Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Georgia Satellites also on Copperhead bill at Sparta

From their bar band roots to their chart-crashing megahits to their current tour of sold-out shows, The Georgia Satellites have kept the world moving to sweet, gritty, three-chord rock n roll.

Founded in 1985 by Rick Richards, Rick Price, singer Dan Baird and drummer Mauro Magellan, the Satellites quickly launched into stardom on the back of rockers like Keep Your Hands to Yourself, Battleship Chains, Hippy Hippy Shake and others.  Critically acclaimed albums and mind-bending performances earned the boys a permanent spot in music history.

They are best known for their 1986 top five hit single "Keep Your Hands to Yourself", and draw inspiration from Chuck Berry, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, and AC/DC.
After a brief sabbatical following the departure of Baird, the Georgia Satellites reunited in 1993. After various lineups over the years, led by original member Rick Richards (lead guitar and vocals), along with Bruce Smith (bass and vocals), Fred McNeal (guitar, vocals) and Todd Johnston (drums) they continued to perform. The most recent album (1997) Shaken Not Stirred was a mix of re-recordings of their earlier material and eight new songs: "Running Out", "Let It Rock (Bye Bye Johnny)", "Deep in the Heart of Dixie", "Anna Lee", "My Fault", "Shaken Not Stirred", "She Fades Away", and "Rain".

Baird performs with his band, Homemade Sin, which features three former members of the Georgia Satellites. Mauro Magellan joined The Crashers after moving to Wisconsin in the early 1990s. Mauro played on both of Bairds solo albums and continues to tour with him as a member of Homemade Sin, which also includes bassist Keith Christopher, formerly of Keith and the Satellites. In addition, Dan Baird performs as a member of the country groups Trent Summar & The New Row Mob and The Yayhoos.

Along with his commitment to the Georgia Satellites, Richards also plays with former Guns n' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin in his band, Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds. They toured in the 1990s and have recorded seven albums, most of which can be found on iTunes. Richards also does recording sessions with musicians of his genre. A snippet of 'Keep Your Hands to Yourself' currently on the radio in a car commercial has been giving a bit of exposure to and creating interest with various age groups.
Tickets are available at www.copperheadmusicfestival.com

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