Noblemen return to members’ roots

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The Noblemen, an acclaimed Southern Gospel quartet from Shelbyville, Ky., will be in concert at Mannsville United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 1. Group members are, from left: Chris Daniel, Garry Polston, Tracy Bertram and David Martin.

One of Kentucky’s top Southern Gospel quartets will be appearing at Mannsville United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 1.

The Noblemen, winners of the quartet division of the 2019 Gospel Music Showcase at the Kentucky State Fair, will be in concert beginning at 6 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be received. Mannsville United Methodist Church is located at 179 Bradfordsville Road, Campbellsville.

The Noblemen are based in Shelbyville, Ky., but have many ties to Taylor and surrounding counties.

Lead singer Garry Polston, a retired Methodist minister who now lives in Eminence, was a resident of Taylor County until entering the ministry. Polston has pastored churches in Adair and Green counties and his wife, Lula, grew up in the Mannsville church.

Polston is a gospel music veteran who has sung with several groups in south central Kentucky. He also headed The Polston Family gospel group.

In addition, the group’s baritone singer, Tracy Bertram, is a Campbellsville native who has sung with several groups, including The Heartland Quartet and The Joymakers. Bertram, who now resides in Shelbyville, also plays guitar for The Noblemen.

Other members of The Noblemen are tenor Chris Daniel and bass David Martin, both Shelby County residents. At one time, Martin also sang with The Polston Family.

The Noblemen began their ministry in 2014 and are on the road for 40-50 concerts throughout Kentucky and surrounding states each year. The group recently finished recording vocals for its sixth CD project to be released later this year. The group has appeared on stage with nationally-known groups and is set to be in concert with The Kingsmen on two separate occasions later this year.

While The Noblemen have developed a strong following and earned the title of the State Fair champions in 2019, the group’s goal stays the same.

“We have seen people come to know the Lord through our ministry,” Bertram says. “It doesn’t happen as much as we want it to happen but that’s the goal. … Our intent is to share the message and we can do so in an entertaining way. We want them to hear the gospel.”

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