2015 NQC – Tuesday Night Recap

CFRTuesday night of the 2015 National Quartet Convention is now in the record books.  The night overall was mediocre.  But, a few performances broke through the mediocrity to make the hit list.

  • How good is it to see Pat Barker on the stage again?  I didn’t realize he was doing the Cathedral reunion concerts.  The closing performance of “We Shall See Jesus” was stellar!
  • The Perrys performed a new song tonight that has future hit written all over it; “Keep On”.  Their set seemed fairly short overall, with only three songs.
  • One of the best family groups touring right now has got to be the Nelons.  Their harmony is phenomenal and I have already said it many times, but Amber Thompson is the best there is!
  • Thank you Mark Bishop for one of the most quirky, awkwardly awesome sets of music I have ever seen performed on the NQC stage.  Performing with his daughters and other band members, known as Forget The Sea, the style presented was reminiscent of folk/rock group, Of Monsters And Men.  I look forward to listening to the album when it releases in January.
  • I never tire of hearing Brian Lester perform, “He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away”.  The Lesters heritage is the longest in Southern Gospel music.
  • Another Southern Gospel legend, Ray Dean Reese of the Kingsmen is still hitting those low notes for the group.  Working on 50 years performing with the same group.  Awesome.
  • After a fast paced, muddled start to their set, the Inspirations closed with a nice acappella version of Squire Parsons classic, “Beulah Land”.
  • Overall, the program once again moved along with very little down time in between artists.

  • “The Love Of God” has already been performed by three different groups this week and it is only night three.
  • One of the many things the audience receives when watching/listening via webcast is every poorly sung note.  The amount of singers who were off pitch, flat and just had a train wreck of a long drawn out song ending were too many to count.  But, live performances are not supposed to be vocally perfect.

 

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Keep On” – Perrys  (2) “Loving The Lamb” – Mark Trammell Quartet  (3) “Then Came The Morning” – Nelons  (4) “He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away” – Lesters  (5) “Baptize Me” – Mark Bishop & Forget The Sea  (6) “As We Speak” – Greater Vision  (7) “I’ve Never Seen The Righteous Forsaken” – Kingsmen  (8) “It Matters To The Master” – Collingsworth Family  (9) “We Shall See Jesus” – Cathedral Reunion (**Favorite song performance of the evening)

Best Set of the Night:  Like last night, another strong closing.  Best set goes to the Cathedral Reunion segment.

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