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Pine Ridge Boys host trip to Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Written by Staff on August 9, 2018 – 12:10 pm -

Pine Ridge Boys Quartet

Pine Ridge Boys Quartet

Inman, South Carolina (August 9, 2018)– The popular Pine Ridge Boys Quartet from Inman, S.C., are hosting a tour to the 2018 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on October 28 – November 1. The group will be taking part in the event and are also in the top five nominees for the prestigious Diamond Awards, taking place during the convention.

Pine Ridge Boys Quartet host trip to Creekside 2018The Pine Ridge Boys have coordinated tours to other events, and the group is excited to be heading to Creekside. Spokesperson Anne Stewart says, “Creekside is an awesome event just by itself and since the Pine Ridge Boys Quartet have some awesome fans and supporters, we decided why not bring folks to this great event! Plus they also get to see and support their favorite quartet.” Anne is the wife of Larry Stewart, bass singer, owner and manager of the group. She has accompanied the quartet to the convention on prior occasions. The full brochure for the trip can be found here: Pine Ridge Boys Quartet host trip to Creekside 2018

Pine Ridge Boys Quartet host trip to Creekside 2018“We are thrilled that the Pine Ridge Boys are bringing all of their friends, family and fans to Creekside this year,” says Rob Patz, owner and host of Creekside Gospel Music Convention. “Pine Ridge has become a mainstay at the convention and I’m looking forward to welcoming all of their supporters in October. As the Boys are nominated for 2018 Diamond Award Quartet of the Year, the excitement in the auditorium during the Diamond Awards should be at an even higher level than usual. I hope to see everyone there!” Voting for the Diamond Awards continues until Sept. 15 here.

The Pine Ridge Boys have created a tour that also includes visiting some of Pigeon Forge’s favorite attractions and eateries, as outlined on their brochure. For more information on their trip, please call Anne at (864) 473-8535 or email

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

Creekside Gospel Music Convention began in 2012 and has enjoyed increasing prominence in the world of Christian music. Celebrating Gospel, Bluegrass and Christian Country music, the event provides free tickets to the evening concerts, including the kick-off Sunday night, Dr. Jerry Goff Honors Arthur Rice on Monday night, the Diamond Awards on Tues. 30th and other special guests for Wed. and Thurs., to be announced. For more information, including lodging at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Ramada hotel, please call Rob Patz at 360-933-0741 or visit the Creekside website or Facebook page.

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Creekside features Gospel music Variety from Hyssongs to Jordan Family Band

Written by Staff on July 24, 2018 – 10:39 am -

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

Pigeon  Forge, Tenn. (July 24, 2018) Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2018 will feature a great variety of gospel music artists to satisfy every musical taste. From October 28th through November 1st at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, musical guests will include family groups, classic quartets, bluegrass and country style bands. Plus, this family-friendly function is free.

You will hear chart-topping artists such as the Jordan Family Band, the Hyssongs, Mark209, the Williamsons, the Dunaways, the Pine Ridge Boys and other great artists.

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards.

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards 2016

Don’t miss the specialty events such as the 2018 Diamond Awards, Dr Jerry Goff Honors Arthur Rice, the Red Back Hymnal Choir, Midnight Prayer, Daytime Showcases, and so much more. C.T. Townsend will be speaking.

VIP tickets are available as well as special Group Rate accommodation. Log onto the Creekside Facebook page or website for more information, or call 360-933-0741.

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Carroll Cooke’s Lowesville Gospel Concerts Making an Impact

Written by Staff on May 4, 2018 – 10:07 am -

Carroll Cooke’s Lowesville Concert Series Making an Impact

Lowesville Gospel Concerts stage

Charlie Griffin of SGNScoops’ Magazine tells the

story of one of the fastest growing gospel concert series

Carroll Cooke is a man on a mission, with a passion that is manifested by his actions and his love of gospel music. But when you get to know him, you will find out he just loves his family and everyone. He has never met a stranger. Gospel music is just one of his many interests.

His music is rooted in his faith. Cooke says, “I was saved when I was 10 years old. I don’t remember the church or the message. I do remember going to my dad and mom, telling them I had to go to the altar. The preacher led me in the sinner’s prayer and I accepted Jesus into my heart and he saved me forever. The preacher asked

Jordan's Bridge at Lowesville

Jordan’s Bridge at Lowesville

me to say something and all I could get out was, ‘I just want to thank him,’ ‘I just want to thank him,’ and to this day, I still just want to thank him.”

Over the years Cooke has been a singer, active church member, choir member, deacon, business owner, husband, father, and community leader. Each phase of his life has been fulfilled in so many ways. Yet in the last five years, his life has come into a richness that is being showcased in the small community of Lowesville, N.C.

