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. Continue reading “Noblemen return to members’ roots”

Give God the Glory In All Things

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The Oak Ridge Boys, during their Christmas concert at Renfro Valley in 2019. The concert was heavy on songs about the birth of Christ and their hits portion of the show included “Did I Make A Difference,” a powerful song written by Bill Anderson and Rob Crosby.

By John Herndon,

It was kind of on a whim, but Wednesday morning I made the 75-mile drive to Renfro Valley to get the best possible tickets to The Oak Ridge Boys’ concert, set for April 25.

That I planned to get tickets is really not much of a surprise, since I have already seen The Oaks 38 times (that I can remember) dating back to the summer of 1973. I already had it on my calendar and I had planned to order online later that morning. But since walkup sales commenced an hour before tickets were available online and I had no concrete plans for the rest of the day, I made the trip. Continue reading “Give God the Glory In All Things”

Life is good for Steve Ladd


Steve Ladd is all smiles as he sings with The Old Paths Quartet at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Dec. 31.

First year with The Old Paths Quartet has been a time of recharging

By John Herndon,

When we last talked with Steve Ladd, he was taking a definitive step in his career path. It was back on Dec. 31, 2018, following what had become somewhat of a traditional solo concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church, near Lawrenceburg, Ky. He’d appeared at Sand Spring several times for the church’s New Year’s Eve celebration of bringing in the new year with gospel music.

In 2018, Ladd had shared the stage with Jim and Melissa Brady, but that night marked a major shift for Ladd. After 10 years as a traveling soloist, Ladd was shifting to full-time travel with The Old Paths quartet.

We caught up with Ladd again on New Year’s Eve for the same event a year later. Continue reading “Life is good for Steve Ladd”

Noblemen still singing to serve


The Noblemen. They are, from left, David Martin, Tracy Bertram, Garry Polston and Chris Daniel.


Quartet named best at Kentucky State Fair, but only seeks to lift the name of Christ

By John Herndon,

When The Noblemen take the stage at Graefenburg Christian Church on Dec. 29, it will be a sort of a full circle homecoming for long-time bass singer David Martin.

“The first church I ever sang in, outside of our (home) church, was Graefenburg Christian,” Martin smiles. “That was 51 years ago, in 1968. It was in the old building, but that was the first place I sang.”

Martin remembers that he sang the Gaither classic, “Born to Serve the Lord” that night.

Continue reading “Noblemen still singing to serve”



The Oak Ridge Boys opened the Renfro Valley concert season before a packed house in April. They will close the season Sunday night as part of their 30th Christmas tour. From left are Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban.

Oaks remain focused on Christ’s birth, close Renfro Valley’s concert season Sunday

By John Herndon,

Staying fresh in the music business is never easy. Doing so after nearly a half century of performing together is almost unheard of.

But then again, The Oak Ridge Boys are anything but an ordinary group. The current lineup first sang together in 1973 and is now in the last two weeks of the legendary group’s 30th Christmas tour. Continue reading “‘MERRY DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS’”

Having fun while praising God


The Band Table Singers, from left, Justin Meredith, Daniel Cambron, Aaron Cambron, Andrew Nichols (on guitar) and Luke Vaught. Absent was Jamey Buchanan.

Band Table Singers get together when they can, come full circle with hometown benefit concert Friday

By John Herndon,

Music is best when it’s done for fun.

That’s true for any age, any genre. And the Band Table Singers are a perfect example.

You might not know of The Band Table Singers, a group of high school buddies who just started singing and playing music together. They’re good. They’re lots of fun.

And they’ve had a journey that has gone from their high school band through The Oak Ridge Boys to The Kentucky Headhunters and now full circle.

And they will be in concert Friday night, Dec. 13 at the Glasgow (Ky.) High School auditorium in a concert to benefit the school’s Marching Scottie Band. It will be the group’s second benefit concert for the band. Continue reading “Having fun while praising God”

Sand Spring announces 2020 schedule



The Old Time Preachers Quartet, which appeared at Sand Spring in Sept. 2019, returns to kick off the 2020 concert series on March 5.

By John Herndon,

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. Continue reading “Sand Spring announces 2020 schedule”