The Florida Boys will appear at Sacred Sounds Fridays, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, Depot St. and U.S. 41 in Ringgold in a special concert for the Share America Foundation, Inc.
Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” will emcee.
Continuing a 67-year legacy that has touched millions through record, television on shows such as "The Gospel Singing Jubilee" and radio, Southern Gospel Music Hall of Famer Charlie Waller is bringing the Florida Boys to the Ringgold Depot.
“We are so excited to be able to bring our show to Ringgold Depot,” Mr. Waller said. “We look forward to entertaining for the receptive audiences at Sacred Sounds Fridays in this historic venue.”
Mr. Waller, who serves as lead singer with the quartet, said the performance will be an innovative, entertaining mix that all will enjoy also featuring the talents of baritone singer Chip Cooper:, bass singer Joe “Todd” Armstrong, tenor singer Eddie Broome and pianist Joshua Pope.
While the original members of the group retired in 2007, a new chapter continues under Mr. Waller’s leadership and the name and classic songs continue.
“We are going to bring folks a little bit of everything, hand clappers, tear jerkers, and songs that will leave a smile on their faces and joy in their hearts,” Mr. Waller said. “How else can you leave them when you are singing about Jesus?”
The group’s latest release is entitled “Time” and includes songs such as “Salvation’s Plan,” “Great Final Day,” “I Won‘t Take Less Than Your Love,” “Stay Near Me,” “Standing On The Solid Rock,” “Gonna Be Movin’”, “Men With Broken Hearts,” “Don’t Get Down On Jesus,” “One More Mountain,” “Love Lifted Me,” and “Until You Find The Lord.”
Mr. Waller said his love for the quartet reaches back to his earliest concert memories.
For 45 years, Mr. Waller built a reputation producing and promoting shows including the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion. Preserving the industry and its legacy is a top priority for Mr. Waller, he said. He is the former executive director of the Southern Gospel Music Association.
Adding to Mr. Waller’s approach to show production is Mr. Cooper, who brings 33-years of experience to the stage with groups like The Goodnewsmen, Pine Ridge Boys, Tar-Heel State and the Mystery Men; Mr. Broome, who appeared with Dale Shelnut and the Dixie Echoes, the Palmetto State Quartet and the Trav'lers; Joe "Todd" Armstrong began his singing career 40 years ago in tent revivals with his parents and continues the tradition with a bass voice is likened to that of his Florida Boys predecessor, the late Billy Todd; and Mr. Pope, who is already a veteran at age 20 performing with acts such as the Dove Brothers, appearing among the top pianists at the National Quartet Convention and the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductions. He has performed on select Gaither Homecoming events and is seen in the Nashville Homecoming and How Great Thou Art DVDS.
For more information, visit http://www.thefloridaboys.net/.
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 5 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 www.shareamericafoundation.com.