Saturday News Roundup #83
- Remember the Grammy® Awards shakedown this April, which involved eliminating the Southern Gospel category, along with several dozen others? It’s unlikely that anyone in a position of authority in our genre even registered a protest. But other genres aren’t taking it so quietly; musicians in Latin Jazz and other genres are alleging racism and even filing lawsuits! Of course, in our case, while industry considerations undoubtedly factored into the elimination, we simply cannot expect a lost world which hates Christ and the cross to love our song lyrics!
- Mark Trammell’s mother-in-law, Dorothy Sparks, passed away on Monday after an extended illness. Visitation will be tomorrow evening from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Akins Funeral Home, Russellville, Alabama. The funeral will be Monday, 11 A.M., at the same location.
- Southern Sound’s Ben Harris offers his no-holds-barred thoughts on NQC’s decision against inviting Southern Sound to a mainstage appearance. (Facebook login required.)
- Black Gospel matriarch Delois Barrett Campbell passed away earlier this week. She traveled with her sisters Billie Barrett GreenBey and Rodessa Barrett Porter as The Barrett Sisters for over forty years; they appeared on several Gaither Homecoming videos. (Hat tip, Andrew.)
- Friday Night Revival has a well-balanced take on a thorny issue: Southern Gospel singers who aren’t living the life they portray on stage. He asks questions which need to be asked: How do we hold Southern Gospel singers accountable without requiring them to attain the impossible, perfection? How do we balance the two?
- Friday Night Revival also has an insightful in-depth review of the new Booth Brothers CD Let It Be Known. (Our take is here.)
- An Artist’s Perspective breaks down the economics of a Southern Gospel cruise. It’s the most “must-read” entry on the site to date.
Over the last four years, “Old White Flag” has become Clayton Inman’s signature song. The accompanying white hanky-waving in the audience is now as recognizable and anticipated a concert moment as Peg McKamey Bean’s shoes flying. Four years into the song’s run, here’s what a current performance looks like:
You decide! It’s our weekly open thread!