Past members of Canaan's Crossing joined the group for a reunion in 2016

Canaan’s Crossing, the award-winning, local bluegrass gospel band, is retiring.

The band’s final concert is Saturday night in Eva.

The individual members will continue to sing and perform music in some fashion, but Canaan’s Crossing as we know it is coming to an end.

The group is based here in Arab, but achieved national recognition in a short amount of time.

It was not an overnight decision to retire the band.

“No, it was not,” said Tim Maze, one of the three founding members of Canaan’s Crossing. “We had some things occur at the end of last year. Our banjo player, Drew Long, resigned after feeling he wasn’t spending enough time with his children. They’ve since found out they have another one on the way.

“Not long after that, Joshua (Black) got engaged and is now married,” he continued. “A couple of years ago he was called into the ministry and felt he needed to spend more time on his marriage and in his ministry. Now, Hannah (Black, Joshua’s sister) is about to start attending Auburn and will be a full-time student. We had all those things come about so Andy (Wilks) and I talked about it and decided it was time to call it. It’s been a great run and we’ve certainly enjoyed it.”

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