Hymns In The Morning

There are many ways one could spend the first hours of the day on the 4th of July, especially in Gatlinburg…there are trails to hike, mountains to climb and tasty restaurants to sample; but when you’re at a Gospel Sing, there’s only one thing on your mind – music.  This year, I spent the early…

Gatlinburg Gathering Part 1

It probably seems incredibly odd to be talking about the 4th of July in October, but I have purposed to write and review every sing I’ve been to this year no matter how many months ago those events took place.  This event we are about to travel “back in time to” was The Gatlinburg Gathering…

NQC – Tuesday

I pulled onto the parkway and joined the line of cars; it looked like we were all headed in the same direction – The LeConte Center.  Fortunately, Pigeon Forge is built for tourism and we didn’t sit very long at the light.  As I sat and observed my surroundings I couldn’t help but think that…

NQC – Monday

Black folding chairs sat in a half circle facing the entrance of the LeConte Center  where a yellow ribbon stretched from one stone column to the next and a wooden podium stood as the main focus in the center of it all.  To the left of the ribbon, a row of chairs displayed the NQC’s…

NQC’s Eighth Day

Who said NQC wasn’t an eight day sing?  Not the one who packed up on Saturday morning to be in Murfreesboro, TN that evening for a Mark Trammell Quartet concert!  Those of you who live far enough away from NQC that driving in requires more than one day, you know what I’m talking about!  First…

Pre- NQC Update

I should really be packing for NQC instead of writing, but I didn’t want to leave without posting an update.  After all, it’s been a little while since the last post!  So “what’s up?” The first thing I would like to let y’all know is the September issue of SGN Scoops is out.  My column,…

Singing In The Rain…Literally!

  The dark clouds were rolling in.  Not a drop of rain had fallen since folks began gathering at Beacon Park for the last night of the three day Gospel Sing, even so, most everyone was calm, if not a bit jittery about the prospects of getting rained on at an outdoor sing.  We sat…

Hogs Like Southern Gospel Too!

The second night at Beacon Park was one that will be remembered in the books for years to come.  Yes, that has something to do with the title of this review, just hang in there and you’ll have a good laugh.  I promise!  This concert was on a Friday night and we made it there…

Where Is The Bus?

“Is the whole bus here?” asked little Andy.  It was late June and the Garren’s last bus trip came home on  Sunday, but from the folks gathered under the porch at Beacon Park Thursday evening, one would wonder if a big green Cavallo bus was in the parking lot somewhere.  The evening felt like a…

September Give-A-Way!

I recently came home from the Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri and one of the groups that performed there in the Red Gold was the Red Roots.  These girls released their third CD in January of this year and guess what?  It’s nominated for a Dove Award!  Have you heard…