Two of Bell Buckle Tennessee’s newest residents, acclaimed Grammy and Dove award-winning Christian vocalist Russ Taff and his wife, singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter Tori Taff, were crowned King and Queen of the 19th Annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival, June 15. The light-hearted event celebrates a beloved combination in southern culture, going back to the days when Royal Crown Cola came in a larger bottle than its competitors, and Moon Pies were one of the largest snack items sold in country stores. The Bell Buckle RC-Moon Pie Festival has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society, drawing upwards of 15,000 happy visitors to the tiny village of 400 residents.
Last week, Russ joined the on-air personalities of Homecoming Radio (including his wife Tori) for an interview with Bill Gaither. The show with Russ’ interview will air sometime after the first of the year.
Remember that old Imperials classic…? Well, apparently so do a whole lot of people at the Faroe Island’s Summarfestival! Oli Poulsen produced this great video clip of the live performance– enjoy!
Russ had a great concert on August 10 at the Skjærgårdssang Festival in Langesund, Norway! He enjoyed an evening of music with groups from all over Norway and Sweden, then took the stage for a solo set with the band. He ended the night by joining Evie Tornquist Karlsson (with her husband Pelle and son Kris) to sing “Give Them All to Jesus” and “Amen”– what a night!