Chattanooga Now Crider, Russell perform tonight at Ringgold Depot

Chattanooga Now Crider, Russell perform tonight at Ringgold Depot

January 13th, 2012 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

Two North Georgia talents will entertain at tonight's Sacred Sounds concert for the Share America Foundation at the Ringgold Depot.

Guitarist Wesley Crider of Ringgold was the 2004 International Thumbpicking Champion.

"My dad gave me my first guitar at age 6 and taught me my first chords, G, C and D," he said.

From there he was inspired by the sounds of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, performed by his older brother Lloyd and Dalton guitarist Earl Eleton.

He has performed on many Southern gospel albums, with groups including Day Star, The Trailblazers, The New Hinsons, The Called Vocal Group and Solid Ground.

Dana Russell, a singer/songwriter from Rossville, also will entertain. Among his releases is a collection of his own songs titled "It's Worth the Wait."

Randall Franks will emcee the event, which is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund, administered by the Share America Foundation. The Georgia nonprofit presents scholarships to musicians who excel in the Appalachian musical arts.

Donations for tickets are $5. For more information, visit