An Evening With The Second Half Quartet

The night was about to begin.  In the cave, Duane Garren was leading the congregation in singing an old hymn and the first group to sing, Greater Vision, was walking in from the hall to the stage area.  While Chris Allman walked towards the gate singing along with the crowd, Ali (Duane’s littler girl) hollered,…

Back At The Cave

“Are you going to the Gospel Sing?” asked the lady exiting the hotel in front of me.  Her question was directed to the woman walking beside her who answered, “Yes.”  “Aren’t we all?” the first lady replied. If you’re in Stanton, Missouri during Mid-October the chances are, most folks you’ll run into are going to…

CD Review: This Is What It’s All About – Mark Bishop

I purchased my copy of this CD the first weekend Mark Bishop had it with him on the road over Memorial Day Weekend in Carnesville, Georgia.  Since then, I’ve listened to this project more times than I can count and am here to say that Mark is still writing great songs and recording tasteful music…

Goodbye October

  The leaves have begun their descent from the trees, the colorful hues faded to earthy brown and their vibrant texture shriveled up as they crush under our feet.  Fall is here.  One of my favorite times of the year too!  It signals the end of one season and the beginning of another…which reminds me,…

Gatlinburg Gathering Part 2

Fourth of July in Gatlinburg is busy.  In the daytime hours, the streets are packed with people walking up and down them – enjoying the sights and sounds of the Smoky Mountains.  Down by the Ober Gatlinburg Air Tram a group of cloggers tapped to Rocky Top…up in the Space Needle people gazed at the…

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…