“Maybe someday it will all come to a screeching halt. For now we’re getting’ after it,” said Rudy Gatlin. “Like Ringo Starr once said, ‘It’s what we do.’ ”
Performing for 60 years is a long time, especially with siblings, and Rudy admits there have been disagreements. As long as there’s music, the rest will take care of itself.
“It just works out,” he said. “There’s a sameness of purpose — to sing. It means a lot to us, and we hope our music has touched some hearts.”
Having been around so long means the Gatlins have seen numerous changes in the business, from vinyl to CDs and digital back to vinyl again. What’s kept the brothers going in part is the sibling factor, Rudy said.
“It’s a show, not just a concert. It’s quite an art form to put a show together,” Rudy said, “and we’ve been blessed this way. Larry has the gift of gab, and there’s always been snappy patter between songs. We cut up, weave in stories, tell jokes and have a good time with our audience.”
How to go
What: Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers
Where: Clark State Performing Arts Center, Kuss Auditorium, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield
When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 24
Admission: $20-60 adults; $25 students; senior citizen and Clark State $10 discount
More info: 937-328-3874 or go to