Grammy Award-winning gospel quartet The Fairfield Four will perform Sunday, March 11, in Hanover College's Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The concert, which begins at 3 p.m., is part of the local RiverRoots Music Series.
The Fairfield Four was founded in 1921 in the Fairfield Baptist Church near Nashville, Tenn. The ensemble, which continues to perform traditional, African-American, a cappella gospel, was designated as National Heritage Fellows in 1989 by the National Endowment for the Arts and inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999. The group has also earned two lifetime achievement awards and won three Grammys.
The Fairfield Four earned its first Grammy Award in 1997, notching the best traditional soul gospel album honor for "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray." A famed appearance at the end of the hit motion picture “O Brother Where Art Thou?” helped the group earn a Grammy for album of the year in 2001 for its contribution to the film’s soundtrack. In 2015, the quartet captured the award for best gospel roots album for “Still Rockin’ My Soul” and performed “Don’t Let Nobody” during the Grammy telecast.
Through its history, The Fairfield Four has performed with a range of artists, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Amy Grant, Elvis Costello and Lyle Lovett.
The group was featured on legendary singer-songwriter John Fogerty’s 1997 album, “Blue Moon Swamp.” The ensemble performed on the single “A Hundred and Ten in the Shade” and opened for Fogerty on a number of his subsequent concert dates. “Blue Moon Swamp” later earned the 1998 Grammy for best rock album.
The RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival will be held June 8-9 at Bicentennial Park in Madison, Ind.