His love of gospel music started at a young age. Cooke shares, “My dad (Roy A Cooke), mom (Lois Cooke), sister (now Hazel Sain), and I began singing as a quartet when I was six years old. We did this every weekend for about 15 years, then the next 40 years, I served as minister of music at different churches in and around the surrounding counties.

Carroll Cooke’s Lowesville Gospel Concerts

Carroll Cooke and his wife, Barbara

I have only been trying to promote our music since late 2012.

“My dad was the most influential person in my life,” confesses Cooke. “He lived and breathed music. He was the choir director at our local church, and he wanted so badly for everyone who had a desire to sing, to be able to sing, and sing well. He would have V. O. Fossett of the Stamps Baxter Music School from Dallas, Texas, come for two weeks and teach the old shaped notes, along with voice, piano, and harmony. He then would go beg other churches in the area to have Fossett come teach at their church, and he was successful in doing just that. This way, we would attend singing schools about all summer.”

Sometimes it was more than just the singing. Cooke loved the buses too. “The first concert I ever remember attending was promoted by Charlie Burke at a ballpark in Newton, N.C. I don’t even remember who sang, I just remembered the busses, and thinking what a life that would be. I was probably 10 or 12 at the time. At 75, I have no desire to crawl in one of them, I just love to see them

Carroll Cooke’s Lowesville Gospel Concerts

Crowns of Light at Lowesville Gospel Concerts

pull in and pull out.”

During those years, his family grew. He became a leader in the community and in the church while developing a successful business. Cooke operated the Lowesville Automotive Warehouse in the Lowesville community near Stanley, N.C. Upon his retirement in 2012, he sold the property to Living Word Ministries.

In that former parts warehouse and store, Living Word Ministries shares the gospel with regular worship services each week since August 2012. Pastor Derrick Dellinger leads a growing church that is on fire for God. Their Outreach ministries are impacting the surrounding communities by helping the needy, feeding the homeless, and loving people. They present the gospel in a way that the new Christian can understand and

The Sheltons at Lowesville

The Sheltons at Lowesville

the mature disciple can continue to grow and be inspired, in a shame-free environment. No attitudes or judgment found at LWM, just a church family that is excited about what God is doing in the community.

As the church grew, Cooke found a desire to reach the community in a new outreach: Saturday night Southern gospel concerts. With the encouragement of Pastor Dellinger, Cooke started in January 2013 with concerts on the second and fourth Saturday nights of each month. That is 24 concert promotions each year.

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Written by Staff on July 27, 2017 – 10:05 am -

James Everette Stewart, Sr. of Pine Ridge Boys

James Everette Stewart, Sr. of Pine Ridge Boys

Pine Ridge Boys founding member, James Everette Stewart, Sr., of Mooresville, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Born October 28, 1936, in Clifton, SC, he was the son of the late Ed and Katie Emory Stewart. Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeannette and a sister, Doris Sealey.

He left behind the Pine Ridge Boys in the care of his son Larry Stewart. Today this heritage music quartet continues to inspire family, friends, and fans with their classic quartet sound. This writer thinks “Big Jim” is a proud Dad and quartet man when he sees the continued success of today’s Pine Ridge Boys. And the quartet is proud of his successes too. So much that the 54th Homecoming Gospel Sing honored Jim’s rich legacy.

Jim penned his own eulogy and who is better to tell his story. His heartfelt love and of life, his family and gospel music truly made him a blessed man.

Jim writes, “This is my final time to bid you farewell. I have had a long life and been able to use my God given talent of singing bass since I was seven years old. I never could express myself in words but pray I have reached many people through song.

“I thank God for giving me two good Christian wives, aside from my family and friends. The Pine Ridge Boys Quartet molded my life through the years. We organized in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. The Quartet kept me away from my family when my four children, Denise, Everette, Evelyn and Larry were small. If it had not been for my beloved wife, Jeannette, keeping our family together, I would not have been able to minister through song.

“Jeannette started a tour business after taking a trip to Nashville, TN, where she fell in love with the travel industry. We moved to Maiden shortly after starting the business. Several years into the business Jeannette had a heart attack. The doctors were able to give her a new heart by means of a transplant. This is where I met my present wife, Eloise. She had gotten some people together for a trip to Callaway and Warm Springs, GA. Although Eloise had a full-time job, she started doing some of the tours on weekends and vacations. As time went on Jeannette’s health kept failing and the strain was just too much for us, we were forced to close the tour business.

