|Mark Trammell Quartet|
Then, I tried to go see Mark Trammell Quartet next, but the theater was full! So I decided to trek down the hill to see the Down East Boys. It had been a few years since I had seen them. They sang a lot of great familiar favorites like "Little Is Much" (which had to be the highlight of the program and featured Tony Jarman), "Oh I Want to See Him," "That Little Baby" and "Shoutin' on the Hills of Glory," which they closed with. Their set also contained the first Christmas song I heard of the festival. Baritone Daryl Paschal sang "Oh Holy Night." I also got to hear new bass singer Joe Brinkley with the group. He sang "I Wanna Be Just Like My Lord." The group also sang their latest release "Beyond the Blue."
I went back to see the Mark Trammell Quartet. It's been great to hear them sing so many new songs recently, but this set was full of the classics, "Echoes from the Burning Bush," "Wedding Music," "Master Builder"and "I Thirst," which Randy sang. A lady from the audience shouted out "Walk talks" as Mark was talking between songs, so he decided they do that one next. They closed with "The King Is Coming."
Brian Free and Assurance was the final act with the night show in Echo Hollow Amphitheater. Of course, we have enjoyed one of the mildest summers on record, but for this weekend temperatures soared, but Brian, Bill, Mike and Jeremy braved the heat, and so did we! Brian joked during the concert that it would be a good night for an ice bucket challenge.
|Brian Free & Assurance|
Another highlight was the group singing "Peace in the Valley" a cappella. Brian talked about how they had the chance to be part of the Elvis tribute through BBC. He talked about Elvis' love for gospel music. So they sang the song in the style of Elvis!
Brian also sang "I Want to Be That Man" in the second half. He said that when he listens to songs for an album, he listens to them blindly so he doesn't know who the writer of a song is. When he first listened to the song, it brought him to tears and he immediately wanted to record the song. He didn't know until the next day that his son Ricky Free had written the song with Lee Black.
They closed the night with "Jesus Will Pick You Up" which had the whole crowd into it. It was a great night and a great start to the festival!!
Ready for day two now....