Friday, October 31, 2014

Fun Clip Friday - The Whisnants and Mark Trammell Quartet

In this week's Fun Clip Friday post, you get a two-for-one! Monday will be the Home for Christmas Launch Party with the Whisnants and Mark Trammell Quartet! I know today is Halloween, but today's post is about Christmas! :) To join the launch party on Monday, be sure to check out the Facebook event! The groups will be posting in it throughout the day! I think this a great idea and kuddos to both groups for the use of social media and how they are doing this event!

Enjoy these clips from Mark Trammell Quartet and the Whisnants for today's Fun Clip Friday! And be sure to join in Monday to get in the Christmas spirit a little early!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Battle Cry - Kingsmen - CD Review

Battle Cry is the latest release from the Kingsmen. This project is the second one with its current line up of Chris Jenkins (tenor), Bob Sellers (lead), Randy Crawford (baritone) and Ray Dean Reese (bass).

This is one of the best projects that the Kingsmen have released in recent years in my opinion. I got to hear a lot of these songs live before I had a chance to listen to the project. They staged several of them when I saw them in Branson. You know it's going to be a great album when groups are staging not just one or two before the album's official release. The song choice is just incredible on this project!!

"Oh Yes I Am" is one that immediately jumped out at me. This is right in the Kingsmen's wheelhouse. This is the group's first single from the album.  Chris really shines on this song!! Love the bass lines that Ray Dean has! Definitely the highlight of Battle Cry.

"Battle Cry" which is the first and title track is also one of the standout songs of the album. It's a great uptempo song that sets the tone for just how strong this project is! "Beautiful City" and "Come and Dine" are two more uptempo songs that have the classic Kingsmen sound.

Chris also is showcased on "I've Never Seen the Righteous Forsaken." It's interesting to me that this is the second song this year to use this same idea and verse (Joseph Habedank's "Never No Never"). Chris shows what a power tenor he is!

Bob sings "Faith," which is probably my favorite slower song on the project. It sounds a little more progressive than some of the other songs, maybe a bit like something Brian Free and Assurance could have recorded. Bob does a great job on this one!

"It Should Have Rained" is a great, tender ballad. Randy sings the verses, and for me, it's my favorite of his features.  Randy also gets the feature on "Here I Stand Amazed" which he wrote. That ballad closes the project.

This project is one that you should definitely purchase!

Song List -
1. "Battle Cry"
2. "I've Never Seen the Righteous Forsaken"
3. "He Took Away My Burden"
4. "Oh Yes I Am"
5. "Cross of Grace"
6. "Beautiful City"
7. "I Know"
8. "It Should Have Rained"
9. "Faith"
10. "Come and Dine"
11. "Here I Stand Amazed"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Declaration Needs Your Help

Declaration posted a special announcement on its Facebook page yesterday afternoon. They are asking for help renaming the group! Apparently the name Declaration is trademarked by a rock band, and they are having rename the group. The name will change, but all three guys will remain the same! So start thinking of names and help them out!!

Here's the full video announcement -

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Troy Peach Returns to Perrys

Troy Peach is returning to the Perrys. With the vacant baritone position, Troy will return to the group and the position he held from 2009-2010.

Here's the full statement from the Perrys' Facebook page -

"Like a son coming home," is how Libbi Perry Stuffle makes the announcement describing the return of Troy Peach to the Perrys, a position he last held four years ago. Troy replaces the departing Bryan Walker, whose resignation was announced two weeks ago. Troy comes to the group having most recently toured with the Bowling Family.

Troy says, "I'm thrilled to be back with the Perrys! Libbi and Tracy are literally like family. We live five minutes from each other. Jared is like a little brother. Andrew is among the best talents in our industry. And who sings better songs than the Perrys? After four years, it feels good to be back with Tracy and Libbi. It is my goal to, of course, be that vocal part they need, but also to assist Libbi in all aspects of the group's ministry. I do believe in timing and seasons for everything, and I believe that this is the right time to step back on the Perrys bus and do what I can to support Libbi and Tracy and help the group continue to grow and prosper."

The transition to the Perrys will take place in the next two weeks. The Perrys thank everyone for their continued prayers and support during this time.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - October 25

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

  • The Bowling Family will have the #1 song for the month of December in the Singing News with "I Know Enough."
  • The Isaacs will perform on the sixth annual "Opry Goes Pink" on Tuesday, October 28. Lily Isaacs is a breast cancer survivor.
  • Prayers requested for Jake Sammons' (Declaration) father who was rushed to the hospital earlier this week. For the latest, check out Declaration's Facebook page.
  • Pat Barker's father passed away this weekend. Please keep this family in your prayers.

Anything I've missed?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fun Clip Friday - Old Paths

Sorry for the lack of posting this week. It's been a crazy week with a lot of unexpected change, the good kind of change.

So in keeping with the change theme, todays' Fun Clip Friday features the Old Paths with a little bit of unexpected changes of their own! Watch and enjoy!