Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers at the Lancaster Theatre
Fifty years ago Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken the Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element – their family harmony. There's no harmony quite as pure as family harmony. "Gatlin harmonies spin with high and light precision and their music bleeds and screams of love and a lot of living," said New York’s Country Capsule.
Raised on Gospel music, the brothers first began entertaining audiences in churches and then with guest appearances on the Slim Willet radio and TV shows in Abilene, Texas, when they were only 2, 4, and 6 years old. Larry says that their history as "gospel music junkies" came from those early roots. "My folks took us to those old fashioned Southern-style quartet concerts, and it was love at first sound! My first hero was James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet-I just knew somehow from that moment that I wanted to be a singer for the rest of my life."
Over the next decade the Brothers scored more than a dozen Top 40 hits, including "Denver," "Houston (Means That I'm One Day Closer To You)," Midnight Choir (Mogen David)," "She Used To Be Somebody's Baby," "I Don't Want To Cry," "Statues Without Hearts," "What Are We Doing Lonesome," I've Done Enough Dyin' Today," "Take Me To Your Lovin' Place," "Night Time Magic," "Love Is Just A Game," "The Lady Takes The Cowboy Every Time," and Talkin' To The Moon." It was also in ‘79 that Larry Gatlin won the ACM's "Top Male Vocalist," Straight Ahead” won "Album of the Year," and "All The Gold In California" won "Single of the Year."
The Gatlin Brothers proved more than capable of fulfilling the musical call on their lives. Their concert performances are simply magical events, filled with incredible family harmonies, total professionalism, and downright fun for both the trio and their audiences.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 859.583.1716 or stop by the theatre:
11a.m. - 4p.m., 117 Lexington Street, Lancaster.