Easter Brothers And The Easter Family Sing At Ringgold Depot April 12

Easter Family Will Also Entertain

Thursday, April 04, 2013
The Legendary Easter Brothers will sing for Share America in Ringgold April 12
The Legendary Easter Brothers will sing for Share America in Ringgold April 12

The Share America Foundation will feature a legendary gospel music legacy with appearances by the Easter Brothers and the Easter Family, of Mount Airy, N.C. on Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold. 

There will also be a special appearance by youth Wally O’Donald. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night” will emcee. 

“I am so excited that we were able to bring a group whose songs have become standards of gospel music to Ringgold,” Mr. Franks said. “Over 300 songs have been performed and recorded by countless artists such as 'Help Me Stand Lord,' 'the Darkest Hour,' and 'He’s the Rock I’m Leaning On.' These are just a handful of the songs they have written and help popularize.”

Review for Easter Brothers and the Easter Family:

Beginning in the early 1950's, Russell, James and Ed Easter brought together their Carolina influences to create a unique bluegrass gospel sound. Their association with country music’s King Records helped make them a favorite across America which only solidified as they became favorites on 1970's television.

Their talented offspring came in high demand helping make up bands for many of the leading groups of the era from the Lefevres to the Happy Goodmans and many eventually formed their own acts. 

The original brothers are still touring and singing as strong as ever, according to James Easter.

“We’ve just cut a brand new record,” he said. “We are looking forward to coming to Ringgold and visiting with old friends from the Chattanooga area and making new ones as well.” 

Mr. Easter said folks can expect to hear some of their biggest songs from the three time Dove Award winners such as “Thank You Lord For Your Blessings on Me,” and “Holding Up the Ladder.”

“Some of my favorite appearances are when we share the stage with my son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Sheri Easter, especially when that brings us together with the rest of  Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Friends to share memories and music.

“It has been so wonderful to be included in those programs down through the years,” he said. 

One of the most familiar songs James does on Gaither shows is "Heart that Will Never Break Again," he said.

“We will do that of course,” he said. “I hope folks will come out and see us and the wonderful talents that make up the Easter Family as well, who will perform before us and then serve as our band.” 

The Easter Family (http://easterfamilymusic.com) consists of Jared, Marti, and Jacob Easter, and Steve Schramm.

Jared, Jacob, and Marti Easter are the grandchildren of Russell Lee Easter of the legendary Easter Brothers, and children of Russell Easter, Jr. They will share music from their CD “There’s a Better Life” that combines the Easter Brother’s musical legacy with new tunes as they share a solid bluegrass musical sound highlighted with tight harmonies. 

The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund. The Share America Foundation, Inc., a Georgia non-profit, presents scholarships to talented musicians who excel in the Appalachian musical arts. 

Donations for tickets are adults: $5, children five and under free with adult. Tickets may be purchased locally in advance during business hours at SonShine Christian Books 706.861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. For more information, www.shareamericafoundation.org.

The Easter Family will also entertain.
The Easter Family will also entertain.

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