Southern Gospel Picnic – MTQ and KPNR

The Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City was already underway when we came back from our “Pacific Northwest Tour.”  Monday morning we rose early to be at the city in time for the first show with the Mark Trammell Quartet in the Red Gold Heritage Hall and stayed on for the evening concert in…

Brian Free & Assurance in Anna

The cement steps led up to a church built of grey stone; steeple towering above us, much like the sun in the heat of the day.  A gentleman opened the front door and welcomed us inside with a smile.  It had been a while since I visited a church where coming through the front door…

Second Half Quartet at Memphis Quartet Show

The stage was dim and darkness flooded the rows of seats closest to the stage.  Hanging above the center of the stage, one word hung illuminated in shamrock green – Memphis.  I had not attended The Memphis Quartet Show in 2015 and did not have plans to go this year either, but special circumstances allowed…

Sea Days

The murky water below churned as the ms Paradise glided through the dark waves.  Along the horizon, the sky and water only had one color.  Black.  It was just after six o’clock in the morning and I was determined to see that orange ball pop over the horizon on Tuesday.  Being early in the week,…

Ahoy Mates! Paradise Is Waiting…

The elevator “dinged,” the doors slid open and my sister and I walked into the bustling lobby of our hotel filled with cruise passengers.  Lining the walls and keeping a hand on their carry-on bags, people waited for their shuttle to take them to the cruise terminal.  If you go on the Singing at Sea…

Whisnants Homecoming – Part 2

The Whisnants Homecoming continued Saturday night with more great singing.  In addition to the Whisnants, special guests were The Mylon Hayes Family, The Mark Trammell Quartet and Greater Vision. The evening began with The Mylon Hayes Family singing their up-beat, One More Opportunity, from their current CD, Devoted.  Since I began writing CD reviews in…

The Whisnants Homecoming

“Turn right onto College Street towards COMMA,” came the voice from my iPhone.  While driving through the quaint streets of Morganton, North Carolina, I pondered the things I knew about the COMMA.  Home to the Whisnants Homecoming, I had reviewed the Whisnants “Homecoming Live” DVD that was filmed there in 2015 for the Singing News…

Christmas Tours and Fruit Cake

After Thanksgiving, a video from the Whisnants began circulating on Facebook telling everyone “how much” the Mark Trammell Quartet love fruit cake; and with their Home For Christmas Tour beginning, they wanted to be sure everyone was encouraged to bring MTQ fruit cake during the tour.  Well, when we went to the Home For Christmas…

Hymn Sing Tour – First Baptist Atlanta

In October, the Gospel Music Hymn Sing went on tour for the very first time and ended just before Thanksgiving with a special DVD taping at First Baptist of Atlanta, the church Dr. Charles Stanley pastor’s in Georgia. I can’t express how neat it is to be able to say that we not only attended…