DVD Review: Live in Concert Kings Mountain, NC (Chuck Wagon Gang)
Producer: Harold Timmons.
Song List: Getting Ready to Leave This World; Echoes From the Burning Bush; Jesus, Hold My Hand; If We Never Meet Again; This World is Not My Home; Heaven’s Jubilee; The Joy of Heaven; I’ll Meet You in the Morning; When I Walk on the Streets of Gold; I’m Gonna See Heaven; He Said it All For Me; Oh, Lord, Hasten That Day; I Have a Prayer; I’m Rejoicing; Sweet Beulah Land; Looking For a City; It’s An Unfriendly World; It is Well With My Soul; Glory To His Name; I’ll Fly Away; Radio Show (The Son Hath Made Me Free / Come Unto Me / The Church in the Wildwood / A Beautiful Life); Heaven’s Really Gonna Shine.
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The current generation of the Chuck Wagon Gang is co-owned by bass singer / guitarist / emcee Dave Emery and Shaye Smith. Smith, the grand-daughter of Chuck Wagon Gang alto Anna (Carter) Davis, sang with the group for several years, coming off the road last year to spend more time with her children. She currently teaches music at Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
This concert was recorded at Kings Mountain High School in January 2008; the choirs Smith leads joined the Chuck Wagon Gang on several songs.
The concert is longer than usual; it includes nearly thirty songs and was released on a two-DVD set. Since the group uses entirely live accompaniment, there are no extended intros and turnarounds like most Gospel groups today use, but even so the program is longer than the typical DVD.
One highlight of the concert is the Chuck Wagon Gang’s re-creation of a classic radio program like the Chuck Wagon Gang’s programs from years back (down to singing the Bewley Mills flour jingle). Apparently the Chuck Wagon Gang often does this segment in their concerts; this particular program was highlighted by an interruption by Shaye Smith in character as Willie Mae, the radio studio cleaning lady.
The concert was excellent; an audio-only version of the concert would have received 4.5 or 5 stars. However, a star was deducted from the rating due to the slightly distracting visuals, particularly the shaky close-ups. (It requires special talent to hold a camera still!)
Fans of classic Southern Gospel will enjoy this Chuck Wagon Gang concert.