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DARTT NEWS! - THE FINAL TOUR - August 19, 2017

Greetings to our Friends, Fans, & Family!

It’s official. We have entered into our final 12 months of the full-time traveling ministry of The Dartts. “The Final Tour” - It’s bittersweet - As we think back on the wonderful years of traveling, touring, singing, fellowshipping, and meeting new friends - From Chula Vista, California, to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - From Boca Raton, Florida, to Victoria, British Columbia, and everywhere in between - We also look ahead with anticipation to what God has in store for us on the path ahead. We plan to bring our touring to a close at the end of July 2018. At that time we hope to stick closer to home. Stoney is hoping to work in film and television production with his brother, Don. BJ has already been busy laying the groundwork for Where U Wanna Go Travel - and while he finishes out the rest of the touring, his work as a travel agent has already become a reality. Tracy & Sharon are planning to have a preaching and singing ministry on a MUCH more limited basis  - No more 200 dates in 26 states in a year’s time. We do hope to continue writing music together and making an effort to get it into the hands of other artists… and who knows… you may even see more recordings from the family in the future. Stoney says, “A new Tracy Dartt solo album is WAY over due! Dad hasn’t put out a solo project since the early ’80’s!” With Tracy and Sharon having no retirement set aside after nearly 50 years of serving in ministry of one form or another, we would ask prayer that they’ll be able to get debt free by the end of 2018, and prayers for God’s provision in the coming years.

 

In the meantime, The Dartts continue touring with a very busy schedule that continues to fill up for the final 12-month stretch. Stoney and BJ are now in the midst of The Dartts’ final tour in New England and Canada - with 26 dates left to sing before they get back home to recharge for a tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

 

Tracy and Sharon had hoped to join the boys for the final New England/Canada tour - but it just wasn’t meant to be. Tracy is still recuperating and strengthening at home after a terrible bout of ill health earlier this year dealing with dehydration, norovirus, a torn rotator cuff, and an infection so severe that early on - the doctors thought he had septicemia. After much prayer cover from our friends around the globe - Tracy has come a long way in his recovery. We hope to get He and Sharon returned to the road soon - possibly in late September or October. Please continue to pray regarding Tracy’s health - That both he and Sharon might be able to be part of as much of the touring as is possible.  We know that it’s the prayers of God’s people that have kept us going thus far!

 

MAJOR PRAISE!!! In June, we had a $5,000 gift come in which allowed us to make the final payoff of our outstanding balance on the big bus engine rebuild episode that transpired Aug ’16 - Jan ’17. We cannot express enough how blessed, appreciative, and thankful we are to all of you who gave and gave and prayed and prayed! We absolutely could not have done it without your help & God’s blessing!!!

 

Stoney and BJ launched out with the bus and had a great tour out to the west coast and back. The tour began in March and ended in July and they sang 72 dates across 11 states. The bus had multiple issues along the way - to the tune of about $6,000 worth of breakdowns, towing, repairs, & maintenance including 6 new tires, a new starter, new U-joints, 4 new batteries, sewer trap repairs, electrical repairs, & multiple a/c repairs. A few days before the boys arrived home, we all began a conversation about the burden the bus has become financially - and after praying for the Lord’s direction, we made the decision to empty out the bus, get it cleaned up, and list it for sale. This is another pivotal moment for us - we’ve had this bus for 12 years - we put more than 300,000 miles on it - and this will be the first time we’ve been without a bus since December of 1996. It’s a big step for us, but we believe it’s the best thing to do now. We will switch modes completely over to carrying out the rest of our tours in our minivan and staying in hotels. We’ve had our current minivan for almost 3 years now - it has about 67,000 miles on it and - haha - it will be needing a set of tires soon. That’s the way it goes when traveling is your life. So, another pair of prayer requests - Please pray for a successful sale of the bus (current auction listing ends Tuesday night, Aug 22nd) - that we will hopefully get more for it than what our bus loan payoff is - And please pray for the minivan to be blessed and have longevity as we rack up the miles on it.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read our updates! Thank you for your prayers! Make sure to come on out and see us at our singing stops for The Dartts - The Final Tour! 

 

There’ll be more updates to come!

God Bless!

The Dartts

Tracy, Sharon, Stone Dartt, & BJ Speer

 

update by Stone & Tracy

 

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Tracy Update - May 3, 2017

Tracy is home from the hospital! Please keep praying for a good full recovery! Thanks!

Dartt News - Tracy in the Hospital! - May 1, 2017

Today is Tracy's 5th day in the hospital since he was taken by ambulance late Wednesday night. It's his 8th day in the hospital since the beginning of this episode of falling ill on Thursday April 20. His doctor has decided to keep him at least 1 more day. They are treating him for a number of things right now, so there's a lot of medication - and resulting side effects - which make the hospital a good place for Tracy to be until things are more balanced out. He's been complaining of shoulder pain for a while so doctors did an MRI to find he has some torn ligaments. Even with so much going on, Tracy & Sharon are in good spirits & thankful to be where Tracy can be treated by his own home doctors. Thanks for continued prayers!

Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - February 11, 2017

Dartt News! - Update From Tracy

     January and February have been a slow start to the year for us. We had a difficult time scheduling our usual Florida tour. However, we are doing well - all 4 of us (Tracy, Sharon, Stone, and BJ) are on the road and we’ve had 7 people saved so far. The schedule for the rest of the year is filling up rapidly - 166 concerts set so far.

     THE BUS - has been repaired and is parked at home. We have a small electrical issue we hope to have fixed before we leave for our tour to the west coast that begins March 10.

     THE BILL - Praise God, we have raised over $20,000 toward the engine repair. We have just under $7,500 left to go. We are asking the Lord to provide the last of it before our west coast tour is finished. So many of our friends and fans around the country have responded. It is predominately individuals who have given toward the repair - from the little retired grandmother in Florida who gave $5… to the ranch folk in northern California who sent a little over $2,000… God has laid it on the hearts of so many people to help us, and we are truly thankful.

     DEBBIE DARTT MINISTRIES - Our daughter-in-law, Debbie Dartt, now has her own television ministry on the NRBTV network - Tuesday mornings at 11:30am Eastern. It is a terrific program with great and powerful content. Don’t miss it!

 

The Dartts - Tracy, Sharon, Stoney, and BJ

 

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Dartt News! - Update from Stoney - January 4, 2017

Dartt News! - Update From Stoney

 

     Happy New Year! As we look forward to what God has in store for us this year we’ve been very much enjoying time at home with family and friends. We’ve reflected on God’s blessings in 2016 - the fact that we were blessed to have 176 bookings in 25 states and 3 Canadian provinces - seeing 172 people acknowledge that they made a decision for Christ! Our daily needs have been met… we’ve been protected by God’s hand every step of the way as we’ve traveled tens of thousands of miles through the year… and we’ve experienced the blessings of God countless times. We’ve anticipated what is ahead in 2017 as the bookings are now coming in at a steady pace and we’ve got a strong schedule, especially from March onward. 

     We got the good news that the engine work on the bus has been finished and the mechanic’s test drive went well. We’ve seen some funds come in over the last month and we are now looking at right around $11,000 that we need in designated funds to be able to make the final payment on the repair so that we can pick up the bus. It is essential that we have the bus back in our possession in time for our tour to the Pacific coast that begins the 2nd week of March. Please pray with us and for us regarding this great need and consider prayerfully if you would be able to have a part in helping the ministry of The Dartts. We know our Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills… and we know that all things are possible with Him. We are thanking God in advance for the folks out there that He has in mind, whose hearts will be touched to help meet the need… and we pray that the gifts that are given will be returned and multiplied!

     We pray God’s blessings for each and every one of you in this brand new year… that your needs be met… your hurts be healed… and that you find what it is the Lord has for you to do to further His work and His Kingdom. Here’s hoping that we see all of you at one or more of our concerts in our forthcoming 2017 travels!

 

The Dartts - Tracy, Sharon, Stoney, and BJ

 

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Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

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Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - December 8, 2016

     We are in Texas with a day off. We're staying right on Lake Palestine in the Tyler area. It's wet and chilly. Even the ducks look cold out on the water. We just finished a snack of queso dip and chips. The queso was made with 2% milk Velveeta and the chips were lightly salted. That makes it health food!

 

Bus News:

 

     The repair shop in South Carolina says the engine remanufacture job on our bus should be completed early next week. We won't, however, be able to pick it up until we can pay the balance of the repair bill in full. We paid them one half ($14,400) three weeks ago in order to get the job underway. Another $2,000 in donations has come in since. That leaves us a little over $12,000 left to raise. Please pray with us that the finances will come in soon, and that we can pick up the bus soon after the Christmas break. 

 

     We certainly are looking forward to the Holidays at home with family. Almost all of our family are now living in Tennessee and we’re very glad that BJ’s Mom, Paula, lives close by too. May this Christmas be Merry and Joyful for all of our Family, Friends, & Fans, and for our Churches across the United States and Canada and our dear missionaries across the globe!

 

God bless and keep you.

 

The Dartts - Tracy, Sharon, Stoney, and BJ

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

 

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P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

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UPDATE FROM TRACY - November 4, 2016

BILLY SPEER:
BILLY SPEER:

…Our dear and beloved friend, BJ Speer's Dad went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 25. His funeral service was held in Springfield, Tennessee, one week later on November 1. The service was a wonderful tribute to a blessed servant of the Lord. Billy was such a great singer and blessed the hearts of untold thousands of people with his singing. Please be in prayer for BJ and his mother, Paula, as they deal with Billy's passing.

TRACY & SHARON:

…Are back on the road after nearly 5 months of being home as Tracy was recovering from what we believe was a bad reaction to a prescription he was given to prevent getting valley fever on The Dartts' west coast tour in spring 2016. His health decline culminated with a 7 day hospital stay upon arriving home in Nashville during the latter half of May. We are happy to report that Tracy's latest test results from the doctor are the best he's had since before the west coast tour. Tracy & Sharon's readiness for returning to the road couldn't come at a better time as BJ will be taking some necessary time off the road to be with his Mom until the end of November. Sharon says, “We are thankful & appreciative for being able to get back on the road again!”

