The legendary Gatlin Brothers will perform at Trine University’s T. Furth Center for
Performing Arts beginning at 8 p.m. Oct. 1.
Tickets, ranging from $45-$55, are already on sale at trineutickets.universitytickets.com
Doors to the Ryan Concert Hall will open one hour prior to the concert.
Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers are Grammy award-winners who have dazzled
audiences for more than six decades. They have accrued a lifetime of noteworthy achievements
in their storybook career, including a Grammy for Best Country Song (“Broken Lady”),
three Academy of Country Music awards for Single of the Year (“All the Gold In California”),
Album of the Year (“Straight Ahead”) and Male Vocalist of the Year, along with five
nominations for County Music Association Vocal Group of the Year, Single and Album.
The brothers have accumulated seven #1 singles, 32 Top 40 records, more than 20 studio
albums and five BMI “Million-Air” Awards.
As a solo writer, Larry ranks fourth on Billboard’s Top 40 self-penned hits and was
recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His impressive song
catalog has been recorded by a “Who’s Who” of entertainers, including Elvis Presley,
Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Glen Campbell, Kris Kristofferson, Sir
Tom Jones, Dottie West, Charlie Rich, Johnny Mathis, the Oak Ridge Boys and many others,
securing his legacy as one of BMI’s top solo songwriters. In addition, Larry wrote
and produced the musical, “Quanah,” performed in April 2017 to rave reviews.
During 2020, The Gatlin Brothers celebrated their 65th anniversary in the music industry. They have entertained audiences in venues and
stages all over the world, from the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall. They have also
performed for the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, The
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Oprah, Hee Haw, The Love Boat, The Midnight Special
with Wolfman Jack, The Merv Griffin Show, Solid Gold, Barbara Mandrell Show and their
own variety special on the ABC network.
They have performed at the White House, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Air
Force One, Ford’s Theater, Camp David, President Bush’s 80th Birthday Party, The Lincoln
Theater, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, West Point, on the Mall in Washington
D.C., The Greek Theater, Billy Bob’s Texas, Radio City Music Hall, Disney World and
The Wembley Music Festival, to name a few. They have been privileged to grace the
stage with legendary entertainers like Bob Hope, George Burns, Kenny Rogers, Brad
Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, The Mandrells, The Oak Ridge Boys, the Gaither
Vocal Band, The Isaacs and many others.
The brothers have also proudly entertained U.S. troops in Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Germany
and at many military bases in the United States. They have appeared at many sporting
events and venues singing the National Anthem, including the 1985 and ’89 World Series,
and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. They have performed in Yankee Stadium, the Astrodome,
Nissan Titans Stadium, Candlestick Park, Chicago White Sox ballpark, NHL All Star
Hockey Game, Darlington NASCAR Speedway, the Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, Giants
Stadium, the Superdome, AT&T (Dallas Cowboys) Stadium, Reliant Stadium (Houston Texans)
and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
Their career began in Abilene, Texas, in 1955 when Larry was 6, Steve was 4 and Rudy
was 2. The brothers grew up singing gospel music while listening to James Blackwood
and the Blackwood Brothers, Hovie Lister and The Statesmen Quartet as well other accomplished
gospel artists. As children, the brothers would sing for anyone who would listen.
Soon they were singing from coast to coast and appeared at the World’s Fair in 1964
in New York City. They recorded four gospel records early in their career.
In 1966, Larry went to college at the University of Houston, where he studied English
and law. In 1971, he auditioned for The Imperials, Elvis’ backup group. While he did
not get the job, he met Dottie West, who was the opening act for Jimmy Dean. Dean
would later become one of Larry’s oldest and dearest friends.
Dottie was initially taken with Larry’s resemblance to Nashville songwriter Mickey
Newbury. She told him one night in Las Vegas that he looked so much like Mickey,
he had to be able to write great songs, too. Encouraged, Larry returned to Houston
and wrote eight songs. He sent them to Dottie and she liked them so much she sent
him a plane ticket to Nashville.
Through Dottie’s friendship, Larry met Kris Kristofferson, who championed his talents
as a writer and singer. Kristofferson’s introduction to Fred Foster at Monument Records
resulted in a recording contract with the label. Larry’s first album, “The Pilgrim,”
was released later that year. Johnny Cash wrote the liner notes for the album and
dubbed him “The Pilgrim,” a name Cash called him the rest of his life. At this time,
Steve and Rudy were still in college at Texas Tech University, but in 1975 they moved
to Nashville. The two joined Larry the following year to form the group as we know
While building their career, The Gatlin Brothers were on the fast track musically
in 1976, thanks to the chart-topping success of their single “Broken Lady.” The hits
continued throughout the decade with their signature song “All the Gold in California”
followed by “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).” The next decade brought number
one hits with “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Statues
Without Hearts,” “Love Is Just A Game” and “Night Time Magic.”
For more information on this and other events at the T. Furth Center for Performing
Arts, visit trine.edu/furth
Last Updated: 03/31/2022