Southern Gospel: Weekly Chatter

Hello All.  I, like many of you, have questions from time to time about certain Southern Gospel topics.  It is now your turn, the reader, to give me answers to current questions I have.

Periodically I will be presenting this new weekly chatter segment where I ask the questions and you give me the answers.  So here goes.

  1. Anyone have any idea when we’ll get a new album from the Bowling Family?  We’re working on four years since they gave Southern Gospel listeners a new recording.
  2. What is up with the Isaacs getting new radio singles out?  Haven’t heard a new song at radio since “Yours Amen”.
  3. Any early odds on the Legacy Five vocal replacements (tenor and baritone)?

Best Of The Last Decade (2007-2016)

Why Can’t We (2011) – Isaacs (Gaither Music): “Hallelujah Turnpike“; “Waiting In The Water“; “Four Men Walkin’ Around“; “Why Can’t We“; “God Still Has A Plan“; “You Can’t Take My Joy“; “Why“; “I Still Trust You“; “He Knows All About It“; “Get On Board“; “That Is Why I Sing“;  “I’m Gonna Love You Through It“; “I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary“.

Faith To Believe (2008) – Mike and Kelly Bowling (Canaan): “Your Cries Have Awoken The Master“; “It’s Alright“; “I’ve Never Walked Alone“; “God’s Not Through With You“; “Oh How Sweet Is The Victory“; “Notified“; “A Miracle Today“; “I Never Shall Forget The Day“; “I Have Faith“; “The Only One“; “Keep Breathing“; “We Have A Savior“.

Never Walk Alone (2010) – Brian Free and Assurance (Daywind): “Anything Is Possible“; “I Believe“; “God Will Close The Door“; “The Part Where You Come In“; “Remind Me Of The Cross“; “It’s My Life“; “Turn The Page“; “Stand Among The Millions“; “It’s Gotta Be God“; “Never Walk Alone“.

Best Of The Last Decade (2007-2016)

What A Moment (2016) – 11th Hour (Sonlite): “Mountain Moving Faith“; “Look At Me Now“; “Love Still Holds The Scars“; “Bound“; “He Welcomes The Beggar“; “He’s Alive And So Am I“; “When God Shows Up“; “Can You Burn“; “Ain’t No Bones“; “I Trust“.

Shine (2010) – Bowling Family (Big Ten House): “Sunshine On A Rainy Day“; “How Blessed“; “Sailing On Home“; “When We Need It Most“; “This Is Your Moment“; “Run And Tell“; “Tell Them That I Love Them“; “He Did“; “He Already Knows“; “Pray Anyway“; “The Half That’s Never Been Told“; “He Leads Me Each Step Of The Way“; “I Still Glory In The Cross“.

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.