Saturday News Roundup #97
- Chuck Wagon Gang: Friday, November 25th was the 75th anniversary of the Chuck Wagon Gang’s first recording. They spent their anniversary weekend in Nashville. On Saturday, they conducted a special 90-minute live broadcast from the legendary Earnest Tubb Record Shop; it was carried on WSM in Nashville, the flagship radio station of Country Music (and home of the Grand Ole Opry). That night, they also opened for WSM’s “Midnight Jamboree” program. After two concerts on Sunday, they ended their weekend appearing at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame. They were the featured artist at “An Intimate Evening with Eddie Stubbs.” Stubbs iis the radio voice of the Grand Ole Opry; after the show, he stated: “In all my years of doing this show, this is the first act to receive that many standing ovations and the first to bring me to tears.”
- The Committee which hosts Scotland’s annual Gospel Music Convention announced that their fourteen-year run is coming to an end. [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.] This May’s 14th annual convention, featuring, among others, Larry Ford, Mike Speck, and Revelation, will be the final one.
- Kingsmen: Baritone Randy Crawford has been undergoing preparations this week for his heart valve surgery next week (Dec. 5).
- The Grammy® nominations were announced earlier this week. As anticipated, combining Southern Gospel under the CCM category caused Southern Gospel to be ignored, picking up no nominations.
- In the Vine: Current Blackwood Legacy member Daniel Childs and Statement of Faith / Dixie Melody Boys alumnus Joe Kitson recently launched a new group, In the Vine. Here’s a video from their debut performance together, featuring Joe Kitson.
Bill Gaither discovered footage from a 1998 Homecoming Tour concert in his archives, featuring many of the greats from years gone by. He will be releasing this footage on a DVD entitled Gaither Homecoming Celebration in January. Gaither Music Group has offered a video preview sure to whet the appetite:
Also Worth Watching
The Penny Loafers just completed a concept video for “Goodbye, World, Goodbye,” featuring the song’s writer, Mosie Lister:
It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!