Monday, September 15, 2014

Spending Sept. 11 with Gold City - Concert Recap

Thursday night, I had the chance to attend the last concert of the year in Ward, Arkansas at DaySpring Baptist Church. The church has hosted a number of concerts this year, and I'm glad that I've gotten to attending several of them! They already have some great groups booked for next year, so I'm looking forward. I appreciate all the church does to get gospel music to Central Arkansas! They ended their concert series this year with Gold City.

It hadn't been too long since I had seen Gold City since they were at Silver Dollar City. However, it was the night that it rained and the concert ended early, so it was good to see a full concert by them.

Gold City - Robert Fulton, Chip Pullen, Daniel Riley
and Chris West
The night started with "Somebody Sing Me a Gospel Song" and then they sang "Cast My Bread Upon the Water." They kept the tempo going with "I'm Saved, I'm Sure, I'm Ready" next.

Next, they sang "Redeemed" which is from their latest hymns project. It was great to hear them stage several of those songs live. 

Daniel Riley introduced piano player Bryan Elliot and he played "Keep on the Firing Line." Then, they sang the Joseph Habedank and Dianne Wilkinson-penned "Footprints on the Water." Daniel does a great job on this song!

Daniel introduced tenor Robert Fulton and then he was featured on "Calvary Conquers It All." Incredible job!! They then picked things back up with "I'm Rich," always a favorite!

Daniel gave an update on Tim Riley who is still recovering from the stroke he had in July. He was released from inpatient rehab sooner than expected because of his recovery. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery, but he still needs time to take it easy and get better. He thanked everyone who had been praying for him and joked that his mom requested prayers too since he was home now and she was taking care of him! :)

They introduced Chris West who has been filling in at bass for a few weeks. It was great to hear him featured on "I'm Free." They sang a couple more from their hymns project including "Farther Along" and "Nothing But the Blood." They have a lot of fun onstage with "Farther Along" that has more of a black gospel feel. They ended the first half with "I'm Not Giving Up."

After a quick break, they started back with "Look Who Just Checked In." Then, they sang "Power of the Cross," which was definitely the highlight of the night! Amazing and powerful song!! They pulled out the classic "When I Get Carried Away" next.

Daniel said he was thankful that if he was carried away, he would know exactly where he would go. The group members are not preachers but deliver the message and share the gospel through song. That's why they do what they do -- to make a difference using songs to encourage believers to not give up and keep trusting in Christ. He said that at 15 years old the Lord showed him that his righteousness was as filthy rags. All the good things we do are in vain, if we don't know Jesus as Savior. Their goal was to make sure all there that night were ready for Jesus' return. This set up "Midnight Cry." Chip did an incredible job on this Gold City classic with a standing ovation!

Being September 11, they ended the concert with "I Love This Land." They recognized the veterans in the audience. There were actually two World War II vets in the audience, which is amazing! Great ending to a great night!

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