I had the opportunity Saturday night (03/12/11) to go to the South Iredell High School in Troutman NC to see the Nelons. The concert was hosted by regional artist Shellem Cline, who now sings lead for regional quartet Brothers Redeemed. There were several hundred in attendance. Here are some highlights.
Brothers Redeemed is a regional quartet based in Hickory NC. I was pleasantly surprised with the group. You never know what you’re going to get with regional artists. Brothers Redeemed has solid harmonies and their song selection was strong. Being a regional artist, their program was filled with cover songs but they did quite well with “I Cast My Bread Upon The Water”, “Shoutin’ Happy”, “Thank You Lord” and “I’ll Live Again”.
Lead singer Shellem Cline also attempted an impersonation of Peg McKamey Bean. Interesting.
The Nelons were also on the program and they were the reason I attended this concert. This group rarely gets to this area and I was glad to get out and catch one of their performances. “The Love Of God For Me” is one of my current favorite songs. Amber really turned in a power house performance of this song. Amber also out did herself with “There Is A Way”. She has become one of the top female vocalists in Southern Gospel music.
It was also great to hear the group pull out some Nelon classics. “Come Morning” with just acoustic guitar as accompaniment was outstanding! Kelly was featured on the verses. It brought the house down. The Nelons also performed “Walk Right Out Of This Valley”, “Oh For A Thousand Tongues” (great!!) and “We Shall Wear A Robe And Crown”.
The group rocked the house with their cover of the McGruders hit “I’m Going Home With Jesus”. Love this song. “He Found Me” and “I Choose The Lord” were also highlights. This was the second concert in a row that brought back some memories. I remember the Nelons when they were riding high in the 1980′s and it was great to hear some of the group’s classic music. Take a look at a classic video clip featuring one of my all time favorite Nelon songs “Oh For A Thousand Tongues”.