Gospel continues to take center stage at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center's August "Concert on the Porch." Headlining this month's event is David Smith, known throughout the mid-south as the "Singing Firefighter." Concerts are held on the porch of the Sleepy John Estes home and begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, August 18.
Frequently introduced as the "singing firefighter," due to his captain's position with the Brownsville Fire Department, Smith loves to sing the old gospel favorites like “How Great Thou Art” and “In the Garden,” mixed with more modern tunes such as “What Kinda Car.”
"I've been singing since I was big enough to stand and hold a song book," says Smith. "I have always loved Southern Gospel music."
Joining Smith is “His Voice,” a Southern Gospel trio that includes Larry Kelly of Ripley, Candace Maness of Nutbush, and Mitch Platz of Brownsville. The group has been performing together since 2010.
Making their debut appearance is a new group from Mercer, Tenn. Daniel Heidelberg, Britton Bass and Dexter Downs will present their first public performance and promise to bring a unique style and sound to the concert series.
This free event is one the entire family will enjoy. There will be bleacher seating and attendees may also bring their lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available, with proceeds to benefit the Flagg Grove School restoration project.