From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Tri-City Messengers

Tri-City Messengers is a six-part a capella gospel group from the Benham-Lynch, KY, coal mining area. The members are Roy Wilson, Alfonson Sims, George Massey, Bennie Massie, Sanford Baskin, and Willis Bates; all but one of the men are retired coal miners.

For more about the group, see the DVD, A Beautiful Sound, by Pigeon Pie Films; and the group's performances on Rhythm of My Soul, a PBS Home Video, and More Than Music, by the Kentucky Historical Society.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Harlan County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Benham, Kentucky in Wikipedia.
Read about Lynch, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: A beautiful sound: the voices of the Tri-City Messengers (videorecording)
NKAA Source: Rhythm of my soul: Kentucky roots music (videorecording)
NKAA Source: More than music: a heritage driving tour of Kentucky's Route 23 (sound recording)

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“Tri-City Messengers,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed March 21, 2023,

Last modified: 2020-12-21 18:46:57