2014 GOGR Photos


Photos provided courtesy of Larry Vaughan, Gayla Fooks, Glynda Kendall, Alan Kendall, Junior Shelton, Jennifer Rulapaugh, and Dean Adkins.

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The Three Bass Singers

L-R: Alex Utech (Dixie Echoes), Gerald Williams (Melody Boys), Ken Turner (Blackwood Brothers/Valor III)

 

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Derrell Stewart enjoying his first time to Charlie's Party on Wednesday night.

 

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Charlie and Les Beasley solving the world's problems at Charlie's Party.

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At 90 years old, Bill Shaw is a walking, talking, tenor singing miracle!

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The Melody Boys in their longest standing and best remembered form entertain the Thursday night audience.

L-R: Mike Franklin, Jonathan Sawrie, Doug Kramer, and Gerald Williams

 

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Phil Barker, Alan Kendall, Dale Shipley, and Burman Porter put a high ending on a song at the Jam Session.

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The Dixie Echoes brought some of their finest music ever to this year's reunion. Here they are performing Thursday night.

L-R: Randy Shelnut, Junior Shelton, Scoot Shelnut, and Alex Utech

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David Owens, Robbie Maxwell, and Barry Patrick...wore out and awaiting their turn to perform at one of the late night Jam Sessions.

 

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A smile from Derrell Stewart is always infectious.

 

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It was good to have The Diplomats back at this year's GOGR on Thursday night.

L-R: Jimmy Pearson, Harold Reed, Corey Pearson, and Joe Brown.  Band members: Jordan Hamby on guitar, Zach Flowers on drums, and Jeremy Elliott at the piano

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Freedom Quartet singing the house down Thursday night.

L-R: John Rulapaugh, Dale Shipley, Preston Garner, and Burman Porter

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Jeff Stice made his first appearance in over 20 years at GOGR on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.  The crowd loved him!

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It is not unusual to see Sue Dodge conducting a large group of singers at any point during the Jam Sessions.

 

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Three fantastic lead singers showcasing fantastic three-part harmony at the Thursday night Jam Session.

L-R: Buddy Burton, Randy Shelnut, Jonathan Sawrie

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Jam Session emcee Jonathan Sawrie signals the beginning of the Jam Session by blowing loudly into a showfar.

 

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Junuor Shelton seems familiar with this record....

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Les and Frances Beasley catch up with their friends Jadyn and Jocelyn Rulapaugh.

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What the GOGR is all about...the Ol' Timers.  This crew gathered on stage together for several songs at the jam session.

L-R: Larry Parker (Southmen), Charles Yates (Speer Family), Buddy Burton (Statesmen and many others), Bill Crowe (Blue Ridge Quartet), and Little David Young (Couriers)

 

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Jeff Stice was an immediate admirer of Ellen Marsh!

 

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Although The Trav'lers have fully retired from singing, Wayne and Rosalee Shuford still have to come see their many friends.

 

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Let's Make A Deal -
Always a scream is GOGR's version of Let's Make A Deal.  Here Randy Shelnut and Dale Shipley are teamed against Sue Dodge and Buddy Burton in a contest based on who can get the most neck ties tied around them.

 

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Let's Make A Deal -
Buddy and Sue make an aggressive team on stage, and they were declared the winners.

 

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Let's Make A Deal -
Okay, there is just no way to explain what Les Beasley and Jonathan Sawrie are trying to do.  You just had to be there.

 

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Let's Make A Deal -
The object of this game is for Scoot Shelnut (Dixie Echoes) and Jonathan Sawrie (Melody Boys) to shoot as many marshmallows by way of slingshot...........

 

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......into the mouths of The Rebels Quartet's Mike Young, and Scoot's bass singer/victim, Alex Utech.

 

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Let's Make A Deal -
The Florida Boys' Joe Todd Armstrong and Joshua Pope and Freedom Quartet's John Rulapaugh are all attempting to freehandedly pop as many balloons as possible without leaving their seats.  The winner of this competition was John Rulapaugh. 

 

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The Dixie Echoes enlist the help of Ellen Marsh on the accordion for their stand on Friday night.

 

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A new crowd favorite at this year's reunion was Driven.  Jason Funderburk, Chad Smith, Will Lane, and Wesley Smith thrilled the crowd with their energetic performance.

 

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Earlene Cooper was presented this year's Friendship Award.  Ms. Cooper drives to GOGR every year by herself and loves every minute of it!

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Jeff Stice was this year's inductee into the Southern Gospel Music Piano Roll of Honor.

 

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This year's Living Legend Award recipients were longtime Inspirations Troy Burns, Eddie Deitz, and Marlin Shubert, who joined 2009 recipient Archie Watkins in receiving this prestigious honor.

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Our prestigious hosts, The Florida Boys, are always stylin' and profilin'.

L-R: Eddie Broome, Charlie Waller, Chip Cooper, Joe Todd Armstrong, and Joshua Pope

 

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Legendary Florida Boys Tommy Atwood, Les Beasley, and Derrell Stewart join today's Florida Boys to sing back the memories!

