Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – Overland Express Reunion & Benefit On Sunday

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - by Bob Payne
Overland Express Remembers Keith Sherman At Benefit Sunday
Overland Express Remembers Keith Sherman At Benefit Sunday

Sunday, June 29th at Rhythm & Brews on Market Street will find Overland Express back together to remember and celebrate the life and music of the late Keith Sherman. The concert features several notable entertainers from the Chattanooga area, including Roger Alan Wade, Jimmy Tawater, James Rogers, Lou Wamp, Musical Moose, and others. The program is to be hosted by the Overland’s former manager Dennis Haskins (best known to many as Mr. Belding from the hit TV series Saved By The Bell).

As with so many of the Overland Express shows over the years, this one benefits a local charity. Keith & Debbie Sherman’s personal charity, the Healing Hearts Christian Horse Camp for Kids, will be the beneficiary of the evening’s activities. Founded by Debbie & Keith Sherman, the camp provides Bible Study, crafts, and horseback riding, training, and care for horses.

As the original members of Overland will be on hand to play their wonderful music, the notable absence of the multi-talented Keith Sherman will take its toll on all who knew him and followed the band over the years. When drummer Tommy Lifsey told me who they had gotten to help out with some of Keith’s guitar and slide parts, I felt that it would ease some of the obvious pain of missing such a powerful player. Not only did this person have to be talented, he had to extremely humble and proud to be there for Keith.

Kris Phillips will be the first to tell you that he isn’t there to replace Keith Sherman. He is there for Keith Sherman. Somewhat quiet and unassuming, Kris is known by most members of Overland Express as a true professional, talented as they come. Kris told me during Riverbend that this was a true honor that he would cherish for the rest of his life. His only hope was that he could live up to the task – something that Randy, Tommy, Rick and the others already knew he would do with honor.

Rhythm & Brews is located at 221 Market Street in downtown Chattanooga. There is a $10 admission charge. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and music starts at 4 p.m. Rhythm & Brews website lists this as a 21 & up event.

Bob Payne grew up in Chattanooga and graduated from Baylor School. He is the Entertainment Editor for the Chattanoogan.com and assistant talent buyer for Friends Of The Festival.

Email Bob Payne at davrik2000@yahoo.com or www.facebook.com/davrik2000.


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