Not to rehash the downside to artists using tracks instead of live musicians; I’m gonna go ahead and do it anyway.
I listen to Enlighten on SiriusXM in the car, during my morning and evening commutes to work. With the lack of music from the 70s/80s/90s on the network, the listener is treated to a lot of the over orchestrated, over produced Southern Gospel sounds of the last 15 years.
Today’s Southern Gospel music is one of the few musical genres that doesn’t translate well from recording to the live concert setting. For artists to capture the sound from their recording, they would have to tour with an orchestra every performance.
Since they can’t afford that, listeners have to sit through the group sing to tracks, not knowing exactly how many additional vocals are built into the track. Those additional vocals prop up the singer from being able to pull off the performance of the over produced track.
Even Southern Gospel artists that tour with musicians are wasting their money, because they mix tracks with the instruments and the audience member is left to wonder where one starts and the other ends.
I also don’t get quartets who hire a piano player to sit there most of the program and push a button while they clang on the keys a few times during the performance, to supplement the track. And even when the piano player is finally given a chance to show off with a solo, they perform along with a track.
For me, the use of tracks has ruined the Southern Gospel music concert experience.
This is the concert experience I grew up with and boy is it sorely missed.