Valentine’s Part Three – God of Love Versus gods of Fear

An African Proverb reads – “It is better to be loved than feared.” Odd statement coming from Africa, isn’t it?  When we read about Africa don’t we read about superstition and fear?  When is the last time you heard the words “gods,” “Africa,” and “love” all in the same sentence?  Instead, we find tribes of…

Video Blog: Conversation with Mark Trammell

Have you ever wondered what your favorite artists thoughts are on Christmas?  Watch this video to hear Mark Trammell share Christmas memories, what he enjoys doing at this time of year and what his favorite Christmas song is.  (Then, to put the icing on the cake, watch him sing his favorite Christmas song!)  Yeah…in the middle…

Christmas, Watermelons and a Bus Wreath

Ahhhh, the last concert before Christmas – and what a concert it was!  Out of all the artists that come into the area every year, this group is one that is rare to find in Southern Missouri.  Yet, when they do get booked in, they make some of the best memories and perform some of…

CD Review – Singing News Top 10 for 2011

This year (2011) has been a great year for songs on the Singing News Charts.  Every year, fans vote for their favorites, and those votes go on to determine which song will be voted Song of the Year for the Singing News Fan Awards.  Though there can only be one song that wins, the Singing…

A Thanksgiving Playlist

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Here in Missouri we had a beautiful day to be thankful for this year!  As my family  sat down for our Thanksgiving meal, my Grandpa reminded us all that last year on Thanksgiving Day we had the first snow-flurries of the season!  After stuffing ourselves beyond what is probably not healthy, lol,…

Mark Trammell Quartet – Packing The Power Into Two Hours

Well, the time has come – my first concert since NQC! To where did my travels take me? – The First Presbyterian Church of Du Quoin, Illinois. And to whom did these travels take me to see? – The Mark Trammell Quartet! Climbing the steep cement steps that lead to the sanctuary entrance, I immediately…

Mayberry Insights from Southern Gospel’s Goober

Thursday evening we caught up with the person who is bringing back the double-breasted suit, Pat Barker, bass singer for the Mark Trammell Quartet. I noticed right away that it was “group suit night” – which makes me wonder, how does Pat always manage to look so dapper? In this clip, Pat shares how he…

The Final Night – NQC Saturday Evening

I walked into Freedom Hall just as our host, Michael Booth, was instructing the crowd in four different types of applause that our NQC stage staff wanted to record for the NQC video.  First up, we were asked to do a “light applause,” and to demonstrate the lightness of the matter, Michael “floated” around the…

Real Tenors Wear Pink! – Thursday at NQC

The Thursday night Main Stage performance at NQC was one of the longest nights I spent in Freedom Hall.  It was just one of those nights that everyone I wanted to see was on, so when I reached my seat, I settled in for a long night!  Tim Lovelace entertained the audience with some “Fan…