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 1973, but wouldn’t become known in Southern Gospel music until 1988. “God On The Mountain” will forever be associated with the McKameys. The song was found on the group’s live recording Gone To Meetin’ (1988).
The song is one of the most well-known Southern Gospel songs having been recorded over 200 times. Outside of the songwriter, the earliest recording of the song I am aware of is by the Song Masters on their 1976 album, Behold The Lamb.
“God On The Mountain” was penned by Tracy Dartt. Enjoy this video clip of the author performing his masterpiece.
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**
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**
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.
- Album: Be Brave
- Artist: McKameys
- Label: Horizon
- Style: Traditional, Appalachian
- Release Date: 06/09/17
- Digital Download: Yes (Apple Music)
- Running Time: 29 Minutes
This week we take a look at the new album from the McKameys, Be Brave. The album hit retail on Friday June 9th, 2017.
One thing McKamey fans can be sure of is an annual new recording from the group. Be Brave marks the 53rd album in the group’s career discography. That is impressive.
At this point in their career, the McKameys is not going to cover any new musical ground. McKamey fans can expect the same traditional, Appalachian musical style the group has been providing since the start.
- Sheryl shines on Be Brave. Not only with her rich alto vocal but also with the songwriting she provided the recording.
- The stand out track is a song Sheryl wrote and is featured; “Living For Eternity”. A nice mid-tempo number that should be considered for radio single.
- Sheryl backs that up with a nice ballad feature, the album’s title track; “Be Brave”.
- The McKameys give listener’s a convention style song to open the album, “So Good To Me”. This would make for a great concert opener in the live setting.
- The album closes on a strong note with the Connie feature, “Since When”.
- The album’s first single is a Roger Fortner feature, “For The Record”. He has been a go to recently as far as radio singles are concerned.
- With a running time of 29 minutes, you can listen to Be Brave twice in the time it takes to listen to most Southern Gospel albums once.
- Strongest songs included in order: “Living For Eternity”, “Be Brave”, “So Good To Me”, “Since When”, “For The Record” and “Jesus Passed By”.
- Of all songs to cover, why “Come Forth As Gold”? This song was first recorded on Sheltered (1995).
- Weakest songs included in order: “Come Forth As Gold” and “One Thing I Know”.
The McKameys remain consistent to their style, heritage and their loyal fan base. No need to ever paint outside that box.
SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter: 1. “So Good To Me”/Ensemble – Tracy Jones 2. “Living For Eternity“/Sheryl – Sheryl Farris 3. “Come Forth As Gold“/Peg – Sandy Blythe 4. “It’s Mine”/Ruben; Connie – Rebecca Peck; Dianne Wilkinson 5. “Be Brave”/Sheryl – Sheryl Farris 6. “On And On”/Connie – Sheryl Farris 7. “For The Record”/Roger – Sheryl Farris 8. “One Thing I Know“/Peg – Sheryl Farris 9. “Jesus Passed By”/Sheryl – Sheryl Farris 10. “Since When”/Connie – Kristi Fitzwater, Tim Parton
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)
- Album – Something Worth Saving
- Artist – McKameys
- Label – Horizon Records
- Style – Traditional, Appalachian
- Release Date – 06/10/16
- Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)
The McKameys have become a steadfast institution in Southern Gospel music. Their Appalachian style and presentation has endeared Southern Gospel audiences now for over 50 years.
The group makes it an effort to get a new album out to McKamey fans every year. 2016 finds their newest effort, Something Worth Saving.
That steadfast style/presentation has not changed during the group’s career and listeners will get exactly that on Something Worth Saving.
- Connie picks up where she left off on the group’s last effort, What If by providing listeners the best moments on Something Worth Saving.
- That starts with the Leigh Parsons Sexton tune, “Bring You Glory”. The musical accompaniment (opening piano score) is different from the majority of McKamey songs. Connie conveys the song perfectly.
- She is also featured on the Rebecca Peck/Dianne Wilkinson collab; “Days Gone By”. This is traditional Southern Gospel at its best. This would make a strong choice for Southern Gospel radio.
- The first single from the recording features Sheryl, who also penned, “That’s Why There’s A Cross”. The message of the cross and the blood will never get old with Southern Gospel listening audiences. This song, another reminder of His ultimate sacrifice.
- Peg takes the lead on the up-tempo, “I’ve Been In The Book”. This toe tapper can also be credited to Peck/Wilkinson. These two have been working together a lot lately to craft some stellar songs for Southern Gospel artists.
- Roger Fortner has found a home on McKamey albums recently. His contribution to Something Worth Saving is the Rodney Birch penned, “A Few Things”. This acoustical bluegrass flavored tune is worth a listen.
- I also enjoyed the album’s closing number, “Come To My Rescue”. A Southern Gospel song of praise
- Strongest songs included in order: “Bring You Glory”, “That’s Why There’s A Cross”, “Days Gone By”, “Come To My Rescue”, “I’ve Been In The Book” and “A Few Things”.
- If you weren’t a fan of the McKameys music prior to Something Worth Saving, this album is not going to change that.
- I could have used at least two more up-tempo numbers to offset all of the slower to mid-tempo songs.
- Weakest songs included in order: “Back To Bethel” and “I Believe”.
The McKameys long and storied recording career continues with Something Worth Saving. The McKameys are at a point in their career where they provide their fan base exactly what they’ve come to expect. If the group happens to pick up some new listeners as a result, then they are all the better for it.
SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter: 1. “Christ Is Able”/Ensemble; Sheryl – Mike Harland, Tommy Walker 2. “I’ve Been In The Book“/Peg – Rebecca Peck, Dianne Wilkinson 3. “Bring You Glory”/Connie – Leigh Parsons Sexton 4. “I Believe”/Eli – Sheryl Farris 5. “That’s Why There’s A Cross”/Sheryl – Sheryl Farris 6. “A Few Things”/Roger – Rodney Birch 7. “Back To Bethel”/Peg – Larry Whitehead 8. “Days Gone By“/Connie – Rebecca Peck, Dianne Wilkinson 9. “Something Worth Saving”/Ruben – Larry Whitehead 10. “Come To My Rescue”/Sheryl – Sheryl Farris
*Video Credit (The McKameys – Topic)
As the heat brings us ever closer to summer, it is time to start June 2016. The five most played Southern Gospel radio singles in my musical playlists over the preceding month are: