The Watkins Family And Mountain Cove Perform At Ringgold Depot Friday

Monday, July 7, 2014
The Watkins Family
The Watkins Family

Bluegrass gospel performers the Watkins Family will perform at Sacred Sounds Fridays, July 11, 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. Also appearing will be Mountain Cove Bluegrass featuring several youth from the Chattanooga area including  Cody Harvey, Colin Mabry,  Wil Markham, Tyler Martelli and Eli Beard.

Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” will emcee. Ticket donation is $5.  

Review for Watkins Family: 

Judy Watkins and her two adult children - Todd and Lorie are members of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. They continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through acoustic music touring across the United States and Canada.

“Our latest project is one of the most exciting recordings we have ever done,” Lorie said. “We really searched to find just the right songs to reflect the sound and image we are wishing to share with those who have followed our career. 

“This is our way of sharing our thanks for all the support we have received,” she said.

The Watkins Family’s latest project is “Heaven's Worth Waiting For yielded three songs landing on various charts in the Top 10 for southern, bluegrass or country gospel – “She's Working On Her Testimony,” “Sometime's You Gotta Rock The Boat,” and “What A Wonderful Name.” 

The CD produced by Grammy winner Mark Fain, Grammy nominated Karen Peck Gooch, and Danny Jones followed their acclaimed project “Darkness Wept” which brought the popular radio singles “He's Still God,” a number 1 song, “Love Stood Alone” and “Round The Last Turn.”

The Watkins Family and its members have received multiple nominations for the Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Music Awards. 

The Watkins Family has received nominations as Best Contemporary and Traditional Bluegrass Gospel Group by the Society for the Preservation of BlueGrass Music in America and was also nominated as Best Bluegrass Act at the Coca-Cola Music Awards previously hosted in Atlanta.

The group has shared concert stages performing for thousands beside acts such a Randy Travis and Diamond Rio. They have appeared at major industry events including the National Quartet Convention in Kentucky and the SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Convention in Nashville as well as large ministerial crusades. 

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Review for Mountain Cove Bluegrass:

Mountain Cove Bluegrass is a  band comprised of talented young musicians  from two Chattanooga area high schools. Originally founded during school lunch periods in 2008, Mountain Cove Bluegrass has garnered frequent news media attention for outstanding instrumental work, close vocal harmonies, and their energetic stage presence.  

Banjo player Cody Harvey started Mountain Cove Bluegrass in 2008 during lunch breaks at Signal Mountain Middle High School. The young musicians also jammed together whenever possible at Walden Ridge’s famed Mountain Opry, where Cody met two band members from Hixson High School. The group began performing in late 2008, gaining audience approval and local media attention. Their first CD, “New Generation,” was released in late 2009, and their second CD, "Back Home” was released in 2011. Three members of the group have received the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship.

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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, Share America Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 42 Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or

Mountain Cove Bluegrass
Mountain Cove Bluegrass

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