Friday Morning Standing Ovations

I’ve often teased that “mornings” and “Gospel Sings” don’t belong in the same sentence, yet alone, in the same day; however, the Praisefest Branson crowd soaked it up!  That audience was at its best in the mornings, and this particular morning, they liked standing ovations.  (I’d challenge you to count just how many they gave…

The Beginning…

  March may be known as “March Madness” in the sports circle, but in Missouri, Southern Gospel Fans look forward to March as the month that Greater Vision and Legacy Five host Praisefest Branson in Branson, Missouri.  This year, GV and L5 invited artists such as the Mark Trammell Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter, the…

“If It Takes a Cow Bell” – Ivan Parker

  Quickly, I slammed the car door shut and darted to the sidewalk.  It was a cold February evening for a jaunt amidst the town square in Marion, Illinois…but for a Gospel Sing, well, it was worth it.  The Civic Center sits on the corner of South Market Street.  I rushed along the walkway, crossing…

Make Some Racket!

  Many phrases would have been appropriate to title this concert review…how sad it is there can only be one!  Though, snatch phrases from the evening like, “Excuse me ladies, if I spit on you,” “George’s Birthday,” or “who did he think I was?” would be perfect, don’t you think?  But I digress… The Truthseekers…

CD Review: Count Your Blessings – Legacy Five

Count Your Blessings released in early November (2012) by Legacy Five, and in many ways encompasses three major “firsts” for the quartet.  With the departure of long standing member Glenn Dustin, Count Your Blessings is the project to debuts L5’s new bass singer, Matt Fouch.  Though this quartet formed just over a decade ago, Matt…

“When You Hear The Music…”

  “You gotta’ be up and fresh the whole time!” exclaimed Gerald Wolfe, describing to the audience in the Mansion Theater how they should respond when the Jubilee 3 taping began.  Taking a moment to gently reprimand the crowd, he pointed out that towards the end of “A Christmas Jubilee,” he was starting to lose…

Elvis, a Sax, the Snow Maker and a Hungry Wig!

The Jubilee tours have brought three of Southern Gospel Music’s most popular groups together for a series of concerts that can’t be topped by anything else in the genre.  Over the last couple of years, Greater Vision, Legacy Five and the Booth Brothers have traveled together, shared the stage and released three unforgettable CD’s.  So,…

A Christmas Journey…in Nashville, Tennessee!

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving I awoke in Nashville, Tennessee – that evening, I walked into College Heights Baptist Church anticipating the dinner theater that was being held there at seven o’clock.  College Heights is the church that Steve Hurst attends, and many of you know that I’ve attended the Steve Hurst School of Music for…

It Works…

  …You are probably wondering, “What works?”  Well, my answer is simple, the Gospel – no matter what format it’s in, it works.  That idea formed the theme for the Greater Vision concert I attended the night before Veterans Day in Steeleville, Missouri at the Meramec Theater.  As Gerald reminded us many, many times, “You…

From Tennessee To Missouri…the Music Continues!

  The last session of Greater Vision’s Praisefest was on October 31st, Halloween.  A few days later, we were home anticipating another great Gospel music concert down the road in Mountain Grove, Missouri.  This annual concert we were present at celebrated it’s 9th year, and this was our third year to attend.  Previous years, the…