 

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Genius teaching genius...Ellen Marsh giving Jeff Stice piano lessons.

 

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Freedom Quartet knows that GOGR would not be complete without featuring John Rulapaugh on "Hide Thou Me".

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Waller gets the scoop on everything from Geraldine & Ricky.

 

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Homeland Harmony veterans Jack Clark and Bill Curtis have resurrected the legendary name with Jack's sons.  This classy style has been missed in gospel music.

 

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Second generation gospel singers...Jason Funderburk and Chip Cooper.

 

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Junior Shelton visits with 1960s Speer Family tenor Charles Yates.

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Jack Clark wearing what probably should be one of GOGR's slogans.

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Two classy gentlemen...Little David Young and Gerald Williams.

 

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A couple flatlanders...Les Beasley and Randy Shelnut.

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Mike Franklin, Doug Kramer, Gerald Williams, and Jonathan Sawrie deliver more Melody Boys classics to the Friday night crowd.

 

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Dale Shipley photobombs John and Jennifer Rulapaugh.

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The Proclaimers are always a fan favorite.  This year they showcased Lloyd's fancy piano playing and the fact that they are currently gospel music's only three-man quartet!

L-R: Scott Bush, Tommy Watley, Anthony Morrison, Lloyd McKemy

 

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The Rebels (with the assistance of Scoot Shelnut on bass guitar) at the Friday night concert at GOGR doing exactly what the fans want...good, LIVE, energetic quartet music.

L-R: Mike Young, Alan Kendall, David Fair, Scoot Shelnut, Justin Terry, Barry Patrick

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Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion singing some of their many hits.

L-R: Archie Watkins, Eddie Deitz, Troy Burns, and Marlin Shubert

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Southern Sound having fun at the Friday night concert.

L-R: Will Shaw, Ben Harris, Randy Shaw, and Alan Brewster

 

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Jeff Stice doing what he does best...tickling the ivories.

 

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Ken Turner and Valor III have a way of making you feel like you're on the front porch for an intimate night of fun and singing.

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Sue Dodge: "Don't even!"

 

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From Scottsboro, Alabama, comes one of gospel music's most talented and exciting groups in many years, New Ground.

L-R: David Owens, Robbie Maxwell, Dale Maxwell, and Scott BRand.

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Action shots are always a favorite...The Rebels put another ending on a fast quartet tune at the Friday night Jam Session.

 

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Who would love to be in on this conversation?

L-R: Scott Brand (New Ground), Alan Kendall (Rebels), Buddy Burton, Jonathan Sawrie

 

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Sometimes it's not easy to jam in such a large area as the Atrium of the Hyatt, but once Freedom Quartet began with "O What A Savior", everybody listened.

 

 

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Another scrap iron quartet...Jonathan Sawrie at piano, John Rulapaugh, Buddy Burton, Alan Kendall, and Burman Porter singing "Bye and Bye When the Morning Comes". 

 

 

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The Rebels pouring their hearts into the quartet classic, "Elvira", at the Saturday afternoon Jam Session. 

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Kenny Gates and Junior Shelton worked many dates together in the 1970s with The Blue Ridge Quartet and The Sheltons.

 

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After a well-received performance last year, GOGR fans beckoned the return of Jordan's Bridge to the stage.

L-R: Phil Barker, Kirk Henry, Rick Sheets, and Joe Lane at the piano

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Bill Shaw doing what he has done for more than 60 years, performing in the spotlight and thrilling his fans.

 

 

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The Florida Boys giving another top-notch performance on Saturday night.

 

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Tommy, Les, Chip, and Joe performing the classic, "I Saw the Face of Jesus".

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Once again, who would love to be in on this conversation?

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GOGR has always welcomed fresh, young talent (for example Devin McGlamery, The Booth Brothers, The Dove Brothers), and this year, the fans were treated to a fantastic performance by The Gospel Messengers.

L-R: Daniel Southerd, Bart Southerd, and Dennis Southerd

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The Chuck Wagon Gang was unable to be with us at GOGR this year.  Therefore, Charlie enlisted a substitute gang.  This was "The Station Wagon Gang".

 

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Willie Wynn as "Rose", Buddy Burton as "Dad", Joshua Pope as "Anna", and Randy Shelnut as "Jim".

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Randy Shelnut texting his wife Paula about his exciting opportunity of singing with Willie Wynn dressed in drag.  Paula was proud.

 

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Freedom Quartet and "I Wanna Know".

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The Rebels lookin' sharp and singin' the classics around the two mics on Saturday night.

 

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Longtime South Carolina favorites, and the first group to ever record "Jesus Is Coming Soon", The Sheltons, perform their beautiful harmonies for the crowd.

L-R: Junior, Frankie, Sandra, Rob, and Harold Timmons at the piano

 

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The Dixie Echoes and Ellen Marsh closed out Saturday night's concert in their usual fine style.

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The final group to sing at the final Jam Session of the weekend was The Gospel Messengers, joined by Alex Utech, closing one of the best Grand Ole Gospel Reunions in many years.

 

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