Floyd County musicians Dave Patterson and Johnny Carter have been inducted into the Tri-State Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Patterson grew up with gospel under the auspices of his father, the Rev. Bob Patterson, a well-known pastor in Floyd and Chattooga counties. His first group was the Dry Valley Boys of Summerville, and he sang with a number groups before recording with his own group, The Golden Harvest.
Carter, a gospel disc jockey and singer, has run the National Recording Corp. out of Rome for 26 years. He and Carter originated the Classics Quartet, based in Rome from 1987 to 1991.
They spent most of their time singing in Texas, Kansas, and Pennsylvania — plus in Georgia at the Atlanta Civic Center and the Georgia Mountain Fair — as well as hosting the “Sing To The Lord” TV show, syndicated on 87 TV stations coast to coast.
“It’s an honor to be part of the Hall of Fame,” Carter said. “It’s kind of like frosting on the cake for me.”
Carter said the NCR recording studio is still one of the largest in the state, with local and out-of state customers.
“It would surprise a lot of folks to know that there are a lot of CDs and DVDs that originate from right here in Floyd County,” he said. “NRC owns the rights to many recordings of other types of music, also — including such artists as Ray Stevens, Jerry Reed, and Joe South.”
The recordings, he said, are licensed overseas by companies that specialize in releasing American music.
Carter also produces “Yesterday In Gospel Music,” a TV series seen in Calhoun and Rome on Comcast, as well as syndicated in Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.