Highway 62 Jubilee to Celebrate Second Year of Free Southern Gospel Concerts

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – The Highway 62 Jubilee will be hosting an evening of three regional gospel music artists in concert to start its second year. 

The Edwards Family, a southern gospel band from Burnsville, N.C., will be on stage Saturday, June 18. The Edwards Family have been singing, performing, and playing together their entire musical careers, winning the hearts of music lovers. The Edwards Family has  performed at a variety of venues including Dollywood, Ogle Furniture Gospel Music Jamboree, National Quartet Convention showcase and many other public appearances. The group has had songs appear on various charts, including The Singing News and Christian Voice. 

Also appearing will be Won Life, a band formed by Adam and Meagan Forsythe in 2016.  Adam has been with several groups including New Desire, The Blackwoods, and Southern Sound. Their current single “What The Blood Does,” sat at No. 3  on the Good News Southern Gospel chart in April.

Also appearing will be Blood Bought, performing southern and country gospel. Blood Bought was formed as a family band in 2004 and has released several CDs. During the June 18 concert, the group will be live recording two songs for radio and streaming release.  

The concert will be held on June 18 at Maxwell’s House of Music, 1710 E. 10th Street, Jeffersonville Ind. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). Admission is free but an offering for the groups will be accepted. Free concessions will also be available. 

According to Ray Lawrence, Highway 62 Jubilee founder and producer, “In the urban areas, the generations that have grown up with southern gospel music are finding it more difficult to find this type of music performed live unless you occasionally hear it in a rural church. We bring that music back!”

More information can be found https://highway62jubilee.org/

‘Old Souls’ Happy to Share Traditional Message with New Fans

The Inspirations, from left, Roland Kesterson, Wyatt Austin and Isaac Moore, perform at New Liberty Christian Church, Lawrenceburg, Ky., on May 1. Pianist Lucas Vaught is not seen in this photo.

Inspirations remain true to old-time gospel roots

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – No one has to ask The Inspirations what kind of music they bring or the kind of worship experience they prefer. No one.

But somewhere in the concert set list, they are going to give you a rousing reminder.

I like the old-time preaching, praying, singing, shouting

I like the ole time reading of God’s Word

I like to hear those ‘Glory, Hallelujahs’ ringing

I like the old-time worship of the Lord.

– “Old-time Camp Meeting Days,” by Doc Watson

Video from 2021 National Quartet Convention

And there’s little doubt that the packed house at New Liberty Christian Church likes it to. On a Sunday night in early May, they’d descended on this little country church, located more than 17 miles from the nearest towns, for some old time singing and shouting.

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Old Time. Clappin’ time. Gospel time!

The Old Time Preachers Quartet at Sand Spring Baptist Church. From left are substitute bass Mike Keller, baritone Les Butler, tenor Tim Owens and lead Adam Borden.

Old Time Preachers Quartet lives its mission of preaching the timeless message of God’s Word

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – It was about halfway through a concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church on April 28 when the Old Time Preachers Quartet truly lived up to its name.

The group’s co-founder, Les Butler, took his place at the church’s grand piano. The rest of the quartet, tenor Tim Owens, lead Adam Borden and fill-in bass Mike Keller joined in on an impromptu trip back in time, belting out some of the great gospel classics of the last 75-80 years.

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Just picking for Jesus

The Ol’ Elkhorn Pickers Club performs at Sand Spring Baptist Church on March 31, 2022. From left are bassist Gary Mitchell, Jeff Brewer, rhythm guitarist David Rayborn, drummer Ken King and guitarist Joel Miller. Behind Miller is keyboardist Rodney Smith.

Ol’ Elkhorn Pickers Club delivers joy wherever it goes

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – They might have an unconventional name, an unconventional history and even a mission that’s a bit different.

But when the Ol’ Elkhorn Pickers Club took the stage at Sand Spring Baptist Church last Thursday, the music was about as traditional as it could be as they sang the unchanging message found in the Bible.

And in their first appearance at Sand Spring, the Pickers brought the house down with several standing ovations from one of the largest post-covid crowds in the popular gospel concert series. 

Not bad for a group of guys who simply got together to have some fun playing music at Midway, Kentucky.

