Gatlin BrothersThe patriotic, all-star country band, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, will be heating up the night on the Mingus Union High School Auditorium stage Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m.

The Gatlins are known for their beautiful harmonies and entertaining lyrics in such songs as: All the Gold In California, I’ve Done Enough Dyin’ Today, Johnny Cash is Dead and His House Burned Down and I just Wish You Were Someone I loved, to name a few. Profits from the concert will benefit the Verde Valley Military Service Park, a 501 3c non-profit organization.

General admission tickets are $50 each and a small number of VIP tickets are available at $150. A portion of your purchase price is tax deductible.

Tickets may be purchased at the Cottonwood Recreational Center front desk, Weber’s IGA grocery in the VOC, Bashas’ in Camp Verde, Desert Dancer in Cottonwood, and Food City also in Cottonwood. Tickets are also available online at:

Local favorites Tom & Shondra will open the concert. Included in their performance will be the debut of a new, rousing American song composed by former USO entertainer and author Terrie Frankel.

The Verde Valley Military Service Park is in the process of being developed in phases as part of Garrison Park at 100 Brian Mickelsen Parkway in Cottonwood.

All branches of the military will be represented and any veteran who is serving or has served honorably with Verde Valley connections may have his or her name engraved on the granite wall for an inscription fee of $75. To volunteer or for more information please visit the website:

The land has been surveyed by Dugan McDonald and the next step will include purchasing and installing a 65-foot flag pole for the American Flag. Five 30-foot poles will display the flags of the five branches of military service.

Demonstrate your patriotism and support for our military and our beautiful valley by supporting this event. Individuals and companies may sponsor the concert with varying levels of benefits, please contact Cynthia Richmond, for details.

Mingus Union High School is at located 1801 E. Fir Street in Cottonwood.

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years. It all began in Abilene, Texas in 1955, when Larry was 6, Steve was 4 and Rudy was 2. Since those days, the road the brothers have plowed has won them countless awards and has taken them to numerous concert halls, festival stages, national television shows and even the White House on several occasions. The brothers have seen their music top the charts and touch the lives of fans of all ages.

The brothers grew up singing gospel music after listening to James Blackwood and the Blackwood brothers, Hovie Lister, the Statesman Quartet and many others.

The brothers would sing anywhere and everywhere people would listen. As children their music has taken them coast-to-coast, even singing at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. They also recorded four Gospel records.

In 1966 Larry went off to college – studying English and law at the University of Houston. In 1971, he auditioned for the legendary Imperials, Elvis’ backup group. He didn’t get the job, but he met Dottie West, who was the opening act for the legendary Jimmy Dean, who would become one of Larry’s oldest and best friends.

Dottie was initially taken with Larry’s resemblance to Nashville songwriter Mickey Newbury. Dottie told him one night in their backstage dressing room at the Landmark Hotel in Las Vegas, “Larry, you look so much like Mickey Newbury, you’ve just got to be able to write great songs.” After the gig in Vegas, Larry went home to Houston, wrote eight songs, sent them to Dottie, and she sent him a plane ticket to Nashville.

Through Dottie, Larry met Kris Kristofferson, who became a champion on Gatlin’s talent as a writer and singer. Kristofferson introduced Larry to Fred Foster at Monument Records, which resulted in a contract with the record label.

His first album, The Pilgrim, was released later that year. Johnny Cash wrote the liner notes for his first album, and dubbed him “The Pilgrim,” which is what he called Larry until the day he died. Steve and Rudy were still in college at Texas Tech University and moved to Nashville in 1975 to sing backup with Tammy Wynette. The two of them joined Larry in the summer of 1976 to form Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers.

By 1976, the Gatlin Brothers were in the fast lane, thanks to the chart-topping success of the Grammy Award-winning “Broken Lady.”

The hits continued throughout the rest of the decade, including their signature song, “All the Gold in California,” soon to be followed by “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).” The number one hits continued throughout the next decade with “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” ” I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Statues Without Hearts,” “Love is Just a Game,” and “Night Time Magic.” In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1976, the trio was nominated for awards by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Music City News Awards, among others. “We won some of ’em too,” say Larry.

The brothers continued to tour through out the ’80s. In 1992, they decided to take some time away from the road. That year they embarked on their “Adios Tour” and released an album of the same title. Upon completion of the tour, Larry would go on to Broadway to star in the hit musical, “The Will Rogers Follies,” as Steve built a theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC and Rudy starred in a production of “Oklahoma” in Branson, MO. In early 2002, the brothers decided to tour on a limited basis, recorded a new a album, Pilgrimage, in 2008 and are still performing 40-50 dates a year.

As the brothers round out their 60th anniversary tour and close out one chapter of their lives, they are looking forward to the next one. Larry says, “We just think it’s time to do some other things, spend more time with our families, slow down a little bit, and do it with class and dignity – on our own terms. We are grateful to God for our fabulous run and we can’t wait to see what else He has in store.”

“We have been very blessed and grateful for the many fans who have stayed with us over the years,” adds Steve. “You have impacted our lives more than you can possibly imagine.”

In addition to touring, the brothers recently released a new Gospel album from Curb Records, titled, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers – The Gospel According to Gatlin. Larry says, “The songs are a little edgy, a little bit different. Steve, Rudy and I didn’t get where we are by playing it safe. We have always pushed the envelope, we have always crossed borders others were afraid to cross and we’re not going to stop now… and that’s the Gospel According to Gatlin.”

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