(delayed) Saturday News Roundup #78

This got delayed due to the last-minute addition of a Blackwood Brothers concert review last Saturday.

In the News

  • Greater Vision will be doing a live online CD release party tonight at 8 PM EST via their UStream / Facebook page.
  • The Diamond Awards were handed out in Branson, Missouri; a complete list of honorees is here. [EDIT, 2/21/13: Broken link removed.] As Musicscribe noted [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed], the five-vocalist Gaither Vocal Band was, oddly, named as Quartet of the Year. It appears that the only winning artist present to accept awards was Driven Quartet, honorees for Christian Country Group of the Year and Favorite Artist Website. Other non-artist winners were also present; Rob Patz, owner of the Diamond Awards, received one of the awards himself; he was one of two honored with the Lou Hildreth Award.
  • Southern Gospel Review explains why Amber Nelon Thompson chose to drop out of the American Idol audition process.

Video of the Week #1

As Gerald Wolfe recovers from sinus surgery, Richie Hartsfield has been filling in on lead (with Wolfe remaining on piano). Reader Jessie T. submits this video of him filling in:

Video of the Week #2

The Booth Brothers recently did a creative and innovative remake of the Keith & Kristyn Getty song “See, What a Morning.” Here’s the original; here is what the Booth Brothers did with it:

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  1. Loved seeing Richie with Greater Vision. He has a wonderful voice and is a great guy to boot (you owe me one, Richie). Good video.

  2. The LAs wanted to offer their opinion on the Booth Brothers’ “See What a Morning” video:

    Caleb: WOW!!!! That was good!! 😆 I liked how they did it!!!!

    Jayme: Wow! Good job, Booth Brothers! You are my favorite group! 😆 But I do like other groups too! 🙂

    Sam: Cooooooooollll! Nice arrangement. Nice drums. Nice hair. Nice song. I LIKE IT!

    • Hey. LAs!

      I think what I love about the arrangement is how they keep changing up the rhythms and accompaniment. For some reason, the first word that came to mind upon listening to this was “schizophrenic” compared to the original – but that’s not a slam. In fact, I positively loved the unique twists! 🙂

      • >>>“schizophrenic”
        Funny! 🙂

        Okay, now the Big Adventurers (and Dad) want to know who arranged the Booth Brothers’ new CD. The unique and complex arrangement of “See What a Morning” sounds like a Lari Goss production to us. Do you know?

        We personally cannot wait for their new CD!

      • Yes, I am thinking that’s Lari.

      • Yes I believe Lari produced the newest Booth Brothers project; its due out on August 23rd…

  3. Grrrr. I missed GV’s broadcast last night. Plain old forgot about it.

    • I don’t say this to rub it in, but by way of recap: Gerald, Chris, and fill-in lead singer Ritchie were there in person, and Rodney connected by telephone. It ran about an hour and a half. They previewed songs from the new CD, had some impromptu comedy, and answered viewer questions. It is definitely worth catching in the future!

      • It may be just as well, because my schedule last night would have made me leave in the middle. (I’m surprised it ran that long! I figured around half an hour.) That would have been extremely difficult to do….

        Here’s hoping they do more. I wish they would have archived it, but I certainly understand that it was meant to be live.

      • I don’t think they will archive it, because (a) they probably don’t want you to play the songs any time you want (because why buy, then?) and (b) all the other discussion, tied into the live comments, doesn’t make as much sense otherwise.

  4. Thanks for the positive comments. We certainly didn’t intend to do a 90-minute webcast last night, but once we “got rolling”, it was hard to stop! Lots of fun! We were amazed at the wide range of places people were viewing from!

    We’ll certainly do it again!

    • Glad to hear it! I was there from start to finish and enjoyed every minute of it. I can’t say that I will be available every single time, but this a great concept and I look forward to being in on future ones.

  5. If you didn’t know, we have a new blogger: http://anartistsperspective.com/

    • I had been thinking of giving that a day of its own…but since enough others are talking about it, I’ll post now, I suppose.

      • (sorry)

      • Oh, no need to apologize. It’s not a problem at all. A day of its own is certainly my preference, but sometimes a same-day quick mention is better for everyone involved!