The Marksmen Quartet will appear at Sacred Sounds Fridays, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold for the Share America Foundation. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night” will emcee.
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.
The group was nominated in 2014 for Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Traditional Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year.
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.”
Their 2013 Dove Award nominated release “This Is My Crowd,” from Rural Rhythm, 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.
“This Is My Crowd” contains some of the best songs we have ever recorded,” he said.
The album was produced by Earle Wheeler and Mark Wheeler and mastered by Steve Gulley. This Is My Crowd contains some special guests including Les Butler, Bryan McDowell and Jon Edmisten who have assisted the Marksmen Quartet in creating a fresh new album of 14 songs that will delight their fans and surely make many new ones, producers stated. Their latest singles are "Don't Take Your Life (Take Mine)” and "Stack Them Stones."
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 and more than 40 albums, winning four times as Gospel Bluegrass Band of the Year from SPBGMA, the group continues its musical legacy with Earle Wheeler, Mark Wheeler, Darrin Chambers and Aaron Johnson.
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.
Tickets may be purchased locally in advance during business hours at SonShine Christian Books (706) 861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. For more information, visitwww.shareamericafoundation.org.