2012 NQC – Saturday Night Recap

Saturday night of the NQC is now officially over and the week has wrapped.  You could hear the tiredness of the week in several artist sets tonight, but the evening truly turned in to a worship service that capped off a week of great music.

  • The crowd/listening audience was treated to a little church from Greater Vision’s “Til The Storm Passes By” all the way through to the Booth Brothers set.  This was the strongest segment of the night.
  • It seemed that spirit carried on until the end when the event was capped off with a rousing rendition of “Statement Of Faith”.
  • The Gospel message was presented in a clear and concise manner tonight.  I commend those in charge for doing that.  This should be a part of every Southern Gospel concert, no matter the venue.
  • The Collingsworth Family turned in the strongest set early in the evening.
  • The Perrys decided to re-stage “Everywhere I Go” tonight, with Joseph there.  Good choice.
  • I loved hearing Taranda Greene singing the past two night with the Hoppers.  She also did a solo tonight of “Today I Walk Where Jesus Walked”.  Wow!
  • And did everyone see Rodney Griffin running all over the stage when the Booth Brothers were singing “Still Feeling Fine”?

  • The only thing I can say tonight is several recycled songs.  Several artists decided to stage songs they sung earlier in the week, but that is understandable because a lot of the folks there tonight were not there earlier in the week.
  • The only song mis-hap I heard tonight was Rodney Griffin missing some words on the second verse of “It Means Just What It Says”.

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “What A Day That Will Be” – Chuck Wagon Gang  (2) “Just Preach Jesus” – Kingdom Heirs  (3) “I Can Trust Jesus” – Collingsworth Family  (4) “Til The Storm Passes By” – Greater Vision  (5) “Today I Walk Where Jesus Walked” – Taranda Greene  (6) “Grace Will Always Be Greater Than Sin” – Hoppers  (7) “Tell Me” – Booth Brothers with Melissa Brady  (8) “Broken Ones” – Talleys  (9) “Whosoever Will” – Perrys  (10) “Statement Of Faith” – all artists at the closing

Best Set of the Night:  Since the 2012 NQC is done, I want to take this time to commend every artist who gave it their all this week presenting Southern Gospel music.  I grew up with this music and there hasn’t been a time in my life I have not listened.  I can’t imagine a time where I’ll ever stop.  So, thank you to all the artists who work hard every week, traveling long distances, away from home presenting a message of Hope to a lost and dying world.

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2012 NQC – Friday Night Recap

Friday night of the NQC is complete.  Personally, this was my favorite night of music thus far.  There were plenty of great sets of music tonight that I’ll try not to miss anything.  What were tonight’s hits and misses? Be sure to talk amongst yourselves discussing your favorites of Friday night.

  • Last night was the night of live music moments.  Tonight the a cappella moments trumped.  There was so many great ones!  “Thou Oh Lord” by Sisters, “I Will Praise Him” by the Isaacs, “Christ The Lord Is Risen” by the Nelons, the moving “Only God Knows Why” by Scott Inman (Triumphant Qt) and when the Hoppers brought Taranda Greene to do an a cappella finish to “I’ve Come Too Far”.  Wow!
  • Dixie Echoes classic quartet set always enjoyable.
  • I was impressed with the Taylors first appearance on the main stage.  I wish it would’ve been longer.  It is good to see a young group keep classic mixed quartet Southern Gospel music going strong.
  • The Gaither Vocal Band’s set was impressive, as usual.  The new songs from Pure And Simple are great.
  • I didn’t think anything could top the Gaither Vocal Band set and then the last three artists came on and blew my socks off.  Triumphant Quartet, Mark Trammell Quartet and the Hoppers absolutely ended the night with power house performances.
  • I wanted to send congratulations to the winners of the first NQC music awards given this afternoon.  There were some different winners which included Kim Collingsworth winning musician, David Phelps picking up tenor, Jason Crabb winning solo artist and the Collingsworth Family winning mixed group.  I have no doubt this will be their first of many mixed group awards.

