4th Of July Gatlinburg Style

Rays of dawn peeked through the cracks of the curtain in our fourth floor hotel room at the Park Vista on the morning of July fourth.  I had thought waking up in the Great Smokey Mountains was going to be a treat…but the added blessing of drawing back the curtains and taking in a view…

Miss Gatlinburg and Father Abraham

  This year Abraham Productions moved one of their events, the Gatlinburg Gathering, to the 4th of July weekend.  With the move, Abraham Productions was able to join in on some added fun in the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee – and that was the 4th of July Midnight Parade!  Ivan Parker, Karen Peck Gooch and…

Last Day In Memphis

Triumphant Quartet had just finished sound check as I slipped into the Ladies Room before the doors opened for the evening concert.  With a cart of cleaning supplies sitting outside the door, I expected to find a staff member inside making sure the place was clean and fresh…what I didn’t expect was a slightly off…

July Give-A-Way!

  It’s finally here!  I have to admit, this give-a-way took a little longer to put together than planned.  Usually, this post is up the first  Friday of every month…not the second!  But I hope you understand, I spent the 4th of July weekend in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on a little vacation and the hotel I…

FRIDAY NIGHT ALL NIGHT SING

  When a new Gospel Sing locates itself in a place that honors the history and memory of the genre itself, it’s only fitting to add a little something here and there that brings back memories from those golden days and relive the atmosphere of days gone by.  On Friday evening the Memphis Quartet Show…

More From Memphis!

At 4:30 PM each day, the doors opened for the Memphis Quartet Show.  On Thursday night, I stood behind the product table of Brian Free and Assurance as fans began to trickle in and browse around the vendor’s booths.  How much time had passed, I couldn’t be sure, but soon a lady wearing one of…

Immediate Applause

  “Excuse me, sir, are these seats taken?” I asked a gentlemen sitting on the front row Thursday afternoon at the Memphis Quartet Show.  After shaking his head no, I turned to Melissa (my dear friend who drove up from Mississippi) having a pretty good idea of what her answer would be when I asked…

The Inaugural Night

  While riding up the escalator that took us to the walkway level, I pulled out the tickets from my purse for the Memphis Quartet Show.  Just around the corner was the entrance to the room that would fill with music, Gospel quartets, fans and vendors for the following three days.  A blue banner with…

CD Review: Hymns and Harmony – The Whisnants

To one generation, hymns relive memories of the past.  To another, they are a new sound just discovered.  On the Whisnant’s Hymns and Harmony CD, they are both.  In 2012 the Whisnants released a project titled “Hymns and Harmony.”  The idea for this recording originated in a conversation between the Whisnants and Greater Vision –…

The Ride

  The engine of the green Cavallo tour bus sat humming in the parking lot of a gas station on Route 60 in Southern Missouri.  Taking a breath of muggy, humid air, I reached to open the trunk of our car when the door of the Cavallo bus opened with a whoosh and out walked…