“When Eloise’s husband, Lawrence, passed away in 1995, Jeannette and I took Eloise home from the receiving and Jeannette made the statement to Eloise: “You know the doctor says I don’t have much time left; maybe you and Jim can get together when I am gone.” So needless to say, I took her advice in 1999 after Jeannette passed away in 1998.

“I acquired four more children, Lynda, Carol, Ken, and Mitch. At the present time we have 21 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Eloise and I have enjoyed 17 wonderful years together.

The original Pine Ridge Boys in 1963.

The original Pine Ridge Boys in 1963

“Getting back to the Pine Ridge Boys Quartet, the original members were Wayne Shuford, tenor, Miles Cooper, lead, Charles Burke, baritone and myself as bass. At the piano was Darius Shuford. Of course there have been many changes over the years and many have gone on to be with Jesus in Heaven. In 2012, my son, Larry Stewart, became the owner of the Quartet at that time, and he is making me proud with how he is taking care of it.

“One of the things I look forward to when I get to Heaven is singing again with Pine Ridge Boys Quartet. I pray if there is anyone here today that doesn’t know the Lord, this will be the day you will make that decision.”

During the Pine Ridge Boys’ 54th Homecoming Gospel Sing, a special memorial video honoring the life of the Pine Ridge Boys’ Big Jim Stewart was presented to those in attendance. The personal message from Larry Stewart touched the hearts of family and friends as Big Jim was honored for his contributions to family, friends and gospel music. Enjoy the link honoring Big Jim Stewart.    

During the night, CJ Burns was inducted into the Pine Ridge Boys Hall Of Fame. CJ traveled and sang with the group for several years. He sang tenor, lead and even baritone. Always smiling and singing, CJ’s friendship and talents are cherished in the Pine Ridge Boys family.


  CJ Burns with Larry Stewart. Pine Ridge Boys

CJ Burns with Larry Stewart


Mark Cash with Larry Stewart. Pine Ridge Boys

Mark Cash with Larry Stewart

Inducted into the Pine Ridge Boys Hall of Fame as an honorary member, Mark Cash is truly a man behind the scenes. His constant support to the group, designing and maintaining the website, updating tour schedules and just about anything else needed, is truly noticed and appreciated. He and Larry went to school together and renewed their friendship a few years ago through gospel music. Mark is a huge collector of all styles of gospel music and an avid photographer. But he truly has the taken the Pine Ridge Boys to his heart; he is now family.

Fans from Ohio, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Tennessee making a capacity crowd joined the Pine Ridge Boys, Jordan’s Bridge, Troy Burns Family, Carolina Quartet, Crowns of Light and Hearts Afire to celebrate the group’s 54 years in gospel music. First Baptist Church of Inman, S. C., once again hosted the sing with Senior Pastor Dr. Paul Moore hosting and welcoming the many friends and family.

Pine Ridge Boys today

Pine Ridge Boys today

Today the Pine Ridge Boys are riding a wave of excitement that is affecting gospel music fans, young and old alike across the country. With the Classic Artists Records release of “I’ve Got A New Song,” and “There’s A Fountain,” both songs charting and continuing to rise in the radio charts of SGNScoops and the Singing News, the Pine Ridge Boys are expanding their outreach.

Be looking for a Pine Ridge Boys concert near you. You can also keep up with the group on their Facebook page. You just never know what will happen with Facebook Live!

Visit the group’s website for more information, music and news. For scheduling contact Larry Stewart at 305 Water Oak Street, Inman, SC 29349 or call 864-473-8849. Email

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Pine Ridge Boys Visit Gospel Greats

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 2, 2017 – 10:47 pm -

Pine Ridge Boys Visit Gospel Greats

Pine Ridge Boys Visit Gospel Greats

The Pine Ridge Boys are riding a wave of excitement that is affecting gospel music fans, young and old alike across the country. With the Classic Artists Records release of ‘I’ve Got A New Song” charting and continuing to rise in the radio charts of SGN Scoops and the Singing News, the Pine Ridge Boys are expanding their outreach.

During their spring “Up North” tour of New Jersey and Delaware, the Pine Ridge Boys dropped by the studios of the Gospel Greats. Award winning gospel music host, Paul Heil recorded an interview with the group and will be featuring songs from the new cd “A New Song”.

THE GOSPEL GREATS radio program is well into its fourth decade on the air and remains the best-known and most widely-respected syndicated Southern Gospel music radio program of its type. It airs on great radio stations across the United States, in Canada, through broadcasters worldwide, as well as on Sirius/XM satellite throughout North America, on international shortwave radio and on the internet everywhere each week (through affiliates and on-demand). Hosted by America’s best-known Southern Gospel radio personality, Paul Heil is an inductee into the prestigious Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The Gospel Greats is fast-paced program with in-person interviews with today’s top gospel artists and songwriters.

