Ascension Coffee House | May 10

Russell McClanahan & Phil Helton

Russell McClanahan & Phil Helton

The community is invited to attend the next Ascension Coffee House on May 10th , which takes place from 7:00-9:00 PM in the parish hall at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Cartersville. This local listening room for original song gives area songwriters an opportunity to share their creative work with an appreciative audience. Russell McClanahan will be the featured songwriter this month, with special guest Phil Helton.

A native of Rome, Georgia, McClanahan has been performing on Broad Street at the Harvest Moon for many years. For fifteen years, he collaborated with renowned musician, Stranger Malone, to play music throughout the southeast. Cartersville residents may remember that McClanahan and Malone teamed up to play for the Betty Crane show (which was a local cable television program) at the Grand Theater in Cartersville. Music has always been a part of McClanahan’s life. Born with a sense of adventure, McClanahan has walked the entire Appalachian Trail, and the El Camino in Spain. He has traveled over the United States, with United States Army to the Gulf War in Saudi Arabia, and to Bosnia for the peacekeeping mission there. He is really looking forward to sharing his songs about his travels and his family, as well as sharing the stage with Rick McKee.

McKee will continue to serve as host of Ascension Coffee House. Rick McKee is a singer/songwriter, composer, music educator, and multi-instrumentalist from Cartersville. He has released two albums on the Cosmic Possum label.

Admission is free to the community, but all voluntary tips and donations collected will benefit the rector’s discretionary fund at Church of the Ascension. Food contributions are appreciated for the Backpack Buddy Program in our local schools. Needed items include: Ramen noodles, boxes of instant oatmeal, boxes of fruit snacks, boxes of granola bars, fruit cup 4-packs, Easy Mac cups, canned soup, cans of ravioli, 6-packs of applesauce, and 6-packs of raisins.

Please join us from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10th at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 205 West Cherokee Avenue, Cartersville. Enjoy some great, live music and help a worthy cause. For more information, visit Facebook at, go to the church’s web site at or call 770-382-2626. All are welcome!

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