Saturday Night at the Star Bar

July 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

It was another incredible night at Atlanta’s Star Bar for the music I like to hear. Rockbridge Heights, Whiskey Belt, Caroline & the Ramblers… and the Billygoats

Here’s the cool flyer for the big night

Unfortunately I couldn’t get to Little Five Points soon enough to see Rockbridge Heights. As I walked in, the boys and girls of Whiskey Belt were going on stage. They’re a classic country, honky-tonk band with a killer line-up of musicians and out front, Rich DeSantis and Lindsay Rakers on vocals.

Lindsay Rakers and Rich DeSantis

For Saturday night, they were joined by New Yorker Rex Hussman on accordion. They rocked through their repertoire of originals and tunes by Faron Young, Buck Owens, and the like. Then, they did a rootsy version of an old Bobby Bare song.

“Streets of Baltimore”

“Hello Walls” and “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young”

They knocked the crowd for a loop with the Dusty Springfield tune “Son of a Preacher Man”. Lindsay really stood out on this one.

One of big reasons we were all there was to support the release of Caroline and the Rambler’s new CD “Red Hot” Mama. It’s loaded-up with 15 hot tracks…

Available for Download on and iTunes

Caroline arrived to the beat of a brand-new band featuring Danny Arana on guitar. Here’s just a taste of what they served up to a wildly appreciate audience:

“Since You Been Gone”

“Mr. Teardrop”

Caroline and the Ramblers – Wasn’t Ready for the Heartache from Al Schrack on Vimeo.

“Wasn’t Ready for the Heartache”

It was an amazing performance by Caroline and the boys … but the night was just getting started.

At about 12:30am, The Billygoats jumped on stage, and the already-excited crowd went into a frenzy. The songs with a heavy walking boogie bass line made it hard to stop moving.

The Billygoats (from Nashville)

“All Messed Up & It Don’t Phase Me”

“Boo Hoo”

“Smack Me”

At 2am, the band and the crowd was still going strong… I however had to leave due to aging knees, and an exciting day at work beckoning at 3am.

See ya next time,


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