During my interview with Pat Terry, that appeared in the November issue of Baptists Today, the talented Nashville songwriter and Christian music pioneer said he was itching to get back on stage after a long absence. I suggested Macon, Ga., as a good place — and he agreed.

With the fine efforts of Jim Dant (the only Baptist pastor with an autographed Alice Cooper guitar in his study), the concert has been set for Thursday,Dec. 4, at the historic Douglass Theatre (355 MLK Jr. Blvd.) in downtown Macon. It’s a great venue where Otis Redding, James Brown and Little Richard used to perform.

In the words of Neil Diamond: “Pack up the babies; grab the old ladies; everyone goes.” The concert is free thanks to support from The Brainstorm Lab and local Baptist churches (including Highland Hills, First Baptist of Macon, Mt. Zion and Greenwood).

In case you missed the interview (electronic subscriptions available here), Pat has quietly gained success as a songwriter over the past couple of decades. His work has been recorded by Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, Oak Ridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band, John Anderson, Kenny Chesney and others.

In this rare concert, Pat will play a wide variety of his music including some old Pat Terry Group hits from the ’70s as well as cuts from the just-recorded CD, “Laugh for a Million Years,” his first album in 20 years.

It is a great opportunity for a road trip — as some of Pat’s Atlanta-area fans are already planning to do. We want to fill the Douglass on Dec. 4 and invite you to join us for this special evening.

(For a taste of Pat’s latest music, visit patterryonline.com.)

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