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Regional gospel favorites perform on the porch

Pictured above: The Gospel Stars, who have been performing together since the 1990’s, will open the concert. Pictured below, left: Amy Barcroft, who will be performing for the first time “on the porch.” Pictured below, right: David Smith, “The Singing Firefighter,” will also be performing “on the porch. Photos submitted by the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

Southern gospel takes center stage during this month’s Concert on the Porch September 21, at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville. Local and regional artist including David Smith, Amy Barcroft and The Gospel Stars will perform their favorite hymns beginning at 7 p.m. The Gospel Stars will open the concert and feature local musicians who have been performing together since the 1990s. Known for their versions of the old gospel spirituals, the group features the talents of M.C. Cliff Jr., Mary Maclin, Felicia Walker, Evelyn Wellington and Jerry Miller. Performing for the first time “on the porch” is Fayette County native Amy Barcroft, who now calls Brownsville home. Barcroft has

been singing since she was a child and her mother played the organ at their family church in Braden, Tenn. She has released two CDs, “First Fruits” and her most recent “God’s Promise, “ a collection of bluegrass style recordings that include five original songs written by Barcroft. David Smith, known throughout the mid-south as the “Singing Firefighter,” loves to sing the old gospel hymns like “How Great Thou Art” and “In The Garden,” mixed with more modern tunes such as “What Kinda Car.” Smith has released multiple CDs and continues to spread his ministry of hope through his music. “I’ve been singing since I was big enough to stand and hold a song book,” says

Smith. “I have always loved Southern Gospel music.” Bleacher seating is available or bring lawn chairs or blankets for the outdoor concert. Drinks and snacks will be on site. You are also welcome to bring a picnic or visit the surrounding r e s t a u r a n t s . Concerts are presented free to the public each month on the third Saturday, through September, at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville. For a complete schedule of upcoming concerts, visit www. westtnheritage.com. The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is home to three regional museums depicting the history and culture of the West Tennessee people. Inside visitors find the West Tennessee Cotton Museum, West

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