Macksville resident Don Overbey, of Overbey Ministries, was inducted in to the Blues Hall of Fame as a Great Blues Promoter from Kansas and Ambassador from Kansas at the 73rd Sturgis Bike Rally.
On the "Music for the Soul" Stage at Sturgis, S.D. during the 73rd Sturgis Bike Rally, Macksville resident Don Overbey, of Overbey Ministries, was inducted in to the Blues Hall of Fame as a Great Blues Promoter from Kansas and also was recognized and inducted as an Ambassador from Kansas.
"I was totally surprised. I felt like I was undeserving. This is a tremendous honor and a very humbling experience. I kept thinking, I knew there was going to be an Induction of the Rev. Jimmie Bratcher (Kansas City, MO.), but I had no idea I was being honored as well." Overbey said. " Johnny Mannion (representing the Blues Hall of Fame) asked me to go on the stage and interrupt Jimmie Bratcher's set. Jimmie's presentation was made so I was already on the stage. Johnny turned to me and thanked me for what I do and then made my presentations."
Don and his wife Rhea started Overbey Ministries in 1990, sharing God's Love through Music since then. They have toured to California, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Kansas.
"When our daughters were still in High School, they went on tour with us, playing drums (Narissa) and bass guitar (Ronda), Overbey said."
"In 2007 God laid on my heart to organize a Christian Rally. Rhea and I had been to the Dead End Rally, a secular rally at Peru, KS. It was a beautiful 160 acre campground which was donated for our use. We had our Christian Rally there the weekend of July 27, 2007. Glenn Kaiser from Chicago was our featured Artist and Will Segraves from Georgia. Glenn told me he had always wanted to perform in Sturgis, S.D., but it never worked out. In May 2008, I went to Sturgis and God showed me the perfect location, a house, which was commercially zoned on the Main Street, directly across from the Law Enforcement Bldg/Jail and a nice grassy hill. We had Blues Hall of Fame Artists; Glenn Kaiser (Chicago, IL.), Larry Howard (Macon, GA.), Darrell Mansfield (Fullerton, CA.) and other groups. Our first "Music for the Soul" was a huge success. We shared God's love and grace with many bikers."
It has expanded each year since then, not only positive responses from Bikers, Sturgis Police and the people, but additional artists have heard about them and contacted them to get involved.
Overbey purchased a building in Macksville for the music and ministry home base. Along with trips to Sturgis and Bike Week in Daytona, Overbey brings the Christian Rallies to his hometown with Macksville's Bikes and Blues festival each year.
"We have been told by many who have tried this, that it wouldn't work. (We use Christian Blues and Rock Music.) We just returned from our 6th "Music for the Soul" Concerts in Sturgis with a tremendous response."
Blues Hall of Fame ® is a free and open to everyone, international organization, consisting of performing Blues Artists and Friends, which believes that the nominating and inducting of Blues Artists should be open, transparent and conducted by other Blues Artists, Fans and the General Public.
Overbey Ministries is a non-profit working entirely off donations.
You Tube Video of induction