Southern Gospel Picnic – Pat Barker and The Martins

A sunny sky, a light breeze, Gospel Music and the Ozark hills – combined, they are the making of a perfect summer day.  Thursday night in Echo Hollow fell under that category, the weather was perfect.  Clouds sheltered us from the oppressive heat of the sun and a breeze wafted our way, ah…September had arrived. …


Southern Gospel Picnic – Mark Bishop and Legacy Five

“Mark Bishop has been known down through the years for great Gospel Music,” said Duane Garren, emcee for Echo Hollow.  “You keep asking for him and we keep bringing him back – Mark Bishop!”  Mark walked on stage and kicked off Wednesday night at the Southern Gospel Picnic with his #1 song, Listening For The…


Southern Gospel Picnic – Tribute, Wilburn & Wilburn, Triumphant

Tuesday afternoon proved to be a lovely day at Silver Dollar City!  Though the forecast warned of a 30-40% chance of rain, the clouds were just enough to protect us from the rays of the sun so we could enjoy being outside.  The Southern Gospel Picnic offers a wide variety of artists to see each…



Daywind Instrumental Announces Addition of Jeff Stice

Hendersonville, TN (October 6th, 2016) – Daywind Instrumental, a division of Daywind Music, is proud to announce the addition of Jeff Stice to its roster of accomplished musicians. Since the age of six, Jeff Stice has had a passion for the piano, one that quickly turned into a passion for Gospel Music.  By fifteen, Jeff…


NQC, LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge Announce Five-Year Contract Extension

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 26, 2016) – During a press conference today, the board of directors of NQC (National Quartet Convention) and the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge announced a five-year contract extension that keeps gospel music’s largest annual event in Pigeon Forge through 2021. “Four years ago, the NQC and the city of Pigeon…


Tribute Quartet Hits the Mark with Here For You

Hendersonville, TN (September 16, 2016) – Fan favorite Tribute Quartet is releasing its sophomore album with Daywind Records. Here for You features a fresh sound honed by multi-Dove Award-winning producer, Wayne Haun, and reflects the best work of the top songwriters in Southern Gospel combined with the powerful quartet vocals of one of the genre’s…



Ocean Shores – Washington

It may have been the middle of August, but I would have been lost without my Columbia fleece jacket as I walked the beach at Ocean Shores in Washington.  The air near the coast carried a good chill and the water coming in from the Pacific was freezing…that is, the few times I allowed it…


Oneonta Gorge and Multnomah Falls – Oregon

Those walking past us were wet…really wet.  I tugged my socks off, knowing we would be going through water.  I’d rather deal with wet creek walkers instead of wet socks and shoes.  As I leaned up against the car and observed the people walking by, our friend began laughing.  Almost hysterically.  I knew there were…


Beacon Rock – Washington

August, old car, no air-conditioning; what does that spell to you?  As we pulled out of the Portland Airport, crossed the river into Washington and stared at Mount Hood from the backseat of a two-door Buick, a nine letter word entered my mind – adventure.  Windows down, a local friend (who will remain nameless for…



Every Day in His Presence – Dr. Charles Stanley

I have this tradition.  Every year, I use a different devotional for my morning quiet time.  In 2016, I read Every Day in His Presence by Dr. Charles Stanley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and one of my favorite preacher/authors.  After spending a year with this beautiful volume, I’ll give a brief outline…


It’s Good To Be Queen – Liz Curtis Higgs

Scotland.  I had always associated Liz Curtis Higgs with her Historical Fiction Series set in the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland.  Every time I see this author’s name, my mind imagines purple heather hills, castles and a fictional storyline that often parallels a Biblical story.  Some of the best Biblical Fiction books I’ve ever read,…


Prelude for a Lord – Camille Elliot

Prelude for a Lord was my first experience with this author and all I can say is, “Wow, I’m impressed!”  This book included everything I enjoy about Historical Fiction plus an exciting plot that twists and turns; as hard as I tried to figure out who was the bad guy before the end, I couldn’t. …