Live Performance on Front Porch!

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The date has been set! Bonnie Ridge Bluegrass will be performing live on Front Porch Bluegrass Revival — April 7th! So mark your calendars.

For this live event, we will be video streaming the performance on our website. Folks will be able to click the video player and watch a live feed from the studio.

Also coming up this weekend (March 24th) we will be playing brand new music from the Marksmen Quartet off of their new 2012 album — This is my crowd. Also we will be playing some new gospel tunes from a new group called American Drive.

Y’all stop by the Front Porch this Sunday from 6:30-8:30 pm!

Bonnie Ridge Bluegrass — Live on the Front Porch!

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Welcome to the Front Porch! I’m excited to announce that tonight (March 3rd, 2013) we will be hearing a live recording of a local bluegrass group. Bonnie Ridge Bluegrass of Griffin will be playing “How Great Thou Art”.

You can find out more about this local group when you visit them online @ And stay tuned for some exciting news! In the near future we will set a date for Bonnie Ridge to join us live on the Front Porch! Bonnie Ridge Bluegrass will perform 3-4 gospel songs for us live in the studio during that appearance.

We are still working out the details, but we hope to have a date set soon. When we do, we’ll let you know and we hope you’ll tell your friends too!

Big Mama Lump: The Front Porch Cat

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big mama lump  I’ll never forget the day Big Mama Lump arrived on our front porch. This stray tabby was the sorriest, ugliest looking cat I had ever seen. The theory is that Big Mama Lump must have tangled with a fox or coyote and lost 8.5 lives in the process.

 Big Mama Lump had patches of fur that were pulled out, a rib poking through near her front legs and several other battle scars. She must have staggered onto the front porch in the middle of the night and that is where she would stay for the next several months as she healed. My daughters immediately fell in love with this ugly beast and I had no choice but to adopt it into the family.

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.  –Matthew 10:28-31Big Mama Lump

Now I know Jesus was talking about sparrows in those verses, but I don’t think it’s much of stretch to think that God also pays attention to cats. He must pay attention to cats, because it was an absolute miracle that this cat recovered. I never took the cat to the vet because I see no use in paying for animal health-care when I can barely afford my own. Low and behold the cat began to regain it’s strength, her wounds healed and her fur grew back. To look at her today, you would never have imagined the mess she was back then.

 It wasn’t long after that, that Big Mama Lump lived up to her name sake and had two kittens on our front porch. Ollie and Mia — as they were affectionately named by my girls. Only Ollie survived and still lives on our front porch with Big Mama Lump.

One of the lessons that Big Mama Lump taught me stems back to the verses in Matthew 10:28-31. We are more valuable than the animals, yet God provides for them. He provided my front porch for Big Mama Lump when she needed a place to recover from the battles of the world. And I can’t help but imagine that He’ll provide for us a “front porch of shelter” for each of us when we need one.

Coffee and Bluegrass

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by Pete Chagnon

About one year ago our studios began filling with smoke. The fire wasn’t in our building — it was directly across the street from us at Safe house coffee. The acrid smoke was being blown over to our building and distributed through our ventilation. I was forced to leave the studio and join dozens as they watched the fire consume the building.

Fast forward one year, and through the out pouring of support from the community the coffee was able to rebuild the original location. The Friday after Valentine’s day they held their reopening party complete with a live local bluegrass band! Watch the video below to see my daughters enjoying the music…and if you are in Griffin, be sure to get yourself a cup of coffee from Safe house coffee.

Coffee and Bluegrass