Country stars Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers to perform in Pismo Beach

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Country stars Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will perform later this month at a Pismo Beach church, officials announced today.

The group is slated to play Feb. 24 at New Life Community Church, 990 James Way in Pismo Beach.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Captive Hearts, a nonprofit organization in Grover Beach that provides counseling, housing and other services to women who are or have been incarcerated.

“It’s a special night. There’s no question about it,” said Greg Padgett, country gospel worship leader at New Life Community Church.

Known collectively as the Gatlin Brothers, Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin became one of country music’s most popular acts in the 1970s and '80s. Their hit songs include “All the Gold in California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)” and “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love.”

Larry Gatlin also enjoyed a successful solo career, winning a Grammy Award for the song “Broken Lady” in 1976.

According to Padgett, New Life brings in outside bands once or twice a year, typically Southern gospel or contemporary Christian acts.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done a regular country music act,” he said, noting that the church’s First Friday Country Gospel Band will open for the Gatlin brothers. “We are certainly trying to make the connection of the 55-plus demographic that grew up with that music in church.”

Tickets for the Feb. 24 concert cost $20 to $40.

For more information, call 489-3254 or visit www.newlifepismo.com.