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Genesis: The Origins of a Song: Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?

This article is reprinted from the July 2023 SEBA Breakdown, written by Lady Outlaw.

The popular old Baptist hymn, Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?, written in 1897 by Eliza E. Hewitt and set to a melody by John R. Sweney, can be found as No. 787 in the Baptist Sankey hymnal.

It has been recorded numerous times by American country and bluegrass music artists such as George Jones, Ferlin Husky, Alison Krauss, the Cox Family, Reba McEntire, and many others.

The only biblical reference to stars in a crown is found in twelfth chapter verse 1 of

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Tony Ianario

Heartfelt sympathy and condolences Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Mar 9, 2009) SEBA member and luthier, Tony Ianario and his wife Ann were killed in a traffic accident last Friday, March 6, 2009. The Ianarios were active members of SEBA’s Winder Chapter. Heartfelt sympathy and condolences to family and friends.

Congratulations! The Hollonville Opry House

Congratulations! To SEBA Member Organization, The Hollonville Opry House for receiving the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Organization Award for 2008. Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Dec 17, 2008) Charlotte & Harold Kirkland receive Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame honor on behalf of all staff at Hollonville Opry House. Founded spring of 1991 … Read more

Alex Thomlinson Wins Again!

Third year in a row for the soon-to-be 14 year-old Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Dec 17, 2008) Three time Georgia Beginning Fiddle Champion Alex Thomlinson with Rhonda Vincent Multi-fiddle contest winner & SEBA member Alex Thomlinson wins again! For the third year in a row Thomlinson captured the Georgia State Champion Beginning Fiddler title … Read more

SEBA Member Sponsors Benefit

Bobby Hicks holds annual Swing Concert to benefit the Madison County Arts Council Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Nov 17, 2008) Bobby Hicks sporting SEBA cap and “pick pocket” t-shirt (see what’s available at our new online store.) SEBA member and fiddling legend Bobby Hicks appears in concert with another fiddle legend Buddy Spicher on Saturday … Read more

Jim Miller Becomes First SEBA Silver Anniversary Member

Founder of Bluegrass Sound. Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Oct 18, 2008) Our 1st Silver Anniversary Member Jim MIller of Bluegrass Sound SEBA proudly announces our first Silver Anniversary Member: Jim Miller of Marietta, Georgia. Member since 2002 and founder of SEBA Member Band Bluegrass Sound. Miller started his musical adventure at a flea market … Read more

Blairsville Georgia Wins!

Named First-Ever Bluegrass City of SEBA Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Oct 2, 2008) SEBA VP Tony Salazar presents Blairsville Mayor Jim Conley with “Bluegrass City” plaque SEBA names Blairsville Georgia the first ever official “Bluegrass City” of the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association. SEBA Blairsville 2008 Video (click image to watch) Blairsville’s mayor Jim Conley was … Read more

SEBA Blairsville

View the video created by Ron and Peggy Cline Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Sep 25, 2008) SEBA Blairsville 2008 Video (click image to watch) SEBA Hiram VP Ron Cline and his lovely wife Peggy made a short (6 min) movie of SEBA’s 2008 annual celebration/showcase in Blairsville, Ga. Sept. 19 & 20 with “cameo” … Read more

Emory Presbyterian Fall Festival

Saturday, October 4, 2008. Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Sep 16, 2008) Bluegrass on the front lawn for an enthusiastic crowd enjoying BBQ at last year’s Emory Presbyterian Fall Festival Emory Presbyterian Fall Festival Saturday October 4, 2008 features three SEBA bands, BBQ catered by the Pompous Pig, kids activities, bake sale and rain barrels … Read more

SEBA partners with the Union County Historical Society to showcases bluegrass music in Blairsville Ga. for third year in a row

Friday and Saturday, Sep 19-20 Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Aug 26, 2008) Showcasing young fiddler Jonathon Eernisse support by SEBA President Emeritus Jack Masters in the Historic Union County Courthouse at our 2007 event. Historic downtown Blairsville, Ga. Invites us once again to showcase bluegrass music and bands Friday and Saturday September 19, & 20, … Read more

SEBA Members Conduct Instrument Workshops

Sat, 8/23/2008 at the UUCA. Author: SEBA Board of Directors (Jul 17, 2008) Jim “Duck” Adkins sitting in rocker at a recent workshop served as SEBA President and Board Chair in 1986 Former SEBA President, Jim “Duck” Adkins conducts banjo workshop Saturday, August 23, 2008 along with former SEBA Board member Brad Laird (Mandolin) … Read more