Saturday News Roundup #87

Worth Knowing

  • After a short and relatively unremarkable run in CCM, mid-90s Gaither Vocal Band tenor Jonathan Pierce went into interior design. He launched his own TV show on HGTV, Interiors, Inc. (official site here), on Monday. (Hat tip, Josh.)
  • Ball Brothers pianist Cody McVey will host a weekly half-hour television show, Harmony Road TV, featuring videos from current Southern Gospel artists. The program is scheduled to air across Alabama, Kentucky, and in several locations across Tennessee.
  • Oak Tree Productions’ Paul and Tré Corley are teaming up with producer Rick Sandige to launch Activate Records. As of the press release’s distribution earlier this week, they apparently had no artist contracts in place and ready to announce at launch. Oak Tree is the same studio where a number of Daywind projects are recorded, including the Live at Oak Tree video series.
  • Husband and wife duo Dony McGuire and Reba Rambo-McGuire, and their daughter Destiny McGuire, appeared at the 100 Years of Southern Gospel showcase at last year’s National Quartet Convention. Reba’s father, fellow Rambos alumnus Buck Rambo, also joined on a song or two. Those four, plus Donnie and Reba’s son Israel McGuire, plan to launch a Grassroots/Americana group on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention. They plan to perform sets of Rambos songs with a live band providing acoustic / mountain accompaniment. They will also be launching a recording, Grassroots Rambos, NQC week.

Worth Watching

Whatever I might have been expecting when I was viewing recently posted videos on YouTube last night, it certainly wasn’t this:

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday; you decide!

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  1. I saw the Kingdom Heirs 9/11 video this morning as well and thought it was very well done.

    Have a great weekend Daniel!

  2. Having worked for Steve and Kreis French (audio at Dollywood), this video just shows what a class act they and all of the guys are. They are just as you see them, on and off stage. Well done Big Un and Hoke.

    • Very neat, and thank you for stopping by!

  3. Anyone coming to NQC especially driving in; The Sherman Minton bridge on I64 from IN to KY is under emergency shut down due to structural damage. We are expecting major traffic delays. This has shifted all our traffic to I-65 and the Kennedy Bridge. Just thought I’d let you know what to expect.

    • Thank you for the alert! That is incredibly valuable to know.

      I’m coming in from the South this time, but I’m sure that’s pertinent for many readers.

      • You are welcome. I live in So.IN and have to drive to Louisville for work. Dreading Monday!

      • Ah! Are you making it to any nights at NQC?

      • Probably not. Have been before but am not able this year. Hope you have a great time!

      • OK, too bad. Thanks!

    • Thank you, Sam … we tricked our GPS into an alternate route to our hotel, and we think we found a way around the traffic to NQC, all thanks to your warning.

      • Ken – Glad it helped you. (Miserable commute today around the area.) Hope you all have a great time.

  4. I have read a brief reference to a possible lead singer change for Gold City on another blog. I hope that it isn’t true, but we’ll see.

    The next time I’ll be able to see them will be in January of 2012. I haven’t seen them live for a loooonnng time. Lookin’ forward to it.

  5. The KH 9/11 tribute was well done. Thank you for posting it.

  6. Can’t wait to get to Louisville! It won’t be long now. Daniel, will you be at a booth so we, your adoring public, can say hello?

    • No – I’m only there for two full days, Thursday and Friday, leaving Saturday morning. There will be way too much to accomplish in those two days to even think about stopping by a booth for more than about five minutes!

      • Have a great time and I hope you accomplish all you have planned with enough time to have a ice cream cone, pork sandwich and maybe even get a nap here and there. 🙂

      • Thanks! There is no time for naps at NQC! 🙂

        I haven’t eaten pork in 15 years – nothing more to it than that I just don’t care for the taste! 🙂

      • looks like I get to play Where’s Daniel…this could be fun!!

  7. One more thing…I saw a while back that there was something in the works for a Dixie Melody Boys 50 year tribute at NQC, but haven’t heard any more about it. Is it still in the works?

    • Yes, as far as I know.

    • Stacy, it has been completed, and is actually available this week at NQC! It’s a very well done project.

      • Thanks, Aaron. I saw that the project was complete, but I was really thinking about the tribute that was supposed to happen at NQC. I don’t see their name mentioned on the schedule on any of the days this week. Do you have any scoop on that?

      • Oh, my mistake!

        The tribute event is supposed to happen during the Singing News showcase on Saturday afternoon, with a DMB “meet and greet” in the exhibit hall afterwards.

      • Oh, thanks for the info. I will definitely be there for that. So glad they are paying tribute to them.