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The Gaithers and Southern GospelHomecoming in the Twenty-First Century$
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Ryan P. Harper

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496810908

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496810908.001.0001

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Between Jesus and John Wayne

Between Jesus and John Wayne

Constructing Guy Penrod

(p.61) 2 Between Jesus and John Wayne
The Gaithers and Southern Gospel

Ryan P. Harper

University Press of Mississippi

The second chapter examines Guy Penrod—singer in the Gaither Vocal Band through the Homecomings’ most successful run, and the face of the franchise during its heyday. The first of three chapters that focus on a particular Homecoming figure, chapter two investigates the Homecoming “construction” of Penrod as a rugged yet sensitive family man during and beyond the “Promise Keeper” era, in which American evangelical masculinity is going through significant changes. Penrod exemplifies how the Gaithers choose and contour performers to satisfy and challenge fans’ expectations.

Keywords:   Masculinity, Promise keepers, Guy Penrod, Homecoming, Gaither Vocal Band

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