For all those that know me, know I am a sucker for a good Southern Gospel concert. When a group rolls through your hometown it is even better. Last night (09/07/12), I had the opportunity to go to Trinity Baptist Church here in Mooresville NC to see the Hoppers.
There is not another group in this industry that I have seen more in concert, over the course of my lifetime, than the Hoppers. And what makes it even more impressive is that in that 30 years of seeing them live, I have never walked out of one of their concerts disappointed by their performance.
The concert gave the group the chance to highlight their new recording Count Me In. Stand out performances from the new album included “I’ll Take You Home” (a classic Hoppers sounding tune penned by Jean Canter in the mid ’80′s), “He Didn’t Just Carry The Cross” (a familiar Hoppers style ballad that features Kim), “Count Me In” (a great up tempo number penned by Ronny Hinson, also the first single) and “Mighty Is The Word” (a great up tempo number penned by the late Shannon Childress). Be looking for a full album review of the Hoppers new album Count Me In on Tuesday amongst all the NQC coverage.
The Hoppers also had the crowd on their feet after their performances of “Something’s Happening”, “Jerusalem”, “Yes I Am” and “I’ve Come Too Far”. After two hours of giving it their all, the Hoppers closed with a chorus of their classic song “Mention My Name”. It was also interesting that the group did not sing “Shouting Time” (not even a chorus). I doubt the group is retiring the song, but this may have been the first time in 15 years (since the group started staging the song again) that I have not heard “Shouting Time” in a Hoppers concert.
So, because I am feeling good today and the new album is great, I thought I would give one of my readers a chance to win a brand new, unopened copy of the Hoppers new album Count Me In. I wanted to make this give-away a little different from just a trivia question.
***To win, email me (email@example.com) a couple of sentences of your greatest Hoppers concert memory. From those responses I will choose a winner of the new CD.***