2009 GOGR Photos


Photos provided courtesy of Sarah Matheny and Glynda Kendall.

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The GOGR fans cheered the
return to the Hyatt Regency Hotel
in Greenville, SC.

 

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Making their first appearance at the
GOGR were The Diplomats from
Carrollton, GA.  The crowd loved em.

L-R: Jimmy Pearson, Rita Pearson,
Corey Pearson, Joe Brown, 
Michael Lott, Matt Dibler (not pictured)

 

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The Dixie Echoes' Pat Barker and the Dove Brothers' Rayburn Lane visit.
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Jimmy Pearson was a recipient
of the GOGR Living Legend Award.
The other recipient this year was
Archie Watkins.
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As always, The Dixie Echoes were
a fan favorite with their classic style
and excitement.

L-R: Wesley Smith, Randy Shelnut,
Scoot Shelnut, Pat Barker,
Stewart Varnado (not pictured)

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One of many Jam Session quartets
formed during the weekend.

L-R: John Rulapaugh, Jonathan
Sawrie, Matt Dibler, Joel Duncan,
Ellen Kennedy Marsh (not pictured)

 

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Scoot Shelnut, Jonathan Sawrie, and
Ellen Kennedy-Marsh enjoying the
concert.
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Miles Cooper sings "Sheltered In
the Arms of God".

 

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Randy Shelnut is all smiles!

 

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Southern Sound pianist Barry Patrick
exhibits one of his many talents
aside from his piano playing.
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Let's Make A Deal was extremely
well received this year.  Here
Alan Kendall (Melody Boys), Josh
Garner (Blackwoods), and Jonathan
Sawrie are racing with golf balls
between their knees to the finish line!
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Charlie and Liz choosing their next
victim...er- contestant.
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Sometimes pictures need little to 
no explanations.

 

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The object of this game was for the
teams to carry a balloon under their
chins and free-handedly exchange
with their partners....
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Bill Hefner and Caleb Matheny
didn't necessarily follow the rules.
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In the game of "Dress the Quartet
Man", Tim Williams decorates fellow
Melody Boy Alan Kendall...
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Bill Shaw decorated Buddy Burton,
and Josh Garner decorated McCray
Dove.

 

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McCray Dove was the winner, but
the carnage effected McCray, Alan,
and Buddy equally.
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McCray earned the nickname
"Ernie Hitler" following "Let's Make A
Deal".
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GOGR is a very tiring week, and it
wasn't long before Gerald Williams
was showing signs of strain.
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Former and current members of the
Florida Boys unite on stage to sing
many Florida Boys classics.

L-R: Tommy Atwood, Les Beasley,
Charlie Waller, Buddy Burton, 
Chip Cooper, not pictured are
Eddie Broome and Derrell Stewart.

 

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Derrell Stewart is always a crowd favorite at GOGR.
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The Dixie Echoes put another big
ending on a quartet classic.
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The Dove Brothers were in their usual
fine form as they sang several
songs from their latest CD,
"Hold On".

L-R: Jerry Martin, McCray Dove,
Eric Dove, David Hester, and
Jerry Kelso

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Willie Wynn was a special guest at
GOGR this year, and one of the 
highlights of the week was when
he joined the Dixie Echoes on
"Welcome Home My Child".

 

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Wesley Smith watches as Willie
proves that he's still got it.
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The Dixie Echoes singing their
crowd favorite "Little Is Much".
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Chip "Hamill" Cooper renders the
Kingsmen classic "Love Lifted Me",
joined by Jerry Martin, Jonathan
Sawrie, and David Hester.
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The "Tenor Quartet" was another
highlight at the GOGR.

L-R: Jerry Martin, Tim Williams,
Mike Young, Eddie Broome, and
Wesley Smith

 

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Eddie Broome's master bass singing
wowed the audience.

 

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Special guest Jimmy "Duke" Dumas, former guitarist for JD Sumner & the
Stamps and the Happy Goodmans
made his first appearance at the
GOGR, and thrilled the audience
with his first-class pickin'.

 

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Caleb Matheny, Ellen Kennedy-Marsh,
and Buddy Burton singing
"Sweeter As the Days Go By".
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Hall of Famer Eddie Wallace has been
a regular at GOGR since 1988.

 

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Derrell Stewart shares a
thought with the audience.
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Buddy Burton, Caleb Matheny, and
Chip Cooper join Mike Young as he
sings "My God Is Real".
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Alan Kendall, Chip Cooper,
Alan Brewster, and Caleb Matheny
joined Willie Wynn as they sang
the Oak Ridge Boys classic,
"Jesus Is Coming Soon".
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Gerald Williams and Gayla Fooks
cheering on their favorites.

 

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Theres no telling what Eddie Wallace
and Buddy Burton are discussing
with each other.
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The Trav'lers are always a favorite
at the GOGR.  A "quartet's quartet".
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One of the most talked-about groups
of the week was the current lineup of The Melody Boys Quartet.

L-R: Tim Williams, Alan Kendall,
Caleb Matheny, and Gerald Williams

 

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85-year-old Bill Shaw thrills the
audience with "The Holy City".

 

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Southern Sound sang the notes off
the page at GOGR this year!

L-R: Mike Young, Ben Harris, 
Trevor Haley, Alan Brewster, 
and Barry Patrick

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Joyce Black-West sings a Speer
Family classic.
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John Rulapaugh teams up with
Southern Sound to sing his signature
song, "Hide Thou Me".
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The Inspirations returned once 
again to sing several of their hits.

L-R: Dallas Rogers, David Ragan,
Melton Campbell, Mike Holcomb,
Myron Cook and Martin Cook 
are not pictured.

 

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The Chuck Wagon Gang singing
several gospel songs that have become American classics.

L-R: Stan Hill, Penny Green,
Julie Hudson, Joe Rotton,
and Dave Emery

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The Melody Boys Quartet
singing the old quartet favorite
"You Sho Do Need Him Now".
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Buddy Burton as usual did a
marvelous job singing with the 
Florida Boys and serving as emcee
for the GOGR Jam Sessions
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Jaydon Rulapaugh proving
that GOGR is not just for
old folks!

 

 

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