Monday, August 29, 2016

Creekside Update: Archie Watkins to be Honored on Monday Night, October 31

Creekside Gospel Music Convention - Update!

Creekside Gospel Music Convention is almost here and we trust you have made your hotel reservations. Creekside runs October 31st through November 3rd, 2016, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge. Remember that the Creekside tickets are FREE but must be RESERVED! Do it today at

SGNScoops Honors Archie Watkins

Every Monday evening during Creekside week, we honor a leading member of the Gospel music community who has spent most of their lives promoting this music and lifting up the Name of Jesus. This year on October 31, we will honor Mr. Archie Watkins.

For those of you who may not be familiar with this gentleman, he is one of the founding members of The Inspirations from Bryson City, North Carolina. At the age of 15, Archie was travelling with this mountain-born, traditional quartet and singing such hits as “Jesus Is Coming Soon” and “Touring That City,” and appearing on the Gospel Singing Jubilee.

After 45 years with the Inspirations, Archie moved on to other projects. One of these is appearing several times a year with Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion, singing alongside friends Marlin Shubert, Jack Laws, Troy Burns and Eddie Deitz. Archie also has a full touring schedule of his own.

SGNScoops is thrilled to join with host Dr. Jerry Goff in honoring this distinguished gentlemen. Many of Archie’s friends will be joining us that evening, to remember stories from days gone by and to indeed honor Archie by their presence. Among these will be Troy Burns and Eddie Deitz. We might even get Archie to sing a number or two.

"Archie Watkins is one of the most recognizable voices in Southern Gospel," says Dr. Jerry Goff. "He was the sound that identified the Inspiration Quartet. His committed life to Christ is another great quality of the man. He deserves to be honored by his peers."

Be There or Be...

Don’t miss this auspicious beginning to Creekside 2016. Reserve your accommodations at one of Pigeon Forge's finest lodgings, the Ramada Hotel at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, now. Rates start as low as $182 per person (based on double occupancy) for reservations call Rob at 360.933.0741 or contact Salina Clay for hotel reservations at or by phone at 256.239.7716.

Don't miss the special events happening every day and night, including the Diamond Awards, Hymn Sing, daytime showcases, afternoon jam sessions and midnight prayer. For more information click on the Creekside website or Facebook page.

Some of the artists performing at Creekside include: The Pine Ridge Boys, Shellem Cline, Alliance Quartet, Drummond Family, Heart’s Song, Jason Runnels, Sharp’s Quartet, Jordan’s River, Griffins, McKay Project, Surrendered, Chandlers, Connells, The Hyssongs, Ava Kassich, The Williamsons and more.

Creekside Classic ‘16

Reserve your spot at the newest Southern Gospel Golf Tournament on Wednesday, November 2nd, for men and women of all ages. Reservations are $25 per person. Contact Russell Wise to register yourself or a team at 256-458-6943.

Something Special

Monday, October 31st: SGNScoops and Dr. Jerry Goff honor Mr. Archie Watkins.Monday afternoon, the Exhibit Hall is open, filled with artists’ booths and singers waiting to chat with you. The Hall will be open every day and is part of your free admission to Creekside.
Tuesday, November 1: Creekside presents daytime showcases every day to fill your mornings with music. In the afternoon, Scott Roberts and the Five O’Clock Band will be headlining a stellar cast of artists to warm up the listeners for an evening of song.
The Diamond Awards will be presented during the Convention on Tuesday night, November 1st, 2016, during a celebration hosted by Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff. Make sure your favorite artist is recognized. Vote today! The Top Five nominees are waiting to be voted on by you! Midnight prayer returns each night before you head to your room to rest up for the following day.
Wednesday, November 2: Joseph Habedank will be our special guest on the Wednesday showcase. Following this is the Creekside Classic ‘16 and then the afternoon Jam Session with The Five O’clock Band. Wednesday night and Thursday night also have special events happening during the evening program, so plan to stay the entire time. Don’t forget to attend Midnight Prayer!
Thursday, November 3: Morning showcases, afternoon Jam Session with The Five O’clock Band and a special Evening Concert will finish Creekside 2016 with a bang!

Fifth Anniversary VIP Passes Available

This is going to be a special year with exciting things going on all four days and we want to encourage you to purchase your $25 VIP ticket for ALL four days! That works out to a little over six dollars a day. There is nowhere else that you can get such a great value and see so many fantastic Southern Gospel Groups. And VIP means preferred seating, special gifts and backstage events. If you are interested in purchasing your $25 VIP ticket call Rob at 360 933 0741 or for information on purchasing online go to

What You Need To Know

Your Creekside fifth anniversary tickets must be reserved here:
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