THE BUS:

…Is still in the repair shop in South Carolina, but there is good news. The shop discounted the repair estimate everywhere they could and quoted us a new total of $28,000. That is $10,000 less than the original estimate. We are praying that a few thousand dollars over that amount will come in from donations as there are some other outstanding repairs that have been needing to be done. The shop also told us that when we are able to pay the first half of the total, they will go ahead and do the week-long repair job to completion. That way, as soon as we raise the other half, the bus will be ready to get in and go. Just within the last few days we’ve had several donations come in that bring our donation total to just over $14,300, so after the weekend we plan on sending the first half of the repair payment… which means that the job should be done before Thanksgiving. Most of our donations have come from individuals, but a few churches are beginning to respond to a letter our home church sent out on our behalf in late October. Our prayer is to have the bus back in our possession before the end of the year. We are piling up the miles on our minivan in the meantime, and feeling the crunch of hotel expenses.

OUR TOUR SCHEDULE:

…is filling up nicely for 2017, with the exception of January and February. We’re having difficulty booking Florida dates during that time. Please pray they will open up for us. March, April, May, & June are booked solid. We have about 110 dates scheduled in 2017 so far in 20 states and 3 provinces of Canada.

 Thank you for your support & your prayers. God Bless!

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

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Greenbrier, TN 37073

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UPDATE FROM STONEY: BUS NEEDS AN ENGINE - August 30, 2016

  Today marks 4 weeks since Stone Dartt & BJ Speer left out on The Dartts’ tour to New England and the Canadian Maritimes. Tomorrow will mark 4 weeks since the bus broke down near Asheville, North Carolina - it was then towed 61 miles to a repair shop in Greer, South Carolina, where it currently sits as we await the funds necessary to get it fixed. We are fortunate that we have our minivan to tour in during this time, & we’ve been blessed to have a place to stay at Living Waters Bible Camp in Danforth, Maine. Over the next week, this will help us to save on hotels on some of the nights in between concerts. Although it’s been more than 2 & 1/2 weeks since our last update, we’ve known since August 12th that OUR BUS ENGINE WILL HAVE TO BE REPLACED OR REBUILT. We were hoping for a simpler fix, but that just isn’t the case. Our delay in putting out an update has been due to the fact that we have been out of the country, we’ve been busy, and we’ve been searching out our options & trying to get the most realistic estimate of what our repair costs are going to be.

 

  Right after our last update, the diesel techs at the repair shop pulled the head off of the engine to inspect the damage and get to the bottom of things. They found that the number 3 cylinder has broken apart so badly that “you can look right through it and see into the oil pan” (you mechanics out there might appreciate the meaning of this more than the rest of us). Additionally, pieces of metal have already made their way into the engine intake. Therefore, we are told, enough damage has been done that WE MUST EITHER REPLACE OR REBUILD THE BUS ENGINE. CURRENTLY THE REPAIR ESTIMATE STANDS AT $38,000.00. This total includes the $4,205.00 that we currently owe for the work that’s already been done in addition to the tow.

 

  At this point, the availability of finances to cover the bill will be the thing that determines how quickly the job gets done. Currently, the repair work is at a standstill until the finances come in to cover the costs of the job. Any donations are greatly needed & greatly appreciated. So far we have received a total of $3,262.00 in donations. Our thanks to the 21 individuals and 1 church who have felt led to help financially so far!!

 

     Thank you for your support & your prayers. God Bless!

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

UPDATE FROM STONEY: BUS REPAIR - August 11, 2016

It’s been a whole week now since The Dartts’ newly begun NorthEast tour had to switch gears from bus mode to minivan mode because of a major bus breakdown we had in South Carolina. We’ve enjoyed our time at Living Waters Bible Camp this week here in Danforth, Maine. It’s been a time of catching up on some rest in between meetings & enjoying fellowship with friends, and we’ve really enjoyed the messages this week from Dr. Chris Gnanakan. Tomorrow will complete our meetings for this week of camp, and then Saturday we’ll be heading into New Brunswick & Nova Scotia, Canada for 7 concerts over the next week. After we get back into the States, we have another 17 dates before we hope to return home to Nashville on September 19th. We’re hoping the bus repairs will be done & paid for by then so that we can travel down to South Carolina & bring the bus home before we are scheduled to return to the road on September 28th. 

 

Some serious bus-repair work began getting underway on our bus last night at the repair shop in South Carolina. I spoke with the shop this afternoon to find that the diesel technicians were able to get the top of the engine opened up & SO FAR they’ve found that we have 1 broken injector tip, multiple loose injector bolts, and 1 dropped exhaust valve. The next step will be to take the head off of the engine & inspect it top to bottom - inside and out to see if there is further breakage or damage. The CURRENT RUNNING TALLY on the bill, including the tow-truck, the work that’s been done so far, and including taking the head off to inspect it… is $4,205.00. We expect that it will cost AT LEAST another $2,200.00 in labor just to put the engine back together when the repairs are made… PLUS the cost of whatever parts have to be replaced before it’s time to put it all back together. 

