3:1 DVD Review: A Country Campmeeting (Palmetto State Quartet)

A Country Campmeeting (Palmetto State Quartet)3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.

1. Four-piece band: Palmetto State Quartet has a full-time pianist, Casey Martin. For this taping, they were joined by a drummer, bass guitarist, and electric guitarist. The full live band sets the video apart from videos recorded by tracks-only or tracks-dominant groups.

2. Stage presence: While one group member just stood and sang, the others provided welcome on-stage energy.

3. “There’s Something Going On at the Well”: This is a welcome reprise from a far earlier edition of the group, the Brion Carter / Jeff Pearles era. It is a perfect fit for their four-piece live band sound.

:1. One thing I would change: “Walk This Way.” A casual listener could be forgiven for assuming this song promotes a works-based salvation. The baritone singer and emcee introduced the song by saying, “If you want to get to where Jesus is, then you’ve got to walk the way he walked, amen.” The song does mention grace—”Just let God’s Spirit lead you by His amazing grace”—but the message could have been more clear. To his credit, emcee and former pastor David Darst did articulate the Gospel when introducing “No Place Too far from Grace.”

Traditional or Progressive

Middle-of-the-road with a distinct country influence.

A DVD rating factoring in “Walk This Way” wouldn’t be fair to the quality of the remainder of the DVD.


Producer: None credited on packaging. • Group members: Not credited on packaging (but introduced on the video as tenor Robert Fulton, lead Paul Lancaster, baritone David Darst, bass Larry Strickland, and pianist Casey Martin. Fulton has been replaced by Wesley Smith since the taping.) • Review copy provided.  • Song list: All Hail the Power; Walk This Way; Don’t That Sound like Heaven; There’ll Be No Dying Anymore; Good Morning; Rainbow Avenue; The Debt Has Been Paid; Something’s Going on at the Well; No Place Too Far from Grace; Moment of Grace; Holy Ghost Revival.

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  1. Larry does have a good sounding group! Everybody check em out!

  2. Was it really printed Someone’s Going on at the Wall or is it the typo thing?

    • Probably a typo on my part, but I don’t have the DVD handy to confirm. I’ll fix it now. 🙂

      • thanks for the correction.

      • No problem!