By Leila Dycus staff writer
Sweet Harmony, wowed the Rutledge crowd last week solidifying a fan base in the town and leaving residents wanting more. “There were people that had never heard of Sweet Harmony that were just blown away by them,” said Concert Series Director Terry Reeves. “I believe that they have now built their fan base in Rutledge.” Sweet Harmony made their Rutledge debut on Friday, July 25 as part of the town’s summer concert series. The band brought a new genre of music to the town’s gazebo. Despite other area events and the heat loyal fans and local residents crowded the park for an unforgettable concert. The band came to Rutledge from Covington. Joellen Artz was behind bringing the group to Rutledge. After seeing Sweet Harmony in Newborn Artz encouraged Reeves to book the band for the concert series. Reeves researched the band, listening to them on YouTube and felt they would bring a unique sound to the concert series. “Serious signer song writer enthusiasts will know the songwriters,” said Reeves. The band played covers of songs by songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt. Sweet Harmony was composed of three female lead singers, a base player and a guitar player. There sound was a mix of bluegrass and new grass also known as Americana. The concert series has had bluegrass music tied in but nothing quite like the sounds of Sweet Harmony. The band was truly a unique treat for listeners of all ages. Reeves said that 30 to 40 percent of the crowd had heard of the band before but the rest had not. After the Sweet Harmony show Rutledge residents encouraged the concert series directors to bring them back to town next year. The summer series is well underway and making a huge impression on the ears of the audiences.
Reeves went on to say that she believes the concert series will be back again next summer. However, it’s not over yet. On Friday August 1 Diane Durrett will grace the Rutledge Park. Durrett has performed with or opened for names such as Tina Turner, Sting, Delbert McClinton, and Gregg Allman just to name a few. She will sing along side Melissa Massey. Durrett is based out of Atlanta. Reeves, a former band and concert manager, often featured the well-known singer at her festivals and events. She felt that Durrett would be the perfect addition to the Rutledge concert line up. “If you haven’t come out to the Rutledge concerts yet I would tell you these are some of the best music in the Southeast at no charge and you don’t want to miss this Friday’s concert,” said Reeves. “It is a rare opportunity to see such a talented musician as Diane Durrett in our area at no charge.” The Diane Durrett and Melissa Massey show will begin this coming Friday at 7 in downtown Rutledge. Audiences are encouraged to bring their tables and decorations. The series is offering a table-decorating contest with a prize of dinner for two at The Caboose.