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Local band Southbound revels in numerous honors, plans several area concerts

Southbound is on a roll.

The local band, which recorded a CD in August 2005 in Nashville, has had a full concert schedule, recently recorded another full-length CD and was recently featured in two Augusta publications.

"We are just trying to do as much as we can right now and not really turn down anything. It's a full-time job, though," said Chris Powers, who plays the rhythm, lead and slide guitars for the band.

In September, Southbound was elected Best Country Act 2006 by more than 1,000 readers of Metro Spirit alternative newspaper.

Mr. Powers said the band also was featured in CSRA It magazine, played at the Alabama State Fair in Tuscaloosa, has held several concerts at The Country Club in Augusta and also at the Thomson Country Club, has opened for T. Graham Brown and Shenandoah and played for a fishing tournament at Wildwood Park. In November, the band recorded live at the Blue Horse Music Hall in Augusta.

"They were definitely a high energy country rock band," said Jason Barron, Blue Horse house manager. "It went incredibly well, they put on a great show. That's the reason we wanted them to come back, because they were really high energy and they got the crowd going."

Tomorrow night at the Blue Horse, Southbound will play the opening act for Nashville group Lady Antebellum.

"They invited us back pretty quick," Mr. Powers said. "They said they really liked what we did...that really means a lot when the people that work there said they had fun."

Southbound band members are Mr. Powers - who also plays mandolin and harmonica, bass player Jake Jacobs, drummer Johnnie Brantley, back-up singer Robbie Ansley and keyboard and acoustics player Bart Ficzere, all from Thomson, lead vocalist Tony Cannon from Moultrie and rhythm and lead guitar player Ed Gaskill from Harlem.

"We're practicing like crazy and writing new songs," Mr. Powers said. "We're starting to build a following, getting a good reputation, starting to make some noise."

The band's first CD, Up to my Neck in Red, is available at Mr. Powers isn't sure when the new Blue Horse CD will be available, but fans may find more information at

Opportunities to hear Southbound

8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8

The Blue Horse Music Hall

985 Broad Street, Augusta


9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16

The Country Club

2834 Washington Road, Augusta


8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31

Thomson Country Club

New Year's Eve Party/Todd Brooks Memorial


Web posted on Thursday, December 07, 2006

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