Sunday, September 6, 2015

Silver Dollar City Southern Gospel Picnic - Sept. 5, 2015

A soloist, little bluegrass and some great quartet singing is what yesterday held at Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic. I had the chance to see several groups for the first time, the Williamsons, Mountain Faith and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. I had seen several of the members of EHSS before when they were with other groups but had never seen the group itself.

Here are highlights from the day - 

Mountain Faith

  • This group has been on America's Got Talent this season and has developed quite the following from that! They made it pretty far in the competition and I can see why! They not only have a strong vocal talent but great musicians!
  • "Emily, It's Love" - This song was made popular by Francesca Battestelli. The group definitely made the song its own.
  • "There Is a God" - Beautiful song that Summer, the female vocalist, really shined on!
  • "No Condemnation"
  • "Absent From the Body"

Joseph Habedank 

  • It was good seeing Joseph in a solo setting again. I hadn't seen him in person since last January when he first started as a soloist. He did a great mix of the hymns, new songs and favorites from his days with the Perrys.
  • It was good hearing a lot of the new songs live for the first time like "Never No Never," "Welcome Home" and "Begging for Change."
  • "Beauty of the Blood" - Before he sang this song, he had the audience sing with him on "Nothing But the Blood," great moment!
  • "What a Day That Will Be" - He stated that this was the song he sang when he tried out for the Perrys.
  • He ended a set with "Wish I Could Have Been There," which has always been a personal favorite!

Dixie Echoes

  • Junior Shelton was still with the group at Silver Dollar City, so it's the same lineup I saw at Memphis Quartet Show a few months ago.
  • The bass singer, Chandler Johnson, still really amazes me! Incredible talent for such a young guy!!
  • "If You Know the Lord" - They sang the true four-part harmony on this song.
  • "Roll on Jordan"
  • Randy pulled out his guitar and played "Happy Rhythm." Not only is he pulling vocal duty now and playing the keys, but then he also showed off his guitar skills!
  • "How Great Thou Art" 


  • This was my first time seeing the group live, but I'm hoping to catch them again today. I was familiar with some of their music. 
  • "Shout" was of course the song most people knew right away. I seriously hear this song on Southern Gospel radio daily. Great song and the audience was on its feet at the end!
  • "Tell Somebody"
  • "Monday" - Great song about how it's more important on how we live out the Christian life during the week, not just on Sundays.
  • "It Was the Word"
  • "How Great Thou Art" - This started with a trumpet solo, then the group joined in and invited the choir of 4,000+ people there to join with them. Incredible moment!

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

  • This was one of the moments I was anticipating most of the festival since I had never seen the group live before. I thought I knew what I was in for and I almost did, but their live concert experience is not something soon to be forgotten.
  • The energy level of the night was just incredible. These guys don't stop. I never saw them tire out or slow down, they gave it their all every second they were on the stage.
  • "Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord" - Such a fun song live!
  • "Get Away Jordan" 
  • "Ol Man River" and "Never Walk Alone" - Two songs from their new Broadway release. It was fun to hear these two songs for a little variety to the festival.
  • "Jesus Changed Everything" - Love this song!!
  • "Happy People" - Of course the audience was on its feet for this one, and they had to be when members started throwing frisbees in the air to try to catch!
  • "Oh What a Savior" - I definitely expected to hear Ernie sing this one live during the night.
  • "Step Into the Water" - Nice tribute to the Cathedrals with this song
  • "Boundless Love" - They came back after the audience remained on its feet clapping with this one as an encore! Definitely glad they chose this song!

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