By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com
LAWRENCEBURG — Sand Spring Baptist Church has released the 2020 schedule for its popular Southern Gospel music series.
The schedule is a mix of groups which make regular visits and some making their first appearance at the church, which is located about 25 miles southwest of Lexington. The 2020 lineup kicks off on March 5, when the Old Time Preachers Quartet and Sand Spring newcomer Beyond Grace will be in concert. The series caps off with the annual New Year’s Eve concert with The Hoppers and Cumberland Thunder.
Triumphant Quartet, voted The Singing News’ favorite at the National Quartet Convention, returns for what has become an annual appearance with favorite His Heart on March 26. Also returning from 2019 are The Perrys, on June 11, and Greater Vision and The Jay Stone Singers on Nov. 12.
The Hoppers also appeared at Sand Spring in 2019 while Jim & Melissa Brady were at the church on New Year’s Eve, 2018.
The Kingsmen, Gold City and local favorites The Noblemen and Victory Road Quartet have been at Sand Spring in recent years as well. Three Bridges, which will appear with Jim & Melissa Brady, was Sand Spring many years ago, according to gospel music ministry member Larry Briscoe.
Beyond Grace will be making its first appearance at Sand Spring when it shares the billing with The Old Time Preachers Quartet. Others presenting their first concerts at Sand Spring are The Guardians, Down East Boys and The Craguns.
Sand Spring has long been a favorite venue of many gospel groups and is known for large crowds which often fill the 900-seat auditorium. All Sand Spring concerts are free but a love offering will be received at each.
2020 Sand Spring Concerts (All begin at 7 p.m.)
March 5 Old Time Preachers Quartet and Beyond Grace
March 26 Triumphant Quartet and His Heart
April 9 Gold City
May 14 The Guardians
June 11 The Perrys
July 10 The Kingsmen and The Noblemen
Aug. 6 Jim & Melissa Brady and Three Bridges
Sept. 17 Down East Boys and Victory Road
Oct. 22 The Craguns
Nov. 12 Greater Vision and The Jay Stone Singers
Dec. 31 The Hoppers and Cumberland Thunder