Saturday News Roundup #140

Worth Knowing

  • Within the last couple of weeks, both Steve Ladd and The Browders have launched Kickstarter projects to fund new recordings. The Browders hit their $7000 goal; Steve Ladd is about 4/5 of the way there, with 25 days to go.
  • Welcome Chris Unthank back to Southern Gospel blogging! His first post in the new column, “In the Words of Chris,” is here.
  • On Tuesday, I posted that Dianne Wilkinson: The Life and Times of a Gospel Songwriter hit #10 on the Amazon Kindle’s Christian Music book bestseller list. On Wednesday, it hit #3; it’s still in the top 20.

Worth Watching

Here’s a black male quartet, Boyz 4 Christ, covering the Gaither Vocal Band’s “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary.” Note especially the audience reaction. (Hat tip, Steven G.)

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

Let’s kick things off with a question. Quite a few groups, including the Booth Brothers, Couriers, Kingsmen, and Statesmen, have recorded the Mosie Lister song “His Grace is Sufficient.” Which rendition is the definitive version?


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  1. Talk about wrecking the joint! These guys have a really good sound. I would like to hear them doing something original.

  2. Like to hear more of their songs and if anywhere near by go to see them.

    • The guys are from South Africa according to their Youtube account. IF I did not misunderstand one posts, they are no longer singing together. I would love to see what a producer and promoter like Bill Gaither could do with a group of their obvious talent.

  3. Wow! Impressive version of that song. I would like to have a lot of their music, if it’s all that good.

  4. Those guys were pretty good that is a tough song to sing especially that arrangement my question Daniel are you reviewing Pure and Simple

    • I don’t know if I will review it.

      • Daniel, for what it’s worth, I would love to read your review of Pure and Simple.

      • Thanks! I just might do it, then. I’m not entirely sure what I think of it yet, though I do think that the new arrangement on “Glorious Freedom” is, well, glorious.

  5. I asked a question in “Worth Discussion” that I don’t think anyone noticed:

    Quite a few groups, including the Booth Brothers, Couriers, Kingsmen, and Statesmen, have recorded the Mosie Lister song “His Grace is Sufficient.” Which rendition is the definitive version?

    I’d go with the Booth Brothers’ version, though I really like each of the others.

    • I would go with the Statesmen version. I especially like the transition to Rosie on the second verse.

      • Well, it’s certainly a great version – one that I doubt anyone would challenge defined the song for (at least) 30+ years, and (perhaps) still today.

  6. I have an open thread topic. Do you think Paul Harkey will get to keep his beard with EH&SS?

    • I think it’s a cool look (obviously)! I don’t know what will happen, of course, but I’ll vote for keeping it!

      • I like the look as well. I’ve heard of some groups, Legacy Five for example, have a no facial hair policy. I wonder if EH&SS has that for their singers. I do remember Seaton sporting a light stubble at one time though.