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For a band that hadn’t appeared together in at least five years, it seemed like little had changed. The Cigar Store Indians thrilled a SOLDOUT show at Smith’s Olde Bar Saturday (Aug. 18, 2012) night. Ben Friedman was back in front … Jimmy “Low Note” Lavender was back on lead guitar. On drums, the always precise, Matt Spaugh from Sonoramic Commando. On bass, was Atlanta music scene veteran, (“Blue Jays”) Jay Murphree. Friedman called Murphree “the glue” that brought the band back on stage after a half-decade absence. The beer-soaked crowd literally packed the upstairs room. Groups of fan stood arm-in-arm and sang (and shouted) along with their favorites from years past. As Friedman told “No Depression” magazine in 1998, “When you get onstage, everything else needs to be left behind,” he says. “The playing part is the best part of being in a band for me, the only thing that makes it worthwhile.”

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Flyer for the big event




Cigar Store Indians

Cigar Store Indians

the Crowd went Crazy!

the Crowd went Crazy!

Ben Friedman

Ben Friedman

Smith's Olde Bar

Smith’s Olde Bar

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The 1964 film distributed by Howco International is packed with stars. There’s no plot, but who cares. It was financed and produced by Hank Williams’ widow, Audrey. Unfortunately she sings a couple songs in the film. Despite the title, it was filmed in Nashville. It does feature a “Home Movie” of Hank Williams … shown by singer Hank Snow backstage to Hank Williams, Jr. In reality, it’s a clip from Williams appearance on the Kate Smith Evening Hour in 1951.

George Jones in “Country Music on Broadway”

The Stars:

COUNTRY MUSIC ON BROADWAY
STARRING:
RALPH EMERY
GEORGE JONES
BUCK OWENS
BILL ANDERSON
PORTER WAGONER
FLATT & SCRUGGS
STONEWALL JACKSON
FERLIN HUSKY
HANK SNOW
WILMA LEE & STONEY COOPER
SKEETER DAVIS
ROY DRUSKY
MERLE KILGORE
HANK WILLIAMS JR.
HANK WILLIAMS SR.
AUDREY WILLIAMS

You can watch the whole movie RIGHT HERE!

Rich Santis and Lindsay Rakers ... and Whiskey Belt

The cutest couple in classic country:  Rich Santis and Lindsay Rakers … and Whiskey Belt

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Truck Drivin’ Man

Seven Lonely Days

What do you get when you take a good-timing front man, an effervescent front woman, classic country tunes, an allstar lineup of local music legends, and a nice shot of bourbon? The answer, friends, is Whiskey Belt. Putting a nice sparkly coating of modern grit on some boot-stompin’ honky-tonk songs, Whiskey Belt channels the Grand Ole Opry circa 1957. Just a little more dangerous.

At the helm are Rich DeSantis and Lindsay Jo Rakers, two firecrackers with a combined energy that is downright infectious. See them live and you won’t wonder why they are winning hearts and moving feet. You’ll be too busy doing the Texas two-step.