Who Said Egg Nog Wasn’t Good?

The second stop on the Home For Christmas Tour happened to be Vilonia, Arkansas…not too far from Branson.  So…why not! From the beautiful day before – when we sailed off into Table Rock Lake with highs in the sixties – we experienced frigid weather in Arkansas.  It was so cold that you could set Egg…

Home For Christmas on the Belle

I stood on the top deck, leaning on the rail and looking below.  A man on the ground was uncoiling a rope the thickness of my arm on the dock – it was almost time to sail!  Ever since the Singing At Sea cruise in February I’ve been looking for an excuse to be out…

GIVE-A-WAY: Still…

I just came home from a wonderful few days in Nashville at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort.  Legacy Five hosts their NYE Celebration there each year and it’s a blast!  This year, well, actually the last few hours of last year, I heard the Booth Brothers with their new baritone singer, Paul Lancaster, and picked…

The McKameys in Mountain Grove

How do you spend the first day of November?  If you live near Mountain Grove, Missouri you may just spend an afternoon at Duane Garren’s 11th Annual Gospel Concert!  This is the second year Duane brought in The McKameys from Clinton, Tennessee in addition to the group that always appears at this concert, Mountain Grove’s…

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…

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. …

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…