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New CD Almost Finished!!
We started off the New Year working on a new CD to be released soon. We have completed to music and vocal tracks and we are anxiously waiting for Mark and Aaron to complete the mixing. We will have lots of new songs to feature at our concerts. We have new material from Becky Buller whom is one of our favorite composers. Carroll Arnn wrote some new songs for this release and we're proud of his contribution. As always David Guthrie contributed to the material. There are songs from lots of other talented songwriters that we are recording with for the first time, (including our own Keith Clark, who penned his first Churchmen song for the new album. There will be a bonus song that will be offered with iTunes only. From their site it will be 13 songs offered for this release and 12 that will be on the CD. We are proud to be a part of Mountain Fever records and look forward to the release of this new project.
Current News 2015
We are so thrilled with The Lord's blessings and the direction of the band. Our latest revision of the band has been so great and we are thankful to be together praising His Name. I want to update you all on a few things with The Churchmen - so here goes.
I mentioned the current version of the band. As I have said many times in the past, we have been so blessed to have continuity in our band. Not a lot of changes for as long as we have traveled. Carroll Arnnhas been on board for more than 2 years and has been such a great addition to our group. Carroll plays the Banjo, Fiddle, and Guitar on stage and is a dynamic vocalist along with composing original songs that were on the Mercy Road CD as well asbringing several songs for the new CD. His songwriting ability is just another thing that makes him so great. We look for Carroll to be a long-time member of the band. David Guthrie also returned in early 2012 and is singing even better than ever. His rhythm playing, singing, and song writing is, in my opinion, second to none. He is a phenomenal musician, singer, and person. David penned 3 of the songs on the Mercy Road CD and is responsible for bringing in several of the other tunes as well. Gerald Harbour has been a rock in The Churchmen since 1989 shortly after Freddy Rakes and I gotthe band started. Gerald doesn't always get enough credit but he is a wonderful musician and singer, one of the best in the business no doubt about it. Gerald can sing any part and hasn't lost a beat of the mandolin in all of these years. Keith Clark (me)rounds out the music on stage playing the Bass and singing some lead and all harmony parts. It is a real joy to play with such great musicians with such great timing.
Jerry Haga is on his 2nd stint with the group running the board after also coming back aboard in early 2012. He is such a great sound man and is a blessing to our band pleasing audiences with the sound and keeping the stress off all of us before, during, and after the concerts. I will follow this post with another post featuring Jerry. One last thing about the personnel in the group. All are very good Christian men, not only in word but in deeds. These guys are all involved heavily in their local churches and are great leaders and examples of Christ.
We are so excited about the new CD and especially the songs. We have heard time and time again from Pastors and other friends that the messages in the songs that we do are really relevant, timely, and Biblically based. These songs that band members have written or chosen are not your average bluegrass songs, but have deep and thought provoking meanings in them. The Churchmen are trying to produce music that is not only enjoyable, but also soul-stirring to the listeners.
Along the line of discussing the CD, it has been great working with Mark Hodges, Aaron Ramsey, and Mountain Fever Records. Mercy Road has been our most successful CD to date, and we look forward to the new CD release. Our friends that we meet have been so great to support our products, it has been amazing to say the least. Our airplay has been great, with XM radio leading the way with great rotation of Churchmen songs. Thanks again to Mark and Mountain Fever, our friends and fans, and all of the DJ's and radio for the support. A special thanks also to Kyle Cantrell and XM radio.
Keith Clark - The Churchmen
Touring for 2015
The Churchmen had a great year in 2014, playing some great venues. It was one of the most successful years that we have had, and after 26 years of playing, we are not slowing down now! It's amazing to us that it seems more exciting with our band than it ever has been. What a blessing to still be excited about the band and spreading God's love.
2015 has certainly started off with a bang. We made a wonderful trip through the great state of Florida, playing new places along the way. We were able to play the awesome Cabin Fever Picking Party in Virginia Beach, thanks again to Earl and Cathy Banton. We also were a part of the historic Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Show in Sandy Ridge, NC. This show has been going on since 1948 and lots of the greats in Bluegrass music have played there. We were honored to be a part of that and take our place in the history of that. Thanks again to Jay Adams and all of his hard work to put this on. His band "Rich In Tradition" are great! We received unbelievable hospitality in all of these places and we are just getting started. Last year we sold record numbers of CD's. That is such a blessing because it keeps us traveling and allows us to purchase sound equipment and things that we need to keep on singing for The Lord. We have a lot of great concerts booked this year. We are looking forward to our annual bookings, along with a lot of new things and places this year. Bookings are still coming in and if you need Bluegrass Gospel music at your event please contact us.
PowerGrass Radio Awards
For immediate press release:
We would like to thank Dave Bissell and all of the PowerGrass Radio staff for these honors. It is such a blessing to see a radio entity and website dedicate itself to the music and ministry that we love. - Bluegrass Gospel Music! Dave has been such a great supporter of The Churchmen over the years. PowerGrass Radio has a monthly top10 chart, along with a store that allows listeners to purchase products from the bands. The website features news and links to all of your favorite Bluegrass Gospel artists. The Churchmen are pleased and honored to be somewhat regulars on the monthly top 10 charts lately and are looking forward to great involvement with PowerGrass in 2015 as well. A quote from Dave when he received the CD was "Whoa! Real bluegrass Gospel ... old time, new time, anytime.Soul-stirring vocals and ultimate instrumentation. No doubt, many of these powerful songs will be chart-toppers. Bluegrass gospel at its best!"
Thanks again Dave and www.PowerGrassRadio.com so much for being such a blessing to us all.
SOUNDing Great with Jerry Haga
Jerry Haga is a sound man extraordinaire. We are so blessed to have him taking care of business for the band at all of our concerts. We have been blessed to able to recently get into the digital sound reproduction world by purchasing a PreSonus digital board, and Jerry has that thing dialed in just right. Also now Jerry runs the sound with an iPad! Wow what technology has done. Jerry has also upgraded our speakers and that too has been a big help. Audiences are pleased with Jerry's great work, and we are as well, being blessed by his talents and also with his contagious personality. He is an excellent musician in his own right and plays all woodwind instruments, specializing on the Saxophone. He started playing professionally in 1970 and took on a dual roll in 1973 to become Sax player and sound technician. Jerry played full time from '73 until '77. Jerry re-dedicated his life to The Lord over 20 years ago, and now plays primarily in church and uses his talents with The Churchmen. Jerry is a great example of a Christian person, working diligently with his home church and also providing meals for church functions and feeding shut-in members on Wednesdays on a regular basis.
Thanks Jerry and keep up the great work!
What people are saying.......
"The Churchmen are a fine group of entertainers, whose talents are indeed unique, whether in performance in ensemble or solo. It is always a pleasure to work with them." The Lewis Family
"The Churchmen are a very talented group who play and sing with the kind of harmony that keeps you listening for more. I have known them since they started their group and I highly recommend them to anyone who loves good bluegrass gospel music." Russell Easter, Sr.
"We have had the pleasure of performing with the Churchmen on several occasions, and it is always enjoyable. They have a fine group and are fine people." Doyle Lawson
"The Churchmen are one of the fastest growing, hottest new sounds in Bluegrass Gospel Music today. We have worked with these guys a lot, and they really live what they sing. We highly recommend them to any- one for concerts." Jeff and Sheri Easter
The Churchmen have been recognized with several honors over the years
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