Wesley Crider, Rhonda Frye And Riverside Perform At Ringgold Depot June 13

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Wesley Crider
Wesley Crider

Internationally known guitarist Wesley Crider will bring his award-winning pickin’ style to Sacred Sounds Fridays, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot at Depot Street and U.S. 41 in a concert for the Share America Foundation, Inc.  Rhonda Frye and Riverside will also entertain. Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” will emcee.

Ringgold resident Mr. Crider is the 2004 International Thumbpicking Champion. 

“My dad gave me my first guitar at age six and taught me my first chords G, C, and D,” he said.

From there he was inspired by the sounds of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins performed by his older brother Lloyd and Dalton guitarist Earl Eleton. 

Mr. Crider performed on many southern gospel albums with several gospel groups including Day Star, The Trailblazers, The New Hinsons, The Called Vocal Group, and Solid Ground. For more information, visit wesleycrider.com.

Rhonda Frye and Riverside is a southern gospel trio also including Lauren Huckabee and Saran Chumley. 

Ms. Frye sings lead vocals as well as second soprano while Lauren Huckabee sings alto and lead vocals and Saran Chumley performs first soprano. The group’s latest single is "Looking Out For You.” They are completing a new CD project including songs written by Ms. Frye, Eva Wilson, Ricky Atkinson and Gerald Crabb.

Riverside has performed at National Quartet Convention - EHA- Nashville Showcase, Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Patterson Promotions Showcase and the Veranda at College Heights Baptist Church. The trio was also featured at the 2013 Diamond Awards.  For more information, visit http://rhondafryeandriverside.com/.

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 $5 for adults and children five and under are 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, Share America Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 42 Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or www.shareamericafoundation.com.


Rhonda Frye And Riverside
Rhonda Frye And Riverside


Mark Kelly Hall, Victoria Jones To Perform At The Tap House May 26

Mark Kelly Hall will bring his signature blend of Americana originals and favorites to the Tap House in St. Elmo on Saturday, May 26. The music will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free.   Mr. Hall has played a variety of venues, including the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, a kindergarten in Minsk, a college in Honolulu and a church in Cape ... (click for more)

Sundays At Charles And Myrtle's Features Robin Grant

A new series, Sundays at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse, will begin this Sunday with local jazz singer Robin Grant.  The show starts at 3 p.m. with a suggested donation of $10. Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse is inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road.  Review for Robin Grant: Remember the days when you could understand the lyric to a song and it meant ... (click for more)

Man And Woman Killed In Sunday Morning Murder/Suicide At Hixson Gas Station

A man and a woman were killed in a Sunday morning murder/homicide at a gas station in Hixson. The shooting was shortly after 10 a.m. at a Shell station at Hixson Pike and Brookaire.  Upon arrival, police located Kimberly Phillips, 48, lying in the parking lot from an apparent gunshot wound.  Also in the same parking lot, officers located Frederick Tragresser, 47, ... (click for more)

$2,060,705 Tennessee Cash Jackpot Won In South Pittsburg Friday Night

A Tennessee Cash player in South Pittsburg won a near-record jackpot of $2,060,705 on  Friday  night. A Knoxville Powerball player won $50,000  Saturday  night by matching four of the five white numbers drawn plus the red Powerball. No information is available about the winners until the prizes are claimed. The  $315.3 million ... (click for more)

Brown V. Board (1954) 64 Years Late: Our Schools At A Crossroads

May 17, 1954 is a date forever etched upon the annals of American history because on that pivotal day the Supreme Court would affirm in the decision of Brown v. Board (1954). “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” This ruling overturned the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Same Family Tree

When it was learned the UnifiEd Foundation was a left-wing crowd of political organizers rather than a group with the sole intent of bettering public education in Hamilton County, several other liberal groups fell under scrutiny and it is uncanny how many of the same few people are intertwined in a county of 360,000 people. Or, as one critic succinctly said, “They are all from ... (click for more)