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Barnwell Duo’s Song Picked for National Day of Prayer Site
By Butch Blume
An original song by a South Carolina singer/songwriter duo has been chosen for inclusion at the National Day of Prayer Web site.
John Rutland and Mark Griffitt, also known as “Loose Stone,” penned “Come Home America,” which became the title cut on their most recent recording project in 2008. The song has received a lot of airtime nationally on Christian music radio stations and will be available in early 2010 as a download for use by regional, state and local coordinators during National Day of Prayer events. The 2010 National Day of Prayer is May 6.
Rutland, who plays bass guitar and sings both lead and harmony vocals for said response to the song at concerts has been “phenomenal.”
Rutland said the message of “Come Home America” is simple: “America needs to return to one nation under God.”
He describes Loose Stone’s musical style as a range from country to light rock to jazz and blues. He said the group’s vocal stylings also reflect an influence by the Eagles.
Rutland and Griffitt are members at Hagood Avenue Baptist Church in Barnwell. They have been playing together for three years and are currently at work on their third CD.