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Russ and Tori Taff Host Inaugural Bell Buckle Weekend Festival

Written by Staff on September 1, 2016 – 6:00 pm -

Russ and Tori Taff

Russ and Tori Taff

Historic Town Welcomes Christian Music’s Brightest Stars

Joseph Habedank, Angela Primm, Reba Rambo-McGuire & Dony McGuire, Bart Millard, Michael Tait, Ashley Cleveland Set to Appear

Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank

BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. (September 1, 2016) – Russ and Tori Taff are throwing a big party, and you are invited! Russ and Tori Taff’s Bell Buckle Weekend promises to be a weekend full of fun, food, fellowship and music. The historic town of Bell Buckle, TN will welcome Christian music fans from all across the globe during the inaugural event, held October 8-9, 2016.

Special musical guests Bart Millard (MercyMe), Michael Tait (Newsboys), Ashley Cleveland, Angela Primm, Joseph Habedank, and Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire will fill the air with songs of inspiration during two concerts to be held at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall during the weekend.

An ‘up close and personal’ meet and greet in Russ and Tori’s front yard complete with a front-porch mini concert will be included with the purchase of the weekend package, and is sure to be a highlight of the weekend. Bell Buckle is known for their arts and crafts, and though their annual Webb School Craft Show (which draws over 100,000 people to the tiny town of 450) will be held the following weekend after Russ and Tori’s event, there will be a sneak preview offered on Saturday. Plein air artists will set up their easels all over town and paint in the open air, as well as various artisans of all kinds – jewelry makers, blacksmiths, weavers, mixed media artists – demonstrating their skills and offering items for sale. And don’t miss the antique malls, specialty shops, boutiques, and delicious restaurants!

ramboA few years ago, Russ and Tori Taff decided they needed a change from the hustle and bustle of Nashville. Tori had discovered Bell Buckle almost 30 years ago, and it became her day-trip destination of choice. “Something has always drawn me to this town,” Tori says. “I can’t explain it, but every time I visited, it felt like I was home.” Russ and their two daughters Maddie Rose and Charlotte fell under the Bell Buckle spell as well, and when they moved here 3 years ago the town received them with equally warm and open arms. “We are so excited about sharing the charm and beauty of small-town Tennessee with all of our friends and fans,” Russ says. “And what better way to do that than to throw a two-day celebration full of good ol’ Southern cooking and the best gospel music on the planet!”

Tickets are on sale now and available now – CLICK HERE!

Ticket Options:
FULL WEEKEND PACKAGE: Includes registration gift bag, private front yard meet & greet with Russ and Tori Taff, Saturday night Southern buffet supper and classic CCM concert, Sunday morning gospel brunch and intimate Southern Gospel concert. Priority seating at both concerts.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Southern buffet supper and classic CCM concert ONLY
SUNDAY MORNING: Gospel brunch and intimate Southern Gospel concert ONLY
Weekend Itinerary:
Enjoy Bell Buckle! There will be plein air artists setting up their easels all over town and painting in the open air, as well as various artisans of all kinds (jewelry makers, blacksmith, weavers, mixed media artists) demonstrating their skills and offering their wares for sale. Wander through our antique malls, specialty shops, and boutiques. Eat lunch at one of our delicious little restaurants (you’ll get a complete list and description). Take the Historic Walking Tour. Talk to folks and take lots of pictures!
Meet-and-greet and front porch mini-concert scheduled in Russ and Tori Taff’s front yard (for full weekend pass attendees) where everyone will have an opportunity to have items signed and take photos.
Southern-style buffet supper in the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall, followed by a big blowout Classic CCM concert with full band and special guests Bart Millard of MercyMe, Michael Tait of Newsboys and Ashley Cleveland.
Gospel Brunch! A short devotional, more fabulous food, intimate Southern Gospel concert featuring special guests Angela Primm, Joseph Habedank and Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire followed by fellowship time, and… karaoke to Russ Taff’s greatest hits!


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The GAITHER VOCAL BAND Showcases Happy Rhythms on Two All-New DVDs

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 16, 2015 – 10:16 pm -



GRAMMY® Award-winning Group Introduces Companion DVD to Recent Chart-topping Sometimes It Takes a Mountain CD Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—March 16th, 2015GRAMMY® Award-winning quintet the Gaither Vocal Band will release two all-new DVDs—Sometimes It Takes a Mountain (Gaither Music Group) and Happy Rhythm (Gaither Music Group)–on March 17th. Hosted by Bill Gaither and recorded in an intimate, rustic setting just south of Nashville at the concert hall of celebrated country duo Joey+Rory, the all-new recordings release on the heels of the top-charting Sometimes It Takes a Mountain (Gaither Music Group) audio recording, which released last fall.
The videos feature LIVE performances of the songs from the Sometimes It Takes a Mountain audio recording along with additional numbers as well as special performances by HOMECOMING artists The Martins, The Isaacs, Goodman Revival, Charlotte Ritchie, Buddy Greene and The Nelons.
The recordings include interview footage with group members Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles and Adam Crabb and highlight the unmistakable harmonies that have garnered five GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 17 GMA DOVE Awards.  The Gaither Vocal Band was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY® Award and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
The group’s intricate harmonies are showcased on songs written by some of gospel music’s most respected songwriters including Bill and Gloria Gaither, Suzanne Jennings, Mosie Lister, Michael W. Smith, Gerald Crabb, Thomas A. Dorsey, Henry Slaughter, Jeff Silvey, Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire, among others.  Crabb’s award-winning vocals are highlighted on the recording’s first radio single, “Sometimes It Takes a Mountain,” which is currently in the Top 5 on the national radio chart.
The new DVD releases will be featured on an international TV campaign which will air on PBS, Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.
The Gaither brand of artists and products topped the BILLBOARD Year-End Chart of Music Video Sales Labels for 2000, 2011 and 2014.
The Sometimes It Takes a Mountain and Happy Rhythm DVDs are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and, where it is available now.
The Gaither Vocal Band will be on tour from now through the end of the year and will be a highlight of the Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour.  A list of tour dates can be found at
For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band and/or Sometimes It Takes a Mountain and Happy Rhythm, including a video preview with a sampling of music, visit or connect on Facebook at or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.
To hear some of the music from the new releases, visit:

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