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?

NQC 2016: Saturday Night Recap

1411581550The 2016 National Quartet Convention has come to a close.  Lets close out NQC 2016 with some final hits and misses.  I also want to thank all my readers who came to read my recaps for the week.  You’re the only reason I keep this blog running.

  • Thoroughly enjoyed Tribute Quartet’s set tonight.  Been waiting all week for them to perform “When The Prodigal Comes Home”.
  • The Erwins were impressive.  These kids have a bright future in Southern Gospel music.
  • Some nice traditional quartet music by the Blackwood Brothers started the evening.
  • The Bowling girls impressed with their performance.
  • The remainder of the evening was good, just nothing that totally blew me away.

  • The #1 hits finale was a bit dull this year.
  • Have the Inspirations thought about retirement?

 

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Chasing After You” – Erwins  (2) “He Won’t Fail You” – Taylors  (3) “Only Jesus Can Heal This Hurting World” – Gordon Mote  (4) “Holy Shore” – Perrys  (5) “When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Tribute Quartet (**Favorite song performance of the evening)  (6) “Who Can Do Anything” – Triumphant Quartet  (7) “High And Lifted Up” – Talleys  (8) “Wonderful Grace Of Jesus” – Greater Vision with Mark Trammell

Best Set of the Night:  The Erwins.