NQC 2017: Monday Night Recap

Night two of the 2017 National Quartet Convention has wrapped.  Here were the hits and misses.

  • What childhood memories came flooding back during the Squire Parsons/Kingsmen set.  Happy Squire was gracious to share his set with the Kingsmen to sing some classic Kingsmen songs.
  • Give all the awards to the Mylon Hayes Family.  I am a sucker for proper technical singing and this family is one of the best.  Mylon and Wendy have trained their kids to sing with proper technique, something Mylon learned from his own parents.
  • 11th Hour sounded great tonight running through several hit songs, most notably, “He Welcomes The Beggar”.
  • The Erwins were the highlight early in the program with their performance of “He’s Still Alive”.
  • Another young group that continues to excel at their craft is the Ball Brothers.  Their classy, sometimes jazzy sound infused with impeccable harmonies is hard to beat.
  • Thank you Loren Harris for returning to Southern Gospel music.
  • The Whisnants had the longest set of the evening, clocking in just under 30 minutes but they kept it enjoyable with a great set list.

  • Scott Fowler already making money off the latest political issue.  Paint me surprised.  I’m assuming Scott has not read the United States code on patriotic customs and proper respect for the flag.  It clearly states the flag should never be used as wearing apparel or used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.  Should I boycott Legacy Five now?
  • I didn’t get the Browns set.  By the end it became a train wreck of moos and quacks.
  • The Kingdom Heirs had horrible sound issues at the beginning of their set.
  • Lauren Talley had to carry hosting duties on her shoulders this evening and she did really well.  Her co-host looked like they’d rather been anywhere but there.

 

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Chasing After You” – Erwins  (2) “He’s Still Alive” – Erwins  (3) “Mercy Tree” – Ball Brothers  (4) “Never Made A Promise” – Kingdom Heirs  (5) “He Welcomes The Beggar” – 11th Hour  (6) “Beulah Land” – Squire Parsons  (7) “Look For Me At Jesus Feet” – Kingsmen (*Best Individual Performance of the Night)  (8) “Is That The Old Ship Of Zion” – Kingsmen  (9) “Victory Is Mine” – Karen Peck & New River  (10) “Why He Came” – Mylon Hayes Family  (11) “I Call Him Lord” – Whisnants  (12) “Hear The Word Of The Lord” – Kingsmen  (13) “The Light Just Came On” – Hinson Family

Best Set of the Night:  The Squire Parsons/Kingsmen segment.

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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**

Song Hall Of Fame: “When My Feet Touch The Streets Of Gold”

Hall of Fame (350x202)The month of August is just around the corner.  It is time for me to honor another of Southern Gospel’s greatest compositions by placing it into the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.

Today’s inductee goes back to 1975.  “When My Feet Touch The Streets Of Gold” was first recorded by the Kingsmen on the album, Jubilation.  It became a crowd favorite and they would re-record the song on one of their greatest albums; Live…Naturally (1981).

An interesting tidbit about the song involves the LeFevres.  While the song will forever be remembered as a Kingsmen classic, it was the LeFevres who had a top ten hit with the song in 1976.

This new song hall of fame inductee was penned by Conrad Cook.

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)

Battle Cry (2014) – Kingsmen (Horizon): “Battle Cry“; “I’ve Never Seen The Righteous Forsaken“; “He Took Away My Burden“; “Oh Yes I Am“; “Cross Of Grace“; “Beautiful City“; “I Know“; “It Should Have Rained“;  “Faith“; “Come And Dine“; “Here I Stand Amazed“.

Life (2008) – Dove Brothers (Sonlite): “After The Storm“; “Give It To The Lord“; “I Want To Live For You“; “You Don’t Know God’s Love“; “A Day In The Life Of America“; “Face To Face With Grace“; “I Still Got A Feeling“; “You Would Think He Would Learn“; “You Can’t Fix It“; “Smooth Sailing“.

Nature’s Symphony In 432 (2016) – Isaacs (House Of Isaacs): “Nature’s Symphony“; “Fields“; “I Love You More“; “Lord Of My Heart“; “This Is The Year“; “Bird On The Wing“; “Keep Breathing“; “I Find It All In You“; “Rocks“; “If That’s What It Takes“; “Yours Amen“; “God Is Still With Me“; “Dining With The King“; “None So Lovely“; “Great Is Thy Faithfulness“.

Summer Vacation And A Found Notebook

This post will be the last until Monday July 17th, as this boy heads out on summer vacation.

As I was doing some cleaning this past week I came across a box in the garage with several notebooks I hadn’t seen in years.  When I was a kid, I used to pull out all my favorite record albums and play my favorite songs, acting like Mr DJ.

In July 1982, I started writing down my 20 favorite songs every month.  I kept up with this every month through December 1994.  It brought back memories when I was a youngster and showed me just how much Southern Gospel music impacted my life as a young boy, into my teen years.

So, I thought as I am away on vacation I would share with you what those 20 favorite songs were that I wrote down in July 1982.  The music is found on the sidebar of the website.  Now that I found these notebooks, expect more of these personal features going forward.

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  Please allow me to indulge in a bit of shameless self promotion.  Did you know that Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row has a companion YouTube channel.  It’s sole purpose of keeping Southern Gospel music from the 60s/70s/80s/90s alive.

Also, I wanted to alert my readers that the song of the day is back.  Please look on the left sidebar.

And, finally the ‘ask me anything’ feature will stay a permanent part of the blog.  Please look on the left sidebar.  Click on the ‘ask me anything’ pic and leave a question anytime in the comments section.

All of this was also to say thanks to my readers for allowing me (7) years now to provide you my insights on Southern Gospel music through Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row.