Nashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Christian recording group Locust Ridge has been nominated for “Bluegrass Album of the Year” at the 45th Annual (GMA) Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Deep in the mountains of East Tennessee, you will find the small rural community of Locust Ridge. You will also find a very popular mountain gospel group in this area appropriately named after the community Locust Ridge.
If you were to visit this area, there is a good chance if you stopped to talk with anyone, their last name would be Allen. The center of the community is a small church, Evan’s Chapel Baptist Church. It is more than just a white building on top of a hill; it is the place where the lives of Russell, Josh, Larry and Andy were molded and their desire to serve the Lord was fostered. Russell, Josh and Larry are all brothers and Andy is a longtime friend that is as close as family who make up Locust Ridge.
"When we began work on the "Healed" project, our only goal was to make music that would bring honor to the Lord, encourage our fellow Christians, and tell the lost of the wondrous love of our Lord. We feel that we accomplished that. Now, for it to be recognized as a nominee for a DOVE award is such an honor, and we are so very grateful." - Russell Allen, Locust Ridge
Acclaimed artist and producer Steve Gulley discovered the group Locust Ridge and produced “Healed” their debut album for Rural Rhythm Christian.
"When the fine men who make up Locust Ridge first came to my studio a few years back to discuss the possibility of us working together, I instantly knew that they were the kind of folks with whom I would be happy to help create music. They were warm, Christian guys with a lot of talent. However, and much more importantly, I felt the presence of The Lord when they walked into the room. They couldn't help but let their light shine in everything they did. That light shines brighter than ever today in their music and ministry. I am so humbled by the nomination of the album, "Healed", for Bluegrass Album Of The Year.
Locust Ridge and their album “Healed” have certainly caught the attention of many important industry people. Country Legend Dolly Parton who commented, "I am so very proud of my Locust Ridge neighbors. They are so talented and such wonderful people. I am very excited about their project "Healed"... Go Gang!"
“Locust Ridge ('dem Allen boys) were meticulous in their song search, vocal preparation and musical presentation. That meticulous effort has manifested itself in this stellar Bluegrass Gospel release! "HEALED..." - Les Butler, Publisher Singing News Magazine, Solid Gospel and Front Porch Fellowship: Radio Host
“These guys are going to be a big force in Bluegrass Gospel Music” – Dennis Jones, WNCW - The Gospel Truth TM
"With a gospel song like, "Silver And Gold", the lyrics are well crafted and the spirit and inspiration are guiding this up and coming gospel group, Locust Ridge...". – Gary Henderson, WAMU-FM's BluegrassCountry, Washington, D. C.
The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will air the awards show on the network’s global stage reaching over 100 million homes in the U.S.
"Healed" is available now on AirPlay Direct for radio programmers and DJ’s. Locust Ridge is currently on tour in support of "Healed". Visit their web site at Locustridge.org for a list of their tour dates.