Pine Ridge Boys manager Larry Stewarts shares, “We are so blessed. As the New Year started Steven Craps joined the group singing lead. And what an impact he has made. People are loving him and he fits right in with the rest of us. Plus we have sung on some spectacular concerts and church sings this year and are looking forward to a great summer and fall. Then, being able to be with Paul and Sheila Heil and the Gospel Greats team is always a highlight of this “Up North” tour. They are great and do so much for gospel music. We really appreciate what they do and their friendship.”

Classic Artists Records is slated to debut a new radio release for conventional gospel music radio, satellite, internet and pay on demand programming. The new single is “There Is a Fountain.” Digital radio release will be the first week of May with the cd release being shipped the following week. Hey Y’all Media will again be the radio promotion contact. Hey Y’All Media CEO Vonda Easley shares the excitement of this Pine Ridge Boys new release coming off their current charted songs. Vonda says, “The Pine Ridge Boys are awesome and what a concert they do. This new song is really going to bless gospel music fans. It is already in their live concerts. The Pine Ridge Boys are so exciting and this song is awesome!”

Visit for more information, music and news. For scheduling the Pine Ridge Boys contact Larry Stewart at 305 Water Oak Street, Inman, SC 29349 or call 864-473-8849. Email


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Great News for The Pine Ridge Boys

Written by scoopsnews on January 16, 2017 – 6:40 pm -

Since 1963, the Pine Ridge Boys have been singing quartet gospel music. Over the years a number of talented men have sang the parts making that unmistakable Pine Ridge Boys sound. Today that legacy continues with renewed energy and focus.

After long time lead singer Duane Rizzo retired, the boys welcomed Jonathan Thompson who captivated audiences with his talents. It was a sad day when he left the group over the Christmas holidays.

Yet The Pine Ridge Boys did not miss a beat. Being part of the Pine Ridge Boys family just means to be ready and “Johnny on the spot.” A huge thank you to Duane Rizzo who stepped into the lead part once again filling in during the transition.

Auditions began during the holidays and the search went far and wide. Yet when the dust settled, right in the Pine Ridge Boys back yard was the man to sing lead.

The Pine Ridge Boys are elated to welcome Steven Craps to the quartet. The twenty-two year old South Carolina native calls Lexington, SC home and is no stranger to gospel music in the southeast.

PRB owner/ manager, Larry Stewart says, “Steven was in our back yard all the time and after the first audition, we called him back to sing some more. He will fit right in with the quartet, because he wants to sing and tell the story we do. Now he is a young’un so that might take some getting used to from us older fellas. We are really excited to have Steven with the quartet. We are introducing him at the RS Central Concert Thursday night (January 19) in Rutherfordton, NC with our friends the Carolina Quartet and the LeFevre Quartet.

Born December 13, 1994 Steven will definitely be the “young‘un” of the quartet. His parents Gregg and Lauri Craps have brought up their children (Steven, Hanah and Darci) in church. At the age of 12, Steven heard his first gospel quartet and the fell in love with the Pine Ridge Boys and the music. In 2010 he started his solo ministry, “Singin’ Steven.” During this time he has traveled the Palmetto state singing his gospel music. Today, ten years after first meeting The Pine Ridge Boys, a dream comes true to be joining the group as their lead singer.

Eight years ago Steven was diagnosed with glaucoma, losing a substantial amount of vision, especially peripheral vision. There is a song that says “defeat is one word I don’t use.” Well, the diagnosis did not stop him; he graduated high school and attended North Greenville University for two years studying music and voice. For the last six years he has traveled and sang with his solo ministry. His desire to overcome and sing truly shows “with God all things are possible!”

Steven is a typical gospel music flunky. He loves listening and attending Southern Gospel concerts when not singing himself. But family is still a priority. As time permits he enjoys doing anything with family or grandparents (Larry and Helen Smith who are also his biggest supporters), and eating. Steven’s motto is, “Don’t live to eat, but eat to live.”

If you have a minute with Steven, he is ready to share with you what God has done for him. He loves singing and telling everyone “Jesus Loves You!”

Larry Stewart shares, “2017 is already proving to be a great year. Tour dates are coming in from across the country. Already we have a charting song starting off the year. We are thankful for the response “I’ve Got A New Song” is receiving on Christian radio. We are working on new material right now with Steven and hope to have our new Classic Artists Records cd out in the near future. We are excited about what is in store for us!”

Be looking for Larry, Wayne, Ivory and Steven when the Pine Ridge Boys are in your area. You will hear some great quartet harmonies and be blessed the age-old story of Jesus Christ.

