NQC 2017: Saturday Night Recap

The 2017 edition of the National Quartet Convention has wrapped.  The final night brought some good memories.  Here are the hits and misses.

  • The reunion segments were all noteworthy this evening.  Great to see both Tim Riley and Jay Parrack during the Gold City reunion.
  • The Perrys line-up of 30 years ago started their reunion segment.  I remember seeing the group for the first time during this era.
  • The Nelons segment honoring Rex Nelon was also strong.  Going through many of the group’s early signature songs was awesome!
  • Outside the reunion segments, the Isaacs had a strong set.  Everything from the Hebrew song to the rousing “He Ain’t Never Done Me Nothing But Good”.
  • The Kingdom Heirs proved at the end of the night that you don’t need tracks.  It would be nice to hear more of that in Southern Gospel music.

  • Since it was the end of the week, listeners were treated to a bunch of recycled songs that had already been performed during the week.
  • I don’t know if anyone else did, but there were webcast issues all evening.  it would freeze, then crash and freeze again and I guarantee you it wasn’t my internet connection.
  • You think they would have chosen a closing song that all the artists on stage, knew.


**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “I’d Rather Have Jesus” – Blackwood Brothers  (2) “I’m Not Giving Up” – Gold City  (3) “When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Tribute Quartet  (4) “We Shall Reign” – Perrys  (5) “Never No Never” – Joseph Habedank  (6) “He Is Mine And I Am His” – Hoppers  (7) “I Have A Father Who Can” – Isaacs  (8) “I Love You More” – Isaacs  (9) “Come Morning” – Nelons  (10) “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down” – Nelons  (11) “Give Me Jesus” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound  (12) “I Know He Heard My Prayer” – Kingdom Heirs (*Best Individual Performance of the Night)  (13) “Jesus The One” – Hoppers

Best Set of the Night:  The Isaacs


The Southern Gospel Notebook: September 1986

Happy Wednesday.  It is time to change the music on the sidebar.  How about we go into my Southern Gospel notebook.  As a kid, into my teen years, I wrote down my twenty favorite songs every month.

I started this in July 1982 and continued until December 1994.  Today’s post is a notebook entry from September 1986.  These were my twenty favorite songs.  Enjoy!

**Music is on the sidebar as a playlist**

Treasures Of Gold: Gold City


  • Album:  Treasures Of Gold
  • Artist:  Gold City
  • Label:  New Haven
  • Style:  Traditional, Progressive
  • Release Date:  08/04/17
  • Digital Download:  Yes (Apple Music)
  • Running Time:  42 Minutes


This week we take a look at a current album from Gold City, Treasures Of Gold.

New Haven Records decided to release another collection of past songs.  Why?  This entire decade has only seen one album of new music from Gold City.  That was Somebody’s Coming (2011).  The record label slapped three new songs on Treasures Of Gold to at least pique listener’s interest.

The 2017 vocal line-up of Gold City (on the three new songs) is Thomas Nalley (tenor), Scott Brand (lead), Daniel Riley (baritone) and Chris West (bass).


  • Of the three new songs found on Treasures Of Gold, the stand out is the Chris West feature, “Ain’t No Limit”.  A great mid to up-tempo song that would be the best radio single choice on the recording.
  • Daniel is featured on the second new song worth a mention; “If Church Pews Could Shout”.  While the thought of inanimate objects talking/shouting seems ridiculous, the sentiment of conveying what occurred in those old churches makes sense.
  • While the other nine songs are from other recordings, I thought “Walkin And Talkin With My Lord” featured current bass singer Chris West.  But I assume it is the original cut with then bass singer Aaron McCune?  Either way, I enjoyed hearing it again.
  • Also, a long time Gold City listener can never tire of rocking out to the original cut of “God’s Building A Church”.
  • Strongest (new) songs included in order:  “Ain’t No Limit” and “If Church Pews Could Shout”.
  • The weakest of the three new songs is the current radio single, “I Will Stand”.  The song features tenor, Thomas Nalley.  The big orchestrated ballad that just doesn’t resonate with this listener.
  • Why, why, why another collection of previously recorded songs.  Is Gold City just a tribute band to the original group these days?
  • The album cover design has to be some of the worst I’ve seen in Southern Gospel music.
  • Weakest (new) songs included in order:  “I Will Stand”.


