Southern gospel fans out West are in for a treat when the legendary Southmen Quartet take their rich heritage westward in September and October 2011.  This will be the group’s first West Coast tour and will include performances in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California.  See “Personal Appearances” on the website for complete schedule.

Formed in 1974, the Southmen have been blessed over the years with some of the greatest talent in gospel music including the late Jack Toney, and current Gold City Bass singer, Tim Riley.  The current lineup is Jim Hefner, Tenor, Buddy Burton, Lead, Larry Beck, Baritone, Buddy Poe, Bass, John Washburn, Bass guitar, and one of the finest pianist in gospel music – Eddie Crook.

The Southmen are one of the very few quartets left that sing it the true southern gospel style.  No live band – no tracks.  The group is very sincere when it comes to sharing the love and importance of Jesus Christ with the audience.  It is not unusual to see people accept the Lord at their concerts, yet they still entertain the audience with their “off the cuff” country humor.  They are becoming one of the most entertaining groups in gospel music.  A promoter recently stated that he had not seen a group that could have a crowd rolling in the aisle one minute, then standing weeping and praising the Lord the next.  He further stated that The Southmen Quartet is the real deal.

 Jim Hefner, manager of the group, said that their goal is to make sure everyone feels better upon leaving a Southmen program than when they arrived.  So, you true southern gospel fans out west, do not miss these guys when they come to your cities.  Check out all of the West Coast Tour at