Booth Brothers Essential 25: Nominations
This post commences a new series, inspired by and discussed in our Southern Gospel 101 posts. The Essential 25 is a group-by-group series of the 25 YouTube videos we would choose to introduce someone to a group.
As we discussed in the SG 101 comments, videos on YouTube are both a plus and a minus for a group. On the positive side, there is publicity; YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, second only to Google (its parent company) and larger than Bing, Yahoo!, and Ask. But on the negative side, whether the footage is ripped from a DVD or taken from a live concert performance, it can be in violation of copyright laws (unless necessary permissions are secured) and can detract from artist sales.
For that reason, with the possible exception of long-retired groups, this series will only feature artists whom SouthernGospelBlog.com has contacted and who have sanctioned the idea.
Let’s start with the Booth Brothers.
Daniel: Are you comfortable with fans posting handheld camera live concert videos?
Michael Booth: As a fan I love YouTube clips of songs. I have spent hours on Michael English, Elvis, Blackwood Brothers, Gold City, and on and on and on. Concerning hand held recorders: As an artist, I’m uncomfortable for one reason. It may be a bad night…and once it’s out it’s out.
Daniel: Are you comfortable with this list including songs posted from your professionally produced videos? And does it make a difference if it’s current or out of print?
Michael Booth: At this point I don’t think video sales have been affected by ripping segments from a video. But I’m sure at some point and to some degree it will and has. I don’t mind at all having segments of our videos used by you. As far as YouTube clips having value of exposure, I think they do.
I doubt you will find 25 good clips!!
Daniel: Thank you!
While we appreciate his humility, naturally, I wouldn’t have selected the Booth Brothers to kick the series off unless I was confident that there are at least 25 good ones out there.
Since, for this particular entry, we have clearance to link to both live concert videos and the polished, professional DVDs, I’m aiming for a ratio of half and half, or perhaps 2/3 professional and 1/3 amateur.
Which videos would you include?