Don Ramblin’ Rhodes, a well-known writer for the Augusta Chronicle, has been doing what he loves for 44 years and has interviewed countless country music acts such as Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., and Ronnie Milsap.
“Not only the biggest names in country music. I’ve been face to face with John Lennon, Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan.”
Mr. Rhodes began his career writing for his high school newspaper and had his first by line run in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution when he was 16 but it wasn’t until an interview with a country music legend solidified his career choice.
“It’s because of Minnie Pearl, I was a police reporter in Savannah and did a story on her and people loved it so I started doing a country music column”.
That story lead to his first celebrity interview with Ethel Mermann and it has been a constant love of his ever since.
“I love it because I treat, I never said I’d do interviews, I always had to do conversations, I wanted to know about the human level as well”
After 44 years you would think Don would slow down a bit. But no, he writes for the Augusta Futurity, National Barrel Horse Association, an author of seven books, and still has a weekly column in the Augusta Chronicle called Ramblin’ Rhodes. Don has done many things in his life but there are some things he won’t do.
“I’m never gonna try skydiving! But if there’s an opportunity to do something I like then I’ll do it”
Rhodes is still very excited about music and how technology has improved ways to learn about new music and lives by the old motto If you find something you love, do it.
“That’s what I tell people, if you want to do something you love, do it. I have and I’m very happy”
You can catch Don Ramblin’ Rhodes article every week in the Augusta Chronicle. For your hometown stories, I’m John Lynn, WJBF News Channel 6