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The Hurdle Brothers with Reverend Tarrence Paschall

Tidewater gospel
Portsmouth, Virginia

The Hurdle Brothers with Reverend Tarrence Paschall
The Hurdle Brothers grew up singing in their family church in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, before relocating to various parts of the East Coast, mostly in the cluster of Tidewater urban centers known as Hampton Roads. There, they became immersed in the vibrant  local gospel scene, soaking up the styles of the a cappella jubilee Tidewater quartets of the 1920s, through the "hard gospel" quartet style of gospel's golden age in the 1940s and 1950s, to the rhythm and blues-infused styles of today. Brothers Wilbert, Robert, and Melvin, and Wilbert’s son Dyrell Hurdle individually boast gospel careers that span decades, with each brother singing separately in numerous groups, including the Gospel Harmonaires, the Royal Lights, the Gospel Kings, and the Norfolkaires. The Hurdle Brothers were formed in 2000 when a friend and pastor of Sixth Street Baptist Church in Suffolk was in need of a group for their Men’s Day on short notice. They have been singing with their band ever since, playing at churches and festivals across the South, and performing original arrangements of traditional songs and Wilbert’s own compositions. In recent months, Melvin Hurdle fell ill, so the group has called on Reverend Tarrence K. Paschall to fill in. The Paschall Brothers are an NEA National Heritage Fellowship-winning Tidewater quartet, singing in the syncopated a cappella style made world famous by the Golden Gates and others. Reverend Paschall has infused the Hurdle Brothers with new energy, and they have no plans for stopping any time soon.