Monday, September 25, 2017

National Quartet Convention - Monday Night

The first official night of the 2017 National Quartet Convention is now in the books. And what a full night of great gospel music, it was! It's great getting to be here in person this year.

Here are commentary and highlights from the night -

  • The Kingsmen Reunion with Squire Parsons was a highlight of the night. Nick Bruno had the original chart he wrote for "Beulah Land" when the Kingsmen first cut the song. Kingsmen alumni joining them on stage included Arthur Rice, Ernie Phillips, Mark Trammell along with Squire and Nick. It was probably the highlight of the night.
  • The young talent was out in full force tonight with the Erwins and the Hayes kids all doing incredible. These kids can sing!
  • There were seven groups that took the stage I'd never seen before live. One that you might be surprised about is the Kingdom Heirs. It was good to finally see them in person.
  • Recent events in the NFL and national anthem were front and center tonight with several groups singing patriotic songs and having commentary on it. 
  • We got to hear a lot more new songs tonight from several different groups including the Kingdom Heirs, 11th Hour, the Mylon Hayes Family and the Whisnants. 
  • Riley Harrison Clark and Lauren Talley were great hosts for the night!
  • The power half-hour featuring a lot of new or lesser known groups is a nice addition. I was glad that most people around us at least stuck around to see all these groups. It's a nice way to feature them on main stage.

Favorite Songs of the Night - 
  • "He's Still Alive" - The Erwins
  • "The Last Big Thing" - Kingdom Heirs
  • "He Welcomes the Beggar" - 11th Hour
  • "Is That the Old Ship of Zion" - Kingsmen Reunion
  • "I Choose Christ" - Karen Peck & New River
  • "The Lighthouse" - Mark Trammell Quartet
  • "Grace Happened Here" - Mylon Hayes Family
  • "When the Trumpet Sounds" - Triumphant Quartet
  • "All Is Well" - The Whisnants
  • "God Calls It Grace" - Kingsmen

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Night at National Quartet Convention

Today we drove all day to get to Pigeon Forge tonight. We weren't sure if we'd make it in time or be able to go to the kickoff concert, but we made it! The Sunday night bonus concert featured the Hoppers, Mark Trammell Quartet, Tribute Quartet, Tim Lovelace, the Jim Brady Trio and Greater Vision. Each group came out and sang two sets. I have to say overall the second sets were better than the first sets. There were some incredibly powerful moments!

As is pretty typical, we got to hear some songs from some new projects. Mark Trammell Quartet sang several from their Great Moments project. Tribute Quartet also featured one from their quartet tribute CD.

Here are some highlights of the night -

  • "Life Is Good" - The Hoppers - Dean is back on stage with them. For them to stand and sing "Life Is Good" with all they have been through with Dean back on stage, you couldn't help but smile.
  • "Why Me Lord" - Greater Vision
  • "God of the Storms" - Tribute Quartet
  • "What a Day That Will Be" - Jim Brady Trio
  • "He Is Mine and I Am His" - Mark Trammell Quartet
  • "Come on and Go to That Land" - Tribute Quartet
  • "Grace at Its Best" - Tribute Quartet 
  • "Love of God" - Jim Brady Trio
  • "Grace Will Always Be Greater Than Sin" - The Hoppers
  • "The King Is Coming" - Mark Trammell Quartet
  • "For All He's Done" - Greater Vision
I'm going to tie the two grace songs for the moment of the night with "Grace at its Best" and "Grace Will Always Be Greater Than Sin."

Can't wait for a week full of gospel music!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - September 23

Here are some news items from this week in Southern Gospel music -

  • Jason Crabb will join Selah on the “Your Love Is Unbreakable” tour this fall. It is presented by World Vision and will start tonight. It is scheduled to be in 13 cities during the months of September, October and November.
  • Smacker Bats has partnered with Matt Felts to release a special edition bat. The company is now offering a “Matt Felts Signature Series” baseball bat. The bat has Matt Felts signature and logo on the barrel of the bat.
  • The Griffith Family reached an exclusive recording and distribution deal with Newday Records, a division of Daywind Music Group and Newday Distribution.
  • Karen Peck and New River, the Talleys, Highroad and Emily Ann Roberts have kicked off The Gospel Through Girls and Guitars Tour. This tour will be in fall 2017 and continuing into the spring 2018. 
Anything I've missed?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun Clip Friday - NQC

Well in honor of National Quartet Convention, today's Fun Clip Friday is a clip from last year's NQC. Greater Vision pulled up young Eli Shaw to sing "I Know a Man Who Can" with them. Check it out below.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

National Quartet Convention

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately. I promise to make up for it next week since I'll be at NQC! This is my first time to go to National Quartet Convention. I normally end up watching it on the webcast. This has been a bucket list item of mine for a long time, so I'm excited for the chance to be there in person.

There will be several groups there that I will get to see for the first time in person and of course so many favorite groups. Since it's the 60 anniversary of the convention, I know they have a lot of great things planned throughout the week.

If you're in the area, it's not too late to get tickets. Or if you can't make it, tune into the webcast. Go to

If you're going to be there next week, I'd love to hear from you. What's your favorite part of NQC? What do I not need to miss? Any tips for the week?