Song of the Day: Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Champagne Jam”

Atlanta Rhythm Section was formed in 1970 by members of two bands: The Candymen and Classics IV. They were the house band for the newly-opened Studio One recording studio in Doraville, Georgia (outside of Atlanta) before becoming a touring and performing band, but it wasn’t until 1978 that they found commercial success with Champagne Jam, their seventh studio album. This is the title track.

8 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Champagne Jam”

  1. They were called “The Steely Dan of The South”… that was better than the southern rock tag they had…great musicians.

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    1. I think calling them Southern rock was a matter of convenience. There was a lot more diversity: you had the Allmans and Lynyrd Skynyrd on one hand, and ARS and Marshall Tucker on the other. ARS were studio musicians and crossed all kinds of genres out of necessity. Maybe not as complex as some of the stuff Steely Dan got into, but still more complex.

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      1. Yea it’s all mixed up. When I think of Southern Rock… I think of Lynyrd Skynryd, Molly Hatchet, and the Outlaws.
        As strange as it sounds…I never thought of the Allmans like that…I guess because of the jazz influences. I guess it is a perspective thing. Where I live I know some people who love the genre…I never really did as much although there are songs I like. The Allmans were the most talented to come out of the south during that period…to me anyway.
        ARS’s southern label was purely regional I guess. They did play with Lynyrd Skynyrd back then in the same clubs…diffferent style though of course.

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        1. You’re right, the Allmans could toss in some jazz to go with the country and blues (and rock, of course), at least in their earlier days. Duane Allman was a fantastic session player and crossed genres all the time, and brought a lot of that to the table with the ABB.

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