Once again this year, a bluegrass concert will be held to honor Donald “Papa” Goodson, who passed away on April 13, 2015. Lifelong Lincolnton resident and friend Scott Burgess and his bluegrass group, Deeper Shade of Blue, played at his funeral. Goodson loved music and, in particular, bluegrass. He also loved the Lincoln Cultural Center and attended just about every event that was held there, according to his daughter, Cathy Davis, the executive director of the Cultural Center.
The Goodson family has held a music concert for the past four years in honor of Papa Goodson. “For the Love of God, Family & Bluegrass” featuring Deeper Shade of Blue will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Timken Performance Hall at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
Based in the Monroe area, the members of Deeper Shade of Blue have been together for almost 20 years.
“We have released a CD on Mountain Fever Records, ‘Steam,’ and have had success with the title single,” Burgess said. “It went number one on the Roots Music Chart and it also charted on Bluegrass Today. We’ve had some other cuts on the CD that have charted on the gospel charts as well. We released it last June and are pretty proud of it. We’re starting to think about starting another project. I love coming home to Lincolnton and I hope we get a good turn out.”
Burgess, who plays bass in the band, has been involved in bluegrass music pretty much his whole life. Troy Pope plays the guitar, Jim Fraley plays the banjo and his son, Jason Fraley, plays the mandolin. Frank Poindexter plays the dobro and is the uncle of the Rice Brothers, who are well known for their bluegrass music. Everyone in the group sings.
Tickets are available before the concert at the Cultural Center or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for all seats. All proceeds benefit the Lincoln Cultural Center.