Saturday News Roundup #159

Worth Knowing

  • We’re continuing to post the latest updates on Tracy Stuffle’s stroke recovery here.
  • Former Skyline Boys lead singer Toby Siler has launched his own group with his wife and children, The Siler Family.
  • Shannon Terrell, who toured with John Lanier in River Song (the group, not the record company), passed away this week after a battle with cancer.
  • Worth Reading: The ClearBox blog, mentioned earlier this week here, has a new post  up: What is the Fair Market Value of a Song? It’s as if they read this comment. (Perhaps they did!)

Worth Watching

Ever thought you’d see legendary Dixie Melody Boys bass singer Ed O’Neal doing a little choreography? Well, make sure you watch this video to about the 1:47 point:

Also, don’t miss Kyla Rowland’s rendition of a song she wrote that has also been recorded by the Mark Trammell Trio/Quartet, “Loving the Lamb”:

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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  1. It is amazing how good the Dixie Melody Boys sound. This could well be their best combination in years…

    Kyla Rowland is indeed one of the most gifted song writers ever. Her songs move people – whoever records them. Where would the Perrys be without Kyla Rowland songs? Her songs are such a vital part of their live programs – and stand out as the highlights of many of their recordings.

    And to hear her sing… Wow… She feels the lyrics and transfer that to the audience perhaps as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. Younce may have been the best, but she is very good.


    • Not just the Perrys – where would Southern Gospel as a whole be without her songs? I believe I have heard the Mark Trammell Trio/Quartet refer to this song as the biggest song they have ever had.

  2. Always liked hearing Ed sing but really enjoyed seeing him add some “Happy Rhythm”! Go Ed!

  3. Thanks for sharing the video, Daniel!
    Did you see the videos of “One Scarred Hand” and “Did I Mention”? The crowd response during “Did I Mention” was amazing! Those ladies truly “got a hold” of what the lyrics were saying.
    Thanks again!

    • Yes, I did see those! But “Loving the Lamb” and Barry’s group’s “Sheltered in the Arms of God” were the two that really grabbed me. 🙂

      • Yes, I really enjoyed “Sheltered In The Arms Of God” too! They went into it right after “Did I Mention”. That was just a great service all together… glad it was captured on video! 🙂

  4. I don’t believe Ed has ever gotten the credit he deserves on his singing. He don’t always sing the low notes in concert all the time but I personally heard him hit some low G’s and low F’s when I worked for him back in 88 and 89. I remember we were doing a sound check up in Dillsburg PA and was going over that song Ready to Go and he just buried that low G. It made me hurt in my chest it was so good. He can hear harmony as good as anyone singing bass today. I have heard some that couldn’t hear the harder notes on pretty tight harmony songs and they end up singing the lead line an octave lower and to me that can be tragic. I’m glad Ed is still out there singing.


  5. I obviously have been out of the loop. I hadn’t realized Toby wasn’t with the Skyline Boys anymore. I live in Northern VA, so they are right in my backyard. Anyway, best wishes to him as he ministers with his family.

    • The announcement of his family group was the first time I’d heard of his departure.

  6. This is good!

    TaRanda was filling in for Kim.

    • Thanks for passing that along!

  7. Zak Shumate, drummer for EHSS, has announced that his last concert with the group will be March 3. He will be joining The Isaacs.