraville, where this band got its start as session musicians at Studio One, was really a good old Southern town back then when the band started out. It didn't take long to get ruined, once it started to be. Atlanta has had massive sprawl out of the city, as decent people move farther out to get away from the racial riffraff, and even some of the riffraff follow to get away from the worse riffraff. Doraville, on the NE section of the I-285 beltway, has exurbs all around the intersection with the I-85. It looks in no way like the small town as imagined in the song.

After large-scale immigration from Asia and Latin America (per wiki, over 1/2 the residents don't speak English as their 1st language!), a Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta light-rail station being build to bring in other vibrant folks, and then the long-running GM plant closing in '09, the Atlanta Rhythm Section would be the first to tell you that you can't go home again.

Let's get off of all that sadness for what's lost, and just enjoy this old song from 42 years back. I don't believe in lyrics being very important to a good song, but I like these ones. What a great attitude (especially as compared to Bob Seger's)!

So, lay down a back beat.
Crank up your trusty Gibson, son.
Let's give it everything we got just one more time.
We are lovin' the life we're livin',
playin' that Georgia rhythm.
Nothin' else ever made me feel so fine.

The Atlanta Rhythm Section:

Ronnie Hammond – vocals, background vocals
Barry Bailey – guitar
J.R. Cobb – rhythm guitar, background vocals
Dean Daughtry – keyboards
Paul Goddard – bass guitar
Robert Nix – percussion, drums, vocals, background vocals

* OK, it was more like country wrt Willie and his On the Road Again.

Adam Smith
Friday - January 15th 2021 11:38PM MST
PS: Good evening Mr. Moderator...

"If the client blocks it, that's end of story."

Yes, I would think so.

"I just didn't find a setting for the server to specifically PREVENT refreshing by the client-browser either. Does this sound right?"

How does one code blogworks to prevent clients from auto-refreshing while allowing normal refreshing? I don't know. (It can probably(?) be done?)

"I would like to help out the users of PS, but I guess it's not up to me."

I have never noticed blogworks refresh my page without me hitting the refresh button on my browser. (As long as your code doesn't ask, it won't do it. I think you've already done what you can.)

Friday - January 15th 2021 8:45AM MST
PS: Mr. Smith, I thank you for the links. These can help me when I'm reading other sites, specifically unz, so I don't have those page try to reload when I'm off the internet.

These are on the client side. Let me see if I have this straight from a 10 minute search I just did: The server using php can TRY to set a refresh time. If the client blocks it, that's end of story. I just didn't find a setting for the server to specifically PREVENT refreshing by the client-browser either. Does this sound right?

I would like to help out the users of PS, but I guess it's not up to me. I have lost my own post on here once, but that's my browser's problem. I tried to write on "Notes" "app" on the Apple device, but with a forced update, that program turned to shit. It doesn't keep up with my typing now!
Wednesday - January 13th 2021 7:44PM MST
PS Mr. M, if I want to go all NPR-ethnic it would have been Gandersson; the first ‘s’ in Swedish patronymics is the possessive. BTW most Icelanders still make their last names that way- take dad’s name and add sson or sdottir.

Seger songs I like a lot: Sunspot and Hollywood Nights. I liked Old Time Rock and Roll the first 7 million times I heard it.

Another southern rocker of note was Don Nix. Nix was a session guy songwriter and producer- played a lot with the Memphis and Muscle Shoals studio crews. The Memphis guys were essentially the band in the Blues Brothers, Duane Allman was a regular at Muscle Shoals. Check out “The Duane Allman Anthologies for some awesome stuff. Probably Nix’ two most famous songs were “Going Down”- made famous by Jeff Beck, and “Like a Road”, which Jerry Garcia used to play a lot with his own band.

Sorry to prattle on so, but anything to get my mind off the idiocy going on in Washington; not to mention the opening of the NHL season to no fans. Two weeks... err 10 months to flatten the curve.
Adam Smith
Wednesday - January 13th 2021 6:46PM MST
PS: Good evening Gentlemen...

It seems to me that your browsers are "auto-refreshing"...
What browsers are you guys using?
Maybe these links will help?

I hope you gentlemen have a nice evening...

Wednesday - January 13th 2021 6:39PM MST
PS: Uhhh, duh, that was 2 N's, I meant! Sorry for the stupidity in that comment.
Wednesday - January 13th 2021 6:38PM MST
PS: Mr. 2-G Gandersonn, I see you've gone all ethnic on us now. Perhaps there are set-asides for the Swedish-Americans. (It'd be a nice change!)

