Blackwood Quartet in town Tuesday |

Blackwood Quartet in town Tuesday

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Vail CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Blackwood Quartet will perform in Edwards on Tuesday.

The Blackwood Quartet will perform a free show in Edwards on Tuesday night at Trinity Church.

The Quartet has been around for 77 years. The original members influenced Elvis and through the years, the group won eight Grammy awards, 27 Dove awards and was the first gospel group to be inducted into the The Gospel Hall of Fame Nashville.

“Elvis called my Uncle James of The Blackwood Brothers and asked if would we sing at his mom’s funeral as The Blackwoods were her favorite singing group and she raised Elvis on The Blackwoods music,” said Ron Blackwood, the manager of the quartet and son of original Blackwood member R.W. Blackwood Sr. “We went to church with (Elvis) and many times heard him say he’d give anything to be able to sing with The Blackwood Brothers Quartet.”

The major motion pictures “I Walk the Line” and “W” feature the gruop’s music, Blackwood said.

Appearing with the Blackwood Quartet Tuesday will be local songwriter and pastor Dan Matney. The Blackwood Quartet is excited about singing one of Matney’s original songs with him, Blackwood said.

“After listening to his songs I knew he was a diamond in the rough hiding in the Rocky Mountains,” Blackwood said. “This guy is a great gospel song writer. What is so unreal is that he gave me his CD of songs over two years ago at our National Quartet Music Convention in Louisville, Kentucky where there was over 20,000 people there. I’ve received hundreds of songs from people through the years. I put his CD in a box full of other songs people had sent me and long forgot all about it.”

When Blackwood did get around to listening to the CD, he was impressed.

“When I heard the words from ‘Fool’s Forgiveness’ – ‘I broke every rule, I’ve made a mess, and so I’m the biggest fool in town’ – I knew that not only hit home with me, but every person listening to it that had messed up in life.”

Call Dan Matney at 970-390-0731 for more information about the show.

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