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The Dove Creek Café: Three Weeks Becomes Six Years and Counting

Written by Staff on January 30, 2015 – 9:32 am -

Bob Wills

Bob Wills

By Vivian Belknap

Roanoke, Texas, a quaint town in North Central Texas has been proclaimed by the Texas House of

Billy Blackwood And The Blackwood Brothers

Billy Blackwood And The Blackwood Brothers

Representatives as The Unique Dining Capital of Texas. There are several restaurants in the newly revamped downtown area of Roanoke, but in my opinion the most unique is Dove Creek Café. The food is just good “down home” cooking, and the atmosphere is just as if you are enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner in your own home surrounded by friends and family.

In February 2009, Bob Wills, who lives in the Roanoke, Texas area, was enjoying

The Telestials

The Telestials

breakfast at Dove Creek Café when a staff member approached him. The owner of Dove Creek had been told about Bob Wills and his family of great Southern Gospel singers. Dove Creek had been featuring Country music on Friday nights hoping to draw more people into the café, but with not as much success as they had hoped. So the owner asked Wills if he would be willing to bring Southern Gospel music to Dove Creek with the hope of bringing in new customers.

The Galileans

The Galileans

Bob Wills agreed to try for three weeks, and if successful he would continue. So that first night, The Wills Family, The Splawn Family and Homer Belcher, local talent, were featured, and the café was full. He continued the next two weeks with great local talent and again was successful. After about a year as national artists learned about Bob Wills and Dove Creek Café, he started getting calls asking if they could be featured artists as they

Chuck Day

Chuck Day

come through our area. And of course the answer was yes and still is! We in the Ft. Worth/Dallas area are so blessed to have wonderful local talent like Bob Wills had and we still have a wealth of diversified talent to share with our area.

AnnDowning

Ann Downing

National artists who have performed at Dove Creek Café are legends in Southern, Country and Blue Grass Gospel. This is a list of only some who have graced the stage of Dove Creek Café in Roanoke, Texas with their talents and ministry: The Melody Boys, Phil Cross, Joel and LaBreeska Hemphill, Sharron Kay King, Greg McDougal, Shannon Bunch, The Telestials, The Texans, Barbara Fairchild and her husband, Roy Morris, The South Men, The Song Fellows, Rick Strickland, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Jerry Bennett, Paul’s Journey, Billy Blackwood and The Blackwood Brothers, Beyond The Ashes, Chuck Day, and Reynold Rutledge.

The Wills Family

The Wills Family

Some may ask, “Who is Bob Wills?” Bob Wills is a member of The Wills Family who has their roots in Texas, and he was named after the legendary singer who made Western Swing popular in the 1940’s. Bob Wills’ father was first cousin with the legendary Bob Wills. However, Bob Will’s father chose to follow Gospel music instead of secular music, and started a group with his children.

TheTexans

The Texans

In the early ‘50’s Bob and his siblings, Bill, Calvin, Lou, Betty and Joe formed The Singing Wills Family and enjoyed many successful years touring together. In 1958, Bob Wills was asked to join the group known as The Inspirationals. Beginning in the early ‘60’s and ‘70’s, Bob led the group as they toured the nation. Bob and the group were featured on the nationally syndicated TV series, Wills Family Inspirational Time. The family

Dove Creek Cafe

Dove Creek Cafe

legacy continues with his daughter, Angel, enjoying ministering as a soloist, as well as his son, Bobby Lee, his wife Annette, and their two children, Landry and Bethany.

Bob’s sister Lou Wills Hildreth is also one of the Gospel music elite and her story can be read in the SGN Scoops digital magazine every month.

Would you like to be part of the elite who have been at Dove Creek Café? Please contact Bob Wills at: bobwillsfamily@yahoo.com, or feel free to call Bob Wills at: 817.535.0136.

By Vivian Belknap

For more artist features by Vivian Belknap and all SGN Scoops’ writers, visit www.sgnscoops.com for the latest issue of SGN Scoops magazine.

 

 


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Telestials To Make Rare Concert Appearance In Nashville

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 1, 2011 – 9:19 pm -

Nashville, TN- Celebrating 50 years in Gospel music, The Telestials are are making a rare concert appearance at their home church in Hendersonville, TN. The Telestials will be singing at Hendersonville Church of God on Sunday, February 6th at 10:30am. The church is located at 724 East Main Street in Hendersonville. The Telestials will be singing songs from their latest project, “I Can Call Jesus” as well as songs from their soon to be released project. It promises to be a great time of music & ministry.

For more information on the Telestials www.telestials.com

For more information on Hendersonville Church of God www.hendersonvillecog.org


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Telestials Donate Proceeds from Christmas Song Downloads to Toys For Tots

Written by Scoops Staff on November 30, 2010 – 10:49 am -

Nashville, TN- Long time Southern Gospel group, The Telestials are donating the download proceeds from their new Christmas song “(Christmas Is) My Favorite Time of Year” to Toys for Tots. The song, written by group member Caleb Brown, has been released to radio and is only available through download. You can download the song at www.telestials.com The song is also available through cdbaby, itunes, etc.

The song was recorded by Ron Fairchild (Oak Ridge Boys, Crabb Revival, Adam & Amanda Crabb, Restless Heart) and features a 16 person children’s choir from Eastern Tennessee. By downloading this song you are helping the Telestials to fulfill a child’s Christmas dream, a child that might otherwise be forgotten.

(Christmas Is) My Favorite Time of Year is being promoted to radio by www.spin-n-motion.com. For more information about The Telestials you may visit their website at www.telestials.com or call their ministry office at (615) 847-3660 The Telestials can also be found on Facebook.


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