OK, I know that was a typo.

I like a lot of Seger's stuff. "Beautiful Loser" is a great album. Besides "Katmandu", it's got "Nutbush City Limits" and "Black Night". "Jody Girl" is one of his good ballads too. I think, besides the "hey, if you hate it so bad, let someone else go rockin' around the country with a travelin' band" aspect of "Turn the Page", it was just overplayed, so I got sick of it for that reason too.

BTW, we're up to 5-G now, so, get with the progggggram. ;-}
Wednesday - January 13th 2021 3:35PM MST
PS My experience of most of those, (except the Dead), actually all of them, was on the radio-the Twin Cities had a really good FM station that played all kinds of cool stuff.

A few random thoughts: the Dead and the Allmans played the Fillmores so often that they were referred to as "Bill Graham's House Bands. Check this out from 4/26/71, Fillmore East in NYC: Duane and the Dead, doing It Hurts Me Too and BIODTL. Good Stuff.

Blackadder is really funny- I'm not overfond of the first season, but 2-4 are great: and the two specials, Blackadder's Christmas Carol, and Blackadder Back and Forth are as Lieutenant George would say, "ball-bouncingly funny".

Seeger was kinda weird- I was never a big fan (my wife was), but he wasn't an automatic button push either. He had a huge hit with "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man in 1969, but then struggled until his breakthrough in '75. I guess if one sticks to it...
Wednesday - January 13th 2021 2:08PM MST
PS: About the music, Mr. Ganderson, I know about all of that Southern rock other than Wet Willie and Barefoot Jerry (two of the guys that CD sang about in "The South's Gonna Do It Again" - ARS and the Allmans must not have fit in with the rhyme and meter, oh, and Molly Hatchett hadn't been heard about yet in the mid-1970s by most people)

I've seen you mention Blackadder before. I guess some of it's on youtube, right? It sounds funny enough to check out.

I didn't get it clear when you said you never heard Duane play live (I was too young for that), but did you mean that you had for all those others?

Gotta say that I don't know all of "Live from From Fillmore East", but I hear that the Grateful Dead was considered "The Allman Brothers of the East", haha! OK, maybe the other way around, and Europe '72 (on vinyl) is one of my favorites, especially Jack Straw from Wichita.

Also, I had the very same thought when I first heard that Bob Seger complaint song, much later, in the '80s probably. I thought "nobody was making fun about long hair on guys in the mid-'70s!" WTH, but maybe Mr. Seger liked his lyric that would have applied better during the days depicted in "Easy Rider" - 1969?
Wednesday - January 13th 2021 1:59PM MST
PS: The page may have reloaded itself. I don't arrange that, and it's one thing that happens on the unz site too (not so much the comments, which do great in getting kept in memory for a while), but the whole page. I'll go offline and want to read comments, but the site reloads itself and "poof", no page at all). I'd love it if Mr. Smith could explain some of this, and I'd like to have control over it. Some of it is in the browser caching settings or something that resets session variables, I dunno... Hey, Adam! Help us.
Wednesday - January 13th 2021 7:46AM MST
PS. Odd thing. I was in the process of composing one of my brilliant disquisitions yesterday when my son called - by the time I got back to finish my comment it had gone!

Anyway, thanks for the tune- it’s been a while since I’ve heard the ARS, and this tune in particular.

And, while it’s not an automatic dislike, I tend not to appreciate songs about being a rock and roller, plays about “the actor’s life”, etc. One exception is Blackadder, who did it several times to make fun of the theater:

Blackadder: (noticing there's no one surrounding the actors) Ahh, if I can just squeeze through this admiring rabble... (mimes wading through a crowd) Gentlemen, I've come with a proposition.

Actor: How dare you, sir. You think, just because we're actors, we sleep with *everyone*!

Blackadder: I think, being actors, you're lucky to sleep with *anyone*....

Oh, and that Bob Seeger song is REALLY bad- by 1973 nobody gave a shit about long hair.

Anyway, southern rock was a cool deal, the Allmans were kings, of course; sadly I never got a chance to see Duane play live, but much other good stuff and bands: ARS, CDB, Skynerd, Marshall Tucker, and the lesser, but still good bands like Molly Hatchett, Barefoot Jerry, Wet Willie, etc. I’m sure I’ve left some out.

I personally wore out 3 copies of Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore East- and, I wonder what the Venn diagram of people who owned Fillmore and Europe ‘72 ( wore out three copies of that, too) was. Pretty close to a perfect circle I’d imagine.

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