  • The Christmas segment was fun to close the evening, but this is still too early for me to warm up to Christmas music.
  • Tonight we got to hear what the Perrys sound like without Joseph Habedank when he didn’t show up for the first song.  Let’s hope that never happens again.
  • Those performances that seemed to fall flat (at least from viewing it via webcam), in order of appearance are as follows:  Diplomats (“Meet Me On The Other Side”) – forgot the words, Perrys (“Everywhere I Go”) – song missing a member of the group, Booth Brothers (“I Played In The Band”) – not scheduled and didn’t need it and Pfeifers (“Father’s House”) – forgot the words .

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Song Of Heaven” – Tribute Quartet  (2) “Unworthy” – Dixie Echoes  (3) “Gettin’ Ready Today” – Taylors  (4) “Thou Oh Lord” – Sisters**(favorite of the night)  (5) “I Will Praise Him” – Isaacs  (6) “Christ The Lord Is Risen” – Nelons  (7) “I’m Going Home With Jesus” – Nelons  (8) “Where No One Stands Alone” – Gaither Vocal Band  (9) “Rasslin’ Jacob” – Gaither Vocal Band  (10) “Glorious Freedom” – Gaither Vocal Band  (11) “Only God Knows Why” – Scott Inman  (12) “I’m Standing On The Solid Rock” – Mark Trammell Quartet  (13) “I’ll Take You Home” – Hoppers  (14) “I’ve Come Too Far” – Hoppers with Taranda Greene

Best Set of the Night:  This is the toughest call of the week.  There are at least a half-dozen artists who turned in strong sets tonight but the one that got me shouting (here in my recliner) was the Hoppers.  When they brought Taranda up to sing the a cappella reprise to “I’ve Come Too Far”…I really have no words and then to follow it up with “Something’s Happening” and then later bring the house down with “Oh Holy Night” on the Christmas segment.  Maybe Taranda should join the Hoppers.

2012 NQC – Thursday Night Recap

Thursday night of the NQC is in the record books.  After a full night of quartets on Wednesday, Thursday gave the audience only two quartets.  What were tonight’s hits and misses?  Be sure to talk amongst yourselves discussing your favorites of Thursday night.

  • I enjoyed the artists that brought live music tonight.  Was that a steel guitar I saw/heard on Jeff & Sheri Easter’s set?  Boy, do I miss hearing the steel guitar in Southern Gospel music.
  • The Lesters turned in a great set.  It is a shame that Ginger is no longer touring with the group.
  • The live music accompanying Jason Crabb, Jeff & Sheri Easter and the Isaacs made them some of the best of the night.
  • The trio of kids Gerald brought to the stage sounded great.  It reminded me of the Martins twenty years ago when they started their rise in the industry.
  • Sisters brought another power house a cappella song.  They should definitely get a full set next year.

  • Tonight was the first night to run over.  They ended up about thirty minutes behind.  A shame for Karen Peck & New River that had to go on last.
  • While there was nothing wrong with the performance aspect, the Collingsworth Family’s set seemed a bit disjointed with a Christmas song followed by two patriotic numbers.  I didn’t know whether to hang the lights or fly the flag.
  • There was also several more track issues tonight that nearly stalled several artists.
  • Those performances that seemed to fall flat (at least from viewing it via webcam), in order of appearance are as follows:  Whisnants (“Gloryland Way”) – track issues, McKameys (“Unspoken Request”) – track issues, Collingsworth Family (Trumpet Solo) – track issues, Booth Brothers (“I Played In The Band”) – too many encores, and Karen Peck & New River (“Look What The Lord Has Done”) – track issues .

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “I’ll See You Again” – Lesters  (2) “All Is Well” – Whisnants  (3) “Still Holdin’ On” – Jason Crabb  (4) “I Won’t Have To Worry” – Jeff & Sheri Easter  (5) “Waiting In The Water” – Isaacs**(favorite of the night)  (6) “Broken World” – Talleys  (7) “He Locked The Gates” – Kingdom Heirs  (8) “God Lives There” – Karen Peck Gooch with Wes Hampton and Ben Isaacs

Best Set of the Night:  Live music trumps tonight.  While there were several strong sets, the strongest would have to go to the Isaacs.  The only problem is it wasn’t long enough.

