Carl Towns to perform Friday at Cowboy Gospel Jubilee

Posted 9/14/17

Bluegrass Gospel musician/singer/songwriter, Carl Towns, from Northwest Georgia, will perform at the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee this Friday.

“Carl is an amazing musician with a long history of …

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Carl Towns to perform Friday at Cowboy Gospel Jubilee

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Bluegrass Gospel musician/singer/songwriter, Carl Towns, from Northwest Georgia, will perform at the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee this Friday.

“Carl is an amazing musician with a long history of playing multiple instruments, writing songs, and singing,” said Steve Poteet, producer of the free weekly music event.

“Carl has performed at the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee several times since its inception and it is always a great pleasure to hear Carl's original music, bluegrass gospel, and best-loved hymns. There is no doubt that everyone will want to attend this show.”

Towns is a singer, songwriter and musician who has been singing since the age of 3, and playing mandolin since the age of 18. He is also proficient in guitar, bass, and resonator guitar.

Towns grew up performing with his family, The Towns Family, in churches, singing the old hymns and Bluegrass Gospel. Later the family reformed as the Bluegrass Harmoneers, adding Jackie Tinker on guitar and vocals, Carl took up bass. This band toured for over 15 years at festivals, concerts and more playing bluegrass music across the southeast and into parts of the northern region of the USA.

After Towns was signed to a record label, the Bluegrass Harmoneers folded and he tried his hand in the country music industry. Having toured overseas, he came back in 1998 to his roots and formed a new bluegrass group which honored his native American heritage.

In 1998, Cherokee Wind began playing around the Southeast. They experienced some success on radio with Towns’ original song, "Cherokee Wind" and began traveling more frequently. This band continued on the road until 2004 when sickness fell upon members of the band.

Towns' mother became too sick to travel and passed away in 2006, and it all but slammed his desire to play music “into a wall.” He stopped playing for two years. But there was light at the end of the tunnel.

In 2008, the music in Towns sprang back and rejuvenated within him after he wrote "The Flowers still bloom," which was inspired by Carl's realization that flowers his mother had planted were still living, and through his faith he realized she still lived in Christ and the music must go on.

Towns began writing, singing and performing again. He released, "Songs from my Childhood Vol. 1" in 2009 and began reconnecting with people he had lost touch with in those two years.

He performed for a few years as Carl Towns & The Remnant and then was reunited with friends in The Dade County Boys.

Since that time, he has performed in various outfits as mandolin player, bass and vocals.

He is still a member of The Dade County Boys from Trenton, Ga. He is also a member of Mountain Wind, a bluegrass group based in Fort Payne, Ala.

Also appearing at the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee is singer/ songwriter Elmer Bramlett, Joel Moore, and the Cleveland Cowboy Church pastor, Wally Varnell, playing his guitar with a Merle Travis-style.

The Cowboy Gospel Jubilee is held at the Cleveland Cowboy Church in the Dockery Heights community at 3040 Blythe Road, off Dockery Lane, between Blue Springs and Blackburn Roads.

Admission is free and a love offering is taken for the headliners.

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ClevelandCowboyChurch.com

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