For more information, music or scheduling contact the Pine Ridge Boys, Larry Stewart, 305 Water oak Street, Inman, SC 29349. Call 864-473-8849 or email .


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Change for The Pine Ridge Boys

Written by scoopsnews on December 19, 2016 – 3:06 pm -

Change for Pine Ridge Boys


It is with regret that we announce the resignation and departure of lead singer Jonathan Thompson effective immediately. Jonathan was only here for a short time but made many fans along the way. We want to wish all the best for Jonathan and his family. With that being said, former lead singer Duane Rizzo will return to fill in until a new lead singer can be determined. Please remember the Pine Ridge Boys in your prayers as we go thru this process. We know that God is in control and has a bigger plan. To be Considered for the lead vocalist position with the Pine Ridge Boys, submit a brief resume, photo and demo to



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Pine Ridge Boys introduce new member

Written by Staff on July 18, 2016 – 6:43 pm -

Pine Ridge Boys

Pine Ridge Boys

The Pine Ridge Boys are excited to announce that we have a new lead singer. We would like to introduce to you Jonathan Thompson.

Jonathon Thompson

Jonathan Thompson

Jonathan and his wife Stacy have five children and make their home in Anderson, SC.

Jonathan will make his first appearance with us on July 28, 2016 in Maysville, GA.

Be sure and welcome Jonathan to the group when you come out to hear us sing.

We are very thankful that God has sent Jonathan our way and look forward to what the future holds. Be sure to keep up with what we are doing by visiting our website where you will soon be able to learn more about Jonathan and his family and more about what the quartet is doing.

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Don’t Miss This! Pine Ridge Boys Sing……

Written by scoopsnews on June 7, 2016 – 3:37 pm -


From Charlie Griffin:

Ohh this is gonna be a goond one! Make sure your calendar is marked and get there early! Gonna be a night to remember concert for sure! 53rd Anniversary Sing of Pine Ridge Boys, 90’s Reunion of the Award Winning Singing Americans, the Sheltons and Hearts Afire! June 25 @ 6pm Inman, SC First Baptist Church!

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Southern Gospel Weekend Begins!

Written by Staff on March 10, 2016 – 12:13 pm -

Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford Alabama - setting up!

Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford Alabama – setting up!

Hey all! This is Rob Patz, your on-the-spot reporter from Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford, Alabama. I have already talked with many people here at the hotel and at the Civic Center, and I’ve sensed their excitement about this year’s Southern Gospel Weekend.  It is going to be a wonderful weekend filled with Gospel music and fellowship.

Parker Jonathan at Southern Gospel Weekend 2016

Parker Jonathan at Southern Gospel Weekend 2016

Last night we started off with prayer at the gazebo outside the Oxford Civic Center, and today we are already seeing groups set up their booths and the sound people setting up sound and light in the main auditorium. Tonight is going to be a wonderful evening honoring the true heroes of America – our veterans –  and we would love for you to be there.

Opening our evening tonight, will be Scott Roberts and the Five O’clock Band. The National Anthem will be performed by Exodus. Ken Rollins, Alabama Dept of Veterans Affairs and host of Veteran’s Issues Channel 24 will be the keynote speaker, following which will be the Introduction of Veterans and a patriotic song by the Sharps Quartet. The concert lineup includes Jason Runnells, Kristen Stanton, The Jonathans, Tina Wakefield, Brad Mount, the Pine Ridge Boys, Brothers 4, Kelly Coberly, Revived Quartet, Ava Kasich, The Chandlers, Chronicle and The Williamsons.

SGW salutes the U.S.Military and wishes to extend their appreciation to those who protect America. Members of the Military plus one friend are our VIP guests tonight.


Southern Gospel Weekend set up

Southern Gospel Weekend set up

Southern Gospel Weekend set up

Southern Gospel Weekend set up

If you are thinking about coming tonight, please do in fact bring your whole church family. We would love to see everybody in Oxford Alabama tonight at the Civic Center, for the beginning of Southern Gospel Weekend. It’s going to be three great days that you will never forget!

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Southern Gospel Weekend (SGW) is March 10th through 12th, with evening concerts beginning at 5:00pm every night. Friday and Saturday will include daytime showcases at 9:00am. General admission is free and VIP seating is $25. Call Rob Patz at 360-933-0741 or Vonda Easley at 256-310-7892 for tickets. Contact Salina Clay for hotel reservations at or call her at 256-239-7716. Please join us on Thursday, March 10th at the Oxford Civic Center, 401 Mc Cullars Ln, Oxford, Alabama. For more information:

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