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!!! …

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…

Gloomy On The Outside – Ready For Gospel Music On The Inside!

The second day of the Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City began with thick, grey, thunderclouds and a heavy downpour of rain.  Much to our dismay, the only form of transportation from our car to the park’s entrance was an OPEN TRAM (shuttle)…well, we could have always walked.  LOL  (I think not!)  So, we…

The Most Attended Festival – Southern Gospel Music

A cool breeze caressed my face as the tram shot forward and whirled around the curvy road to the “City” entrance. Squeaky brakes brought our ride to a stop and then we hopped off and walked through the gates. A smiling worker dressed in a long cotton dress and a bonnet scanned my season pass…

NQC Friday Night – The Three “T’s”

From this post, you may imagine that Friday night at NQC was a short evening for me.  Though I didn’t find myself in Freedom Hall but three times to see Tribute Quartet, Triumphant Quartet and the Mark Trammell Quartet, life in the exhibit hall was far from short that night!  Let’s get to our three…

NQC – Chapel With Greater Vision

Every morning at NQC, the Chapel service is held right after the Bible Study.  We were there on Friday morning for the Bible Study, and were looking forward to the Chapel service that followed with Greater Vision! Mark Trammell introduced Greater Vision as Southern Gospel Music’s most awarded trio.  They opened the service with I…

Applauding Heaven at the MTQ Homecoming!

The lights were dimmed low as I walked into the Hill Crest Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama.  Before me, lay a half-moon shaped stage and pews surrounding it like the stars of heaven.  This beautiful church, decorated in green and tan, is the home church of Mark Trammell – and the building that hosts the…