Coffmania is Coming!

The Coffmans will be hosting Coffmania at their home church, Danville Church of God, on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. From left are Louis, Tamra and Canaan Coffman. (Photo courtesy of The Coffmans.)

The Isaacs headline fast growing gospel showcase

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

DANVILLE — Louis Coffman comes across as a laid-back, low-key guy whether on stage singing with his wife, Tamra, and daughter, Canaan, or just chatting over lunch.

But he looked like he was ready to jump up and kick his heels as we talked about Coffmania over some chicken.

“We are real excited about this year, being able to go ahead with Coffmania” he said, breaking into a huge smile. “After last year, we are real excited to have it.”

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A nice problem to have

From left, Greater Vision’s Chris Allman, Jim Brady and the Mark Trammell Quartet’s Nick Trammell and Randy Byrd form a makeshift quartet in the Gerald Wolfe Hymn Sing at First Baptist Church of Cold Spring in October. The concert was a huge blessing during a year marked by chaos. (Photo by John Herndon)

After 14 months of a nearly blank calendar, things are changing. And it’s for the good!

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

I have a little problem.

Actually, it’s a nice problem and one that’s been too long coming, so I’ll certainly not complain! I’m just itching to get to a few gospel concerts.

I don’t know about you, but being able to hear people sing about the Lord, His goodness and being inspired to serve Him better is a big part of my life. And it seems that with all that has happened since March 5, 2020, a major part of my life was taken from me.

The Old Time Preachers Quartet performs in concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church on March 5, 2020. A week later, the music industry came screeching to a halt. (Photo by John Herndon)

Now, I don’t really know what to do.

You see, when I look at the KentuckySings concert calendar, I see many more concerts than I can possibly attend. 

And that’s a good thing!

Last March 5, I was blessed to attend a concert by the Old Time Preachers Quartet and Beyond Grace at Sand Spring Baptist Church.  That night, I talked with OTPQ members Les Butler and Mike Holcomb about the concert, their ministry and plans.

Little did any of us know what the next 14 months would bring.

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Pedal down, volume up!

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The Coffmans sing at Sand Spring Baptist Church’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Coffmans navigate uncertainty of pandemic with zest for new territory in upcoming album project

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

DANVILLE, Ky. — If you see Tamra Coffman imitating a NASCAR driver this summer, it’s safe to assume she’s listening to some cuts from her upcoming gospel album.

“I told them I want music that makes me want to drive fast,” she says with a laugh. “If it makes me want to drive fast, I know it’s good stuff!”

Tamra, her husband, Louis, and their daughter, Canaan, recorded the vocals to The Coffmans’ newest project recently. And Tamra says the yet-to-be-named CD passes her speedometer test.  “This music makes you want to drive fast,” she laughed, “so if you have a lead foot, you are going to have to turn it down.” Continue reading “Pedal down, volume up!”

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”

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”