ELK POINT — Enjoy a day of a variety of country, gospel and big band music Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the air-conditioned Elk Point-Jefferson School Middle School Gym, 402 S. Douglas, Elk Point, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Featured artists will be nationally renowned Nashville Singer/Songwriter Terry S. Smith who is famous for Johnny Cash’s recording of “Far Side Banks of Jordan.” He was also the National Traditional Country Music Association Songwriter of the Year in 1995 and 1996. “A Songwriter with a Different Touch” is a superior performer whose music has been recorded by Johnny and Carter Cash, Roy Acuff, The Oak Ridge Boys, and others. He is a favorite at festivals. His web site is www.terrysmith.us.
Also on hand will be National Traditional Country Hall of Fame inductee Dale Eichor, from Fort Dodge and DJ at KWMT Radio 540 AM for many years. You will enjoy his classic country voice and music. He is a popular performer and MC at music festivals and events.
Bands this year will include the Prodigal Sons Gospel Band from Salem Lutheran Church, Ponca, Nebraska, who play country and western hymns from their new cd “A Closer Walk.” Band members include Mark Brewer, DJ Smith, Mark Alan Jenkins and Bruce Ericksen.
Big Band “Phil & Friends,” directed by Phil Blum from Armour and who graced the stage in 2015, is back.
Newcomer Kim Plender, singer/songwriter will bring a smile to your face as you enjoy her sweet smile, bib overalls, and classic country and variety music. She hails from Box Elder and is a member of “Buffalo Grass” and “Kim and the Cue Balls,” two popular bands in the Black Hills, as well as a worship leader and a favorite at festivals. Her CD “These are a Few of my Favorite Things” won CD of the Year last year at the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame awards and the National Traditional Country Music Festival.
Returning for the third year is Duo Don Joy and Melanie Lynn from Lynchburg, Missouri. Their harmonies and country music will touch your heart. They have hooked up musically to reach a new level of recordings from various artists in the traditional country music world including a tribute to Wade Jackson and been awarded 2016 Vintage Country CD of the Year by NTCMA.
On hand this year is Jan Schifrel from Crofton, Nebraska, who is a classic country and western singer. Her album “The Game Horse” shares a glimpse into her life and love of God, family and friends, the cowboy life and music. You will find her at Schifrels WJ Ranch near Crofton. She is a speaker and also hosts music events at the ranch.
Also on the program is local recording artist Elaine Peacock. She sings gospel, Patsy Cline and a variety of music for all ages and has released nine CDs since 2003, including an album of hit songs by her producer Dennis Morgan who wrote songs for Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap and Charlie Pride. Peacock is also a square dance caller, 2009 NTCMA & 2010 South Dakota Hall of Fame Inductee and CD of the Year awards for “The World is Full of Colors” and “Happiness, Health and Heaven.” Joining her on the piano is Elk Point recording artist, and 2015 South Dakota Country Music Hall of Famer Isabel Trobaugh who released her CD “Isabel’s Favorites” in 2016.
Entertaining the audience on the drums will be Terry Durr from LeMars, Iowa, who drums for several bands. Singer Nancy Rogers, also from LeMars, will share her beautiful voice and harmonies. South Dakota Hall of Fame musicians Roy King and Dave Bergquist will back up performers as well.
Organizers are excited to have young person of the day Elk Point’s talented 14-year-old Ben Hansen, who plays the piano and shares his beautiful voice, participate. He also performs at St. Joseph Church on Sundays.
Another newcomer this year from Elk Point is Eric Tompkins with a great country voice and magic guitar picking. He is a member of the duo TEEM, who you will find at a variety of events, and Tompkins sings at United Parish in Elk Point on Sundays. You will enjoy his music and renditions of a variety of country music.
The Masons famous roast beef dinner is served at 5 p.m. (carry outs available) Concessions beginning at 11 a.m., and there will be a Circle Jam area for any musician/singer.
Bring your lawn chairs; a free-will donation for music, and enjoy excellent music to benefit Elk Point Masonic Lodge #3 High School Scholarship program and the Youth SDCHIP program. There will be a dance area.
For more information, visit Heritage Music Festival on website: epmusicfest.wix.com/2019 Like Facebook page: Heritage Music Festival @elkpointheritagemusicfest Contact: Larry Clark 712-259-3191 email: email@example.com or Elaine Peacock 712-204-4151, email firstname.lastname@example.org