Revival opens at Studio 116

Published 3:00 am Saturday, March 14, 2015

Studio 116 in downtown Brundidge will, once again, be alive with the sound of music when the Old Time Music Revival gets underway on Saturday, March 21.

The revival of the old time music will span four months with a different form of old time music featured each month, March through June.

Margaret Ross, a member of the “revivalists group,” said there is renewed interest in the old time music and Chris Rich and Sarah Dismukes, owners of studio 116, have generously agreed for the studio to be the site of the old time revival programs.

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“The idea is to have an event once a month and invite everyone to join us in bringing back the music that is a part of our community’s heritage,” Ross said. “On Saturday night, March 21, everyone will be invited to come to studio 116 to sing those favorite church gospel songs — the familiar songs that our grandparents and great- grandparents sang by heart and many of us know by heart.

“We’re not going to have any specials sung that night. Everybody will be invited to sing loud and long, just as they did in the old meeting houses back years ago.”

“Let All the People Sing” is the theme of the old-time church gospel singing. There is no admission charge.

“We’re taking a cue from John Senn’s singing at the Old County Church,” Ross said. “He said an hour is not long enough for a singing and an hour and a half is too long. So, the singing will be an hour and 15 minutes, from 6:30 until 7:45 Saturday night, March 21.”

Lenora Senn will play piano for the singing and Ross said nobody plays those old church gospel songs any better.

“The music will be great and we’ll have a great time singing the old church songs that are such an important part of our heritage,” Ross said.

The dates of the following Old Time Music Revival programs will be announced. The April music revival will feature Sisters, Geraldine Golden and Pat Rogers, in “Country Comes to Town.” The Sisters will sing country and gospel music and bring along a pan or two of the banana puddin’ Sisters Restaurant has made famous.

In May, the Old Time Music Revival will host Shelia Jackson, “Spiritually, Singing.” In June, there will be “Bluegrass and Barbecue” to close out the “revival.”

Everyone who appreciates old time music is encouraged to make plans to be a part of the revival of the old time music of the South at studio 116 on Main Street in Brundidge.