Gene Simmons, Buddy Buie, Mean Gene The Postman, Billy Gibbons in Lee Pake's Office
Thu, 20 Apr 2006 17:48:37 -0700 (PDT)
Hey guys,It's been awhile.
I'm still hanging around reading the posts without much to say. I'm a pretty quiet person anyway. So, I came across this article from April 2000 that I think you all might like to read.
I think I found it in what is called the Smokey Mountain News.
Pretty interesting ARS stuff, some I did not know.
Into the Rhythm
By Hunter Pope
The term “Dinosaur Rock” is as nonexistent as the name suggests.
Think about it.
Dinosaurs obviously no longer habitate this world. They were (in theory)destroyed by a comet that plunged to earth millions of years ago. Thus the title, extinct.
However, I see this irksome phrase applied liberally to such great bands as the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. This label had also been unfairly branded on The Atlanta Rhythm Section.Like the former bands mentioned, ARS has rocked in some form for 30-plus years.
The triumvirate foundation of Ronnie Hammond (lead vocals), Barry Bailey (lead guitar) and Dean Daughtry (keyboards) has been a stable adhesive in the group’s continuing existence.
“You caught me at a good time,” said Barry Bailey from his home in Georgia. I wondered what important matterI had torn him from. There was no telling from such a talented guitarist as Bailey. His senior year in high school was quite different from his classmates. How many adolescents can say they opened up for the Yardbirds and Jeff Beck?
Bailey’s primary income,however, came from being a studio musician.
Buddy Buie-- co-founder, producer, and principle songwriter for ARS -- brought in Bailey to help begin a work in progress to land some of Atlanta’s best musicians under one sellable name.
Thirty years, two platinums,two golds, and 14 albums later, the “project” seems to have worked. Better yet, Bailey is still wowing audiences.
The important matter?
“Yeah, I was taking a break from mowing the yard,”Bailey said. Hmmm ... no limos waiting. No Keith Richards having a cocktail in the den. No consuming ego. This would be a good interview.
“We had all made so many records for people that it only made sense to come together,” Barry said. Dean Daughtry had played with Roy Orbison's back-up group,the Candymen, and he was part of the Classics IV when Buie brought him in. Bailey had jammed with such bands as the Byrds, the Who, Bo Diddley, and the Beach Boys.
“It was Buddy (Buie) that instigated the record deal,”Bailey said.
But success did not show up overnight.The first two albums, “The Atlanta Rhythm Section” and“Back Up Against the Wall” had minuscule sales.
“You never know,” said Bailey. “There’s no guarantee.Our idea of great was not that accurate. The competition is always there, from other bands. I think our improv style hurt at first. It took longer, but it was at least honest. We had to hone the live part ...it was a conscious effort by all involved.”
A beacon in the midst came with the second album.
Singer Rodney Justo was replaced by the charismatic Ronnie Hammond.
“Rodney was a little less patient than the rest of theband,” Bailey explained. “He was a very good singer, but he had family ... he’s now a beer and wine distributor in Tampa. At the time, Ronnie (fresh outof high school) was a sound engineer. The drummer at the time, Robert Nix, got Ronnie, and we did the second album with him on lead vocals. He even did some writing.
ARS switched record companies and decided to tour and refine their live sound. Three more albums sold moderately, but not up to expectations. That would change with “A Rock and Roll Alternative.”
“For the first time, we had a deadline -- 45 days. We actually had to work a little harder. We definitely benefited from the added pressure,” said Bailey.
Hardwork gave the band a platinum album and the top 10 hit, “So Into You.” Next came “Champagne Jam” (1978), which produced two more top 10 hits with “Imaginary Lover” and “I’m Not Gonna Let it Bother Me Tonight.”
Their jam style was at the height of appreciation in1978, when 50,000 fans packed Georgia Tech’s Grant Field for the Champagne Jam. Atlanta’s darlings of rock and roll had made it, but little had changed.
“Sure, we had nice buses instead of rentals, and we had nicer suits, although none of us had ever been known for fashion statements. Our playing didn’t really change. The egos stayed under control ... for a few years.”
Four more albums followed, each meeting with substantial success.
A hiatus came in 1983 when one of the supports broke away from the foundation. Ronnie Hammond left with Buddy Buie to pursue other creative interests.
“It was kind of a releif that the band broke up for a little while,” said Bailey. “Egos by now were a little out of whack and, to pardon the standard band cliche,there were artistic differences. It was kind of scary for awhile. Dean (Daughtry) and I kept some form of the group together. There were different line-ups, and a record deal fell apart. Like I said, it was scary, but it was a relief at the same time. We had new approaches to things. There was no real stress.”
Bailey called the reunion in 1989 pleasant.
“We all felt good to work together again,” Bailey said. A tour and four more albums ensued. ARS was a band again. However, there were intermittent pauses of tragedy. Last year, Ronnie Hammond had an altercation with police in Macon, Ga., that led to him being shot.His life was spared. Drummer R.J. Vealey sustained a fatal heart attack last Nov. 30, minutes after anOrlando show.
The new year sees the musicians recovering modestly,with Bailey adding some positive reinforcements to the band’s future.
“Ronnie’s been given a new life, he’s given up alcohol, joined AA, and has made some very significant changes in his life ... R.J. Vealey was an incredible drummer, but Jim Keeling, the new drummer, has filled in nicely.”
