Monday, October 14, 2013

Beginning and Ending With the Cross - Bowling Family Concert Recap

Bowling Family - Troy Peach, Hope, Kelly and Mike Bowling
I had the chance to see the Bowling Family last Thursday night in Benton, Ark. The thing I love about seeing this family in person is that they don't come to have a concert, they come to have church. Yes, I had just seen them the week before when Kelly spoke at a women's conference, but they didn't have a full night, so I didn't want to pass up the chance to worship with this sweet group again!

So during concerts I make notes on my phone. For the second time since I've been blogging, the note just disappeared from my phone. NOWHERE to be found! So my apologies for the lack of details, I'm going strictly from memory here!

What I do remember was the focus of the cross. They started the night with "I'll Be Alright as Soon as I Touch Calvary" and ended with "I Still Glory in the Cross."

Most of what they sang came from their latest project Safe After the Storm (Look for a CD review coming soon!).  Kelly was featured on "I Know Enough," which is one of my favorites from that album. They also sang the bluegrass-flavored "Victory's Coming." Mike took the lead on "That's What I Miss the Most." "Come Along Let's Fly" featured Troy Peach, and Hope sang "Everything's Going to Turn Out Right." They are staging a lot from the new album, which is a testament to how strong of a project it is! It's great to hear them doing all these new songs. And I can't say enough about how big of a fan I am of this lineup. They made such a smart move to bring both Troy and Hope up to round out the group when Terah left. The four of them are sounding great together!!

Mike sang a couple of Hinson songs like "That I Could Still Go Free" and "He Can." Hope played her guitar on those. It's great to see them adding another live instrument in the mix!

The younger Bowling girls also got to show off their vocal skills on "Accentuate the Positive." I am so impressed with how well they sound together!

A Bowling Family concert would not be complete without "Your Cries Have Awoken the Master." Kelly talked about the wreck, and shared with the audience how God delivered them and how they were now more than ever determined to lift up the name of Jesus.

They closed the night with "I Still Glory in the Cross." Kelly talked about how we would be nothing with the cross. She sang the second part of the first verse that Terah had sung previously. Then they went into the hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross." John Jeffrey sang the verse, then had the congregation join in. I knew that John sang, but can't remember hearing him by himself much. He has a great voice, and it was good to hear him featured!

It was a great night of worship with the Bowling Family that was all about lifting up the name of Jesus, centered about what He did for us on the cross.

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