 

At this point, the availability of finances to cover the bill will be the thing that determines how quickly the job gets done. When we run out of money, the shop will have to box up all the parts & pull the bus out into the lot until more finances come in. Any donations are greatly needed & greatly appreciated. So far we have received a total of $1,650 in donations & commitments for another $350. Our thanks to the 10 individuals who have felt led to help financially so far!!

 

     Thank you for your support & your prayers. God Bless!

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Update from Stoney - Bus Break Down - August 5, 2016

UPDATE FROM STONEY: BUS BREAK DOWN

     Well, the last 24 hours has definitely been crazy. I had barely posted yesterday’s update on Facebook when we were thrown a major curveball. We had already pre-paid for a night’s stay in a hotel in Greenville, SC & we’d just picked up a small rental car for a day or two when we got the news. It turns out that our break down was not caused by our engine turbo unit. Upon inspection of the turbo unit, the mechanic found that it appeared to be just fine. This means that the repair shop will have to take our bus engine apart to determine what the actual problem is. As soon as we heard this bit of bad news we knew that things had just gotten more complicated & that this was not a repair that was going to be completed this week. So immediately we shifted to “plan b”. We took a loss on the hotel cost & headed to the airport to drop off the rental car we had just picked up. We then picked up a one-way minivan rental from the airport & headed back to the bus to load the minivan up with everything that we’ll need to do our 7 week tour to New England & the maritime provinces of Canada. We had a safe journey home & arrived in the Nashville area at about 10pm. This morning we transferred everything from the rental van to our own minivan & then we were off to return the rental van to the Nashville airport. We’ve just about got everything repacked now to throw our luggage into the van Saturday morning when we’ll be heading out on tour to head for Danforth, Maine, where we’ll start a week of meetings at Living Waters Bible Camp. We had to make the call today to cancel another date - our Sunday night concert that was to be in East Wilton, Maine. Our apologies to the folks in Hartsville, SC, Linwood, PA, & East Wilton, ME, who were inconvenienced by our cancellations this week. We appreciate your understanding spirit.

     I was told today by the repair shop that the job to take the head off of our engine is an 8 hour job, and taking that into account, we are looking at about $2,700 worth of work just to get the engine apart to find out what the problem is. It will be only then that we will be given some ballpark estimate as to how much the entire repair cost will end up being… and of course that doesn’t include the $980 tow bill, the costs of getting back home to pick up our minivan, or the loss of income from the 3 concerts we’ve had to cancel. So far we have received a total of $1,250 in donations & commitments for another $350. Our thanks to the 8 individuals who have felt led to help financially so far!!

     Please continue to pray for our situation. Thanks & God Bless!

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

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BUS BREAK DOWN: - August 3, 2016

Please be in prayer for The Dartts. As Tracy & Sharon are at home in Nashville with Tracy still recuperating from his recent illness - Stoney & BJ left out on a 7 week tour Tuesday evening, stopping over in Lenoir City, TN to have a tire put on the bus and get some sleep. Today (Wednesday) at about 12:30pm Eastern time, while driving through the Asheville, NC area, white clouds of smoke started billowing from the rear of the bus (engine area). Stoney pulled over quickly to the road shoulder & ran back - fire extinguisher in hand - to find out what the problem was. While there was no fire (Praise the Lord) it appears that the oil seals in the engine turbo unit have let loose rendering the bus un-driveable. We are praying that the engine is not blown. Stoney & BJ are safe on the side of the road and waiting to hear news of a tow truck being dispatched. It will be necessary to tow the bus to a repair shop that is trained to repair Detroit Diesel engines - approximately 61 miles tow to Greer, SC. The Dartts' Wednesday night concert in Hartsville, SC has been cancelled, & the concert scheduled for Friday night in Linwood, PA is now in jeopardy. Prayers and donations would be greatly appreciated, as it is quite likely that this will be a costly repair.

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the Bus Repair Fund and;
Send a payment through PAYPAL to;
thedartts@msn.com

or

Mail a gift to;
The Dartts
P.O. Box 422
Greenbrier, TN 37073

Otherwise, you can;
Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Prayer Request - July 18, 2016

We are praying today for good results as Tracy Dartt heads to the doctor to have a test done that will give us an update on the health of his kidney. We are hoping for test results that show a rebound of his kidney health in the aftermath of his recent illness. Prayers appreciated! We should get results in the coming days.

