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GRANITE SHOALS — OK, admit it. You can’t take your eyes off the red suits, styled hair and cheery smiles. And now you think, “I need to check these guys out.”

Well, as luck would have it, the Florida Boys are back in Granite Shoals for a fundraising concert benefitting the Granite Shoals Fire Department. Which kind of explains the red suits (it matches the red fire trucks.)

The Florida Boys take the stage 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at First Baptist Church of Granite Shoals, 505 S. Phillip Ranch Road. Tickets are $10 in advance (slightly higher at the door) for adults and $5 for students 12 and younger. There is no charge for preschool-aged youth. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the Granite Shoals Fire Department or at the church.

The Florida Boys are a Gospel group that performs across the country. The group started in 1947 and has recorded more than 100 albums and earned the attention of many devoted listeners, including Elvis Presley.

But their goal also has been to share the Gospel through their music.

In 2007, the original members of the Florida Boys decided to retire. At first, it appeared the group’s name would retire as well, but the original members passed the legacy onto the new members: lead vocalist Charlie Waller, bass Joe “Todd” Armstrong, baritone Chip Cooper, tenor Eddie Broome and pianist Joshua Pope.

The group maintains a busy tour schedule making stops just about every weekend, and a few during the week. It’s a testament to the Florida Boys’ musical ability and inspired message.

So head over to the church or stop by the fire department, purchase your tickets (pick up a few extra and bring some friends) and get ready for an entertaining night of fun and music.

And the suits.

It’s OK now. You can look away and move on to the next story. But you know, you’ll be back.

Call (830) 596-8110 for more information.

editor@thepicayune.com