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Churches combine efforts to host bluegrass concert

Friday, January 16, 2009

Four churches are coming together in song this weekend, as NewFound Road will be paying a visit in Brazil.

Bee Ridge Christian Church, Croy's Creek Christian Church, Otter Creek Christian Church and First Church of the Nazarene Brazil, are hosting a bluegrass concert starring NewFound Road.

The band first emerged five years ago from southwest Ohio. Members Tim Shelton (guitar/vocals), Rob Baker (mandolin/vocals), Junior Williams (banjo/guitar/vocals) and Tim Caudill (bass) started the band. Later, Caudill left and Randy Barnes (bass) joined.

"I sang in a quartet called Firm Foundation, where we opened for different bands," Bee Ridge Christian Church Pastor Jeff Bridgewater said. "I was able to get to know the band very well and they were happy to come out."

NewFound Road visited Bee Ridge before and the church was packed, so when the idea to invite them back to Brazil surfaced, Bridgewater knew he wanted to involve some other churches.

"It is great working with other churches and I would like to more combined work in the future," he said. "For a little church, we couldn't afford to have them come here and provide the space for them to perform. With the help of the other churches, the show will go on."

The concert is set to take place at the First Church of the Nazarene in Brazil Sunday at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public but a freewill offering will be set up.

The Coon Holler Kids, based out of Clinton, Ind., will be opening the show at 6 p.m.

"We hope that everyone comes out and enjoys," Bridgewater said.

Concert information

Who: NewFound Road

What: Bluegrass gospel

Where: First Church of the Nazarene, Brazil

Location: 1002 E National Ave.

Time: Jan. 18, 6 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free and open to public

Note: A free will offering will be set up

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