Champagne and Hush Puppies, Y’All 

Refried Southern rock in the vein of Molly Hatchet got the Atlanta Rhythm Section nowhere, so in 1978 the band went for the charts with Champagne Jam. The album’s essentially a boogie interpretation of Steely Dan's razor-sharp jazz-rock, especially on the title track, “Evileen" and the top-ten hit "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight." The Atlanta Rhythm Section's rotating cast during its heyday was made up of Georgia session men and career studio studs with chops out the ass, so the new radio-friendly direction certainly made sense; though even at its best, Champagne Jam lacks the complexity and depth of The Dan. The requisite thirty-years-later festival tour line-up, with two members left from the ´70s, performs the band's best-known hits at 5 p.m. at Union Station (1820 Market Street; 314-421-6655 or as part of the free Sounds at the Station concert series on the outdoor Lake Stage.

Speaking of...

Latest in Night & Day

More by Matthew Everett

Best Things to Do In St. Louis


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

© 2018 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation