Family bluegrass band Weaver Believer Survival Revival at Cowboy Gospel Jubilee

Family bluegrass band Weaver Believer Survival Revival at Cowboy Gospel Jubilee

October 7th, 2011 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

IF YOU GO

What: Weaver Believer Survival Revival at Cowboy Gospel Jubilee.

When: 7 tonight.

Where: Cleveland Cowboy Church, 3040 Blythe Road, Cleveland, Tenn.

Admission: Free; love offering taken.

Phone: 423-476-7936.

Website: cleveland cowboychurch.com.

Note: The group also will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Collegedale Community Church, 4995 Swinyar Drive.

Directions: Cleveland Cowboy Church, 3040 Blythe Road, is in the Dockery Heights subdivision in Cleveland, Tenn. From I-75, take Exit 20, go east toward Cleveland about 3.5 miles. Take Blue Springs Road exit and turn left. Continue south on Blue Springs Road for less than a mile, turn left onto Dockery Lane (look for guardrails). Cross railroad tracks, take the next left on Blythe Road. Go two blocks. It's on the left.

Award-winning family bluegrass band Weaver Believer Survival Revival will headline the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee at 7 tonight in Cleveland, Tenn. Paul and Chris Weaver will join their eight children playing guitars, banjos, mandolin, fiddle, acoustic bass and stand-up bass, as well as singing harmony.

"We hosted the Weavers back in the spring, and the response was overwhelming," said the Rev. Will Nichols, announcer and producer of the jubilee, a weekly, Opry-style gospel singing at the Cleveland Cowboy Church. "It was one of the best shows of the year."

The group was named Bluegrass Band of the Year at the North American Country Music Association Awards Show earlier this year. Individual members took home three songwriter awards as well as two instrumentalist awards.

At this year's Horizon Awards, their latest album, "Sunday Singing on the Way Home," took Bluegrass Album of the Year. They are working on a Christmas album.

The Weavers sang harmony together for some time before adding instruments, according to a news release.

In fact, the formation of the band evolved over time as the popularity of the family's music blossomed.

"We just started singing as a family about 10 years ago," Paul Weaver said. "And then [we] began to sing around for shut-ins and at nursing homes -- people who couldn't run away."

Now, from their home base in Cleveland, Ga., the family travels thousands of miles and performs hundreds of shows each year.