Marksmen Quartet, Troy Burns Family Play At Ringgold’s Patriot Hall July 7

Friday, June 30, 2017
Marksmen Quartet
Marksmen Quartet

The award winning Marksmen Quartet will bring their Golden Anniversary Tour to Ringgold joining 2017 Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Troy Burns. 

The Share America Foundation will welcome Christian music stars the Marksmen Quartet and the Troy Burns Family on Friday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold's Patriot Hall, 320 Emberson St. in Ringgold. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night” will emcee.  

Review for the Marksmen Quartet:

The Marksmen, 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 latest CD “Generations” features Earle and his son Mark Wheeler along with 29-year Marksmen member Darrin Chambers and Tommy Dutton. Darrin is the son of former long-time tenor singer and mandolinist Marksmen Keith Chambers. Even grandson Aaron Chambers has traveled with the group. 

The recording also features guest appearances by Mark’s children – Will and Sarah Grace singing and playing mandolin and fiddle, respectively. 

“With Aaron, Will and Sarah Grace, it hit me that we reached our third generation of performers and audience,” Earle said. “So the theme of the latest project came to us easily.” 

The group features songs that highlight each member; it is Mark’s traditional country lead stylings that through the years have become a pivotal part of the sound beside his father’s unique sound. 

Mark adds three more new songs to his songwriting catalog. He delivers a haunting performance -- “The Spirit Moved,” his song penned with Jim Green. 

“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 legendary musical legacy for its 50th year. 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

Review for the Troy Burns Family:

The Troy Burns Family from Bryson City, N.C. includes founding Inspiration Quartet member Troy, and his wife Tammy. Troy will be inducted this fall into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. 

“We look forward to visiting with many of our long-time friends and hope to make some new ones as we share our latest recordings and some of the favorites from throughout my career,” Troy said. 

Burns spent 30 years traveling with the Inspirations and also appeared in concerts as part of Archie Watkins & Smokey Mountain Reunion. 

Some among Burns more than 700 hits are “Jesus Is Coming Soon,” “Touring That City,” “Is That Footsteps,” “The Wonders of Wonders,” “Your Tears Are Touching God,” “The First Million Years.” 

With over 6,000 concerts, numerous awards in gospel music and TV appearances such as “The Gospel Singing Jubilee.” 

Tammy is a former member of the Sound of Youth from Robbinsville, N.C. and the only female singer to ever travel with the Inspirations. 

Their upcoming CD is “In God We Trust.” For more information, visit http://troyburnsfamily.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 adults: $10, Children 12 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, www.shareamericafoundation.org.

Troy Burns Family
Troy Burns Family


Sam Bush Plays At Walker Theatre Sept. 15

Sam Bush will perform at Walker Theatre on Sept. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday for $35 and $27 and will be available here .  Review for Sam Bush: If joy were a person, he’d bring both peace and frenzy. He’d be full of music, light, and energy that soothes even as it stirs us up. Eyes closed, wire-rim glasses in place, ... (click for more)

Eric Johnson Ah Via Musicom Tour Is Here Oct. 11

The Eric Johnson Ah Via Musicom Tour will be at Walker Theatre on Oct. 11.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $29 and $39 and available here on Friday.  Review for Eric Johnson: The guitar has been very good to Eric Johnson, earning him international renown as a player, composer, recording artist and live entertainer as ... (click for more)

Chancellor Fleenor Sets Aug. 6 Hearing In Democratic Suit To Keep Robin Smith Off The Ballot; Ms. Smith Was Former Campaign Advisor To Judge

Hamilton County Chancellor Pam McNutt Fleenor has set a hearing for Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m. on a lawsuit brought by the Tennessee Democratic Party seeking to keep former state GOP Chairman Robin Smith off the ballot. Ms. Smith was a campaign advisor for Ms. McNutt Fleenor when she ran for judge in 2014. Her Rivers Edge Alliance was paid $13,546.86 by the McNutt Fleenor campaign, ... (click for more)

Police Say One Gang Member Shot Another After Both Just Left Gang Meeting At Mayor's Office

Police said one gang member shot another after both had just left a meeting at the mayor's office aimed at quelling gang violence. Kevin Dewayne Bush was arrested for shooting Keyshawn Kidd on May 29. Bush, 20, of 17th Street, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police said Kidd was returning to his ... (click for more)

Not My University: Why I’m Not Okay With Mike Pence Coming To Lee University - And Response (2)

As a student of Lee University, who is well-aware of the Lee administration’s more conservative stance in politics, I am upset about Mike Pence visiting the university and being welcomed on our campus. Although I respect that Pence is in a position of authority as our nation’s Vice President, and that he likewise deserves the right to hold his own opinions in regards to the issues ... (click for more)

Employee Who Stole From East Ridge Should Be Prosecuted

Why has the East Ridge employee who was fired for theft not been charged with theft?    City Manager Scott Miller made the statement that the employee had problems and that the stolen items were returned.  What does that have to do with the employee stealing ?   He has had a history of abuse of city resources. Why is he not being prosecuted? ... (click for more)