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Cunningham to sing in Lister tribute

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Tallassee High School choral director Jerry Cunningham will be performing at Samford University's Tribute to Hovie Lister and the Statesmen Quartet on Friday night in Birmingham.

Lister was a southern gospel pioneer as leader of the Statesmen. He died in 2001. The name of the show is Wake Me Lord! Shake Me Lord! and will be in the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center.

"We've been working on it for about six months," said Cunningham. "We're going to have some former Statesmen there and the widow of Hovie Lister will be there."

Cunningham was called when the need for a bass singer arose.

"Some people said we know this guy in Tallassee. I got a call," he said. "I've been going to Birmingham twice a month rehearsing for four and five hours each time. This week, we're rehearsing eight hours a day."

Tickets are $25 per person. The performance starts at 7:00 p.m.

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