CD Review: Home For Christmas – Mark Trammell Quartet and Whisnants

Home For Christmas was released in November 2014 by The Whisnants and Mark Trammell Quartet as the group’s first joint recording together.  There are twelve songs on this CD: four from the Whisnants, four from MTQ and four where both groups sing together.  This project combined traditional with modern, family harmony with quartet singing and…

NQC – 2014 Red Back Hymnal Sing

On Friday afternoon I found myself back at the LeConte Center in the main hall waiting for another showcase to begin.  On stage, chairs were set up to accommodate what would be a choir of Southern Gospel singers.  Silently, I rebuked myself for forgetting my red back hymnal…again!  When will I ever remember to pack…

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the Day After…

It is the day after Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving and I’ve managed to still be alive.  How did I battle the crowds and remain unscathed?  Simple!  I stayed home and shopped on my computer.  (That’s kind of cheating, isn’t it?)  Oh well, I didn’t make many purchases anyway, so why face…

The Opera House and The Heritage Hall

Being located in Missouri is quite handy when one of SGM’s largest events comes to Branson every year.  Yep, I’m talking about Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic!  Once again, the park brought in sixty artists to seven stages over the course of eleven days.  I count myself blessed to have been able to be…

A Morning with the Ladies

The Mark Trammell Quartet Homecoming has quickly become one of my favorite weekends in the past four years.  Friday night kicks off the weekend with a great concert, the golf tournament spends a couple hours on the green Saturday morning, and then everyone returns to the church that evening for more music.  Sunday morning we…

The Celebration of a Lifetime

It is hard to imagine staying in the same career for 40 years… (Especially if you’re like me and haven’t even been on the earth for that long!  LOL)  Yet, Mark Trammell has.  Saturday evening at the MTQ Homecoming, we all gathered to celebrate with Mark as he was honored for his 40 years in…

1108 Miles Later…

Who would stand outside in the August heat for an hour waiting for the doors to open when you could sit in an air conditioned car?  Folks who were expecting an exceptional night with their favorite artists, I’d say.  Then again, look who’s talking?  The person who drove eight hours to be at that particular…

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,…

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…