Wednesday night could have ended sooner. Of the 23 years I have either attended or watched the NQC via webcast, this may have been the most uninspiring, least memorable of any I have witnessed. There were a few bright spots.
- Thank you Jason Crabb for rescuing this night musically. Your entire set flowed seamlessly from one song to the next. The two new songs were phenomenal.
- One of my greatest Southern Gospel heroes, Ed O’Neal, proved why he should still be singing quartet music. An enjoyable set from beginning to end.
- Tim Riley singing “Under Control” is always worth a mention. This song will be forever identified with that voice. I didn’t understand non-Gold City members being a part of the final segment but I’ve never attended a Heritage of Gold concert either. I am guessing that is what happens at one of these events.
- While not the best song selection chosen for their set, I have to congratulate the Erwins on their Singing News fan award win for best new mixed group. I have been singing the praises of this group for almost two years now. I wish they would have staged “Greater”.
- I promise this will be the last night I call out Scott Fowler, even though they have one more set this week. It is interesting the one founding father passage Scott chose to read from the ‘patriotic’ bible is from Patrick Henry. If you can’t remember your U.S. History class, Patrick Henry is most famous for the “Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death” speech. What you may not know about Patrick Henry is that he was leader of the anti-federalists in Virginia and he was one of the staunchest opponents of the U.S. Constitution. He declined to attend the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Among one of the most significant events in the history of our country, George Washington presided over the convention which resulted in the creation of the U.S. Constitution. Henry was an outspoken critic of George Washington, James Madison (the Constitution’s author) and Thomas Jefferson. Good try Scott, but again I suggest you read the writings of the Constitution’s actual architects. These were the gentlemen who helped set up the powers of our government, its three branches and the rule of law in this nation. No where in our Constitution is the word God, Jesus or Christianity. I have a challenge for you. I am willing to pay for you to take a U.S. History class, most notably constitutional history. Shoot me an email and I will make it happen.
- The entire evening seemed rushed to a certain degree. Some groups seemed like they had very little time while others had too much. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound barely got three songs in with very little talking before they were carted off the stage.
- The Gerald Wolfe/Jason Crabb banter about having each other’s new CD got old.
- Here is hoping the remainder of the week steps it up from what was offered tonight.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “Happy People” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (2) “When I Get Home” – Primtive Quartet (3) “Listening For The Shout” – Browders (4) “He Left No Stone Unturned” – LeFevre Quartet (5) “The Lord Will Make A Way” – Dixie Melody Boys (6) “Home” – Jason Crabb (**Favorite song performance of the evening) (7) “Under Control” – Tim Riley
Best Set of the Night: Jason Crabb.