Coffmania Promises a Night of Celebration and Worship


The Coffmans will be hosting Coffmania on Oct. 26 at Danville Church of God. From left are Tamra, Louis and Canaan Coffman. (Photo furnished)

Family groups highlight annual homecoming

By John Herndon, Kentucky

As he was pulling things together for the third annual Coffmania celebration, Louis Coffman noticed something was happening as he was lining up singers for what is his group’s homecoming celebration.

“Every one of the groups is a father, mother, and a daughter,” Coffman smiled as we talked at the National Quartet Convention. “I don’t know if it was by design or coincidence. We have The Bakers, The Shireys, The Hinsons and, of course, the Coffmans will be there.”

That’s four groups, four dads, four moms, and four daughters. And it figures to be one great night of praise and worship on October 26. Continue reading “Coffmania Promises a Night of Celebration and Worship”

A talk with Greater Vision’s Rodney Griffin


Rodney Griffin draws a laugh during his remarks at Gerald Wolfe’s induction into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame on Sept. 24. From left are Donna Wolfe, Gerald Wolfe; Joseph Habedank, Griffin, Scott Fowler of Legacy Five (behind Griffin) and Jon Epley.

Somerset native reflects on career, explains one of newest songs

By John Herndon, Kentucky

It was fitting that Rodney Griffin was chosen as one of the speakers during the portion of the ceremony when Gerald Wolfe was officially inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame last week.

And it wasn’t surprising that Griffin punctuated his talk with some tears as he talked about his friend, mentor and, yes, boss with Greater Vision for the last 26 years.

“I cry very easily,” Griffin smiled as we talked shortly after the ceremony at the National Quartet Convention. “I always have, especially when I am talking about something so dear to me as a friendship. Gerald and his family were standing right there behind me, so it got to me and I got emotional.” Continue reading “A talk with Greater Vision’s Rodney Griffin”

Shaping Clay Jubilee brings monumental event to eastern Kentucky mountains


The Old Time Preachers Quartet, shown in a recent concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, will be singing at Shaping Clay Jubilee on Saturday, Oct. 5.

By John Herndon,

A little tug at Donnie Stevens’ heart has grown into a monumental weekend in the mountains of eastern Kentucky.

The inaugural Shaping Clay Jubilee gets underway at 5 p.m. on Friday evening, Oct. 4, with Heaven’s Mountain Band, The Shepherds and the host group, the Stevens Family Tradition. At noon the following day, Steve Gulley opens, followed by the Old Time Preachers Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Hoppers and The Isaacs.

Wow. Make that WOW!

And it’s FREE admission!! Continue reading “Shaping Clay Jubilee brings monumental event to eastern Kentucky mountains”

NQC was all I expected and more

By John Herndon,

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I loaded the car Monday morning and headed to Pigeon Forge for the National Quartet Convention.

I had a sport coat and tie, just in case, but had mostly packed casual clothes. My 34 years as a sports editor had prompted me to pack my Dallas Cowboys’ windbreaker if the Leconte Center was like an icebox.  Thankfully, it wasn’t.

Continue reading “NQC was all I expected and more”

Being available to the Lord

Brandon Porter

Brandon Porter performs at the Kentucky State Fair. It was his first public appearance as a soloist since suffering a stroke in 2015. (Photo by John Herndon)

Even without a ribbon, Brandon Porter a big winner at State Fair

By John Herndon,

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. — Brandon Porter doesn’t have a big trophy or large blue ribbon from his appearance in the Kentucky State Fair Gospel Music Showcase, but there’s little doubt that he is one of the biggest winners in this year’s competition.

He won as he strummed a few chords on his Yamaha guitar and his deep voice resonated, “Life is like a mountain railway…”

He’d lived the curves, the fills and tunnels, just as Eliza Snow penned in the 19th Century. And on Aug. 22, he was keeping his hand on the throttle and his eye on the rail. Continue reading “Being available to the Lord”

Unexpected blessings


The Master’s Trio, from left, Kevin Willis, Steve Black and Mike Chatterton, formed in 2017 with the current alignment coming together last year. The group was named Best in Show at the Kentucky State Fair last month. (Photo furnished)

Master’s Trio reflects on Kentucky State Fair honor, emphasizes ministry above all else

By John Herndon,

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. — The Master’s Trio really didn’t know what it was getting into when the southern gospel group agreed to perform in the Gospel Music Showcase at the Kentucky State Fair.

“There was a gentleman at a church in Bath County, which is near here,” remembers Trio tenor Kevin Willis, a resident of Mt. Sterling. “He was really pushing for us to be a part of that. He had been talking with the guys at (Bath County) Farm Bureau and was actively involved in it.”

So, The Master’s Trio, a group that has only been around since 2017 but is constructed with gospel veterans, agreed for a chance to sing and share the ministry on a larger stage. Continue reading “Unexpected blessings”

Montgomery Family excited about first concert trip to The Bluegrass


The Montgomery Family will be performing four concerts in Kentucky from Sept. 19-22. From left are Lisa Montgomery Simpson, Jeff Simpson and Robin Montgomery Stegall. (Photo furnished)

By John Herndon,

The Montgomery Family, of Monroe, North Carolina, will be making their first concert tour of Kentucky soon and they are excited for the opportunity.

“We have been to Kentucky to attend the National Quartet Convention, but only as spectators as a family,” says Robin Montgomery Stegall, the oldest daughter of Harold and Rhonda Montgomery who started the family group in 1971. “Since we are bi-vocational, we take one week a year to expand our territory. This is the first time doors have opened in Kentucky, but hopefully not the last time!” Continue reading “Montgomery Family excited about first concert trip to The Bluegrass”