Wednesday night of the 2013 National karaoke, oops I mean Quartet Convention is now complete. Working late didn’t get me home until the Dixie Melody Boys hit the stage so I missed Soul’d Out and the Kingsmen. Here are the nights hits and misses.
- I commend folks who can sit and listen to five straight hours of nothing but all male quartet music. Or those, who can attend an all day bluegrass music festival. I enjoy both but I get bored easily (always been that way). I need variety to keep me interested and focused or my mind wanders. Tonight, I found myself wandering quite a bit.
- The Dixie Melody Boys turned in another strong set with nothing but live music! Ed made a good hire when bringing Aaron Dishman aboard. His performance of “Hello Mama” with just piano and bass accompaniment was outstanding. Can groups see you don’t have to hire a ton of musicians to use live music. The Dixie Melody Boys pulled off a great musical moment with just piano and bass.
- Thanks to the NQC for honoring the 58 year legacy of the Couriers.
- While the track was over-powering, it was nice to see a quartet from Brazil. Sometimes we forget the reach Southern Gospel music has in the digital age.
- I got my second wind by the end of the evening and thought it ended strong with Legacy Five, Gold City and Triumphant Quartet.
- Thank you Brian Free for bringing up Karen Peck Gooch to help on “Looking For A City” and breaking up the monotony of the night.
- Announcing your partnership with TBN (with a full TBN television commercial) is embarrassing considering the scandals that have hit them the last couple of years.
- Some of the ‘scrap’ quartets they threw together were funny but took up too much time. It may have been better to just scrap that idea.
- Martin Cook announcing from the stage that he was fined $200 last year for running over, I thought was tactless. You know the rules. Run over you get fined. I bet he loved the year he encored “I Have Not Forgotten” at least 50 times and ran over about 20 minutes.
- Performances that seemed to fall flat (at least from viewing it via webcam), in order of appearance are as follows: Torchmen (“One Way Trip”), Confused Quartet (“Have A Little Talk With Jesus”) and Kingdom Heirs (“Just Beyond The Sunset”, 2 nights in a row – ouch),.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “Hello Mama” – Dixie Melody Boys (2) “Come And See” – LeFevre Quartet (3) “Safe Thus Far” – Tribute Quartet (4) “We Are Those Children” – Old Paths (5) “Redeeming The Time” – Kingdom Heirs (6) “Wedding Music” – Mark Trammell Quartet (7) “We Shall See Jesus” – Legacy Five (8) “Welcome To Heaven” – Triumphant Quartet
Best Set of the Night: For turning in a strong close to the evening and performing a better set than their Monday set, I will give set of the night to Triumphant Quartet.