From their start as the house band at the famed Studio One, to playing for tens of thousands of fans at festivals and arenas – ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION earned their place as one of the top acts in Country Rock!
The original members of ARS came together playing as the house musicians at the famed Studio One, recording home to such country rock greats as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dicky Betts, and 38 Special. Their 1974 album “Third Annual Pipe Dream” climbed to number 74 on the U.S. charts and gave the group their first regional hit, “Doraville”, which reached the Top 40 along with “Angel”, which was released as a single and reached number 75 as a regional hit.
“Champagne Jam”, released in January 1978, was their breakthrough album that marked the zenith of music-making, critical support and popular acclaim for ARS, hitting the Top 10 and quickly going Gold. The title track was released as a single and “I’m Not Gonna Let it Bother Me Tonight” made it into the Top 20. But it was “Imaginary Lover” that proved to be the band’s biggest hit, reaching number 7 on the charts.
The band rode the wave of success well, producing albums which netted them more Top 40 singles and cemented their reputation as amazing live performers. With 15 albums of outstanding songwriting and performances, ARS embodies all that the phrase “classic rock” implies.