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Mornings unPHILtered - From Ricky Skaggs to Sons of Jubal
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Ricky Skaggs
      Music was the big topic Tuesday on "Mornings unPHILtered."
      The morning's first guest was Bill Coen, who is the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church. Coen came on the show to talk about the upcoming "Sons of Jubal" concert to be held Thursday in the church's Fellowship Hall.
      This traveling concert group of nearly 200 men is actually comprised of ministers in the Georgia Baptist Conference. It turns out Coen has been singing with the group for eight years, and has traveled widely with the group. It is expected that there will be a huge crowd, Coen said, as the evening is always a fantastic event.
      The music will be a range of classic, contemporary Christian, Southern Gospel tunes, and also specially written songs just for the Sons of Jubal. The concert is free, however, offerings are accepted and will be used solely to support the continued mission of the group.
      The "Sons of Jubal" have a long and honored history. A small group of ministers of music met in Georgia in 1954 to form an all-male chorus. Current conductor and Director Dr. Jon Duncan began serving as Music & Worship Specialist for the Georgia Baptist Convention in 2002.
      Because the "Sons of Jubal" is an outreach program using music in its mission, its message focuses on the words of the Bible for personal enrichment and spiritual guidance. The group has crossed the globe, visiting Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Italy, Israel, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Germany and France.
      Coen mentioned that their annual First Baptist Church Christmas Concert is coming up as well. The concert is both secular as well as contemporary, and offers music for all. The tickets for that event are pretty much sold out for the two concerts on Dec. 4 and 6. However, Coen said, you can call the church and ask to be put on the waiting list.
      Host Phil Boyum then received a call from Blue Grass music superstar Ricky Skaggs. Skaggs will perform at GSU's Performing Art Center this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Skaggs was born on July 18, 1954 in Cordell, Kentucky. In 1971, he and his friend, Keith Whitley joined the bluegrass band of Ralph Stanley.
       Skaggs told Boyum he got saved when he was thirteen years old. Skaggs said his faith in Christ is so important to him that he tries to honor God in all he does, and no matter where he is sent to play, be it in a church or a music hall, he treats his performance as part of his mission to honor God and possibly even win others over to Christ.
      Skaggs told Boyum that all country and bluegrass performers have noticed a lull in concerts lately. He said that he took the time to get back into the recording studio and write his latest album, which honors his father Hobert, who Skaggs said made him the man he is today.
      His previous album, "Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass,'' uses country ‘fiddle' pieces, old-time gospel hymns, and several of his father's favorite songs sung by Roy Acuff and the Monroe and Stanley brothers. In order to get the right sounds, Skaggs decided to play almost all of the instruments on this album, which was another first for him.
      Skaggs has participated in many unusual assignments: he was the host of the "All Star Bluegrass Celebration" that was broadcast nation-wide on PBS in 2002, and wrote music for "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" which won him a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.
      The third guest on the show was Jeremy Foreman of the group Hands On Southeast Georgia, who came on the show to talk about all the activities they have coming up during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. He encouraged all of the show listeners to go to their website at for the latest schedule of local activities sponsored by his group.

       "Mornings unPHILtered" airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on

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