And New Artist Of The Year Goes To…

If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you are probably aware there are times I will start what seems to be a feature and then never continue.  A direct result of too many ideas always floating around in my brain.

In April of 2016, I had a POST where I decided to go back through Southern Gospel awards history to determine how many new artist of the year award winners went on to have lengthy careers.  I wanted to use both early Dove Award and Singing News Fan Award winners in this feature.  The post only featured early Dove Award winners.  I thought I would finally pick up this feature and continue with Singing News fan award winners for horizon group.

Singing News awarded the first horizon group in 1988.  Interesting enough, the Dixie Melody Boys won.  After a lengthy career leading up to 1988, the Dixie Melody Boys diverted to Christian country music in the mid 80s and eventually became the DMB Band.  Fans reacted when Ed put the traditional quartet back together and awarded him with horizon group in ’88.

Another quartet, which is now a staple among Southern Gospel listeners, the Kingdom Heirs, were handed horizon group in ’89.  Rick Strickland (tenor), David McGill (lead), Steve French (baritone) and Bob Caldwell (bass) was the vocal line-up at this time.

We’ll close today’s segment with yet another quartet win for horizon group.  1990 saw the award go to the Down East Boys.  After a string of strong recordings in the late 80’s, this win was no surprise.  Speaking of lengthy careers, all three award winners highlighted are still touring today!

NQC 2016: Wednesday Night Recap

l5NQC 2016 is now half way through.  How did Wednesday evening’s performances stack up?  Lets find out.

  • Congrats on Connie Hopper winning another alto award this afternoon.  This blogger considers Connie the best Southern Gospel artist to ever grace a Southern Gospel stage.
  • It was nice for McCray Dove to pay homage to Ed O’Neal by joining the Dixie Melody Boys on stage to begin the night.
  • Was glad to see Goodman Revival given some time after winning horizon group.
  • Legacy Five was about as solid as I’ve seen them.  See how much more enjoyable your performance can be when you don’t infuse your political views.
  • Tribute Quartet decided to showcase some of the best material from their new album.  Absolutely enjoyed “God Of The Storm”.

  • We are at that point in the week where artists start to recycle their set.  For individuals that watch the entire week, you are only left bored.
  • Has Ivan Parker thought about retirement?
  • Lost the web cam feed during a segment of the Talleys set tonight.
  • Why did the convention board think it was a good idea putting the Browns last on the program after several artists did that 68 minute segment.  The last thing I wanted to hear after that was barnyard noises.


**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “I Hold A Clear Title” – Goodman Revival  (2) “It’s Almost Over” – Mark Trammell Quartet  (3) “Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River  (4) “If I Shout” – Jason Crabb  (5) “Worry Ends Where Faith Begins” – Whisnants  (6) “God Of The Storm” – Tribute Quartet (**Favorite song performance of the evening)  (7) “It’s What He’s Done” – Wilburn & Wilburn  (8) “He Made A Change” – Legacy Five  (9) “Jesus, The One” – Hoppers

Best Set of the Night:  A full set of solid music and no commentary gives Legacy Five the set of the night.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  We are less than a week away from starting September 2016.  September has been an interesting month when it comes to single month #1 songs.  This modern era of chart history has a new #1 song every month.  That wasn’t the case decades ago when some songs would spend many consecutive months at #1.  Here are all the single month #1 songs that happened during the month of September.

  • September 1973 – “He Pilots My Ship” (Happy Goodmans)
  • September 1980 – “Better Hurry Up” (Happy Goodmans)
  • September 1982 – “Antioch Church Choir” (Dixie Melody Boys)
  • September 1984 – “Who Put The Tears” (McKameys)
  • September 1992 – “I’m Glad I Know Who Jesus Is” (Nelons)
  • September 2001 – “That’s Why I Love To Call His Name” (Kingdom Heirs)

Top Ten Back Then

5This week’s top ten back then selection takes us back 32 years to January 1984.  The Dixie Melody Boys were still riding the success of their #1 hit in 1982; “Antioch Church Choir (Uncle Jesse)”.  In 1983 the group would take on a country sound with the release of the album, More Than Just Good Ole Boys.

By January 1984, the first single from that recording, “Good Ole Boys”, would find a home at #5 on the Singing News top 40 chart.  Eddie Carswell penned this tune that was taken from the Waylon Jennings, Dukes Of Hazard theme song.  This would be the last top five song for the Dixie Melody Boys until their return to traditional quartet music in 1988.

