2-Time Dove Award Nominees And Hall Of Famers To Bring Country And Bluegrass To Ringgold Depot

Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Marksmen Quartet, from left, Mark Autry, Darrin Chambers, Mark Wheeler, Davey Waller and Earle Wheeler
The Marksmen Quartet, from left, Mark Autry, Darrin Chambers, Mark Wheeler, Davey Waller and Earle Wheeler

The award-winning Marksmen Quartet will bring their unique style of gospel music to the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. Johnnie Sue and Friends and scholar Hunter Moreland will also appear. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night” will emcee. 

“This will be a fun filled night of music,” Mr. Franks said. “Come and be with us and bring a friend.”

The Marksmen Quartet was nominated in 2013 for Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Contemporary Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year, an award they have received four times in the past.

The four-time Country Gospel Quartet of the Year winners from the Country Gospel Music Guild will perform many of their hits songs including “He Is I Am,” “Meet Me In Heaven,” “Potter’s Wheel,” “Preach the Cross” and “Grandpa Was a Farmer.”

“This Is My Crowd,” their latest Rural Rhythm CD, is a diverse collection of songs designed to reach as many people with the gospel message through a mix of Bluegrass gospel, country inspirational, old-time Southern gospel, a touch of convention singing and even some blues, according to band member, Mark Wheeler.

They will also share material from their Dove nominated CDs “God’s Masterpiece” and  “Blue Ridge Mountain Memories.”

“We are honored to know that folks draw a blessing out of the talents God gave us to share,” said Earle Wheeler, quartet leader. “Each week we share God’s message in song and word wherever He allows us to go and that is what it is all about."

After more than 40 albums, winning four times as Gospel Bluegrass Band of the Year from SPBGMA, the group continues its legendary musical legacy with Earle Wheeler, Mark Wheeler, Darrin Chambers, Davey Waller and Mark Autry.

The Marksmen Quartet is an inductee of the Lone Star State Country Music Association Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.

For more information about the group, visit www.marksmenquartet.com.

Johnnie Sue is an Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame member whose music is included in the Library of Congress among the local legacy collection, she said.

She appeared the last two seasons on "The Shotgun Red Variety Show” on RFD-TV.

Ms. Sue was added to the nomination list for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

She currently has two CDs available “Johnnie Sue Sings Country” and “Johnnie Sue Sings Gospel.” For more information, e-mail granniejohn@yahoo.com.

Catoosa County Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship designee Hunter Moreland, a senior at Heritage High School will perform sharing music on his bagpipes.

The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund helping musicians achieve higher education. Donations for tickets are adults: $5, Children 5 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, visit www.shareamericafoundation.org

Johnnie Sue will share her style of country gospel at Ringgold Depot.
Johnnie Sue will share her style of country gospel at Ringgold Depot.

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