The Tuesday edition of the 2014 National Quartet Convention is now in the record books. Tonight started rather slow but really picked it up to provide some really strong moments at the end. What was the best and worst of the night? Lets find out.
- The Nelons absolutely knocked it out of the park. Their set was so far ahead of everything else that was presented tonight. I didn’t realize Autumn was such a strong vocalist. Her and Amber on the same stage! What a powerhouse vocal duo that will be. Thanks to the organizers for switching theirs and the Collingsworth Family sets to allow for what Kim Collingsworth provided to close the night.
- It seemed to be a family kind of night in terms of stand outs. The Sneed Family opened it up singing with a live band and providing classic 1970’s/1980’s material.
- I still call the Taylors the Downings of this generation. Their progressive Southern Gospel arrangements stand out. I just wish the group would open up more on stage.
- The Browders brought listening audiences their own brand of Southern Gospel music with a country Gospel flair. I really enjoy the group’s latest radio single; “Listening For The Shout”. That song could have used an encore.
- It was nice to see the Crist Family get a worthy send off by the NQC crowd. Thanks for ten years.
- Of the few quartets on the program tonight, I thought the Down East Boys provided the best quartet set. “I Want To Be Just Like My Lord” and “Holy All Over Again” were both outstanding.
- No matter how many times the song has been sung, Michael Booth can still bring a house down with his performance of “Look For Me At Jesus Feet”. Something can be said of performances with just vocal and piano. Powerhouse performance!
- Like last night, the program moved along with little talking (sans Dennis Swansburg). For the second night in a row I believe the program actually ended ahead of schedule. Kudos to the production team.
- Speaking of Dennis Swansburg; when is the man going to come up with new material. Isn’t it the job of a comedian to stay fresh with new material. When you tell the same recycled jokes for the 40th time, they tend to lose effectiveness.
- The Inspirations walk down memory lane wasn’t so memorable. I would have rather heard a couple of the classic songs in full then several short clips.
- Gold City is just not the same without the bass voice of Tim Riley. Here is praying for a speedy recovery.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “He Will Calm The Troubled Waters” – Sneed Family (2) “Holy All Over Again” – Down East Boys (3) “Empty Me Lord” – Primitives (4) “Measure Of Grace” – Taylors (5) “Listening For The Shout” – Browders (6) “My Heart Knows” – Crist Family (7) “Look For Me At Jesus Feet” – Booth Brothers (8) “How Great Thou Art” – Nelons (**Favorite song performance of the evening)
Best Set of the Night: Hands down; the Nelons!