NEW CREEK – Local talents Cory and Heather Wharton and the Old Friends Quartet are kicking off Friday, June 16, performances at the Rolling Acres Gospel Jubilee.

NEW CREEK – Local talents Cory and Heather Wharton and the Old Friends Quartet are kicking off Friday, June 16, performances at the Rolling Acres Gospel Jubilee.
Friday gets underway at 6:30 p.m. and also features The Pine Ridge Boys.
Cory Wharton and Heather Twigg, two wandering bluegrass musicians, both traveling vastly separate musical paths in life, agreed to play a show together in Frostburg.
It was clear that Cory's guitar rhythm and distinct vocal style melted right into Heather's soulful fiddling and beautiful, high lonesome harmonies. Thus, began a friendship and musical journey that helped shape them into the musicians and human beings that they are today.
They headed down to Johnson City, Tennessee, studying at East Tennessee State University, and playing music with several wonderful bands, including The Shadow Drifters and Heart of Appalachia. After suffering the tremendous set back of being hit by a car, Cory and Heather recovered with some great folks by their side, and music always in their ears.
Finally they moved back home to Allegany County, Maryland, where they were married and have recently given birth to their first baby girl, Cora Rosine Wharton.
Cory and Heather believe that music, unlike any other medium has the enigmatic ability to heal, to help, and to entertain.
Old Friends Quartet from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, is no stranger to southern gospel music.  The group consists of Charlie Propst of Mt. Crawford, Virginia, who has been singing gospel music for over 50 years.  He was the founding member of the Valley Four Quartet and The Crestmen Quartet of the Shenandoah Valley.  Charlie is the emcee of Old Friends and sings baritone.
Lori Thrush Harrison of New Creek plays piano and sings lead.  She was the founding member of The Gospel Ambassadors of New Creek, who began singing in 1978 and sang well into the 1990s.
Barbara Martin Taylor of Romney plays piano and sings tenor.  Barbara began singing with The Gospel Ambassadors in early 1980s.   
Kenny (KK) Taylor, also of Romney, sings bass and plays bass guitar.  Kenny began in gospel music playing bass guitar for The Crestmen.  When he and Barbara married in 1986, he joined the Gospel Ambassadors and played bass guitar.
Eddie Propst of McGaheysville, Virginia, is Charlie’s son.  He plays bass guitar for Old Friends and sings as well.  He is also a member of Spirit Filled of Elkton, Virginia.  
The June jubilee gets underway at 7 p.m. June 14 featuring Larry Delawder as Barney Fife and continues on Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m. with guitarist Richard Kiser and The Chuck Wagon Gang.
Saturday gets underway with a fellowship meal at 1 p.m. and continues at 6 p.m. as The Dominion Trio, Kingsmen Quartet, and The Richter’s close out the first week of the summer season.
A concession stand is available for each performance and call now to reserve your camping spot 304-788-9354 or 304-209-9055.
Be sure to visit www.rollingacresmusicpark.com for the latest updates on the summer season.