1984Other memorable moments from January 1984:

  1. Apple unveiled its first Macintosh personal computer.
  2. Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.
  3. Madonna makes first appearance on American Bandstand.
  4. NCAA announced the basketball tournament would move to 64 teams.
  5. President Reagan announced he would seek a second term.


2015 NQC – Wednesday Night Recap

JasonCrabb-2014-Prov1 (225x300)Wednesday night could have ended sooner.  Of the 23 years I have either attended or watched the NQC via webcast, this may have been the most uninspiring, least memorable of any I have witnessed.  There were a few bright spots.

  • Thank you Jason Crabb for rescuing this night musically.  Your entire set flowed seamlessly from one song to the next.  The two new songs were phenomenal.
  • One of my greatest Southern Gospel heroes, Ed O’Neal, proved why he should still be singing quartet music.  An enjoyable set from beginning to end.
  • Tim Riley singing “Under Control” is always worth a mention.  This song will be forever identified with that voice.  I didn’t understand non-Gold City members being a part of the final segment but I’ve never attended a Heritage of Gold concert either.  I am guessing that is what happens at one of these events.
  • While not the best song selection chosen for their set, I have to congratulate the Erwins on their Singing News fan award win for best new mixed group.  I have been singing the praises of this group for almost two years now.  I wish they would have staged “Greater”.

  • I promise this will be the last night I call out Scott Fowler, even though they have one more set this week.  It is interesting the one founding father passage Scott chose to read from the ‘patriotic’ bible is from Patrick Henry.  If you can’t remember your U.S. History class, Patrick Henry is most famous for the “Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death” speech.  What you may not know about Patrick Henry is that he was leader of the anti-federalists in Virginia and he was one of the staunchest opponents of the U.S. Constitution.  He declined to attend the Constitutional Convention in 1787.  Among one of the most significant events in the history of our country, George Washington presided over the convention which resulted in the creation of the U.S. Constitution.  Henry was an outspoken critic of George Washington, James Madison (the Constitution’s author) and Thomas Jefferson.  Good try Scott, but again I suggest you read the writings of the Constitution’s actual architects.  These were the gentlemen who helped set up the powers of our government, its three branches and the rule of law in this nation.  No where in our Constitution is the word God, Jesus or Christianity.  I have a challenge for you.  I am willing to pay for you to take a U.S. History class, most notably constitutional history.  Shoot me an email and I will make it happen.
  • The entire evening seemed rushed to a certain degree.  Some groups seemed like they had very little time while others had too much.  Ernie Haase & Signature Sound barely got three songs in with very little talking before they were carted off the stage.
  • The Gerald Wolfe/Jason Crabb banter about having each other’s new CD got old.
  • Here is hoping the remainder of the week steps it up from what was offered tonight.


**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Happy People” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound  (2) “When I Get Home” – Primtive Quartet  (3) “Listening For The Shout” – Browders  (4) “He Left No Stone Unturned” – LeFevre Quartet  (5) “The Lord Will Make A Way” – Dixie Melody Boys  (6) “Home” – Jason Crabb (**Favorite song performance of the evening)  (7) “Under Control” – Tim Riley

Best Set of the Night:  Jason Crabb.

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Dixie Melody Boys

dmb2001quartetclassicsmaxThis week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Dixie Melody Boys. On October 4th, 2011, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Dixie Melody Boys highlighting the group’s ten best albums. Since that time, the group has released Have You Heard (2013).  The album was strong enough to find a place in the group’s ten best albums, knocking out the 1982 recording, And Friends Live.  This redux feature will also shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the Dixie Melody Boys’career thus far.  First, the original list highlighting the Dixie Melody Boys’ ten best recordings.

