THE REV JIMMIE BRATCHER TO PLAY THE STURGIS BUFFALO CHIP AND GIVE BIKE BLESSING AT STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY
Blues/Rock Singer/Guitarist And Minister Invited To Popular South Dakota Black Hills Event
Nashville, Tenn. (July 2013) - The Rev Jimmie Bratcher has been invited to perform August 5-7 at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D. In addition to the daily shows featuring music from his current CD, Secretly Famous, the blues/rock singer/guitarist—and minister—has the esteemed honor of giving the Bike Blessing at the rally.
The Bike Blessing is an annual tradition in which a clergy member may pray, read Scripture and bless each biker and his or her motorcycle to bring safety for the coming season. Last month, Pope Francis blessed motorcycles and their riders at The Vatican as part of the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson. At the Sturgis commemoration, attendees may receive a blessing for themselves and their bikes during the ceremony at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. During the Bike Blessing, thousands of CDs, featuring Bratcher's music and story, will be handed out to attendees.
More than 400,000 bikers are expected to attend the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
"The band and I are excited and ready to be playing again at The Sturgis Rally and for the tens of thousands who affectionately call The Sturgis Buffalo Chip home," Bratcher says. "I am extremely honored to be asked to do a Bike Blessing during our performances."
Bratcher joins a list of top entertainers who are on the lineup at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during this year's motorcycle rally, including Kid Rock, The Doobie Brothers, Rob Zombie, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Spin Magazine has called the annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip event "one of the three top concerts in the world."
"Simply put, Jimmie is a blues phemon," says Daymon Woodruff of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. "One of the most outstanding blues performers around, Jimmie channels music through fans like they were hit with the epiphany they got soul. Not to mention, he's one of the coolest, most down to earth cats around."
Following are the dates and locations for Bratcher's events during the Sturgis Bike Blessing Tour 2013:
- August 3, Sioux Falls, S.D., Old Skoolz
- August 4, Sioux Falls, S.D., Faith Family Church
- August 5-7, The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, S.D.
- August 5-7, Music for the Soul Stage, Main Street
- August 9-10, Knoxville, Iowa, The Sprint Car Nationals
- August 11, Knoxville, Iowa, Living Word Church
About The Rev Jimmie Bratcher:
Pastor, evangelist, author, singer, songwriter and guitarist, "The Rev" preaches in churches every Sunday, but on Saturday nights you'll find him sharing his amazing testimony and blistering guitar licks onstage in blues clubs and at music festivals, prisons and even biker rallies.
Bratcher's brand of the blues has been embraced by the Christian market and the mainstream blues industry alike, allowing him to perform at both Christian music festivals such as Creation East, Creation West Coast and Rock the Light, and at blues festivals such as Blues on the Hill, Simply the Blues Festival and Boxcar Full of Blues. He has appeared at venues along with Christian artists including Mercy Me, Newsboys and Third Day, and with blues greats including Grammy winner and NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award winner David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Blues Music Award winners Zac Harmon and Otis Taylor, and Livin' Blues Gold Award winner Hubert Sumlin, one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
The Rev's music career started when someone replied to his father's classified ad, which offered to trade his father's 1958 Desoto for an electric guitar and amplifier for his son. Although the young artist was passionate about playing, Bratcher felt called to ministry. A few years into his ministry, The Rev began singing and writing songs again and worked them into his sermons and community outreach services. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response, he began singing and preaching in churches and concert venues all over the U.S.
Bratcher released his first album, Honey In The Rock, in 2001. Since then, he has released six albums of highly emotive songs. Bratcher's current album, Secretly Famous, dives deep into the Rev's blues-rock roots and called upon producer Jim Gaines, who is known for his work with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Steve Miller, and others.
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