Blackwood Brothers Essential 25: Nominations
The Essential 25 is a group-by-group series of the 25 YouTube videos we would choose to introduce someone to a group.
YouTube videos can be 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, it can detract from DVD sales, and 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).
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.
I recently emailed Jimmy Blackwood—son of James Blackwood and current lead singer/manager of the Blackwood Brothers—to see if he would be okay with a feature. He replied:
I read your blog on the 101 videos and I appreciate you including the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. I don’t mind fans using video cameras in the concerts. It is just the same to me as a snapshot camera. I don’t worry about any negative effect from internet posting of the videos and I don’t think there would be any realistic way to prevent it anyway. Isn’t there an old adage that says, “Any advertising is good advertising?”
Thanks for asking and I hope I have helped clear up our feelings about the rapidly changing technology issues.
We can link to both professionally recorded and amateur recordings here. For this entry, though, since the group has a 75+-year-history, the final selection will be more concerned with balance between eras/lineups than balance between professional and amateur videos.
If we have 35+ videos submitted, we can do a voting round; if we’re closer to 25, I may make a few simple editorial decisions to balance the list and just post it.
Which videos would you include?