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)
This 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.
The 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
I’m back; revived, refreshed and ready to start May. Free music Monday will continue next week. I will start May as I do each month; provide my readers the five most played Southern Gospel radio songs in my musical playlists over the preceding month. Enjoy!
For 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”.
The 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.