DARTT NEWS! - TRACY'S HEALTH - June 8, 2016

     With just 4 and a half weeks and 26 concerts left of The Dartts’ 2016 West Coast Tour it has become necessary to change gears a bit. 3 and a half weeks ago, Tracy and Sharon Dartt flew home to Nashville. Originally, they had been scheduled to go home 1 week later, but Tracy’s health had been on a noticeable decline for weeks and it got bad enough that a decision had to be made to get him back to his home doctors as soon as possible. Tracy and Sharon arrived in Nashville on Monday, May 16 and Tracy was immediately taken into the hospital to figure out what the problems were. His metabolic numbers were all over the place and it didn’t take too long before finding out that he had an infection that had made its way into Tracy’s kidney. Treatment progressed well and Tracy was sent home 5 days later, although just a few days after he was released, Tracy had to be rushed back to the hospital via ambulance because of further complications. During this 2nd hospital stay, the doctors found that there were some serious medication conflicts going on, and after 2 days he was sent home again with some major changes to his meds. We are already seeing some positive results from the new changes, but there is much physical recovering that still needs to be done due to the fact that Tracy’s health had depleted so much and he had lost much of his strength and stability due to the illness.

     The doctors are now keeping an eye on Tracy’s creatinine level, which has remained slightly elevated, and in addition, it has become necessary for him to get treatment for a couple of small skin spots that were pre-cancerous - and he’s been scheduled for 2 separate cataract surgeries to be completed next week. While Tracy has been experiencing all of this, Sharon is in good health, but she has been scheduled for oral surgery and procedures to get some dental issues taken care of over the next couple of months. Needless to say, this means that Tracy and Sharon will definitely remain off the road until August at least. 

     The ministry of The Dartts will continue as Stone Dartt and BJ Speer will carry on and finish out the remainder of the West Coast Tour and beyond until Tracy regains his health and strength and Sharon recovers from her oral surgeries. Please continue to pray for the ministry of The Dartts and for the Dartt and Speer families.

 

Check out The Dartts tour schedule on our website at www.darttmusic.com/calendar.html, and come see us when we're in your area.

 

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can;

 

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

 

or

 

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

 

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover, or to find out how to make a tax-deductible donation.

Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - December 19, 2015

Well, the year is quickly coming to an end. The time seems to pass so fast when so much is happening. The Dartts’ schedule has been full. We’ve enjoyed the lower fuel prices to be sure - We have so much to be thankful for! We will finish the year (Lord willing) having done 196 dates in 25 states, 3 provinces of Canada, & 1 Gospel Caribbean Cruise. So far this year we have seen over 230 salvation decisions - Praise the Lord!

Tracy has been well - He and Sharon haven’t missed a single concert this year. No hospital stays. We had only minimal bus repairs. We’ve written a lot of new music and have been in the studio multiple times doing recording for a new album project, “The Colors Of Another World” - due out in early 2016 - The album will consist of 11 brand new songs & 1 new recording of a classic Tracy & Sharon Dartt song, “Glory Hallelujah”. The variety of music styles is broader than any album we’ve done before - featuring a polka, a cowboy song, a 1930’s style song, a Latin style song, an Asian style song, an old English style song, a broadway style song, plus Southern Gospel and Contemporary songs. As always - every song has a scriptural message. The project is more than 75% done and we’ve invested about $15,000 so far. We will need about another $4,000 to complete the project.

Tracy & Sharon’s daughter and her family have just moved to Tennessee. That means that all of the kids and grandkids are living close by now - with the exception of 1 grandchild who recently joined the Airforce. 

By popular request we have released a new CD - a collection of all 12 of The Dartts’ Cowboy songs called “Songs Along The Trail”. It is available now by phone order & will soon be available online. Call 707-688-9762 to order today!

Please keep us in your prayers. Merry Christmas to you from The Dartts! We hope to see you in 2016!

Tracy Dartt - Sharon Dartt - Stone Dartt - BJ Speer

 

Check out our tour schedule on our website at www.darttmusic.com/calendar.html, and come see us when we're in your area.

If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the New Bus Fund, the New Recording Fund, or otherwise - and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com

or

Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073

Otherwise, you can;

Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

LYRICALLY SPEAKING - September 22, 2015

“Seek First The Kingdom”

 

Seek first the Kingdom and all things will find their place. Seek first the Lord and all His righteousness - And seek His holy face - Then the world and all it’s treasures will just strangely fade and dim - And you’ll find true peace within when you seek first the Kingdom.

 

When I look back upon my life - Like running through the pages of an open book - I see the things God used to bring me to a place of peace - And I’m a little bit ashamed of just how long it took - And when I stop to realize the years that I had wasted on things that will not stand the test of fire - I pray, “Dear God, forgive me - and make my one desire to seek first the Kingdom.”

 

Seek first the Kingdom and all things will find their place. Seek first the Lord and all His righteousness - And seek His holy face - Then the world and all it’s treasures will just strangely fade and dim - And you’ll find true peace within when you seek first the Kingdom.

 

I had dreams and I had plans - Was the center of my world - ’Til Jesus Christ came in - Became my Savior and my Lord. He brought new meaning to my life. All things become new - And this I know - My God will see you through when you seek first the Kingdom…

 

And all things will find their place. Seek first the Lord and all His righteousness - And seek His holy face - Then the world and all it’s treasures will just strangely fade and dim - And you’ll find true peace within when you seek first the Kingdom.

