More Crying Steel Guitar!!

Upwards of 20 years ago, Saturday Night Live, aired a now classic skit featuring Will Farrell and Christopher Walken.  It was titled “More Cowbell”.

I have mentioned on several occasions how I miss a crying steel guitar in Southern Gospel music.  It was a part of the Southern Gospel sound during the 1970s and into the mid 1980s.  As live bands became a thing of the past, so did the steel guitar.

I had an opportunity to see Goodman Revival several weeks ago in concert.  They traveled with a full band, including a steel guitar player.  It added that extra punch needed to drive home the classic Goodman sound.

So, on occasion, I am going to offer a Southern Gospel song that features a crying steel guitar.  More crying steel guitar!!

  • “He Leads Me Each Step Of The Way” – Bowling Family (Mike Bowling/Adam Crabb/Justin Rivers; Shine, 2010)

VOTE: Best Of 2016: Radio Single/Song Cover

3rdannualThis week we will wrap up voting in the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors.  What was the best radio single and song cover of 2016?  You get one vote per day.  Poll closes 12/05/16.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

NQC 2016: Saturday Night Recap

1411581550The 2016 National Quartet Convention has come to a close.  Lets close out NQC 2016 with some final hits and misses.  I also want to thank all my readers who came to read my recaps for the week.  You’re the only reason I keep this blog running.

  • Thoroughly enjoyed Tribute Quartet’s set tonight.  Been waiting all week for them to perform “When The Prodigal Comes Home”.
  • The Erwins were impressive.  These kids have a bright future in Southern Gospel music.
  • Some nice traditional quartet music by the Blackwood Brothers started the evening.
  • The Bowling girls impressed with their performance.
  • The remainder of the evening was good, just nothing that totally blew me away.

  • The #1 hits finale was a bit dull this year.
  • Have the Inspirations thought about retirement?


**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Chasing After You” – Erwins  (2) “He Won’t Fail You” – Taylors  (3) “Only Jesus Can Heal This Hurting World” – Gordon Mote  (4) “Holy Shore” – Perrys  (5) “When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Tribute Quartet (**Favorite song performance of the evening)  (6) “Who Can Do Anything” – Triumphant Quartet  (7) “High And Lifted Up” – Talleys  (8) “Wonderful Grace Of Jesus” – Greater Vision with Mark Trammell

Best Set of the Night:  The Erwins.

!!Free Music Monday!!

bowlingfamily2013safestormAnother Monday, another chance to win some free music.  Up for grabs today is the Bowling Family’s 2013 release, Safe After The Storm.

Song Listing:

  1. “Somebody’s Believing”
  2. “Drinking From The Well”
  3. “That’s What I Miss The Most”
  4. “Everything’s Gonna Turn Out Right”
  5. “Victory’s Coming”
  6. “I Know Enough”
  7. “Come Along, Let’s Fly”
  8. “Just What I Need”
  9. “I’m Glad I’m Saved”
  10. “When All I Can Cry Is Holy”
  11. “God Sent Angels”

The first person to email me ( the answer to the following trivia question will win the Bowling Family’s, Safe After The Storm.

**A couple of weeks ago in a Southern Gospel Tidbits post, I mentioned Mike Bowling got his Southern Gospel start with this particular group.  Who was that group?

*Video Credit (Absolutely Gospel Music)


Congratulations to Damon who was the first to correctly guess Alphus LeFevre and the LeFevres as the group where Mike Bowling got his start.  More free music every Monday.

!!Free Music Monday!!

Free music Monday has been extended.  I had the chance to see the Bowling Family a week ago and added six more brand new CDs to the prize vault.

I named the Bowling Family’s, Moments Like These one of the top five albums released in 2015.  Today, you have the chance to win Moments Like These.

Song Listing:

  1. “Praise God He Is Alive”
  2. “One Glorious Moment Of Faith”
  3. “I Was There”
  4. “Mourning To Dancing”
  5. “I Believe He’s Alive”
  6. “Even When You’re Asking Why”
  7. “I’ve Got My Foot On The Rock”
  8. “God Is Always Good”
  9. “God Likes Working In The Midnight Hour”
  10. “Our First Hallelujah There”

*The first person to email me ( the correct answer to the following trivia question will win.

**In December 2007, Mike & Kelly (Bowling Family) had their first radio single go to #1 on the radio airplay charts.  Can you name that song (research is allowed).

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)


Congratulations to Connie for being the first to correctly guess “We Have A Savior” as the group’s first #1 song, as it was also the group’s first radio single.

VOTING: Southern Gospel March Madness – Round 1d

The voting rounds have now begun for the 2016 Southern Gospel music March madness competition.  Let’s make this fun.  Here are the rules to voting.

  • All readers of the blog can vote.
  • I have set it up to where each person is allowed one vote per day.
  • This poll will close on Thursday (03/24/16).

Best Of 2015 – #3

Bowlings #3For all those enjoying the week off to celebrate the holidays; thanks for stopping by.  And for all those having to work this week; I see you sneaking a peek at work.  Today we honor the album and recorded song ranked 3rd among the best in Southern Gospel music for 2015.

The Bowling Family continue to impress with the music they choose to record.  Some of the strongest song selection of the group’s career is found on the 2015 release, Moments Like These.  The family went back to a trio vocal configuration featuring Mike, Kelly and daughter Hope.

Hope even has a chance to shine on a song that will be #1 on the Singing News February 2016 chart; “One Glorious Moment Of Faith”.  Two songs from the recording landed among the top ten recorded songs of 2015; “I Believe He’s Alive” (#8) and “I Was There” (#5).

Personal favorites from this recording include:  “I Was There”, “I Believe He’s Alive”, “Even When You’re Asking Why”, “One Glorious Moment Of Faith”, “Praise God He Is Alive”, “God Likes Working In The Midnight Hour” and “Mourning To Dancing”.

Erwins #3The Erwins already found a home in the top five album releases of 2015 when Ready To Sail landed at #5.  The group continues to rise in the ranks of Southern Gospel’s best as they are now featured on many major Southern Gospel concert events held throughout the Southeast USA.

It was another CCM cover that found a home in the top 20 recorded songs released this year.  Mercy Me front man, Bart Millard, helped contribute to the song that ranks 3rd among the best recorded this year; “Greater”.

I look forward to what the future holds for this family group, who should be winning awards before too much longer.

*Video Credit (#TheErwins)