Posted On: Monday - January 11th 2021 5:07PM MST
In Topics:   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.