2012 NQC – Wednesday Night Recap

Wednesday night of the NQC was a quartet lover’s dream.  While I prefer variety, listening to all male quartets for nearly five hours wasn’t too bad.  Look at tonight’s hits and misses and be sure to talk amongst yourselves discussing your favorites of Wednesday night.

  • I am enjoying the attempts of bringing live music back to Southern Gospel, even if it is just random musicians playing for artists.
  • Speaking of live music, it was nice seeing those musicians honoring Ed O’Neal by playing during the Dixie Melody Boys set.  While, it did turn into somewhat of a train wreck by the time they got to “Glory Cloud”, it was still great having live musicians.
  • The performances kept getting better as the evening progressed.  The last three quartets (Legacy Five, Gold City, Triumphant Qt) turned in the best sets of the night.
  • As Jerry Goff mentioned from the stage it was great seeing 2nd and 3rd generation quartet men carrying on the family legacy (Jordan LeFevre, Randy Shelnut Jr, Nick Trammell, Daniel Riley and Scott Inman).
  • Overall, a decent night of quartet music.

  • There were more sound issues tonight then there has been all week and the web cast froze two different times tonight.
  • Track issues derailed Paul’s Journey set.  They never seemed to recover from the miscues.  What a shame for a talented group.  Time to learn some a cappella for times such as these.
  • Those performances that seemed to fall flat (at least from viewing it via webcam), in order of appearance are as follows:  LeFevre Quartet (“I’m So Saved”) – track issues, Skyline Boys (“He Still Parts The Red Sea”) – song choice, Kingsmen (“One Way Trip”) – group forgot the words, Dixie Melody Boys (“Glory Cloud”) – musicians and singers were not in sync, and Paul’s Journey (“This Is What Heaven Means To Me”) – track issues .

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Just Come And See” – LeFevre Quartet  (2) “Crumbs From The Table” – Dixie Echoes  (3) “When I Cross To The Other Side Of Jordan” – Dixie Melody Boys  (4) “I Won’t Trade My Crown” – Down East Boys** (favorite of the night)  (5) “I Want To Know” – Mark Trammell Quartet  (6) “I Found Grace” – Legacy Five  (7) “Get Up, Get Ready” – Gold City  (8) “Almost Home” – Triumphant Quartet

Best Set of the Night:  Tough call tonight because each set seemed to get better as the night progressed.  So, for that reason I guess I’ll give it to Triumphant Quartet.

2012 NQC – Tuesday Night Recap

Tuesday night of the NQC is now over.  As was the case last night, hits and misses will be given.  Be sure to talk amongst yourselves discussing your favorites of Tuesday night.

  • How did I not know the Sneed Family before tonight’s main stage performance?  I really enjoyed their performance of “Victory Is Sweet”.  They gave an upbeat treatment to this classic McKameys song.
  • It was good to see Ed O’Neal back on the main stage.
  • Can we just re-name the Mark Trammell Quartet’s set to the Pat Barker show?
  • The Bowling Family was firing on all cylinders tonight.  Their entire set list was strong.  I never tire of hearing “Your Cries Have Awoken The Master”!
  • Like his style or not, one can’t argue the fact the difference live music makes.  Jason Crabb’s band is awesome!
  • Who ever was the master mind behind putting Kim Hopper, Taranda Greene and Kim Collingsworth on the same stage performing “There Is A Fountain”, you should be commended.  More please.
  • The three quartets at the end of the night (Brian Free & Assurance, Triumphant Qt, Gold City) had decent sets.

  • With just about every artist on the program tonight, I could have picked out one song from their set (that was not so great) and replaced it with another.
  • Those performances that seemed to fall flat (at least from viewing it via webcam), in order of appearance are as follows:  Jeff & Sheri Easter (“Like My Mother Does”), Dixie Melody Boys (“Oh What A Savior”), Primitives (I don’t know the title but a song that talked about a rusty old car) and Triumphant Quartet (“Let’s All Stand For America”) .
  • I viewed the entire night from start to finish and those performances (artists) not mentioned fell somewhere between the hits and misses.

