Laughter, Singing and Surprises

Crisp, cold air blew in my face as I emerged from the elevator into the cool morning breeze.  It was Tuesday morning, and we were up early and ready for the second session of the Great Smokies Praisefest!  While driving down the street toward New Hope, I couldn’t help but notice the majestic Smoky Mountains…

The 22nd Annual Great Smokies Praisefest…

Navigating up the steep drive with our SUV, my thoughts were drawn back to spring when we motivated up a similar incline to the Mansion Theater…and the very first “Praisefest Branson.”  Only this time, instead of Branson, Missouri – we were in Sevierville, Tennessee.  Men in bright orange vests waved flashing red sticks, directing us…

Triumphant Tackles A Tough Crowd

When you know of a great place to go hear Southern Gospel Music, you go back again and again.  Well, the evening I’m about to tell you of was our third time (this year) to be at the Meramec Theater in Steeleville, Missouri.  And we had a good reason to be there! – Triumphant Quartet!!! …

A Cave Full Of Friends

Duane Garren, our emcee, asked us to stand to our feet and sing Victory In Jesus as a congregational.  The hymn echoed through the cave as hundreds of fans complied.  A few moments later, Tim Parton was asked to sing God’s Been Good, the lyrics of the ballad flowed out into the crowd, reminding them…

Finding Jesse James in a Gospel Singing…

The realization hit me once again – I was sitting in the middle of a cave!  Our seats for Thursday night at the Lester’s Homecoming were in the middle of the ballroom, I’ll tell you what, no matter where you sit in the cave, the experience is unforgettable!  Our emcee, Mr. Duane Garren, began the…

A Cave, A Bat, And A Gospel Sing

The legends and heroes of Southern Gospel Music have lived their lives on the highways – offering fans a variety of venues in which to see them perform.  From the beach to the mountains, haunted hotels and famous concert halls in NYC, small country churches to stadiums, fabulous cruises and the cherished all night sings…

Karen Peck and New River in the Rolling Hills

You can see a variety of things on the way to a Gospel Sing…especially when traveling a road you haven’t been on before!  Well, as we snaked down a two lane road, I couldn’t help but notice the 8 foot fence with signs that warned, “NO HUNTING! – Tame Elk!”  Sure enough, amidst the rolling…

Three Theaters, Two Quartets and a Trio

Eleven Days of Southern Gospel Music.  Sounds like heaven, eh?  For me, the last day of this great event at Silver Dollar City was on the first Saturday in September.  Even though the Southern Gospel Picnic had two more days to go, this one was the last day that I would attended.  So, who occupied…

The Echo of a New Bass Singer

During the Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, fans had the delightful opportunity to see Legacy Five sing with their new bass singer, Matt Fouch, in Echo Hollow.  Among the thousands of people who were swarming the amphitheater, this lone blogger found herself a front row seat on the right side…

Rain, Poncho’s, Umbrellas and SGM

Umbrellas lined the walkway to the Opera House at Silver Dollar City on the third day of the Southern Gospel Picnic.  Another gloomy day at the park!  I, along with a long line of fans, waited for the 2:45 show with Ivan Parker, and unfortunately, standing in the rain for thirty minutes was a part…