By Terry Harpole For the WPT
MABEN — The Reed Brothers from Louisville performed before a large crowd at Maben Methodist Church the evening of July 1 for its Fourth of July ice cream supper.
Nick and Boo Reed come from a family group of musicians who play and sing country gospel. The Reed Brothers played and sang old familiar songs that the crowd in the church fellowship hall enjoyed.
Nick told about their being scheduled to perform at the Maben church about two years ago and having to cancel, which is the first time they had ever had to do so. The reason for their cancellation was because their father was in serious condition in a hospital in Jackson
Their father did survive and is living today, and one song they wrote was inspired by a visit with their father while in the hospital.
When going to Jackson to visit their father, who was so weak he could not pick up a Bible that he had in the hospital room with him, Nick and Boo found him holding a page he had torn from the Bible.
The scripture he had torn from the Bible was speaking about going home. He told them he was going back home to be with the family, the children and grandchildren, and that he did.
The Reeds played and sang a song they wrote that was inspired by this, called “Going Home.” They also did their own version of the Bill Gaither song “Because He Lives.” Nick said Bill Gaither had not heard the song yet, but he thinks Bill will love it.
Nick, Boo and family all love to play and sing country gospel music, and are well-known by other musicians in the area.
You might say singing and playing country gospel music comes naturally for the Reeds. As Nick says, their mother is distantly related to William Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys.