On December 6, 2002, in Macon, Georgia, Ronnie Hammond of the Atlanta Rhythm Section gave his final performance. Ronnie lent his silky-smooth voice to such great ARS tunes as Doraville; So Into You; Champagne Jam; Back Up Against the Wall; Spooky and many, many, more. Ronnie felt it was time to give it up as "My kind of music isn't popular anymore," this truly remarkable vocalist stated. If the people in attendance were asked that question, they might disagree with Ronnie.
Ronnie choose the Whisky River venue in his hometown of Macon for his final show. A racous crowd of 1000+ were treated to a show that Ronnie said "Came from my heart, and it has been a long time since I could say that." Most in attendance would agree as Ronnie and his back up band of current Atlanta Rhythm Section members Steve Stone, Justin Senker, Dean Daughtry, and drummer Jim Keeling (who contributed a spirited drum solo)- joined by talented guitar player Mike Causey of Stillwater, and the sensational lead guitar playing of Wendall Cox (who sounded like he was with ARS from the beginning), belted out memorable hit after memorable hit.
Begining with "Back Up Against the Wall" (which Ronnie said was the "first song he ever sang with ARS") and ending with an encore of "Georgia Rhythm" Ronnie was flawless with his vocals and performance. Ronnie took the stage for one last song, and acoustic version of "My Song." Many members of his family, including his #1 fan (his mother), his wife Tracey, and son Jesse were in attendance for what may be his final performance, ever. "You never want to say never, just ask Michael Jordan, but this will probably be the last one." All of his fans can only hope that like Jordan, we will see our hero again!
Back Up Against The Wall
So Into You
Not the Only One
Outside Woman Blues