Sunday, 29 April 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
This month marks the return to Central Texas of one popular gospel music group as well as the first appearance of another on the same program. The Anchormen Quartet and Promise Trio will be appearing in concert at Temple College on Friday, April 20th, beginning at 7:30 pm. This is a gospel concert presented in the Crimson River Ministries gospel concert series and will be held in the Mary Alice Marshall Auditorium.
For 9 years beginning in 1992, The Anchormen were constants in the Crimson River Ministries concert series. During those years, the concerts were held at various locations, such as Belton Junior High, First Assembly of God in Belton, Bethel Assembly of God in Temple, and Cultural Activities Center. The Anchormen were fan favorites and had a unique blend of traditional and new southern gospel music with the "Anchormen style".
With the return of two popular members from that era, Crimson River Ministries is excited to bring the group back to Temple. CRM spokesman Tony Watson says they couldn't be more excited to welcome this group back. "Terry Carter, who is an original member of The Anchormen from when they began in 1979, and Dale Forbes are back as cornerstone pieces of the group. When we saw those two pieces come back to join what was still a very solid group, we knew we had to bring this group back to Temple! These guys leave a mark on your heart and their music is as solid as ever. People are going to love Terry and Dale as well as the two talented young men who travel and sing with them," said Watson Carter, who sings baritone, and Forbes, who sings lead, are joined by talented young bass singer Paul Harkey and tenor singer Karl Rice. Harkey has been compared favorably to Jeff Chapman (formerly of The Anchormen and currently of The Kingdom Heirs) and Rice is one of the top young tenors on the road today, in addition to being a talented harmonica player. Their current single "The News is Out" has steadily risen in the gospel music radio charts for a number of months.
James Rhoads, Assistant Director of CRM, says he is especially excited to have The Anchormen return. "Terry Carter has long been one of my very favorite people in gospel music. Not only is he a great singer on such classics as 'Who Am I?', but he is a great emcee and a better friend. Dale Forbes not only appeared here as a member of The Anchormen but previous to that as a member of the Singing Americans. He spent several years off the road pastoring a church and now has returned to his first love, singing gospel music. We are very excited to have them back," said Rhoads.
Joining The Anchormen on the program is Promise Trio, a group celebrating its first anniversary, from Knoxville, TN. Members of the group are David Mann (baritone), TJ Evans (lead) and Andrew Bailes (tenor). Promise sings a great blend of new and traditional songs with some great harmony, very much in the style of Greater Vision. In fact, Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision produced their first CD effort. "I'm also excited to introduce Promise to Central Texas. We hosted them at my church near Tyler last year and the people really loved them. David Mann is a 'singing machine' and he's joined by two other very talented gentlemen. They are already starting to make their mark and I know the gospelizers will be blessed by them," said Watson.
Tickets are available online at www.crimsonriverministries.com or by calling Tony Watson at 214-862-1069. Early discount prices are $15 for Artist Circle and $12 for General Admission. Groups of 10 or more get $3 off per ticket.