Concert, BBQ dinner for Daily Bread is success

Becky Isaacs Bowman, guitar player and vocalist for The Isaacs, sings at the bluegrass concert and family fun day at Cherokee Park to benefit the Daily Bread. For more photos, go online to

With an abundance of activities going on in the Lakeway Area, the Mandolin Wildflower Foundation’s Fourth Annual Kelly Crittenden Memorial Gospel Bluegrass BBQ Concert to benefit the Daily Bread Community Kitchen at Cherokee Park was a resounding success.

Around $6,000 was raised for the ministry that feeds the homeless six days a week from its downtown Morristown location.

“We had outstanding music and barbecue,” Daily Bread President Larry Shropshire said. “The rain didn’t start until the concert was finished.”

An estimated 500 to 600 people came to Cherokee Park for the music with 372 barbecue meals sold. The event was scheduled to have 10 gospel groups, but three of the groups had to pull out at the last minute. Featured singers were the Inspirations and the Isaacs.

The Morristown concert was the Isaacs’ first concert since being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday evening.

“There was some of the best gospel music I’ve heard in a long time,” Shropshire said. “The Inspirations and Isaacs were outstanding.”

Shropshire was in appreciation of the volunteers from the Daily Bread and fans from the Lakeway Area who came out to the concert.

“What a blessing with the volunteers that came here to help,” he said. “I’m blown away with the amount of volunteer help that came for the concert.”

The Inspirations played an hour set with the Isaacs playing for an hour and 20 minutes. Other groups played for about 45 minutes each.

The event had free rides for the children to enjoy while their parents enjoyed the bluegrass gospel music.

The next event for the Daily Bread is the annual Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 25. Preparations will begin soon for that meal.

“We had a great day, praise God for it,” Shropshire said.

To make a donation to the Daily Bread Community Kitchen, checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 1458, Morristown, TN 37816. Those wanting to make donations of food or money in person may stop by the kitchen at 118 South Cumberland Street in Morristown or call 423-581-7733.