Southern Gospel Picnic – Pat Barker and The Martins

A sunny sky, a light breeze, Gospel Music and the Ozark hills – combined, they are the making of a perfect summer day.  Thursday night in Echo Hollow fell under that category, the weather was perfect.  Clouds sheltered us from the oppressive heat of the sun and a breeze wafted our way, ah…September had arrived. …

Daywind Records Welcomes The Second-Half Quartet

  If you’ve heard The Second Half Quartet, you will be excited about their CD, it’s up-coming release and their agreement with Daywind.  The official announcement is below – enjoy! Hendersonville, TN (June 30th, 2016) – Daywind Records is excited to announce the addition of The Second-Half Quartet to its roster of talented artists. This…

Second Half Quartet at Memphis Quartet Show

The stage was dim and darkness flooded the rows of seats closest to the stage.  Hanging above the center of the stage, one word hung illuminated in shamrock green – Memphis.  I had not attended The Memphis Quartet Show in 2015 and did not have plans to go this year either, but special circumstances allowed…

Hymn Sing Tour – First Baptist Atlanta

In October, the Gospel Music Hymn Sing went on tour for the very first time and ended just before Thanksgiving with a special DVD taping at First Baptist of Atlanta, the church Dr. Charles Stanley pastor’s in Georgia. I can’t express how neat it is to be able to say that we not only attended…

Hymn Sing Tour 2015

Past the cotton fields of Missouri’s bootheel, the natural border of the Mississippi River and into the state of Illinois is the city of Marion.  Sitting on the corner of town square is my favorite theater – The Marion Culture and Civic Center.  Since 2012, when I first attended the Truthseekers Homecoming, this building 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…

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…

Seasons

 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 A few weeks ago I sat in the bleachers at a Gospel Sing and watched a season come to pass.  The only problem was…I didn’t want it to end.  As I looked down on what would be…

CD Review: Your Walk Talks – Mark Trammell Quartet

  Over the years, Southern Gospel Music has come to associate the term excellence with the name Mark Trammell.  From his days with the legendary Cathedral Quartet to the founding of America’s favorite trio, Greater Vision, and then on to his days with Gold City, it is easy to say that quality has followed this…

900 Miles Later…

It felt odd wearing a summer dress in February, but as I walked into the West Jacksonville Baptist Church (WJBC) it felt more like summer.  Then again, we were in Florida…and it sure beat the winter temperatures we left at home!  It was the night before the cruise (Singing at Sea) and one of the…