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…

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…

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…

Hogs Like Southern Gospel Too!

The second night at Beacon Park was one that will be remembered in the books for years to come.  Yes, that has something to do with the title of this review, just hang in there and you’ll have a good laugh.  I promise!  This concert was on a Friday night and we made it there…

Nothing A Bus Can’t Overcome

Forty years ago today, a fifteen year old boy stepped out on a stage for the first time as a professional singer.  From that moment forward the course of his life was set.  He couldn’t drive yet, but that didn’t deter him.  He lived in North Little Rock, Arkansas and that job was in Memphis,…

Ice Cream, Music and Memorial Day

There’s something about ice cream and Gospel Sings…they just go together, ya know.  On Saturday afternoon I had those two exact things at my fingertips.  A scoop of Vanilla ice cream in a Styrofoam bowl in my hand and a seat under a tent at the very place two quartets and a duo would perform…