Nashville, TN (August 27, 2013)  The Marksmen Quartet of Murrayville, Ga. received their third Dove Award nomination in the upcoming 44th Annual Awards.
“This Is My Crowd,”their latest Rural Rhythm Christian album,
is one of five nominees in the Bluegrass Album of the Year category
sharing the field with Steven Curtis Chapman, The Little Roy & Lizzy
Show, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Dailey & Vincent.
Father and son Earle and Mark Wheeler
heard the news while preparing for a tour in the western U.S.  Earle’s
distinctive vocal styling has set the group a part from other quartets
since it’s founding in 1967.
Mark, who sings lead and baritone and plays guitar, produced the 14-song album and Steve Gulley mastered it.
“It encourages us to know others like
this album,” he said. “We spent a lot of time trying to put out a good
one. Knowing that people like what we do is great, but our number one
goal is to spread the gospel…”.
Mark said that “This Is My Crowd”
is a diverse collection of songs designed to reach as many people with
the gospel message through a mix of Bluegrass gospel, country
inspirational, old-time Southern gospel, a touch of convention singing
and even some blues.
“ ‘This Is My Crowd’ contains some of the best songs we have ever recorded,” he said.
Other members of the group include
second-generation member Darrin Chambers, who sings bass and plays
Dobro; Davey Waller, who plays mandolin and sings tenor; and Mark Autry
who plays bass and sings various parts.
The CD includes special guest musicians Les Butler, Bryan McDowelland Jon Edmisten.
Among the songs there are nine originals including those penned by Mark Wheeler and Davey Waller. The album includes:  “This
Is My Crowd”, “Don’t Take Your Life (Take Mine)”, “Matthew 24”, “Rock
of Ages”, “John Was a Baptist”, “I Was There When It Happened”, “Stack
Them Stones”, “Last Saturday Night”, “The Original Superman”, “The Upper
Room”, “Saints and Pilgrims Way”, “The Veil”, “The Mule Song”
and “Reuben”.
The Dove Awards are Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. The show will be
broadcast at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 on the Up! Television Network.
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.

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