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Hammer Jam benefits Habitat for Humanity

Evergreen Family Band performs on stage during the multi-band musical event Hammer Jam in the parking lot of Austin’s Fire Grill on Saturday. The event benefitted Flint River Habitat for Humanity. See if you were SPOTTED at www.albanyherald.com.

Evergreen Family Band performs on stage during the multi-band musical event Hammer Jam in the parking lot of Austin’s Fire Grill on Saturday. The event benefitted Flint River Habitat for Humanity. See if you were SPOTTED at www.albanyherald.com.

ALBANY, Ga. — Put an aggressive electric guitar and a tambourine for rhythm together with a woman who knows what a deep-felt refrain can do and you’ve got Roxanne and Ed.

Opening the Hammer Jam show in the parking lot of Austin’s Fire Grill Saturday to benefit The Flint River Habitat for Humanity the usually acoustic duo rocked out.

Handling songs from Springsteen’s “Fire” to Allannah Myles’ throaty “Black Velvet” and many more the duet of Roxanne Seven and Ed Edwards delivered a wide variety of tunes and held out the promise of more music from other bands to take the listener into the night.

“I’ve been listening to them for a long time,” said Clint Harrigton, of Dawson. “Roxanne is just unbelievable.”

Believe it. It was all in the name of supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity, said restaurant owner Austin Newman.

“I just think what Habitat does by allowing people to work for their homes, does a great service to the community,” Newman said. “They don’t give a hand out, they give a hand up. I’m glad to help them.”

So were volunteers such as Susan Payne of Lee County who helped at one of the booths with raffle tickets for a 50-50 and other prizes.

“I was just looking for something to volunteer with in the community,” Payne said. “This came up, they do good work and here I am to help out.”

Flint River Habitat has been helping people with housing for 25 years said Doug Adair, organization board member. Next is a “military build” project to help a veteran, he said.

Following Roxanne and Ed on the lineup were Rod Holt and the Fractured Souls, Evergree Blugrass, Caylee Anna Hammack Band and Relapse.