Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Old Paths Come to Arkansas for the First Time - Concert Recap

The Old Paths made the group's first trip to Arkansas on May 2. It was my first chance to see the quartet in a full concert setting. I am thankful it will not be the last! And I'm also glad that this will not be their last trip to Arkansas!

The group has had a consistent vocal line up for the past several years. The quartet consists of Jeremy Peace (tenor), Tim Rackley (lead), Doug Roark (baritone) and Daniel Ashmore (bass). Josh Townsend is the group's 16-year-old piano player.

Here's a lineup of how the night went -

  • "Ever Since That Wonderful Day"
  • "I'm Saved"
  • "God's Gonna Do the Same" - Daniel was featured on this one. He has to be one of the most talented young bass singers in the industry.
  • "O What a Savior" - This song always gives tenors a chance to showcase their vocals, and Jeremy definitely did that! Amazing voice!!
  • "I Saw the Light" - Josh played this on the keyboard. He is only 16, but talented and skilled beyond his years.
  • "I Wanna Get Closer"
  • "Love Them to Jesus"
  • Doug gave his testimony next. I had never heard him share his story before. He truly has an incredible testimony of how he overcame a drug addiction with God's help and has completely turned his life around. He tried drugs for the first time at 9. He emphasized that he had a drug problem, yes, but he more than that he had sin problem. He wasn't any more lost than some people sitting in church. At 23, he met a preacher who made a profound impact on his life and invited him to church. God saved him and helped him completely turn his life around. Amazing testimony of how God delivered him!!
  • "We Hold These Truths" - Powerful song and moment! Most of the audience was on its feet at the end!
  • "We Are Those Children" - One of my favorites from their latest project, so I was glad to hear them sing it in person!
  • "Long Live the King" - Highlight of the night!!! Tim did an incredible job on this song!
  • "Battle Stand"
  • "I Know a Man Who Can"
  • "Echoes From the Burning Bush" - Jeremy and Daniel switched parts on this song. Jeremy really did incredibly well singing the bass part!!
  • "Isn't That Why?" - Love this song, and surprisingly the writer Rachel McCutcheon is also from Arkansas and was in the audience that night! 
  • "He's All I Need"
  • "I've Passed Over" - Great barn burner to end the night on!
Old Paths is definitely a group to watch for in the coming years. They won New Quartet of the Year last year, and I have a feeling that soon they will be considered one of the top overall in the industry. It was a great night of music and powerful testimony! Don't miss them if they are in your area. I'm thankful this was their first time in Arkansas but it won't be their last!

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