Bridging a path between the gospel and his roots

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Elliott McCoy (right), of Three Bridges, and John Herndon, of KentuckySings.com, pose for a photo during the 2019 National Quartet Convention.

Three Bridges founder Elliott McCoy’s famous family roots will take him back home for gospel celebration in 2020

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

I was walking the exhibits at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., a few weeks ago when my friend, Larry Briscoe, got my attention.

“Let me introduce you to Elliott McCoy,” he said of the founding member of the gospel trio Three Bridges. “He’s from Kentucky and has a story you might be interested in.”

We made it over to the Three Bridges booth where we exchanged pleasantries and I was told that McCoy was a native of Pike County, deep in the Appalachian Mountains and the place where much of the world famous Hatfield and McCoy feud took place from 1863-1891. Continue reading “Bridging a path between the gospel and his roots”

Big moments for a Great God

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The McKameys perform at the National Quartet Convention Spring Break Concert in Sevierville, Tenn., in April. From left are Peg McKamey Bean, Eli Fortner, Sheryl Farris, Connie Fortner and Ruben Bean.

McKameys still giving God the Glory for His goodness as retirement nears

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

The question posed to Peg McKamey Bean was simple. The answer, however, was far more complex than expected.

Yet, that answer explained why her legendary family is one of the most beloved in gospel music history.

“Are there any songs you recorded that really stand out in your mind,” we asked Mrs. Bean during a phone interview on Oct. 7. She thought for a moment, then started talking about “Who put the Tears in the Eyes of the Lamb” from September, 1984 and didn’t stop for several minutes. Continue reading “Big moments for a Great God”

Hoppers keep going strong, sharing never-changing message of Christ

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The Hoppers perform at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Oct. 17.

After great 2019, looking forward to 2020; Will return to Sand Spring for New Year’s Eve

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Saying that 2019 has been a good year for The Hoppers would be a major understatement.

“Oh yes, it’s been a great year,” Dean Hopper said about 90 minutes before The Hoppers took the stage at Sand Spring Baptist Church Thursday night. “A great year with all the places we have been and we have worked.” Continue reading “Hoppers keep going strong, sharing never-changing message of Christ”

Coffmania Promises a Night of Celebration and Worship

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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 Sings.com

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

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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 Sings.com

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

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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, KentuckySings.com

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, KentuckySings.com

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”