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The Picayune Item
This Saturday, Shallow Creek will host their 8th Annual Homecoming singing on Shallow Creek Farm and will be joined by Men of Providence, Gospel Grass Revival, and Sweet Harmony. Stonewall’s BBQ will be there along with other concessions, so come hungry. Singing starts at 6 p.m. There is no admission. Donations will be accepted at the gate.
If you aren’t familiar with the group, Farron, Brent, and Jonathan Moeller, stand at the center of this bluegrass gospel band, their voices blending in a way that only brothers can. The Moeller brothers — along with three other members — have been singing for 12 years and traveled as far away as Indiana.
They grew up as part of the sixth generation working on Shallow Creek Farm near Picayune. In fact, they all live on the farm with their families and help out whenever possible. Devoting their lives to service, the brother’s talent and care is not limited to their music. They each pull full time jobs as registered nurses in Intensive Care Units and Emergency Rooms.
Three other musicians, for whom they are most thankful, add a pronounced and welcoming interest to the music. Kenny Dawsey, on mandolin, is well-known to bluegrassers as one of the most in-demand performers in the Mid-South. Gene Stone, who began playing at the age of four, has hosted his own television show and performed with the legendary Walter Bailes and the well-known Sullivan Family.
The newest addition to the group is Jake, Farron's youngest son, playing fiddle, guitar and “doghouse bass”. After traveling with the group several years he couldn't help but catch the music fever.
This group of dedicated brothers and musicians, have recorded six projects over the last decade and are no stranger to the bluegrass charts. One song, “Like Thunder”, spent months on the charts. Farron says he wrote the song while on duty in the ER. He recalls, “Brent called me one morning at work, it was about 3a.m. He told me of this idea he had for a song. He said, ‘No matter where we are or what’s going on around us, we can still reach God. Things are never too loud or too complicated that he can’t hear us’… the E.R. was very busy that night, but it only took about 10 minutes to write down the words.” He continues, “This song has meant so much, to so many people, and it’s taken us places we never thought we’d go. I wish I could take more credit for this song, but the fact is; I wrote it as God sent it.”
When asked to describe their musical style, Farron said, "We grew up singing in church and listening to a lot of country music, but singing God's praises is our only desire. We like all the acoustic instruments of bluegrass music, but you will hear more country and southern gospel in the vocal harmonies. This makes our own signature sound that is rarely heard these days. We just enjoy traveling around meeting new folks and spreading the Word in song, and it is our hope and prayer that something we do or say will be a blessing and bring a smile to someones face."
For more information call 601-798-3933.