Videos: First Look at Keith Casstevens with Dove Brothers
The first live videos of Keith Casstevens with the Dove Brothers have surfaced. Here’s a last verse / chorus and encore of “Little is Much”:
The same user posted two other videos from the night. In the first, Casstevens holds down the tenor part on the Dove Brothers’ long-time concert favorite, “Get Away Jordan.” The second, shaky enough to fall into the “listen more than watch” category, features Casstevens singing the concert-closer “He is Here.”
This trio of videos should remove any doubt as to whether McCray Dove made a good hire. This may well be the Dove Brothers’ strongest lineup since the original group. Of course, vocally, two founding members are back after hiatuses, so this is 3/4 of the original vocal lineup. Casstevens’ tenor vocals are more likely to suggest Jerry Martin comparisons than John Rulapaugh comparisons—but then, Rulapaugh’s tone is so exquisite and unique that a group manager would be hard pressed to find a tenor who sounded like him.
Yet in that more Kingsmen-style vein, Casstevens more than holds his own. Of particular note is his ending on “He is Here,” where he takes a line and does it twice in light head tones, building to a big third time where he belts the lines out with power and confidence.
Yes, the Dove Brothers have had quite a few changes in the last two years (two changes at tenor, one at bass, one or two at piano, two at bass guitar). But don’t count them out—this lineup has what it takes to make its mark.