Goldwing Express in Concert at Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay on Friday, February 28
Dedicated to embodying their Native American heritage, the Goldwing Express delivers an appealing mix of heart-felt melodies backed with hard-driving acoustics that bring the music of Americana to life for fans all across the USA!
From classic Southern Gospel and contemporary country favorites, to a lineage of historic bluegrass that began it all, Goldwing Express provides a mix of the lonesome western cowboy and hard-riding brave – wrapped in song, comedy and a few tears. Coupled with some of the best instrumentalists on any stage, this award-winning father and his three sons live and breathe this musical heritage every time they hit the stage.
At 7 pm on Friday, February 28, for the first time ever, that stage will be in Door County at Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay. Plan to arrive at 6:30 pm for the pre-concert talk, a regular feature at all Door Concerts, Inc. performances.
“This year we’ll average over 250 show dates across the country,” says Goldwing Express founder Bob Baldridge . “We travel nationwide in a 2004 Prevost Entertainer Coach and we’re all about entertaining folks. We strive to make people happy when they come to see Goldwing Express in concert.”
The band is made up of three Native American brothers and their father, originally from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. A segment of each performance is dedicated to their Indian Heritage. Each brother wears his very own Native American headdress which represents the Creek Indian Tribe from which their mother is descended. They now reside in Branson, Missouri, producing their own music show along with making many concert appearances throughout the United States and Canada.
Bob Baldridge, the father plays mandolin and sings lead for the group. He also does a lot of the onstage comedic storytelling for Goldwing Express. His music career began when he and his brothers and sister sang in the early 70’s and 80’s. The family would gather at Grandmother’s house and have all-day singing. Bob wanted to form his own family band shortly thereafter and along came sons Paul, Steven and Shawn.
Paul is the eldest son. He sings high tenor and plays the guitar for Goldwing Express. Paul covers much of the traditional bluegrass singing for the group. He has won several music awards throughout his career.
Steven, the middle age son, who sings mostly baritone, also plays the banjo. He loves to add gospel music to the show and wows the crowd with his traditional sounds on the banjo. Steven handles the business management of Goldwing Express.
Shawn is the youngest brother. He plays the upright bass fiddle and sings all the low-end notes. Crowds gather to hear Shawn sing songs like “Hello Darlin,” “Lay you down,” and “Long Black Train.” He likes to spice things up a bit by sounding like far off train whistle on occasion.
Their mother was a full blood Native American Creek Indian from Oklahoma. She and Bob decided to buy instruments for the boys at very young ages. Twenty-five years later, they are headlining many of the top bluegrass festivals and various concerts around the United States.
The name Goldwing Express came from their mother.
“We used to ride Honda Gold Wing’s in the late 80’s,” says Shawn. “That’s when Mom decided to name us the ‘Goldwing Express.’”
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Children, music students and students of all ages are admitted free to Door Concerts Inc. events. Single ticket prices for adults are $20. Don’t miss the UWGB Music Faculty Concert on Friday March 28, also held at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 18th and Michigan in Sturgeon Bay. For more information follow them on their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DoorConcerts or call 920.493.0517.
Official Goldwing Express Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/goldwingexpress