  1. Antioch Church Choir (Uncle Jesse) (1982)
  2. No Compromise (1993)
  3. Too Much Thunder (1984)
  4. Masterpiece (1994)
  5. Live! (1980)
  6. Old Time Religion (1996)
  7. The Sing-Sational (1979)
  8. Ridin’ High (1989)
  9. Heading Home (1999)
  10. And Friends Live (1982)

dixiemelodyboys2005likeneverbeforemaxNEW TOP TEN LIST:

  1. Antioch Church Choir (Uncle Jesse) (1982)
  2. No Compromise (1993)
  3. Too Much Thunder (1984)
  4. Masterpiece (1994)
  5. Live! (1980)
  6. Old Time Religion (1996)
  7. Have You Heard (2013)
  8. The Sing-Sational (1979)
  9. Ridin’ High (1989)
  10. Heading Home (1999)

The lowest ranked albums in the Dixie Melody Boys discography are as follows:

  1. Quartet Classics (2001)
  2. Favorite Hymns (1978)
  3. Like Never Before (2005)

Enter To Win: Friday Fun Giveaway

dmb1994masterpiecemaxAnother weekend means time to give away some more free music.  Good to break away from the voting polls as to not cause voter fatigue.  As I go in to the prize bag this week, I pulled out the Dixie Melody Boys 1994 recording, Masterpiece.

Song list on Masterpiece includes:  (1) “There’s No Back Door To Heaven”  (2) “Masterpiece”  (3) “I’ll Be Living That Way”  (4) “You’ve Done, Done Enough”  (5) “What More Could He Have Done”  (6) “It Is Finished”  (7) “Beautiful Heaven”  (8) “Jesus Died So I Won’t Have To”  (9) “The Ship Will No Go Down”  (10) “That’s Why I’m Praying For You”.

Ed O’Neal has been given the moniker, Dean of Ed O’Neal University because of the number of singers that have spent time with the Dixie Melody Boys.  This week you will have to pick out the vocalists presented that at one time spent time with the Dixie Melody Boys.

The first person to email me ( the answer to the following question will win.  Name the five vocalists featured in this musical montage that spent time singing with the Dixie Melody Boys.  Please note all CDs given away are used (but I have been the only owner).


Congratulations to Emma who was the first to email me the correct answers to this week’s CD giveaway.  Remember to all those who play, my goal is to give away free music every Friday; so stay tuned.  Here are the correct answers.

  1. Rodney Griffin (Greater Vision)
  2. Mike Rogers (Brian Free & Assurance)
  3. Harold Reed (Diplomats; the song was when he was with the Kingsmen)
  4. McCray Dove
  5. Devin McGlamery (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)


Southern Gospel Song List – “Welcome Home”

dixieechoes1966echoing150I happened to have my music playlist on shuffle the other day and the coincidence of two songs with the same title happened to play back to back.  It made me think of all the songs in Southern Gospel music that have the same title, but are totally different songs.

kingsmen1967singout150Thus, this new feature is born; the Southern Gospel song list.  The first song I want to feature is the song that happened to be the one that played back to back; “Welcome Home”.  I have at least a dozen songs with the title “Welcome Home” in my music library.  Of those, I will feature song snippets of all the “Welcome Home” songs that are different.

It all starts in 1966 with the Dixie Echoes and the song “Welcome Home” recorded on the album, Echoing.  They would re-record it on their 1976 album, Get On Board.  The Florida Boys also recorded this particular song on their 1968 album, Make Happy Tracks.  The Happy Goodmans would also add their touch to this song on their 1968 Grammy award-winning album, The Happy Gospel Of.

paynes1982readyornot150The Speer Family, in 1966, on the album A Singing Heritage recorded the up-tempo “Welcome Home” most Southern Gospel listeners are familiar.  The song was also recorded in 1967 by the Kingsmen on the album Sing Out.  The Dixie Echoes would also record this version in 1967 (Coming On Strong) and 2006 (Sounds Of Sunday).

bishops1988liveatfayetteville150We move to 1982 to the next “Welcome Home” song.  This one by the Paynes on their 1982 album, Ready Or Not.

The Bishops were next to record a song with the title “Welcome Home”.  Their’s came with the 1988 album, Live At Fayetteville Community Church.

downeastboys1989milesofsmiles150The Down East Boys recorded another up-tempo “Welcome Home” on their 1989 album, Miles Of Smiles.  The Hayes Family also recorded this version on their 1992 album, All We Have Is Jesus.

cjrevivers1990untilthen150Charles Johnson and the Revivers recorded a song (written by Johnson) titled “Welcome Home” on their 1990 recording, Until Then.

dixiemelodyboys1996oldtimereligion150The Dixie Melody Boys were next with “Welcome Home” from their 1996 recording, Old Time Religion.

mountainfaith2011savemeFinally, the most recent version of “Welcome Home” comes from bluegrass Gospel artist, Mountain Faith and their 2011 recording; Save Me.

Was there any other “Welcome Home” songs that I missed?