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Tri-City Messengers

Tri-City Messengers is a six part a capella gospel group from the Benham-Lynch, KY, coal mining area. All but one of the men are retired coal miners. The members are Roy Wilson, Alfonson Sims, George Massey, Bennie Massie, Sanford Baskin, and Willis Bates. For more about the group see the DVD, A Beautiful Sound, by Pigeon Pie Films; and the group's performances on Rhythm of My Soul, a PBS Home Video, and More Than Music, by the Kentucky Historical Society.

Access Interview Listen to the Tri-City Messengers perform during the Berea Celebration of Traditional Music in 2002, a Berea Digital Content website. 


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NKAA Source: A beautiful sound: the voices of the Tri-City Messengers (videorecording)
NKAA Source: Rhythm of my soul: Kentucky roots music (videorecording)
NKAA Source: More than music: a heritage driving tour of Kentucky's Route 23 (sound recording)

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