Saturday News Roundup #115
- The Dixie Melody Boys have launched a Hall of Fame page on their website highlighting notable members. [EDIT, 2/26/13: Broken link removed.] Of particular interest to Southern Gospel LP collectors who digitize their old albums: It includes cover art for many old DMB albums.
- Remember the Jody Brown Indian Family? Here’s what Stephanie (Brown) Scragg is doing lately: A popcorn business with her husband, former Karen Peck and New River drummer Dale Scragg. (Hat tip, Dean A.)
- This year’s AbsolutelyGospel Music Awards will be next Tuesday, April 10. The awards ceremony will be played on Sirius/XM’s enLighten nightly from April 13-15. [EDIT, 2/21/13: Broken Link Removed.]
- Liberty Quartet has reissued God’s Been Faithful (reviewed here) with vocals from new lead singer Doug Wiley (interviewed here).
Here’s a 25-year-old video of the Celebration Quartet, featuring Mark Dubbeld (since of the Mark Dubbeld Family) on tenor, Dan Coy on lead, Jeff Keaton on baritone, Ray Cragun on bass, and, I have on good authority, an invisible Kim Keaton (Collingsworth) on piano. You may have read about the quartet in the Kim Collingsworth interview run here several years ago; this is the first time I have seen any footage of them.
Also worth watching: The Harper Family blew me away at NQC 2011; their showcase performance earned them an invitation to kick off the Tuesday evening mainstage program (live blog for the day is here.) I shot some footage of them in Crossroads Studios this week, cutting tracks for their next album. Here’s their Bluegrass Gospel take on the Kingsmen song “I’ll Live Again”:
It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!