With the appeal of EP’s nowadays, Gold City would have been best served giving listeners an EP of six new songs instead of releasing another collection of previously recorded songs.  If I were you, I would go grab the two new songs that are noteworthy.

(New) SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “I Cast My Bread Upon The Water”  2. “Truth Is Marching On  3. “Peter, James And John  4. “I Will Stand”/Thomas – Lee Black, Jason Cox  5. “Walkin And Talkin With My Lord”  6. “I’m Rich”  7. “If Church Pews Could Shout”/Daniel – Lee Black, Michael Farren, Kenna West  8. “God’s Building A Church”  9. “What Children Believe”  10. “Ain’t No Limit”/Chris – Jason Cox, Joseph Habedank, Kenna West  11. “Never Too Broken To Belong”  12. “God Handled It All”

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Southern Gospel artists had to be good at lip syncing in the 1980s.  There was a television program on during most of the decade, Sing Out America, hosted by Rusty Goodman, Kelly Nelon and Bill Traylor.  Many times artists simply lip synced to their latest recording since the program was recorded in a studio.

There is no more evidence of the fact than seeing Gold City lip sync to their 1986 live recording, Double Take Live.

The Southern Gospel Notebook: August 1983

Sorry for my absence, but the busyness of life keeps you from your hobbies at times.  So, today I thought I would offer another page from my Southern Gospel notebook.  As a kid, into my teen years, I wrote down my twenty favorite songs every month.

I started this in July 1982 and continued until December 1994.  Today’s post took my notebook entry from August 1983.  These were my twenty favorite songs.  Enjoy!

**Music is on the sidebar as a playlist**

The Southern Gospel Notebook: July 1984

Before I left for vacation, I posted about several notebooks I found while cleaning the garage.  As a kid, into my teen years, I wrote down my twenty favorite songs every month.

I started this in July 1982 and continued until December 1994.  The response was overwhelming to my first post and therefore it will continue.

Today’s post took my notebook entry from July 1984.  These were my twenty favorite songs.  Enjoy!

**Music is on the sidebar as a playlist**

Best Of The Last Decade (2007-2016)

Somebody’s Coming (2011) – Gold City (New Haven): “Peter, James And John“; “I Get Down“; “Footprints On The Water“; “It Won’t Be Long“; “Showers Of Blessings“; “Lord Of Life“; “Somebody’s Coming“; “Leave That Burden“; “I Have An Anchor“; “Never Too Broken To Belong“.

Love Came Calling (2010) – Triumphant Quartet (Mansion Entertainment): “Saved By Grace“; “Love Came Calling“; “I Can Take You To The Place“; “Mercy, Forgiveness And Grace“; “Movin’ Up To Gloryland“; “The Undertaker“; “Jesus Is Your Ticket To Heaven“; “We Shall Overcome“; “Holy Hands“; “The Cross Of Christ“; “You’ll Find Me There“.

Whatever The Road (2015) – Jason Crabb (Sony): “Never Gonna Let Me Go“; “Chance For A Miracle“; “He Knows What He’s Doing“; “If I Shout“; “He Won’t Leave You There“; “Home“; “This Life For You“; “It’s A Good Life“; “Opened Up My Eyes“; “Mysterious Way“.

Best Album Openers: “God’s Building A Church”

gold-cityTalk to anyone that follows Southern Gospel music and they are quick to give you lists.  Lists of the all time greatest bass singer or how about Southern Gospel’s greatest quartet.

Today, I wanted to start another new feature highlighting Southern Gospel’s best album opening songs.  Anytime you start a new album from your favorite artist, that first song truly sets the tone.

The first song in the series comes from Gold City’s 1997 recording, What A Great Lifestyle.  “God’s Building A Church” may very well be the best opening track of any recording in the group’s discography.

It truly set the tone for what turned out to be an amazing recording.  Sandy Knight penned this high energy tune that defines Gold City.