North Alabama Quartet Convention returns to Cullman, continues Saturday

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Dry Creek Bluegrass Gospel Band kicks off Friday night’s performances at the North Alabama Quartet Convention. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – After success in its initial outing last year, the North Alabama Quartet Convention returned to Cullman Friday, hosted by Temple Baptist Church and Living Faith Quartet, and featuring a lineup that includes:

  • Master of Ceremonies Les Butler
  • Answered Prayer
  • Christian Cross Roads
  • Dry Creek Bluegrass Gospel Band
  • Eagle’s Wings
  • Bonita Eileen / In His Time Ministry
  • Fields of Grace
  • Doyle Hobson Music Ministries
  • Inherited
  • Joyful Hearts Ministry
  • Living Faith
  • Master Peace Quartet
  • New Ground
  • Old Time Preachers Quartet
  • Primitive Quartet
  • ReSound Music
  • Amy Barham Richardson
  • Signs of Mercy 
  • Don Stiles
  • The Coffmans
  • The Shireys
  • The Williamsons
  • Unity 4 Quartet

 

Gospel broadcaster New Journey Radio will also be on hand.

With only one previous event, the convention has already gathered a following. Hosts reported to The Tribune that guests have called in through the last day enroute from Tennessee, the Carolinas and places as far away as Michigan and Texas.

Living Faith bassist and event spokesman Mark Byrd talked about the impact of gospel music and events like the convention:

“You know, the world offers so much stuff to just make your mind confused and all, and we just wanted to take some time out, just focus on the Lord and the songs, you know, the songs of inspiration. 

“There’s so many different groups that are here tonight. For the weekend, especially, we’ve got soloists, we’ve got duets, we’ve got quartets, and then we’ve got some five-part groups and bluegrass, we’ve got good Southern Gospel and all the parts in between. 

“It’s just a good time that we come together and just enjoy the fellowship of the Lord, that’s all. We’re excited about that, and I’d encourage anybody that can, to come out and be with us this weekend.”

The North Alabama Quartet Convention continues Saturday at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 30 County Road 1184, Cullman (off Alabama Highway 157 near West Point). General admission is free, and a love offering will be taken.

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