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Chuck Wagon Gang celebrates history of Gospel music

Written by Staff on October 7, 2015 – 10:17 am -

Chuck Wagon Gang c.1950

Chuck Wagon Gang c.1950

Long before a lot of us were born, The Chuck Wagon Gang was formed. In 1935 Dad Carter and his son Jim along with daughters Rose and Anna began singing. They got their break in 1936. Their first radio break was sponsor singers for Bewley Flour.  They recorded on Columbia Records for 39 years. They were the first group to record the popular song “I’ll Fly Away.” [Editor’s Note: The late Ruth Ellen Carter Yates who recently passed away, filled in for Anna in the 1950’s and began travelling consistently with the Chuck Wagon Gang in the late 1970’s.]

The Chuck Wagon Gang still carries on the tradition today with Anna’s granddaughter Shaye Smith singing alto, and who is also manager and owner of the group.  She is accompanied with Melissa Kemper who sings soprano, Stan Hill on the tenor part and Jeremy Stephens on bass.


They still sing the old songs in the original manner, with Jeremy playing the only instrument guitar, and on occasion he picks up his banjo.  They add a few new songs into the concert.  Often they take audience requests for songs, dragging out the old Chuck Wagon Song Books.  Think about your favorite song they sang so you can request it at their next concert.

The Gang has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the Grand Ole’ Opry.  Most recently they released an album with songs by Marty Stuart and they have sung on numerous occasions on his TV show.
It is a golden opportunity for us to be able to present The Chuck Wagon Gang to you on November 21 at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church, 75 Hawkins Store Rd., Kennesaw, GA. The concert will be at 2:00 pm in the afternoon.  This way you won’t have to drive in the dark.  It will be a great opportunity for you to get a group together for the concert.  You could plan lunch before the concert or dinner after the concert. There are several good eating places within a short distance from the Church.
A special discount is offered for groups of 12 or more and to seniors over 65, tickets are $12.00 in advance.  If you don’t fit there, tickets are $15.00 advance.  If you wait until concert date the tickets will be $20.00 at the door.
You can order tickets by sending a check payable to Robert York along with a self-addressed stamped return envelope to the address below.  If you want to charge on credit card call 770-617-0359, there is a $1.00 fee on each ticket for credit card orders.
Robert L. York, 4030 EBENEZER DRIVE, MARIETTA, GA  30066, 
PHONE (CONCERT INFO) 770-926-6021(CELL)  770-617-0359
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The Chuck Wagon Gang Announces the Departure of Dave Emery

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 6, 2011 – 10:48 am -

(Press Release – Nashville, TN  – May 6,  2011) Dave Emery, long-time bass singer and guitarist for The Chuck Wagon

The Chuck Wagon Gang with Bill Gaither taken at recent Gaither taping in Charlotte, NC. L-R: Stan Hill, Julie Hudson, Bill Gaither, Shaye Smith, Jeremy Stephens.

Gang will be leaving the group  effective May 31st.  Dave and his wife, Phyllis, plan to pursue their life-long dream of moving to Florida in the near future.  “Although I will be leaving the Gang, don’t be surprised if you see me singing again someday, as Gospel Music is in my blood”, said Dave Emery of Seymour, TN.  “To have been a member of The Chuck Wagon Gang has been a great honor, and to have sung their songs has been a real thrill.  I have had a wonderful time and great experience with The Chuck Wagon Gang, and wish the group well as they continue a 75-year legacy, but I can’t wait to move back to Florida!”

Replacing Dave will be 26-year-old Jeremy Stephens, who will also be performing double duties as guitarist and bass singer.  Many of you have already met Jeremy, as he filled in for tenor singer Stan Hill, who was away from the group for some time during his wife’s recent illness and surgeries, and also played guitar for the group during that time.

Jeremy was born in Lynchburg, VA and raised in Danville, VA. Having fallen in love with traditional bluegrass and old time music at an early age, he began playing fiddle and banjo at age 5, and sometime later picked up the guitar. He began playing with a bluegrass band at age 10. For years, banjo has been Jeremy’s primary instrument. He has played banjo with several bluegrass groups over the last 17 years. Jeremy graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, but has chosen to pursue music, his lifelong passion.

Jeremy first heard the Chuck Wagon Gang at age 12 when he started listening to his grandparents’ gospel records, and he has been in love with their music ever since. Being a bluegrasser at the core, his favorite version of the Gang is the original group: Rose, Anna, Dad, and Jim. One of his biggest hobbies is record collecting, and one of his main record collections is The Chuck Wagon Gang. Jeremy also loves the guitar playing of Howard Gordon, Anna’s husband who played for the Gang in the 50s and 60s.

Speaking from her home in Hertford, NC, Owner/Manager Shaye Smith stated:  “Dave has done a great job for several years in handling many positions.  He performed as guitarist, bass singer, and MC, while also overseeing many administrative duties.  We will miss him, but wish him well in his future endeavors.  There there is great excitement as we bring on board a very talented, young man, a dedicated CWG fan, and one who can play the style of my late Grandfather, Howard Gordon”.

Jeremy says, “I am so excited to be working for my favorite gospel group. I have loved their music for years, and I’m so thankful to God for putting me here at this place in my life.” Jeremy currently lives in Nashville, TN.

Booking duties have been assumed by Harold Timmons, who can be reached at 817-944-2538.

Today, the Chuck Wagon Gang holds the distinction of being the oldest recording mixed gospel group still performing with ties to the original founding. The Chuck Wagon Gang records for Song Garden Music Group, and their latest single release, “Bare Hands” is being well received by radio listeners all across the country.  Their latest recording, “My Soul Shall Live On” remains true to their famed tradition of old favorites, yet freshness comes out in several new songs. The Chuck Wagon Gang is committed to preserving the integrity of the it’s great legacy by continuing the simple style that Dad Carter established nearly 75 years ago. They will continue to do as Dad Carter instructed, “Sing the old songs, and sing them the way I taught you.”

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