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If you like to
read church marquees, you'll love this show
The Glory Bugles put 'fun in
By Fiona Soltes, for The Tennessean
and check your holier-that-thou baggage at the door.
Inside, the Glory Bugles will be
putting the ''fun in fundamental'' with their tongue-in-cheek First
Annual 20th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion Concert Gathering this
Friday and Saturday.
The group — made up of Beulah Byrd (Bonnie Keen); Farley T.
Byrd III (Wayne Gurley), Harley E. Never, Ph.D. (Steve Pippin), and
Queenie Delphine (Nan Gurley) — hails from the fictitious Box
Springs, Tenn. They'll be offering up their own special take on
Southern gospel — interestingly enough, at Brentwood Baptist's
''Deaf Chapel'' — with tunes such as Heaven Yes, Hell No and If John
the Baptist Used the King James Version (It's Good Enough for Me).
''Really, what we're spoofing is bad
theology,'' said Nan Gurley, who was part of the group's first
incarnation about 20 years ago. ''The whole concept is to help
Christians be able to laugh at themselves, to have a good sense of
humor when it's appropriate, to help us see ourselves for how silly
we can really be.''
To help do so, the group comes
complete with sky-high hair and dramatic duds — not to mention a
true appreciation for the gospel and for Christ.
''It really is a fine line we walk
here,'' Pippin said. ''It is a religious message at the core, yet
these characters are so goofy and misguided that the jokes are
always at their own expense. And in that way, it works.''
At least, that's been the consensus so far. When the quartet
decided to make a go of it once again — including releasing an album
called Get Right or Get Left in January — they began holding small
shows to gauge audience reaction. All four are industry
professionals with impressive resumes, but none knew what to expect.
''And it's been surprising,'' Pippin said. ''We're not really sure
how people are finding out about us, because it's just word of
mouth, but they're clamoring for more.''
It may be, Gurley said, because it's
still easy to recognize the truth between all the laughs.
''We've been getting our song titles off church marquees,'' she
admitted. ''And we may get edgy with our humor. But we don't want
people thinking we'd ever make fun of the real thing. This is just
good medicine for us all. Who among us doesn't need a chance to
laugh, relax and recover?''
The Glory Bugles presents the First
Annual 20th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion Concert Gathering at 7
p.m. Friday and Saturday at Brentwood Baptist, 7777 Concord Road.
Tickets ($12.50 plus tax) are available through www.glorybugles.com.
For more information, call 373-3313.