First Christian Church Hosts 'Blues Night'
By WestKyStar Staff
MAYFIELD, KY - "Blues Night,” a very unusual worship service for western Kentucky and a “first” for First Christian Church, will be held at 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 11 at the church located at 111 S. 9th St.
The public is invited to the free event to worship in song with New Orleans style blues applied to some traditional and contemporary Christian music, according to Rev. Randy Cook, FCC pastor who is a music enthusiast.
“It’s not a performance venue; it’s a spiritual place,” says Cook. “But I love to play my guitar and banjo in there.”
Dr. Jessie Webb, Pastor at Brooks Chapel in Fulton, KY, will be the guest artist. Webb, who plays 26 instruments, will play piano and sing. His son, Jessie Jr., of Mayfield, will accompany him on drums and his son, Justin, of Fulton will play bass.
Members of the local Pearl House Band who will perform are Chris Hayden and his son, Bryce, Jamie Castleberry, Will Berry, Hunter Williams, and Gabby Arnett, who will sing along with Cook.
Cook said the sanctuary, an unusual double domed room originally built in 1906 with an Italian Renaissance design, has perfect acoustics that excites musicians who have played there. “They can hear their instruments in a way they have never heard them before.
“It looks like a chapel out of downtown New Orleans, complete with Mardi gras colors of purple, green and gold and 28 fleur-de-lis,” he said. “It has the traditional Louisiana blue ceiling. The center chandelier once hung over legendary singer Roy Orbison’s swimming pool. This is a perfect setting for Christian blues.
“The musicians who are coming that night will open their hearts and play with everything they have so everyone can have a spiritual experience. “
Communion will be served and will be open to all believers in Jesus Christ, Cook said.
Coffee and beignets, a traditional Louisiana dessert, will be served at a reception in the Fellowship Hall after service. Dress for the evening is casual.
Any blues artist who would like to play at future Blues Nights should call the church at 270-247-2204.