Atlanta Rhythm Section
Atlanta Rhythm Section, sometimes abbre-
viated ARS, is an American southern rock
band. The band unofficially formed in 1970
as former members of the Candymen and the
Classics IV became the session band for the
newly opened Studio One in Doraville, Geor-
gia, near Atlanta.
The story of the Atlanta Rhythm Section
began in Doraville, GA, a small town north-
east of Atlanta, in 1970. Local Atlanta engin-
eer Rodney Mills built a new studio in
Doraville with the support of music publisher
Bill Lowery, producer/songwriter/manager
Buddy Buie, and songwriter/guitarist J.R.
Cobb. The studio was dubbed Studio One and
would become one of the preeminent studios
in the Atlanta area. Over the years, artists
who recorded there included Al Kooper,
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe South, Bonnie Bramlett,
Dickey Betts, B.J. Thomas and Billy Joe Royal.
The Atlanta Rhythm Section originally
came together as the house band at Studio
One. Buie recruited three musicians he had
worked with previously in the Candymen, a
group that had backed Roy Orbison, singer
Rodney Justo, keyboardist Dean Daughtry
and drummer Robert Nix. Buie, Cobb and
Daughtry had been part of the group the
Classics IV - remembered for hits including
"Spooky", "Stormy" and "Traces". Two talen-
ted local session players also joined in - gui-
tarist Barry Bailey and bassist Paul Goddard.
These musicians played on a number of other
artists’ records and the decision was made to
make an album on their own in 1971.
Buie wanted the best players doing his
songs as a guitar based band, and he wrote,
produced and managed the group, now called
Atlanta Rhythm Section (or ARS), from the
start. Buie, Daughtry and Nix did a lot of the
songwriting together. The Rhythm Section
would play on other’s albums 3 to 4 days a
week and then work on their own material.
They recorded a demo featuring instrument-
als and over a couple of years pulled together
material for an album. The demo got them a
two record deal with MCA/Decca, and so ARS
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