Neotraditional Southern Gospel
Brian Crout has an interesting column up this morning, proposing the term “neotraditional Southern Gospel.” He points out that there is traditional Southern Gospel (Dixie Echoes, Blackwood Brothers) and progressive Southern Gospel, but that many of today’s most popular groups (Perrys, Triumphant Quartet, Kingdom Heirs, Legacy Five, Mark Trammell Quartet) fall somewhere in between.
He notes that in the 1980s, several country stars started fusing traditional sounds with a fresh presentation, and it came to be called neotraditional country. About that same time, the Cathedrals and Gold City were bringing a fresh presentation to Southern Gospel, and he proposes appropriating the term neotraditional.
It’s a fascinating read, and a thought well worth pondering.