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

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NQC 2017: Tuesday Night Recap

Tuesday night of the 2017 National Quartet Convention is now in the record books.  The night offered some strong single song performances.  Here are the hits and misses.

  • What a touching moment from 20-year-old pianist, Josh Townsend.  He has suffered more in 20 years than most do in a lifetime.
  • You’d be hard pressed to find a stronger male vocalist in any genre of music than that of Joseph Habedank.  Wow, what a performance tonight!
  • We need more live music at NQC.  High Road left me gobsmacked late into the night with their performance of “Christ My Hope, My Glory”.
  • The entire Daywind artist segment near the end of the night offered some strong moments.

  • There was a song sung early in the night that stuck out because of how awful it was.  A song about God being against the law.  It was dreadful.
  • There were once again sound issues at the beginning of the night that worked itself out as the night progressed.

 

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow” – Dixie Melody Boys  (2) “Forgiven” – Ball Brothers  (3) “My Hope Is In The Blood” – Perrys  (4) “God’s Been Good” – Josh Townsend  (5) “The Song Of Moses” – Hoppers  (6) “Rolled Back Stone” – Greater Vision  (7) “Here He Comes” – Joseph Habedank  (8) “Beauty Of The Blood” – Joseph Habedank  (9) “Never Forsaken” – Tribute Quartet  (10) “When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Tribute Quartet  (11) “Christ My Hope, My Glory” – High Road with Jason Crabb (*Best Individual Performance of the Night)  (12) “Plain And Simple” – Wisecarvers

Best Set of the Night:  Joseph Habedank.

Smack Down!! “My Hope Is In The Blood”

One of the most popular features on Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row in the early days of the blog was a feature, song covers Smack Down.  It has been nearly a year since the last Smack Down.

Today we look at a Primitive Quartet original, “My Hope Is In The Blood” and pit it against the recent cover of the song by the Perrys.  Primitive quartet member Reagan Riddle wrote the song.  Which version comes out on top.  You decide.

  • Artist:  Primitive Quartet
  • Album:  My Hope Is In The Blood
  • Release Year:  1990
  • Featured Vocalist:  Norman Wilson

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  • Artist:  Perrys
  • Album:  Testament
  • Release Year:  2017
  • Featured Vocalist:  Libbi Stuffle

Best Of The Last Decade (2007-2016)

Through The Night (2012) – Perrys (Daywind): “I Got A Hold Of God This Morning“; “Whosoever Will“; “Everywhere I Go“; “Through The Night“; “He Is Good To Me“; “Too Good Not To Be True“; “The Blood And Its Power“; “One Of These Mornings“; “Unspoken Request“; “When He Spoke“.

Jason Crabb (2009) – Jason Crabb (SpringHill): “Somebody Like Me“; “Walk On Water“; “Daystar“; “Worth It All“; “I Will Love You“; “Through The Fire“; “Sometimes I Cry“; “Hope For Me Yet“; “One Day At A Time“; “Ellsworth“; “No Love Lost“; “Forever’s End“.

A Beautiful Thing (2007) – CrossWay (Big Ten House): “70 x 7“; “On My Way To Heaven“; “That’s All“; “Beautiful Thing“; “Took It All Away“; “Greatest Love“; “Hallelujah Side“; “When I Hear The Thunder“; “Wherever You Are“; “Surrendering“; “Thank God I’m Not Jesus“.

Testament: Perrys

GRADE:  B+

  • Album:  Testament
  • Artist:  Perrys
  • Label:  Stow Town
  • Style:  Traditional, Progressive
  • Release Date:  06/09/17
  • Digital Download:  Yes (Apple Music)
  • Running Time:  36 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

This week we take a look at the new album from the Perrys, Testament.  The album hit retail on Friday June 9th, 2017.

The Perrys are celebrating 47 years in Southern Gospel music.  Testament marks the third album released by Stow Town Records.  The Perrys use Wayne Haun once again to produce Testament.

The 2017 edition of the Perrys are composed of Libbi Stuffle (alto/lead), Andrew Goldman (tenor/lead), Troy Peach (lead/baritone), Jared Stuffle (baritone) and Tracy Stuffle (bass).

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Libbi’s rich alto vocal has been the centerpiece of the Perrys sound for nearly 30 years.  She has the top three stand out tracks on Testament.
  • The best song on the album is the powerful, “I Will Pray”.  Libbi conveys the message with conviction on this soon to be Wayne Haun/Joel Lindsey classic.
  • The Perrys go back and cover the Primitive Quartet’s classic, “My Hope Is In The Blood”.  Libbi takes the song to new heights.
  • Libbi’s third masterpiece on the recording is another ballad, “Find Me Faithful”.  This would make a strong radio single choice.
  • Speaking of radio singles, the first from Testament is the stand out up-tempo song, “Moses And Elijah”.  This song of rapture, penned by Rebecca Peck and Dianne Wilkinson will have you hitting repeat.
  • The Perrys remind listeners of their convention style singing on the classic, “The Harder The Battle The Sweeter The Victory”.
  • It was great hearing Tracy performing on the barn burner, “Lord Send Me”.  While Jared turns in his finest performance to date on “Who I Could Have Been”.
  • Kudos for including some crying steel guitar, heard on the Troy Peach feature, “Sing In The Valley”.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “I Will Pray”, “My Hope Is In The Blood”, “Find Me Faithful”, “Moses And Elijah”, “Let’s Stop For A Moment”, “The Harder The Battle The Sweeter The Victory”, “Lord Send Me” and “Sing In The Valley”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The country-style, “It Carried Him” seemed out-of-place with the rest of the album.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “It Carried Him”.

WRAP UP:

The Perrys have a winner with Testament.  Could easily be one of the top album releases of 2017.  It is the best album the Perrys have released with Stow Town Records.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Let’s Stop For A Moment”/Ensemble; Andrew – Kyla Rowland  2. “I Will Pray“/Libbi – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey  3. “It’s Not Here To Stay“/Troy  – ??  4. “Find Me Faithful”/Libbi – Jeffrey Bumgardner, Joel Lindsey, Karen Peck Gooch  5. “Lord, Send Me”/Ensemble – Ronny Hinson  6. “Who I Could Have Been”/Jared – ??  7. “Sing In The Valley”/Troy – ??  8. “Moses And Elijah“/Andrew – Rebecca Peck, Dianne Wilkinson  9. “It Carried Him”/Andrew – Wayne Haun, Kirk Talley  10. “My Hope Is In The Blood”/Ensemble; Libbi – Reagan Riddle  11. “The Harder The Battle, The Sweeter The Victory”/Ensemble – Traditional

Southern Gospel Clones

In the case of today’s post, a clone is an artist that duplicates, imitates or closely resembles another artist in appearance, performance or style.

Today’s post is not meant to be a bad thing (as in the myriad of carbon copy artists in the industry), but one that will take a Southern Gospel artist from the past and match them to an artist of today that best resembles/carries on the sound of the great artist of the past.  I will continue this feature with several more posts.

  • Downings match is the Taylors
  • Florida Boys match is Freedom Quartet
  • Happy Goodmans match is the Perrys
  • Hinsons match is the Hinson Family
  • Mid South Boys match is Akins
  • Oak Ridge Boys match is Triumphant

So with the artists in today’s grouping, do you agree with my choices or do you feel other artists match closer to the great artists of the past?

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  The Paynes are credited with releasing the first concept video in Southern Gospel music, with their hit single, “I’m A Jesus Fan”.

Other artists followed giving Southern Gospel several concept videos in the 1980’s.  Do you remember these?