The Things That Never Happen

  “Would you remain standing and welcome our host group from just up the road in Gadsden, Alabama, the Mark Trammell Quartet!” exclaimed the emcee, Jay Parrack.  It was Saturday night at the Mark Trammell Quartet Homecoming and MTQ had just stepped on stage to kick off the night with Echoes From the Burning Bush. …

Welcome To The 8th Annual…

“With the Mark Trammell Quartet and the Whisnants, these next 12 hours are going to be marvelous,” announced Danny Jones.  Unimpressed, the crowd at Hill Crest Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama remained silent.  Defeated, Danny rolled his eyes and mumbled something about the “thunderous applause” that he obviously thought should have erupted at that point. …

Saturday Night In Gatlinburg

Saturday night marked the end of the Gatlinburg Gathering.  Peeking out from behind the clouds, the sun finally decided to show itself for the first time that weekend, as if its presence was required to give the Abraham Productions sing a proper farewell for the year of 2013.  After a parade, four days of Southern…

A Preacher and A Prayer…

At any one of Abraham Productions’ events, like the Gatlinburg Gathering, there’s always something going on!  Once the afternoon showcase ended, we strolled down the street, had a burger at Five Guys (my first experience at that particular establishment. *wink*) and then hiked back to the convention center to see the other free showcase in…

An Afternoon With Gospel Music

  The streets of Gatlinburg were abuzz with life…heavy traffic, crowded streets, yep, it was a holiday weekend.  On the other hand, just inside the convention center fans were eagerly awaiting the afternoon matinee at the Gatlinburg Gathering.  Starting at one o’clock, artists such as Soul’d Out Quartet, the Browns, the Bowlings, Karen Peck and…

4th Of July Gatlinburg Style

Rays of dawn peeked through the cracks of the curtain in our fourth floor hotel room at the Park Vista on the morning of July fourth.  I had thought waking up in the Great Smokey Mountains was going to be a treat…but the added blessing of drawing back the curtains and taking in a view…

Miss Gatlinburg and Father Abraham

  This year Abraham Productions moved one of their events, the Gatlinburg Gathering, to the 4th of July weekend.  With the move, Abraham Productions was able to join in on some added fun in the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee – and that was the 4th of July Midnight Parade!  Ivan Parker, Karen Peck Gooch and…

Last Day In Memphis

Triumphant Quartet had just finished sound check as I slipped into the Ladies Room before the doors opened for the evening concert.  With a cart of cleaning supplies sitting outside the door, I expected to find a staff member inside making sure the place was clean and fresh…what I didn’t expect was a slightly off…

FRIDAY NIGHT ALL NIGHT SING

  When a new Gospel Sing locates itself in a place that honors the history and memory of the genre itself, it’s only fitting to add a little something here and there that brings back memories from those golden days and relive the atmosphere of days gone by.  On Friday evening the Memphis Quartet Show…

More From Memphis!

At 4:30 PM each day, the doors opened for the Memphis Quartet Show.  On Thursday night, I stood behind the product table of Brian Free and Assurance as fans began to trickle in and browse around the vendor’s booths.  How much time had passed, I couldn’t be sure, but soon a lady wearing one of…