July 27, 2021


Gospel music, whose traditional roots have influenced many styles of music over the

years, was first popularized largely thanks to James D. Vaughan, who started in

Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

Vaughan is widely hailed as the founder of Southern Gospel Music because of his work as a musician, music teacher and publisher, and radio station owner. The James D. Vaughan Quartet Festival will be held July 28-31 to celebrate his influence of gospel musics past, present and future.

In the 1900s, Vaughan started his own music publishing so that he could promote his

own quartet. James D. Vaughan Music Publishing Company eventually grew to be one of the biggest publishers in the country and sponsored touring quartets to sell songbooks  that we still sing in churches and revivals today. Vaughan's radio station, WOAN, brought gospel to the masses.

This years lineup includes some of the biggest names in Southern Gospel Music.

At 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 you will hear the music of the world famous Chuck Wagon Gang, The Inspirations, Mark Trammell Quartet, and the Blackwood Brothers Qt.

On Thursday July 29 at 7:00PM, will feature America’s #1 Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, as well as the Primitive Quartet, The Perrys, and the LeFevre Quartet. The Original Dove Brothers Quartet will have a reunion performance on Friday, July 30 at 7:00PM. Gold City, the Kingsmen, and the Guardians will also make an appearance on Friday.

To cap off the festival, Saturday July 31 beginning at 6:00p.m., its an all-star night with Gaither Homecoming Artist, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Quartet, Legacy Five, Tribute Quartet, and the Old Paths Quartet.

There will be additional FREE matinee shows each day at 1:00pm. featuring the Dixie Echoes, Down East Boys, Bibletones and Josh & Ashley Franks.

Host Quartet and Lawrenceburg's own, the Kellys will appear each evening. Josh Franks will be the MC for the entire festival.

Lawrenceburg, known as the birthplace of Southern Gospel, celebrates the life and the

music Mr. Vaughan loved each year downtown at the historic Crockett Theater. For more

information or tickets call 1-931-762-4231. You may also order your tickets online at