A NOD TO THE PAST: Malpass Brothers to perform at First Baptist of ChocowinityPublished 10:23pm Friday, May 17, 2013
First Baptist Church of Chocowinity members have an ear for music.
The church has an active choir and music director. On those months with a fifth Sunday, the church has “Fifth Sunday Night” singing. The church also makes it a point to offer free concerts nearly every month.
The next musical freebie will be this Sunday when the Malpass Brothers hit the stage at 6 p.m. It will be the fourth time First Baptist has had the traditional country gospel duo perform.
“We try to get them every other year,” said Judy Sheriff, music director at First Baptist of Chocowinity. “They’re down to earth, they have a great testimony and have lots of humor.”
Chris and Taylor Malpass play traditional country music and covers of Elvis, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash.
Their sideburns, their pompadours, their sleek suits and even their original tunes are a nod to the past. Their single, “The Man in Black’s Wearing White,” is a tribute to Cash. It is on their debut album, “The Malpass Brothers,” released by Hag Records.
The Malpass Brothers got national exposure when they toured as an opening act with Merle Haggard.
“They have a very tight schedule and stay booked,” Sheriff said. “So, it’s a real blessing when we can get them here.”
The church has two more free concerts planned for the summer. Highway Revival will perform July 14 and 4 Christ will be here July 18.
First Baptist Church of Chocowinity is located at 230 N.C. Highway 33 West, one-fourth of a mile from the stoplight. For more information, call 946-0649 or go to www.firstbaptistchurchofchocowinity.org.