Life is good for Steve Ladd

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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, KentuckySings.com

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

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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, KentuckySings.com

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”

‘MERRY DOWN HOME CHRISTMAS’

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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, KentuckySings.com

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

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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, KentuckySings.com

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

 

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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, 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. Continue reading “Sand Spring announces 2020 schedule”

No tears, just worship

 

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The McKameys perform during their concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church, Nov. 14, 2019. From left are Roger Fortner, Peg McKamey Bean, Eli Fortner, Sheryl Farris, Connie Fortner and Ruben Bean.

In final concerts of illustrious career, McKameys remain focused on praising God

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

I expected to shed a few tears when I went to see The McKameys Thursday night.

Unless you have been totally cut off from the gospel music world, you know that The McKameys, one of the most popular groups to ever share the gospel in song, will be retiring after a concert in Knoxville, Tenn., on Nov. 23. (Ticket information for that final concert can be found at https://paulbelcherconcerts.com.) Continue reading “No tears, just worship”

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”