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Victory Is Sweet” – Sneed Family  (2) “God Will Hear Your Prayer” – Dixie Melody Boys/Jason Crabb  (3) “Your Cries Have Awoken The Master” – Bowling Family  (4) “When He Was On The Cross” – Jason Crabb  (5) “Land Of No Goodbyes” – Browders  (6) “There Is A Fountain” – Kim Hopper/Taranda Greene/Kim Collingsworth** (favorite of the night)  (7) “I Want To Be That Man” – Brian Free & Assurance  (8) “Lord Of Life” – Gold City

Best Set of the Night:  Bowling Family (“I’ll Be Alright”, “Sailing On Home”, “Your Cries Have Awoken The Master” and “I Still Glory In The Cross”).  Four great song choices make for a great set.

2012 NQC – Monday Night Recap

The 2012 National Quartet Convention is under way 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.  Night one seemed to start rather tepid.

  • The first big vocal bright spot of the evening came with Jim Brady singing “When You Bow At Jesus Feet”.  Joined by his wife Melissa, who offered only piano accompaniment, Jim knocked this vocal performance out of the park.
  • While not as strong a set as last year, the Collingsworth Family shined on “At Calvary”.
  • Sisters turned in a near flawless a cappella version of “Jesus Saves”.
  • Dusty Barret (tenor for Soul’d Out Quartet), with only pianist Michael Howard offering accompaniment, sang “Maker Of The Rain”.
  • The Hoppers and Perrys turned is some of the best of the night offering some great new songs.  The Hoppers with “Count Me In” and “He Didn’t Just Carry The Cross” and the Perrys with “Praise You Through The Night” and “One Of These Mornings” (this was probably my single favorite song performed all evening).
  • Legacy Five knew what they were doing hiring Matt Fouch.  Matt shined on both “I’ve Been Changed” and “We Shall See Jesus”.
  • Never would I have thought that Legacy Five, Greater Vision or the Booth Brothers would be singing a Kingsmen classic.  I loved “Beautiful Home” during the Jubilee segment.

  • The videos shown between segments.  I know they need to kill some time while getting the stage ready for the next artist, but why not show classic Southern Gospel footage (like they used to), instead of the corny videos.
  • The crowd.  Anyone in the hall tonight may want to offer some insight here, but from what I could get from the web cast, the crowd seemed less than enthusiastic about the music tonight.  With the exception of a few standing ‘Os’, the crowd seemed like they rather be anywhere else.  There is nothing worse than attending a concert and the crowd just sits there while the artist gives it all they got.
  • Performances that seemed to fall flat (at least from viewing it via webcam), in no particular order are as follows:  Karen Peck & New River (“I Can See Clearly Now”), Browns (“Now And Forevermore”), McKameys (“Blessed Old Book”), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (“Jack Of All Trades”) and Legacy Five (“Wonderful Life”).
  • I viewed the entire night from start to finish and those performances (artists) not mentioned fell somewhere between the hits and misses.

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “When You Bow At Jesus Feet” – Jim Brady  (2) “Jesus Saves” – Sisters  (3) “Maker Of The Rain” – Dusty Barrett (Soul’d Out Quartet)  (4) “Count Me In” – Hoppers  (5) “Beautiful Home” – Jubilee Segment  (6) “I’ve Been Changed” – Legacy Five  (7) “One Of These Mornings” – Perrys** (favorite of the night)

Best Set of the Night:  The last two hours was the best of the entire evening (starting with the Hoppers and ending with the Booth Brothers), but I will have to give best set to the Perrys.

What say ye?  Discuss amongst yourselves your favorites of night one of the 2012 NQC.

2012 National Quartet Convention Coverage Begins Today

The 2012 edition of the National Quartet Convention got under way last evening for a special opening concert.  The main concerts begin tonight and as was the case the last several years, Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row will ‘arm chair quarterback’ the entire week’s performances.

This is the third year that I have purchased the web cast to view the convention and each evening after the concerts close I will offer my insights on the evening’s best and worst.  So keep in tuned in here all week for a look at what the 2012 National Quartet Convention will offer.

Insights from my readers will also be welcome, whether your also viewing by webcast or are in attendance.  Southern Gospel’s biggest annual event is here.  Enjoy!