Grammy nominees Jeff & Sheri Easter will join them
One of Georgiaâ€™s most notable musical artists, The Lewis Family, officially retired in September, but the group was coaxed to appear in concert once again in their home state of Georgia.
â€œWe are so excited to be coming together one last time for our friends here at home and for the folks at WJBF who have been so supportive of us all through the years,â€ said Little Roy Lewis.
Members of the First Family of Bluegrass Gospel will gather to appear in concert Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in Lincolnton, Ga. at the Lewis Family Pavilion. Jeff & Sheri Easter will also appear. Tickets are $10 and children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available only at the gate.
Attendees should bring lawn chairs in the event available seating is exceeded. Attendees should also dress appropriately for an outdoor concert.
Little Roy said he looks forward to jamming with visiting musicians with some parking lot pickinâ€™ from noon until 4 p.m. prior to the concert.
The Lewis Family television show went on the air in 1954 and ran until 1992 when the family began producing its annual Christmas special. This event will be taped for use as the groupâ€™s 55th annual Christmas Show to air on WJBF in Augusta.
The Lewis Family are members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and hold numerous awards including Doves, SPBGMA awards, and others.
The family began with the marriage of the late Roy â€œPopâ€ and Pauline â€œMomâ€ Lewis and their children began performing in 1951. As their fifty-eighth year of performing about 200 times a year covering 100,000 miles comes to a close, the group includes siblings Little Roy Lewis, Janis Lewis Phillips, Miggie Lewis, and the ailing Polly Lewis Copsey with third generation member Lewis Phillips. Other members of the family may make special appearances in recognition of this special event.
Two of those former members include Pollyâ€™s son-in-law and daughter, Jeff & Sheri Easter. They have distinguished themselves in a highly awarded career of their own including five Dove awards, a Grammy nomination and through their association with the Gaither Homecoming video series selling over 15 million videos.
â€œI am excited that we are giving people in Georgia a chance to come together and honor the familyâ€™s legacy,â€ Sheri said. â€œIt will be a great opportunity for people to come and say thank you for all the things the Lewis Family has done for gospel music and our hometown and in turn a chance for all of us in the family to extend thanks for the many years of friendship from all those who included the Lewis Family as part of their lives.â€