Chuck Wagon Gang celebrates history of Gospel music

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
For more information on the Chuck Wagon Gang, visit their website.
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