 

copyright Dartt Music 2012

 

“Seek First The Kingdom”

words and music by Tracy G. Dartt - bridge by Donald T Dartt

 

from “The God On The Mountain Legacy - Music From The Motion Picture” album

 

Available on CD & Digital Download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thegodonthemountainlegac

LYRICALLY SPEAKING - September 15, 2015

“All Things”

 

They say in back of every cloud there is a silver lining. They say that in the darkest night - Somewhere the stars are shining. Some things in life may not turn out the way you thought they should - But all things for this child of God will work out for the good.

 

God said that all things work together for good. To those that love Him - He promised they would. So if you’re troubled - Remember God’s Word - That all things work for the good of those that love the Lord.

 

I find my day seems brighter when I call on God above - To ask Him for His blessing and to thank Him for His love. I may not dot my “i’s” just right - Cross “t’s” the way I should - But all things for this child of God will work out for the good.

 

God said that all things work together for good. To those that love Him - He promised they would. So if you’re troubled - Just remember God’s Word - That all things work for the good of those that love the Lord.

 

 

copyright Dartt Music 1997

 

“All Things”

words and music by Tracy G. Dartt

 

from The Dartts “Gloryland” album

 

Available on CD & Digital Download at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dartts6

Soundtrack available on CD & Digital Download at http://cdbaby.com/dartts15

Also available on iTunes and through other digital retailers.

GlorylandGloryland (SOUNDTRACKS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LYRICALLY SPEAKING - September 8, 2015

LYRICALLY SPEAKING

 

“Glad Reunion Day”

 

Don’t weep for me. Don’t shed a tear. Don’t even breathe a sigh. For I’ll be gone to the place they call “sweet bye & bye” - And the toil and tears, the pain and sorrow - For me will all be passed - And the place that Jesus made for me will be my home at last.

 

On glad reunion day - When heaven’s gates you’ll find - You will see Jesus there with outstretched arms - And I will be right behind. Life’s trials will all be passed. All tears shall be wiped away - And we will meet again - No more to part - On Glad reunion day.

 

So long ago the Savior died to wash our sins away - And that is why our heavenly home is promised us today. There’s just a few more trials and a few more mountains left for us to climb. Though there be “goodbye” - My friend, don’t cry. Look forward to that time.

 

On glad reunion day - When heaven’s gates you’ll find - You will see Jesus there with outstretched arms - And I will be right behind. Life’s trials will all be passed. All tears shall be wiped away - And we will meet again - No more to part - On Glad reunion day.

 

 

copyright Dartt Music 2002

 

“Glad Reunion Day”

words and music by Tracy G. Dartt

 

from The Dartts “Shed A Little Light” album

 

Available on CD & Digital Download at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dartts3

Soundtrack available on CD & Digital Download at http://cdbaby.com/cd/dartts14

Also available on iTunes and through other digital retailers.

Shed A Little LightShed A Little Light (SOUNDTRACKS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LYRICALLY SPEAKING - September 1, 2015

“It Comes As No Surprise”

 

The road’s been long, the traveling hard. Some places were rough along the way. The mountains were steep, the rivers were wide, and still it goes on day after day. And just when it seems that the end is in sight - the thing that you hoped for so long - Here comes another mountain. Here comes another trial. Here comes another sad, sad song.

 

But it comes as no surprise to the One Who hears you pray. To the One Who said He’d never leave you or forsake you on your way. He was there when you first began. He’ll be with you until the end. Don’t you realize - in the Father’s eyes - that it comes as no surprise.

 

He guided you through - one day at a time - provided your need - each step that you take. He lifted you up when the world let you down. His love never failed - make no mistake. Though sometimes it seems like the end is in sight - it’s not over ’til He takes us home. There may be another mountain - there may be another trial - but remember when you sing your song…

 

That it comes as no surprise to the One Who hears you pray. To the One Who said He’d never leave you or forsake you on your way. He was there when you first began. He’ll be with you until the end. Don’t you realize - in the Father’s eyes - that it comes as no surprise.

 

copyright Dartt Music 1996

 

“It Comes As No Surprise”

words and music by Tracy G. Dartt

 

from The Dartts “Shine On Me” album

 

Available on CD & Digital Download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dartts7

Soundtrack available on CD & Digital Download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dartts16

Also available on iTunes and through other digital retailers.

SHINE ON ME

SHINE ON ME (SOUNDTRACKS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW SOUNDTRACKS ALBUM RELEASED TODAY! - August 26, 2015

RELEASED TODAY!

The Dartts “Get Up And Get Your Shoes On” (SOUNDTRACKS) Digital Album! All 13 performance tracks from the “Get Up And Get Your Shoes On” album are now available for digital download! Download the entire SOUNDTRACKS album now for $9.99! Now YOU can sing these songs yourself, whether in church, at the fair, or in the comfort of your own home, car, or shower! Songs like “The Little Gray House With The Clothesline”, “You Gotta Serve The Lord”, “Before Sundown”, “The Name Above Every Name”, “With Him”, “Dusty Road”, “The Rest Of Your Life”, and many more! So get up and get your copy of the “Get Up And Get Your Shoes On” (SOUNDTRACKS) album today! Available NOW on CDBABY through THIS LINK & available soon on iTunes! Individual tracks also available for 99 cents each.