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Eugene Hoffman to appear at Glensboro Baptist

Eugene Hoffman (Facebook photo)

Special to KentuckySings.com

Eugene Hoffman, a popular gospel music artist, will be appearing in concert at Glensboro Baptist Church on Sunday, February 20, 2022. The concert is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Hoffman has been known throughout Kentucky gospel music circles for many years both as a soloist and member of various groups, including the Patriot Quartet of Salvisa. Hoffman is also known for his presentations of popular and country music classics at multiple venues.

There is no admission charge for the concert, but a love offering will be taken. Glensboro Baptist Church is located at 2910 Glensboro Road, Highway 44, about 10 miles west of Lawrenceburg.

His heart is with the Rockets

Bill Sowder makes an announcement during halftime of Rockcastle County’s game with Anderson County on Jan. 11. Sowder, who sings baritone for His Heart Quartet, has been serving as the Rockets’ public address announcer for 28 years.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

MOUNT VERNON, Ky. – Bill Sowder knows he’s able to make a real difference in people’s lives. He’s not about to let those opportunities slip by. 

To gospel music fans across Kentucky, he’s one of the most recognizable faces in the Commonwealth. Sowder is the owner of and sings a smooth baritone for His Heart, a very popular regional group that travels throughout Kentucky and surrounding states. Whether he’s singing or not, when Bill Sowder shows up at a gospel music event, he’s a popular fellow.

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Common Bond’s journey anything but common

Common Bond Quartet sings at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Dec. 31, 2021. From left are Rick Towe, Bob Melford, Lee McCarren and Rick Melton.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

There was nothing extraordinary about Common Bond’s beginnings but over 12 years, the popular quartet has enjoyed a right that has been quite uncommon.

There were few big dreams 12 years ago when members of a worship team serving a church in Mt. Sterling, Ky., decided they were going to have a little fun with the music they love.

“The praise band decided it would sing some southern gospel. That was 12 years ago,” remembers Rick Melton, who put the quartet together.

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Pointing people to the Cross

Greater Vision sings at Sand Spring Baptist Church on November 18. From left are Gerald Wolfe, Jon Epley, Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman.

Greater Vision’s Jon Epley talks about legendary trio’s mission in its music

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Jon Epley could only break into his Kentucky country boy smile as he described the schedule he’d been keeping with Greater Vision in 2021.

“We have been so busy,” the Ohio County native said. “In the last two months, we have done 42 concerts. We had ninety concerts canceled last year so this year we are making up for it.”

It’s another way of saying COVID might take the acclaimed trio off the road for a while but it will not silence its message.

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Life is very good for The Kingsmen’s Alan Kendall

The Kingsmen during their concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Oct. 14. From left are Chris Jenkins, Chris Bryant, Alan Kendall and Ray Dean Reese.

Talented baritone gives God glory as he serves in ‘Dream Job’

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – Alan Kendall knew he was a blessed man. 

He’d been on the road, singing baritone for The Kingsmen Quartet and pulled into his Hiwasse, Georgia home just before midnight on Sunday night, October 10. He took to Facebook to let the world know just how blessed he really is.

“Nearly midnight, just got home, gotta take the kids to school first thing tomorrow morning. What a blessing. My Savior, my wife and kids, my dream job…all amazing gifts that I don’t necessarily deserve. May I never forget that, and may I honor all those things to my best ability.”

That resonated with me. It resonated a lot. Make that A LOT. 

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‘The American Face’ speaks to today’s world

Lily Isaacs talks about the opportunities America offered her family, which immigrated from Europe following World War II, before The Isaacs sing the title song from their latest album ‘The American Face’ at Coffmania in Danville, Ky., on Aug. 28.

The Isaacs’ latest album uses familiar covers, original works to bring positive message in troubled times

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

(Second of two parts. Previously, the Isaacs talked about their upcoming induction into the Grand Ole Opry.)

It only takes one listen to The Isaacs’ new album to know something is just different.

The vocals on “The American Face” are mesmerizing, as usual. The instrumentation is as good as it gets, which is no surprise, either.

But this project is unlike anything The Isaacs have released.

So when we sat down to talk with The Isaacs before they took the stage at Danville Church of God on August 28, the obvious question was, “Have you heard that comment before?”

Lily Isaacs broke into a big smile. “We have,” she said.

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