image stolen from Images of America Houston County- The Frist Hunnerd Years
Look like I be heading south to Dothan Sattiddee.
One of the most wonderful things that happened during last summer's reunion was one of my old girlfriends telling me, "Robert, you always seemed to come from a happy family."
Yeah, you right!
Another kewl little nugget was one of the beauty queens telling me that when they axed Miss Dothan what it was like to have sex with Mr. Football, she said, "It's like a big cigar."
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New mural celebrates local musical influences
By Peggy Ussery
Published: April 30, 2009
The images are larger than life.
On one end of the brick wall is the legendary Ray Charles with his trademark dark glasses. On the other end is Bobby Goldsboro, known for his 1969 hit “Honey,” holding a guitar. The two musicians may seem to have nothing in common, but they share a connection to the Wiregrass. And they’re among the musicians immortalized on a brick wall in downtown Dothan.
“There just aren’t enough walls to tell the story of music in the Wiregrass,” mural artist Wes Hardin said.
It started out as a mural dedicated to the arts. But as the Festival of Murals committee began reviewing designs and options, one mural became three. This makes 20 murals for downtown Dothan.
The first in the series, painted on the side of a law office in the 300 block of North Foster Street, should be completed in time for this weekend’s Mural City Art Fest street festival. The street festival is Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the downtown historic district. Activities will be held at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Poplar Head Park, the Dothan Opera House and along North Foster Street.
Eventually, there will be a gospel/jazz mural and a country music mural. There is also an interactive aspect planned so visitors can use a radio to listen to a narrative about the music murals and samples of music by the artists featured.
The first mural focuses on contemporary musicians with Wiregrass connections.
There are musicians — like brothers John Rainey and David Adkins — who may not be as well known or musicians whose Wiregrass connections aren’t so obvious.
David Adkins remembers his older brother John Rainey Adkins working on the song “Georgia Pines,” which John Rainey wrote with Buddy Buie, at the family’s home on West Main Street in downtown Dothan.
John Rainey Adkins played with The Webs, which backed-up Roy Orbison during the National Peanut Festival in the late 1960s. Orbison was so impressed, he hired the group as his permanent back-up band and called them The Candymen.
“There’s a lot of talent that comes out of this part of the country,” David Adkins said. “I’m glad they’re finally being acknowledged.”
And he can’t believe he’s up there with them.
“It’s really kind of overwhelming at first,” the 55-year-old Adkins said. “It’s just a real honor to up there for all time.”
David Adkins played with John Rainey, who was 12 years older, in the group Beaverteeth. And he thinks his brother, who died of a heart attack in 1989 at age 47, would be honored to be included in the mural.
“He would love it, I’m sure,” David Adkins said. “He’d be thrilled.”
Who’s in the mural?
Ray Charles — Born in Albany, Ga., the blind soul singer known for hits like “Georgia on My Mind” and “Hit the Road Jack.”
Dean Daughtry — Keyboardist with the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Daughtry, who is from Kinston, also played with Roy Orbison’s back-up band The Candymen and with the group Classics IV.
Buddy Buie — A songwriter and producer from Dothan who now lives in Eufaula. He wrote or co-wrote songs such as “Traces” and “Spooky.” He has been recognized by both Alabama’s and Georgia’s Music Hall of Fame.
David Adkins — Dothan musician who played with Beaverteeth, once the back-up band for B.J. Thomas.
John Rainey Adkins — Dothan musician and member of The Webs. He played lead guitar with The Candymen, Roy Orbison’s back-up band.
Wilbur Walton Jr. — Another Dothan musician who performed with The Candymen. He later played with The James Gang.
Mickey Thomas — Born in Cairo, Ga., Thomas was best known for singing lead on the 1976 song “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” while with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, he became lead singer of Jefferson Starship, which was formerly known as Jefferson Airplane and then later known as just Starship. While Thomas was on vocals, Jefferson Starship had hits with “Sara,” “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now” and “We Built This City.”
Martha Reeves — That’s Martha Reeves as in Martha and the Vandellas, the popular Motown act known for early 1960s songs like “Heatwave” and “Dancing in the Streets.” Reeves was born in Eufaula, although she was raised in Detroit. On the mural she is flanked by the Vandellas.
Bobby Goldsboro — Born in Marianna, Fla., and moved to Dothan at 15. Goldsboro was with The Webs and then The Candymen before going solo. He had a number one song, “Honey,” in 1968.
image courtesy of www.myspace.com/music4medsMUSIC for MEDS
The Sweet Healing Power of Rock n' Roll
by Sonny Edwards
One of the largest single day Rock and Roll parties in the valley's history is going to take place on June 7th at The Crossroads Music Hall, 115 Clinton Ave. E., in downtown Huntsville. "MUSIC 4 MEDS" is the Concert to Benefit The Cmmunity Free Clinic. Doors open at 1:00PM, and music begins at 2:00PM, and will continue nonstop until the wee hours. A minimum donation of $10.00 is requested, but if you feel more generous you are encouraged to act on your emotions. The growing line up of confirmed artist at this time includes (alphabetically)
5 0' CLOCK CHARLIE, THE ALABAMA BLUES BROTHERS, DAVE ANDERSON,
ANGRY NATIVE, BACKWATER, THE BREAKERS,PETE CARR,MICROWAVE DAVE & THE NUKES, SONNY EDWARDS, ROBB & MARY EZELL, DAVE KRANTZ, SANDY LANE, MICHAEL BUFFALO SMITH, PlaStation, and Toy Shop. You may go online and visit http://www.myspace.com/music4meds
for continuos updates.
The Community Free Clinic, located at 410 Sivley Rd. in Huntsville, is in the business of helping people, many who simply can't afford to get medical attention and life saving and sustaining medications anywhere else. The Clinic and it's volunteers do this all year long. They help people, and they never fail to do it with respect and professionalism, leaving the patients dignity intact. Lately the numbers of people seeking help at the clinic has been steadily growing. The economy sure isn't helping. When people lose their jobs they usually lose their medical insurance as well. When people don't have insurance, they often fail to get early treatment of many illnesses that could be easily managed, but left undiagnosed often become much more serious, even resulting in death.
When I learned the Clinic itself needed help, financial help to continue to serve the community, I talked to a few of my fellow musicians. The result was the decision to do a benefit concert one evening to help the folks who are working to help others all year long.
Jamie Hunter, Jeff Goltz, and David McLain volunteered their venue, Crossroads Music Hall, with it's great stage, sound system and light show, and the folks who run it. All of the artist are donating their time and talents. Jill Wood, of The Valley Planet is donating ad space to get the word out in the community. Even our logo was donated. Everyone I've talked to has been so amazingly generous, helpful, enthusiastic and supportive.
At times like these, I imagine we all wish we were wealthy enough to write a huge check to solve the problems that arise, but for most of us, the best we can do is pitch in a little, and try to get the job done. If you can afford to show up and donate a few bucks, we promise to play our hearts out for you and make it worth your while.
Won't you plan on coming out and being a part of this celebration? Together we can do a lot to help our community, and have a great time doing it. Hope to see you there! Thanks so much for your help and support.