CLICK HERE TO SEE IT NOW!

Happy 4th of July! - July 4, 2015

Spending our 4th of July in the Boise area - the air conditioners in the bus striving to keep up with the 102 degree heat outside... Got some Panda Express take-out & spending several hours working on new songs for a new recording! 9 days 'til we hit the studio to record the first half of the instrumental tracks! We've had one donation so far for $1,500 toward the recording. That's a little less than a tenth of what we'll need to do the entire project. Some great new songs we're working on, including a new polka & a wonderful new song from Sharon called "The Colors of Another World", plus many others! Please pray for finances to be provided & have a happy 4th!

Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - June 11, 2015

     Well, here we are coming to the end of our time on this tour in Northern California. After our final California date this coming Monday night in Adin, we will have performed nearly 40 concerts here in our former home state. Recently, we flew home to Tennessee for a little break, which included attending our grandson, Rain Forrest Dartt’s college graduation in Indiana. We also flew home in April for our grandson, Taylor Dartt’s wedding. It was wonderful!! Taylor is our first grandchild to be married, and God has blessed him with a lovely and Godly wife.


     It's been a great year so far. God continually blesses us in every way! So far this year, we have had 82 concerts in 9 states, and 100 salvation decisions. Praise the Lord!!! The Dartts were invited to sing in three time slots at the Great Western Gospel Music Fan Festival in Visalia, California, the last weekend in April, from which we received a great response. We've had a few bumps in the road. $1,000 in microphone replacement costs which were covered by the designated donations of 2 kind folks, $1,200 in bus repairs, some unexpected cancellations, and fighting allergies, but over all, we've had safe travel, improved health for Tracy, and provision for our daily needs. Now, as we approach the year’s half-way point, our 2015 schedule has only a few openings left, and we’re a quarter of the way toward our goal of 200 concerts scheduled in 2016.


We are asking prayer for TWO GREAT NEEDS!;

1. FINANCES FOR A NEW RECORDING PROJECT: We have several new songs for a new recording. Now we need the financial provision to cover the costs of recording, travel, & to press the first order of CD’s. The estimated provisions need to cover these costs is $18,000 - $20,000.


2. FINANCES FOR A NEWER BUS: Our current one is now 21 years old and has well over 800,000 miles on it - we've driven it for 10 & 1/2 years & in the last few years we have seen an increase in the frequency of repairs - costing tens of thousands of dollars. There are also some things we need in a newer bus that would be better for Tracy's health needs. Recently, we had the first official donation to our New Bus Fund when a dear sister at one of our concerts designated $300 to the fund. We’re praying for the Lord to provide this need. A Prevost make - entertainers star coach - model XL, XLII, or H3-45 - somewhere around 2007 or newer model year is the ballpark we’re hoping for. It’s quite probable that we’ll be looking at a price bracket of upwards of $300,000.


We thank God for the prayers and support of God's people - that's what keeps us going!

We thank God that we are able to have all four of The Dartts on the road, so far this year!

We thank you, God's people, for holding us up in prayer before the Lord, and for your encouraging words!

Check out our tour schedule here on our website, and come see us when we're in your area.


If you would like to send a gift to The Dartts, you can choose to designate it for the New Bus Fund, the New Recording Fund, or otherwise - and;

Send a payment through PAYPAL to;

thedartts@msn.com


or


Mail a gift to;

The Dartts

P.O. Box 422

Greenbrier, TN 37073


Otherwise, you can;


Give us a call at 707-344-4140 to make a donation by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Off And Running! - February 20, 2015

  2015 is off to a great start for The Dartts. Our January/February tour in Florida marks the first extended tour we are all together as a quartet since the end of May 2014. The boys (Stoney and BJ) did a marvelous job as a duet, but it feels great for the whole crew to be together again.

  Tracy is feeling well and singing as good as ever. He is continuing his therapy exercises on the road and is gaining good strength in his legs and back after having 2 spinal surgeries in 2014. He and Sharon are both very happy to be touring and singing once again.

  The Lord has blessed us with 20 salvation decisions this year so far. Our prayer is that 2015 will be a record year for souls saved. We have had great feedback from pastors who have received our new concert-promoting materials - Personal Invitation Printouts, Bulletin Insert Printouts, and Concert Ticket Printouts. Lord willing, this will get people in the congregations more involved in inviting unsaved friends and loved ones to our concerts. When the churches use us as an outreach and not just entertainment, we see people saved.

  Speer Family Update: BJ's Dad, Billy Speer is still under hospice care. He keeps holding on, though hospice seems to think that his time is short. He does not respond much at all, doesn't seem to know who anyone is or where he is. Please continue to keep the Speer family in prayer.

  The Tour Schedule: Our schedule for 2015 is almost complete. We have 186 dates so far. We need 200. We already have 11 dates booked for 2016. Please pray for our schedules to be full and blessed.

  Also, please be in prayer for a provision for some microphone repairs/replacements we still have need of to the tune of about $1,000.

