The 2014 National Quartet Convention is under way in Pigeon Forge Tennessee and night one is now complete. As I attempt to ‘arm chair quarterback’ this year’s event from the comfort of my home (watching via web cast), I will offer hits and misses of each night.
- We had to wait until the end of the evening to get the best moment on night #1. I remember last year when Libbi spoke from the stage and mentioned how Tracy was determined to be back on the stage at this year’s convention. That determination became reality as Tracy joined the group on the stage tonight for the entire set. The moment was memorable. The only downside was the one responsible for scheduling the group last on the evening.
- There some strong quartet moments on night one. Enjoyed hearing the LeFevre Quartet perform the Rex Nelon classic, “That’s Why I Love To Call His Name”. Kelly Nelon and Karen Peck joined the group on this particular number.
- One of my Southern Gospel heroes (if you’ve been reading the story of my life series), Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys turned in a decent set. I really enjoyed Aaron’s performance of “Muddy Water”.
- Legacy Five closed out their set with their current radio single; the powerful “Christ Is Still The King”. Strong performance by tenor, Gus Gaches.
- How great was it to see Kenneth Bishop back on the stage of the NQC. Mark called his dad up, along with Archie Watkins, to perform “I Rely On Him”. I was hoping we would see a small Bishops reunion, but Kenny must have not been there.
- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver provided some live music among all the performance tracks on the night. It was a refreshing change of pace. I particularly enjoyed their performance of “He Made The Tree” and their cover of the Spencers classic, “Coming Soon”.
- Of all the single song performers tonight, the Ball Brothers knocked it out of the park with their smooth, flawless harmony. The group sang “Someday”.
- I also want to give kudos to those responsible for moving the program along tonight. One artist flowed in to the next with minimal talking from the stage. Overall, the artists even kept the talking to a minimum to maximize their performance time. Let’s hope the rest of the week runs this smoothly.
- You could hear some worn out voices toward the end of the night, but this is expected. Live performances shouldn’t be mechanically perfect anyway.
- Tribute Quartet fell a bit flat tonight. Compared to their strong performances last year, tonight’s performance just didn’t measure up.
- The mic/sound issues still occurred but wasn’t as bad as last year’s opening night. There were several artists where it seemed it took a while to turn on the bass singer’s mic.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “A Man Like Me” – Wilburn & Wilburn (2) “Come And See” – LeFevre Quartet (3) “Muddy River” – Dixie Melody Boys (4) “I Rely On Him” – Mark (Kenneth) Bishop (5) “Christ Is Still The King” – Legacy Five (6) “He Made The Tree” – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (7) “Someday” – Ball Brothers (8) “Everybody’s Going Through Something” – Karen Peck & New River (9) “It’s Almost Over” – Mark Trammell Quartet (10) “I Thank You” – Kingdom Heirs (11) “I Can Trust Him” – Perrys (**Favorite song performance of the evening)
Best Set of the Night: They definitely did seem to save the best for last. Best set of the night goes to the Perrys!