Video of the Day: Tribute Quartet

Dinana just posted a video of Tribute Quartet singing the Southern Gospel classic “Look For Me Around the Throne.” It’s the best footage I’ve seen yet of their new bass singer, Anthony Davis, and shows again why Riley Clark picked up a top 10 tenor of the year nomination in his first year on the road.

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34 Letters to the Editor

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  1. Great video. They have such a smooth sound. Thanks for the video!

  2. Where’s the pianist?

    • He’s singing baritone!! Josh doesn’t play the piano on every song.

      Thanks for featuring this, Daniel. I really loved this song and the way they sang it!! I was delighted to hear Anthony in a live concert for the first time.

  3. I’ve always thought Riley sounded like Wes Hampton.

  4. Riley took vocal lessons from Wes Hampton

    • He did? I knew he had training from the Steve Hurst school. How long was Wes his instructor?

    • That is interesting (or to use Daniel’s oft used adjective, fascinating). ๐Ÿ˜‰ On second thought, it is just interesting. It takes more than that to fascinate me. ๐Ÿ˜€
      That would be interesting to see though how many times Daniel has used that word here. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Haven’t you heard, Daniel? This is pick on Daniel day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • It is? Sweet! Does that mean we get to make him do a biblical analysis of “Doe a Deer?” ๐Ÿ˜€

      • LOL. Hey he COULD do one for Mary Had a Little Lamb.

      • “The poem leaves it unclear whether or not it is attempting to engage in a form of biblical symbolism. At the beginning, we could see it as having a double meaning, using ‘the lamb’ as a symbol of Christ and Mary as his mother. But this direct symbolism seems untenable as the poem progresses, and we see that the lamb really is only a lamb who follows his young owner to school.

        However, we could interpret the teacher’s mockery and the resulting banishment of the lamb as a symbol of rejection. The ‘lamb’ brings joy to some, but not all. And just as the lamb waits patiently for his owner, so Jesus waits patiently for those who would accept Him.

        But if we are to adopt this interpretation, the poem runs into a serious error by the end. It asks, ‘Why does the lamb love Mary so?’ and the answer is, ‘Why Mary loves the lamb you know.’ This implies that the lamb loves Mary because she loves him, but according to 1 John 4:19, this is exactly backwards. Christ does not love us because we love him. Rather, we love him because he first loved us.

        On the other hand, if we dispense with the heavy symbolism and treat this as nothing more than a story about a little girl and her pet, we can enjoy it as a heartfelt picture of an animalโ€™s loyalty to its master. In that case, it would appear to be biblically neutral. The story contradicts nothing in the Bible, but itโ€™s not clearly affirmative of anything specifically treated in the Bible either. We therefore feel we cannot give it an unqualified recommendation. Children may be allowed to read it, but parents should be aware that it may be coming from the enemy.”

      • Oh my. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I’m curious now though: Since Daniel said that “proceed with caution” would have been a better imitation, am I to understand that this would in fact be his non-exaggerated verdict on “Mary Had a Little Lamb?”


      • Yes as to the “proceed with caution” part.

      • In that case, it would seem that my parody is not quite so exaggerated as some might think. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • I wouldn’t necessarily say that. I haven’t devoted enough thought to the song to have a settled opinion.

      • Oh, I see. Meanwhile you’re reserving judgment just to be on the safe side. ๐Ÿ˜†

  5. Well, if y’all had to do it, I suppose y’all picked the right day, since I was out and offline till now and couldn’t defend myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

    NSGFYGG, if you were going for an imitation more than an intentionally exaggerated parody, you could have used a phrase I like to use in a somewhat ambiguous situation, “proceed with caution.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yeah, I thought about that too. But I already used that up when I posted “The Gambler” the other day (you know, the video with drinking, smoking, and a ghost in it?) ๐Ÿ˜€

      • That’s a phrase you’re only allowed to use once? I will probably use it in 1/3 of the reviews on the Biblical Bookshelf. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Well I could have used it again. Maybe I’ll do that in my next parody. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Hmm.

        Maybe I should try to parody you one of these days. You can already guess a couple of the words I’d use. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I don’t know. “Rot” and “balderdash?”

      • You seriously didn’t know? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        Well, naturally, “cute” and “yummy”!

      • I don’t think I use the word “yummy” that often…maybe “tasty…” and “cute” no more than (cough), NORMAL people. ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Well, I’m not sure you actually did end up using it in any reviews on this site. But I am certain it was in one or two drafts, at least! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • …so a parody would surely have to include something like “a cute arrangement with a yummy guitar lick…” ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Did I tell you that Ernie used the word “cute” at the concert where I saw them? He was talking about how he has trouble being romantic with his high tenor voice (“Hi baby!”) He said, “It’s cute, but it’s not romantic.”


  6. “Andy” (or Anthony) may not have the lowest bass voice out on the road, but he sure is smooth when he sings. Another GREAT addition to Tribute!

  7. Very good video. I see time with Tribute (and possibly Gary and Josh working with him to refine his craft) has opened up his tone. He used to keep it pretty nasally; I like this smoother sound much better.

    He does have a very smooth bass voice, and I’ve also heard him crank out some solid low notes. I’m looking forward to Tribute’s next project.

    • Well, just look at what Gary and Josh have brought out in Riley’s voice. We know Riley had a few registers where he struggled when he started, and look where he is now, less than a year later – in the top 10 tenors now, actually! So we have every reason to be optimistic about what they can do with Andy!

    • Andy is a bit like Jeremy Lile of Brian Free & Assurance: Not a _great_ bass, but pleasant-sounding. And I agree that he’s improved.

      • I like the comparison.

  8. I hope they can keep this group together for several years. Potential to do great things here.

  9. Ummm, his name is not Andy, Daniel. It’s Anthony. I have never heard of him referred to as Andy.