His Delaware County connections date back to the 1800s when his family lived in the southern part of the county.

Now Patrick Quick returns this weekend to Jay, to bring a blend of gospel and country, through his group Preacher and the Travelers. 

The group includes Quick, known as the preacher, and Jim Loveday, a musician from Grove, Quick's son, Benjamin, and the newest addition, Blake Lillard of Claremore.

Quick said he hopes to make the concert an annual happening, with the first taking place at 7 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 25, at the Jay Community Center, 429 South Ninth, Jay. It's free and open to the public.

Quick's group has opened for multiple musicians including Jeff and Sheri Easter and the Isaacs. Friday's concert will include a mixture of music including songs from their most recent album, Midnight Train. 

"God has given us favor to do something in Jay," Quick said. "It's going to be a lot of fun, and a great, great time."

More about Quick

Quick links his ties to Delaware County through his grandparents, Maggie and Bufford Quick, who at one time owned the mill, general store and barber shop in Jay, and his father, Loyd Quick, who grew up attending Jay Public Schools.

"A lot of folks remember my grandparents and my dad," Quick said, adding those ties are what brought him back to northeast Oklahoma after living in Nashville, Tennessee.

"I grew up spending summers in Jay," Quck said, "when my mother [Sue Brown] dropped me off with my grandparents."

Quick said the family traveled throughout the country, because his father was in the U.S. Air Force.

He thought having the concert in Jay was fitting, because his father always wanted to return home but could never make it back.

About the band

Quick describes the Preacher and the Travelers as "country gospel" with a sound similar to the Oak Ridge Boys or Alabama. 

The group, which officially formed 14 years ago, often performs at "cowboy churches" in addition to their concert schedule.

The group first began as a trio featuring Quick and his two sons: Benjamin and Elijah.

After Elijah left the group, approximately 12 years ago, Loveday joined the team after returning to northeast Oklahoma. Approximately four years ago Lillard became part of the ensemble.

"I always liked the quartet sound, with the deep bass sound," Quick said. "Jim is a natural bass so it all worked out."

Quick plays the piano and guitar, while Benjamin plays the guitar and harmonica. A fifth member of the group, Bill Taylor, performs on the fiddle. 

"I hope people leave the concert uplifted and have a good time," Quick said. "I hope they leave feeling better about life and everything in general."