National Quartet Convention posts 2013 Schedule
The National Quartet Convention has posted their 2013 mainstage schedule, here.
They have added seven artists who weren’t on last year’s program. The Inspirations and The Torchmen return, and there are five new artists: 11th Hour, Keepers of the Faith, Old Paths, Providence Quartet, Wilburn & Wilburn. Two of the five (Wilburn & Wilburn and Old Paths) have an established national profile; 11th Hour is quickly building one. Providence Quartet primarily tours regionally in South Carolina. Keepers of the Faith, easily the most unique-looking group to have a mainstage slot this year, is a group of American Samoans based in Washington State. My West Coast sources have pointed them out as a rising and unique quartet.
Meanwhile, ten artists on the 2012 program won’t be returning to the mainstage: Bowlings, Browders, Chuck Wagon Gang, Down East Boys, Naomi & the Segos, Nelons, Paul’s Journey, Pfeifers, Sisters, Skyline Boys.
NQC has also posted a preliminary showcase schedule. There will be the familiar Song of a Lifetime, Bluegrass Jamboree, Gaither Sing-a-long, and Parade of Pianos showcases, as well as a Red-back Hymnal sing-along showcase and a Gaither Vocal Band / Gatlin Brothers showcase.