River Girls and Craig to perform at KASU Bluesday Tuesday May 13
Members of a Mid-South musical dynasty, “The River Girls and Craig,” will entertain the audience at KASU Radio station’s next Bluesday Tuesday concert May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Newport, Arkansas Country Club.
Donna Rhodes Morris will join her sister Sandra Rhodes, her husband Craig Morris, and their longtime co-performer Brenda “Bear” Barnett to present an evening of Memphis rhythm and blues, Nashville country, and favorite pop hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
Sandy and Donna Rhodes, daughters of longtime performers Dusty and Dot Rhodes, came of age in their hometown of Memphis during the late 1960s and early ‘70s -- the Bluff City’s golden age of hit-making. The Rhodes sisters began an impressive career singing harmonies on recording sessions in Memphis, Muscle Shoals (Ala.), New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Miami. Their voices can be heard on such recordings by Elvis Presley as “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto” and “Kentucky Rain;” The Bee Gees recording “Rest Your Love on Me;” Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and other hits; and tracks by B.J. Thomas, Neil Diamond and Mac Davis.
Brenda “Bear” Barnett joined the Rhodes Family Band as a bass player in 1979 at the age of 18. She and Sandy added their distinctive harmony to records by Mel Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Ray Stevens and David Lynn Jones. The songwriting team of Brenda Barnett, Sandy Rhodes, Charlie Chalmers and Wayne Carson scored a number one country hit by writing “The Clown” for Conway Twitty in 1981.
Upcoming Bluesday Tuesday Concert
June 10 Zyndall Raney Band