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Local bus driver wins Grammy

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A Wilson County Schools bus driver accepted a Grammy Award Monday night in Los Angeles, and gave a "shout out" to his friends in the transportation department.

Joe Thompson, a driver of a special needs bus for WCS since 2003, won the award for Best Roots Gospel Album with the Nashville-based group, The Fairfield Four with the album 'Still Rockin' My Soul."

(Thompson, at right, in white suit, with The Fairfield Four)

Click HERE to watch the video of the group accepting the award from WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

While on stage, Thompson thanked those special to him and said, "I want to give a shout out to the Wilson County Schools Transportation Department."

The Wilson Post reached out to Thompson Tuesday, but he was in the process of scheduling a flight back to Nashville from Los Angeles.

Thompson is expected to return to Lebanon Wednesday and drive a midday route to a special-needs Valentine's Day dance at the East/West Building at the James E. Ward Ag Center.

The Fairfield Four was first formed in the 1921 at Nashville's Fairfield Baptist Church and is one of the longest-running groups in the nation. The founding members began performing weekly on WLAC radio in 1943 and continued for several years. The original group toured through the 1950s before calling it quits in 1962.

A reunion was held in 1980 with several members who decided to reform and continue performing. In 1991 they were signed to a record deal by Warner Bros. The record was nominated for the group's first Grammy Award and caught the attention of several music industry titans such as Elvis Costello and John Fogerty.

Their second album won a Grammy award, almost 80 years after the group was first formed. They won again as part of the motion picture soundtrack for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" The win Monday was the group's third Grammy win.

Although the founding members have since passed away, a new group has emerged by singing the same style of traditional, soul-stirring music that the original group began.

The Wilson Post will have more on this story soon.

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