The 1999 album, “Eufaula,” is a tribute to Eufaula,Ala. -- a beautiful town and lake community. It is also home to ARS’s creative outlets. They write and record demos at manager Buddy Buie’s lake house. The comforting air of Eufaula melds nicely with the concept of the album.
“The album’s different from the last few,” Bailey said. “I like the continuity. It’s all original material, and there’s no acoustic trend-- yes, we did fall into that. Everything, including the enthusiasm, was fresh.”
The proudest moment for band members came last year,when ARS was inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame. ARS is a band with little ego and a lot humble, simplistic attitudes.
What’s left is a primal expression of music that’s multi-layered improv at the same time. Dinosaur rock?
It was a difficult gig for Mean Gene & his band at the $100,000 a plate gig they played out to the university.
They played on schedule, however, after the gig they worn out grayheaded asses agreed to play for the servers among whom were dropdead gorgeous
coeds invited to come on stage and sing. Unfortunately, one of Mean Gene's bandmates uttered the words ,"You girls need to take your tops off!" which Dean Wormer heard.
Which brings us to the lesson #1 of the day boys and girls:
NEVER ALLOW A BASS PLAYER TO DRINK SCOTCH NEAR A LIVE MIKE!
Opening day for the Compassion Flower Inn is set for April 20, or 4-20, a number that over the years has acquired peculiar significance for the stoner set, although no one can quite explain why. Die-hard pot smokers like to light up at 4:20 p.m., and April 20 is a popular date for pot-themed parties.
4-20, CAPN SKYP AND THE SKYPRANKSTERS
AT THE WOW HALL IN EUGENE, OREGON,
DOING AN ALL NEW INAUGURAL PERFORMANCE OF THEIR ORIGINAL WORK:
FOUR TWENTY IN THE BOOK
FOUR TWENTY IN THE BOOK
by the Skypranksters
In 1957 a bunch of students
at San Mateo High School
invented a code so their
parents wouldn't know
what they were talking about.
They substituted numbers for words
and one of the numbers was 4 20
and it became so well known it
acquired a whole new set of meanings like the
cop code for a grass bust
and purty soon everyone
had it figgered out.
A brilliant deduction, Holmes.
Nodding to it he replies
scratching his nuts
thinking it's his brains
rolled up and twisted at the ends
too tight to light but we got it lit and we were lit too,too high, too tight, just right
Outta sight dynamite
words take flight
who's the crook
who's the cook
you know where to look
four twenty in the book
Well I stood up on my thoughts today,
Yeh, I got up on this rock to say
Take me home Take me home in your special way
4 my bags are packedon this 20 day
Take me down, Take me down to the river's edge
To hear Gospel John slide
with Sister Sledge
We'll meet and greet
on the water's waves
Callin' Janis and
Jimmy and the Purple Sage
Well it's 4-20
and we start the day
Yes it's 4-20 in our special way
Yeh it's 4-20
time to change the view
42-0 and the Truth Rings True
Whoop de doop goes the running scoop
It'll let you know when to piss and poop
It'll feed your baby and heat your soup
Till the 4-20 leaves and you fly the coup
Off I went to the Condor's tent
Blew my face till my mind got bent
Fell through the mix for the fortieth time
Sold my soul for a 4-20 rhyme
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 1:21 PM
Shoot me a copy or send me a link to download the day Coach Bryant expired and it it's wuf' a shit I'll send word to the Frosh and Soph players and Coaches from 69'. We still keep up with each other although I havn't made any of the reunions so far.
Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:07 PM
"robert o register" email@example.com
Muchas Gracias for the interview. It was mucho grande!!
Buenos dias, chimichangas & rellenos to all,
RE: Hey Finebaum, Let Me Know If You Want To Delete The Buie Interview From My Blog!
Wed, 19 Apr 2006 09:51:58 -0500
"robert register" firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert this is funny as hell. I appreciate you keeping me looped up on this BB
stuff…he is really excited about it…
Re: BB, Finebaum & The Cue: Need CD of BB's Finebaum Interview So I Can Transcribe & Post!
Tue, 18 Apr 2006 18:49:36 -0400
Thanks,for the song
I need to work on my typing skills.
Good God, I didn't even spell my own name right....pathetic.
It's interesting to hear this Robert,
I don't know if you've ever heard Buddy sing.
I have to be honest,
I LOVE to hear him sing.
It's not like he is the greatest singer in the world but, something there moves me.
I've always thought that Ronnie Hammond sounded like Buddy if Buddy was a singer,
and I think that in a lot of ways Ronnie was the perfect vehicle for many of Buddy's songs.
I also think that it's kinda' cute that Buddy is out "promoting" one of his songs.
I'll bet it's been 20 years since he's done that........and he doesn't even have to.
He just WANTS to.
Wed, 19 Apr 2006 11:04:44 EDT
I am sorry to be late getting back to you with thanks for including me as one of your e-mail buddies.<>
I was just reading the interview with Buddy Buie.
What a great man of music huh? He has a knack for knowing a great song! He can't help it...
About your friend that thinks he has a sexy voice. She is right, he is great, I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know a little of Buddy and Gloria through my husband Jimmy Dean. Two finer people you just can not find anywhere.
No Buddy didn't pay me to say that neither did Gloria.
Those two were just made for each other.
I just want to say, keep up the good work we all enjoy your mail.
Keep the real songs of our age group alive, that was great music and lyrics, still is in my book.