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Jim Hefner Organizes New Recording Company

Written by SGN Scoops on August 22, 2012 – 4:51 am -

Solid Rock owner, Jim Hefner, has announced the organization of a new recording company in Albertville, Alabama – PGR … Pure Gospel Music will only produce gospel music specializing in southern gospel.  With relationships in Nashville, Atlanta, and other areas, you will be able to select from numerous studios as well as area studios.  Musicians provided or you may select your own.  PGR  can produce your product, as well as market and distribute to gospel radio stations.  Artists must meet a standard that is set by PGR and those qualifying could possibly release on the Solid Rock label.  A complete package from start to finish with a budget for everyone.  Financing possible.  For more info phone 256-891-2930.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 6, 2012 – 1:46 pm -

Solid Rock is excited to announce a new member to their family – Devi
Black – from Murfreesboro, Tennessee – as the latest addition. A true
southern belle with a voice that is unequaled in gospel music. Solid
Rock owner, Jim Hefner, says it is uncharacteristic for him to sign any
solo artist (especially a female vocalist) but he says that Devi is a special
lady with a special talent. When asked if she was a contemporary artist,
Hefner says a flat “no.” She loves southern gospel and that is why I
have signed her.

Remember the name DEVI because you are going to be hearing it a lot.
See this exciting new artist at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville,
KY on September 13th at 9:00 AM for the Southern Gospel Promoters
Showcase during NQC week.

Contact Devi Black at 256-891-2930
or e-mail

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 16, 2011 – 1:24 pm -

Going “Coast to Coast”

The Southmen Quartet has become one of gospel music’s busiest groups. They spent much of September and October on West Coast tour that took them through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. From there, it
was on to Dollywood, TN for eight shows, into the Carolinas, followed by dates into Virginia, then north to Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Added to that is work on an upcoming project, along with their new TV show “Singin’ Down South.”

The guys have had little time at home this year. The Southmen manager, Jim Hefner, stated that the Lord had truly blessed the group this year having seen miraculous things from souls saved to physical healings. This has been by far the busiest year ever and he also said that 2012 is shaping up to be even busier with plans underway for another
West Coast tour and their first-ever Canadian trip. Asked when the group would slow down – Hefner
answered “when it stops being fun.” Keep track of the guys at For bookings, contact The Beckie Simmons Agency at Phone 615-595-7500.

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Written by SGN Scoops on July 29, 2011 – 4:06 pm -

Jim Hefner, manager of The Southmen Quartet, and Beckie Simmons, owner of The Beckie Simmons Agency, announced today that an agreement has been reached for BSA to handle the Southmen bookings. Hefner stated that he could not be more excited. Hefner also said that he has known Beckie for many years and considers her one of his best friends. She is also one of the hardest working and most respected people in our industry. And that the Southmen are in good hands and are very blessed to be a part of such a great lineup of Artists.
Beckie Simmons states, “with an all-star lineup of Buddy Burton, Eddie Crook, Larry Beck, John Washburn, Buddy Poe, and of course, the one and only Jim Hefner, The Southmen draw their styling from their history with The Statesmen, Happy Goodmans, J. D. Sumner & The Stamps, Masters Five, The Tennesseans, and The Segos.  If you love great Southern Gospel Quartet singing with a touch of humor, you won’t be disappointed with The Southmen.  Be watching for their upcoming TV show, “Singing Down South”, and go out and see them.
In the future all inquires about The Southmen appearances, should be directed to The Beckie Simmons Agency at 615-595-7500,
Also be watching for The Southmen new TV show “Singing Down South” which will air on the Family Friendly Television Network as well as cable stations across the Southeast.

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Family Friendly Television Network to air The Southmen Quartet TV show

Written by SGN Scoops on July 19, 2011 – 7:57 am -

 We here at Fresh Well Media, along with the Family Friendly Entertainment Network, look forward in producing the new television program “Singing  Down South” with The Southmen Quartet and their many legendary guests,  and airing it on the Family Friendly Entertainment Network. We believe with the personalities of the Southmen Quartet and Jim Hefner, this will be a very entertaining program. Stay tuned for more!

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Written by SGN Scoops on July 18, 2011 – 2:36 pm -

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

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SOUTHMEN To Debut New TV Program

Written by SGN Scoops on July 12, 2011 – 8:45 am -

Jim Hefner, manager of The Southmen Quartet has announced that plans have been finalized for their new weekly TV show
entitled “Singing Down South”.  Filming will begin in early August.  The Southmen will be the host group.  There will be two
other artists appearing regularly on each show, those artists have yet to be selected.  It will also feature guests each week
and some humorous stories by some of gospel music personalities.
Hefner stated that if you do not like southern gospel music, you will not like this program because it will be southern through
and through.  It will look like southern gospel, sound like southern gospel because it is southern gospel.   The program will
air on cable systems throughout the southeast and talks are underway to have the program carried via satellite by a major
cable network.
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