CEDAR CITY — Cedar City was the Nashville Tribute Band’s first tour stop after releasing their album “Redeemer: A Nashville Tribute to Jesus Christ,” and hundreds gathered at the Heritage Center Theater in Cedar City Wednesday night to hear the group perform.
Jason Deere, one of the founding members of the Nashville Tribute Band, expressed gratitude to his fellow band members for joining him on the tour as they traded their cowboy boots for dress shoes and street clothes for suits to show their respect and love for Jesus Christ.
The Nashville Tribute Band is composed of a rotating cast of members, and over the years, musicians like Dan Truman, of the Grammy Award-winning country band Diamond Rio; Brad Hull, Matt Lopez and Tim Gates, of the country group Due West; country artist Billy Dean; pop artist Mindy Gledhill; the members of Dyer Highway; and many others have joined the group onstage, according to information from the Nashville Tribute Band website.
While the Nashville Tribute Band’s previous albums were specifically targeted at members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Redeemer” is an album the band has created for all audiences, hoping to help others learn what members of the LDS faith believe about Jesus Christ.
During the concert, Deere addressed a misconception held by many outside the LDS faith that LDS Church members are not Christians.
“Trust me, we’re going to be calling ministers in Atlanta, in Birmingham and in Memphis … and we’re going to offer to come in and do our show for their congregations,” Deere said to the crowd Wednesday night. “We’re going to walk onstage and allow (the ministers) to address their congregations as to whether we’re Christians, as to whether we believe in a different Jesus.”
During the concert, band members shared Bible references connected to the songs they were performing – songs based around various Bible stories dealing with Christ’s life and ministry.
Cedar City resident Madee Adair, who attended the concert, said she had never heard the band perform before.
“I loved it. You could just feel the Spirit so strong,” Adair said. “I think it’s great that they dedicated the album to the Savior. A lot of people would not have the courage to do something like that, and I’m glad that they do.”
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