Friday night of the 2011 National Quartet Convention is now in the record books. Highlights are as follows.
- The Collingsworth Family batted a thousand this week making all three sets at NQC noteworthy.
- Karen Peck Gooch battling through her set not being 100% vocally.
- The Isaacs turned in another strong performance and one of my favorite songs performed all night; “Why Can’t We”.
- Gaither Vocal Band was near flawless in their performance. Wes Hampton was outstanding on “Here Is Here”.
- Consistently good sets turned in by Greater Vision, Hoppers and Perrys.
- Gold City, Legacy Five and Brian Free & Assurance closed the night. While inconsistent in song selection the sets turned out decent.
- Recycled songs. I know it is getting near the end of the week and a lot of people were there tonight that were not there early in the week but groups re-staging songs already performed during the week is a bit overkill.
- Recycled jokes. Isn’t a comedian’s job to consistently look for new material?
- One can tell it is getting near the end of NQC week because I am getting fatigued with all the music and I am not even there, but watching from home. It gets harder to critique when artists start falling back to back on the nightly schedule and the same songs are sung used in previous sets.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “Resurrection Morn” – Collingsworth Family (2) “Why Can’t We” – Isaacs (3) “Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored” – Gaither Vocal Band (4) “He Is Here” – Gaither Vocal Band (5) “Please Forgive Me” – Gaither Vocal Band (6) “I Know A Man Who Can” – Greater Vision (7) “I Will Serve Thee” – Hoppers (8) “Blue Skies Coming” – Perrys (9) “It’s Love” – Legacy Five (10) “Jesus Will Pick You Up” – Brian Free & Assurance
Best Set of the Night: Overall tonight’s program was better than last night because I actually had to decide between several artists for best set. When the dust cleared, Gaither Vocal Band barely eked out the win.