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Posted: April 16, 2010 12:30 a.m.

Dove nominees will bring traditional mountain sounds to Social Circle

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The award winning Marksmen Quartet will bring their unique style of gospel music to the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 3861 Ebenezer Church Road, between Monroe and Social Circle, Sunday, April 25 at 6 p.m. A love offering will be received. For information, call (770) 267-4025.

The Four-time Contemporary Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year and 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."

The group will also share material from its Dove nominated CD "Blue Ridge Mountain Memories."

"God has opened so many doors for our group this year to share his message," said Earle Wheeler, quartet leader. "This is just another opportunity that should he chose to use us to fulfill, we will do our best for him."

Wheeler said for him after 40 years of serving, it is an honor continuing to walk on the stage each time he opens a door.

"He has given me some wonderful dedicated Christians to travel the highways that make what we do on stage a true artistry in his service," he said. "Y’all come and be a part of it!"

After more than 40 albums, winning four times as Gospel Bluegrass Band of the Year from SPBGMA, the group continues its legendary musical legacy with their latest CD project by Earle Wheeler, Mark Wheeler, Darrin Chambers, Mark Autry, and Davey Waller. Other members of the group include second-generation member Darrin Chambers who sings bass, and plays Dobro and bass; mandolinist and tenor Davey Waller; bassist and vocalist Mark Autry. Appearances were also made on the CD by former Marksmen Keith Chambers and Tommy Dutton; banjo players Barry Abernathy, Mike Tucker, and Josh Hicks; and fiddler Jim Van Cleve.

The Marksmen Quartet’s latest CD/DVD project "Blue Ridge Mountain Memories" by Rural Rhythm Records, available from Books a Million, Amazon.com, www.ruralrhythm.com and other locations.

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.

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