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Based in Harrisonburg, VA, the Walking Roots Band travels (usually by car, despite the name) far and wide to share their unique blend of original blue-ish-grass, folk-like, Americana/roots music and reclaimed hymns in new folk arrangements. All the members grew up in Mennonite or Church of the Brethren hymn-singing communities, and audiences reap the benefits of those singing traditions in the band's rich vocal harmonies. The Walking Roots Band has fans of all ages who love the mix of humor, reflection, storytelling, joy, and love on display when they take the stage.
The Bittersweet Gospel Band began as an extension of Bittersweet Ministries, at the time a rehabilitation home for men in East Los Angeles. The home, founded by Pastor Gilbert Romero, was a half-way house, a safe place, where men young and old could find stability, self-discipline and healing from their broken lives as gang members, drug users, alcoholics,and the abuse they suffered from the hands of others. Pastor Gilbert came out of this same world when God called him to ministry. In the mid-1990's, the Band began to minister to the main stream of the Church of the Brethren, and to other denominational and non-denominational churches as well, with a focus on reaching out to youth and breaking down walls of cultural division. With the Band's music and Gilbert's preaching, Bittersweet concerts take on a revival atmosphere. Pastor Gilbert is a dynamic speaker and presenter, as well as a smooth vocalist, percussionist, and songwriter. Joining him since 1997 is Pastor Scott Duffey, who plays guitar, sings, and also writes some of the music. Scott and Gilbert are from different worlds, but God has put them together as a model for intercultural ministry.
If you love country gospel music, just wait until you hear Virginia ’s own one-of-a-kind group Southern Grace. The southern gospel background of these musicians combined with their love for country music will leave you wanting more. These four talented local Shenandoah Valley musicians will put a twist into your favorite gospel hymns.
Southern Grace is comprised of four members: Kenny Williams (bass guitar; lead vocals), Larry Kyger (electric and steel guitar), Tim Nicely (keyboards, vocals) and Joe Shifflett (drums).