NQC 2018 | Tuesday

From the first time I saw his name appear on the NQC schedule, I couldn’t wait until the Tuesday morning Chapel Service.  So, when my alarm went off that morning, I didn’t hesitate to get up, enjoy a cup of tea on the cabin’s back porch and get ready for the day. A few hours…

NQC 2018 | Monday

Going to Pigeon Forge for the National Quartet Convention (NQC) is like going home for me.  After ten years of attending, it’s still one of my favorite times of the year and I always look forward to seeing what special showcases and programs the NQC will come up with for the week. This year, Monday…

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…

NQC – 2014 Singing News Fan Awards

In 2010, The Singing News announced that their celebrated SN Fan Awards Show would move to Dollywood that year and be incorporated with the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which also made its home at the theme park.  The Fan Awards had been hosted at NQC since the 70’s and remained there until 2009. …

NQC – Tuesday

I pulled onto the parkway and joined the line of cars; it looked like we were all headed in the same direction – The LeConte Center.  Fortunately, Pigeon Forge is built for tourism and we didn’t sit very long at the light.  As I sat and observed my surroundings I couldn’t help but think that…

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…

Pre- NQC Update

I should really be packing for NQC instead of writing, but I didn’t want to leave without posting an update.  After all, it’s been a little while since the last post!  So “what’s up?” The first thing I would like to let y’all know is the September issue of SGN Scoops is out.  My column,…

Chapel with the Mark Trammell Quartet

Tuesday morning dawned in Louisville and as the sun rose, so did I, ready to meet the day.  Paging through the program book to the schedule page, I checked the time again on the showcase.  10:30-11:30 AM.  Chapel – Mark Trammell Qt. East Hall A-B.  It was going to be a good morning… With a…