Dartts perform in Berrvyille Aug. 31

Friday, August 20, 2004
Tracy, Sharon and Stone Mountain Dartt

If variety is the spice of life, then The Dartts are the perfect season for the appetites of gospel music fans, according to Eric Goodman, pastor of Berryville Baptist Church.

Without a doubt, he said, there is not another group in gospel music which sings as broad a variety of musical styles at The Dartts, including, but not limited to, the sounds of traditional, western, southern, country, African, South American, Caribbean, Hawaiian, contemporary, jazz, bluegrass and even a polka.

"Their smooth blend and heartfelt presentation make them a favorite of folks from the age of 1 to 100," Goodman said.

The Dartts write their own music, and their songs have been recorded by some of the nation's leading gospel artists; songs such as "God On the Mountain," "The Last Sunday," and "Your Blesser Ain't Never Been Blessed," among many others.

The family trio consists of Tracy ("Papa"), Sharon ("Mama"), and Stone Mountain ("Son"). They travel full time throughout the country doing 200 concerts a year in churches, schools, concert halls, fairs, prisons and other venues.

Their latest CD, "Pointless," is a Dartts' comedy song compilation featuring five new recordings, including "We'll All Be Green and Moldy 100 Years From Now," "A Matter of Policy (The Deacon Song)," and "Ghost Members On the Sly."

"Pointless" will be the group's eighth album, and the trio is planning to release their ninth, a project of all-new material, this winter.

The Dartts are appearing locally through the courtesy of Berryville Baptist Church, 112 Fancher St., with the concert slated there on Aug. 31 starting at 7 p.m.

There is no charge to attend, but a love offering will be taken, Goodman said. The entire community is invited.

For more information about the concert, telephone (870) 423-2340, or visit the church's Web site at berryvillebaptist.com.

For more information about The Dartts, visit their Web site at www.darttmusic.com.

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