  See you up the road!

Dartt News! - Update from Tracy - December 2, 2014

Update from Tracy!

 

II Corinthians 9:11

Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

 

Having enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, we have much to be thankful for. The Boys (Stoney and BJ) are back on the road, and now have just 11 dates left to sing before they return home to Tennessee to celebrate Christmas.

 

Tracy’s Health - Is great! He is doing well with physical therapy, and the old legs are coming back. The surgeon will give him a final OK (Lord Willing), on December 3rd, 

and our plan is to have Sharon and Tracy back on the road in January.

 

New Music - Tracy and Sharon have been busy writing several new songs. Looks like we have almost enough for a new album project. SONGS, that is! 

Financing always seems to need another miracle! But, we’ve had many a miracle before!

 

2015 Schedule - 158 Concerts are in the book so far, for 2015. We have dates booked in 28 states, and 3 provinces of Canada. We continue to work toward our goal of

200 bookings, a full schedule for a full time group.

 

Souls - As of this writing, The Lord has graciously allowed us to see 173 Salvation decisions so far this year. (Please pray for a greater harvest in 2015). 

 

Answers to Prayer - Repairs at home have begun, with the very smallest items, of course, but it’s progress! The driveway is next on the list, hopefully in just a week or so.

Please pray that we will see The Lord’s clear direction about staying in this country home or relocating to a smaller, simpler home.

 

As we count our blessings, today and every day, let’s remember - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 

 

Let’s remember, and give thanks to our Father in Heaven, Who loves us, saves us, comforts us in our afflictions, and "who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (I Timothy 6:17)

Dartt News! - Update from Sharon - October 7, 2014

    Tracy’s surgery on August 19th was very successful. He was in the hospital for 9 days at Vanderbilt, then transferred to Stallworth Rehab Hospital for 2 weeks of Rehabilitation. However, he did so well with his therapy that they sent him home after only one week. 

    Tracy is progressing well; doing outpatient therapy twice a week at Vanderbilt Medical Center. His progress is amazing, considering he has had 4 major surgeries in less than 4 years; his kidney transplant in January of 2011 and 3 spinal surgeries. Within the last week He had his 6-week check-up with the spinal surgeon who was pleased with his progress. He made a couple of adjustments to Tracy's recommended therapy exercises & scheduled him for another check-up at the 12-week mark.

    “The boys”, Stoney and BJ, are doing a wonderful job on the road, while Sharon and Tracy are keeping up the support work at home. Tracy is back in the office, putting in several hours a week, doing scheduling and helping Stoney with logistics. In the 6 weeks since Tracy’s surgery, BJ and Stoney have had over 25 concerts in Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, and Canada. In the month of September alone, 10 souls were added to the Kingdom!    

    Finances are tight, but not critical, Thank the Lord! 

    We do have have a substantial list of important prayer requests:

    Our country home in Tennessee is in need of a number of repairs, beginning with grading and gravel - we park our tour bus in the driveway of our home. This needs to be done before winter weather begins. Tracy’s health challenges and the Dartts’ touring schedule make it difficult to maintain our older home and 3/4 of an acre. 

    A local Christian builder has offered to build us a new home, which would be more suitable for us. We would need approximately $25,000 for a down payment. We are asking the Lord to have His will concerning this.

    Our tour bus has served us well for 10 years, but is now 20 years old. It’s now at the age where repairs come more often and are more expensive. Please pray with us about our need for a newer bus. Through all our years of ministry - 40 plus years, now - every home and every bus has been a miracle of the Lord. He has been faithful to provide EVERY NEED!

    Not the least of our requests is Tracy’s continued need for strength and healing. Our desire is to see him return to his ministry on the road, fully recovered, singing and speaking across the country - For the Glory of God, the blessing and encouragement of God’s People, and for the SALVATION OF MANY MORE SOULS!!!

    Thank you so much to those of you who have kept us in your prayers. You literally keep our ministry going!

Thank you, and God bless you for your faithfulness.

Tracy Recovery Update! 8/28 - August 28, 2014

     This week has been a challenging one for Tracy. Doctors had hoped to transfer him to a physical therapy rehab facility on Monday the 25th, but the day before began a multi-day bout of pretty extreme nausea for him. Treatment to relieve the nausea became necessary early in the week, with doctors placing a tube through Tracy's nose to pump out an excess of bile. 

     In the meantime, doctors have been happy with Tracy's overall progress… his creatinine levels had elevated, but have now receded back to pre-surgery levels, which is good. Tracy's been comfortable enough to allow for downgrading of his pain meds - now just being treated exclusively with Tylenol. His blood pressure has remained normalized through the week and his labs are good. 

     Yesterday was Tracy's first day to get out and walk in the hall, and this morning he started eating well once again. Sharon and Tracy are both encouraged at all the progress and are looking forward to home… BUT before that happens, they are still looking at 10-14 days of Tracy remaining in a physical therapy rehab facility, starting today. Right now they are waiting for word of when to expect an ambulance ride over to the facility - expecting for it to be sometime this evening.

     We appreciate your continued prayers!

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