Saturday News Roundup #161

Worth Knowing

  • A benefit concert for Tracy Stuffle has been announced. It will be held March 19th at Christ Church in Nashville, TN. Groups appearing will include the Oak Ridge Boys, Dailey & Vincent, Jason Crabb, Mark Lowry, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, The Hoppers, Gold City, Karen Peck & New River, The Bowlings, and The Perrys. More information is here.
  • LeFevre Quartet alumni Stacy Bragg and Stephen Sigmon have launched a new group, Sounds of Jericho. Other quartet members are Ken Thomas and Matt Tyler. Bragg and Sigmon were both with the version of the LeFevre Quartet that won Horizon Group of the Year in the 2006 Singing News Fan Awards.

Worth Watching

Free live-streaming concerts coming up this weekend:

  • Saturday, March 2: Soul’d Out Quartet at Lake Gibson Church, 6 PM Eastern, streaming here
  • Sunday, March 3: LeFevre Quartet at Lake Gibson Chuch, 6 PM Eastern, streaming here

From a recent concert with Mark Trammell Quartet and Greater Vision (hat tip, PB):

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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  1. Interesting note, via Danny Jones’s Facebook page: Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the CD’s introduction to the U.S. market.

    • Apparently Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” was the first commercial CD pressed in the US (1984) although there had been CDs pressed early in Japan by Billy Joel and in Germany by ABBA as well as classical ones. As far as I know, Cathedrals “Master Builder” (86) was the first SGM CD. Thnings change quickly as stores carry fewer and fewer CDs these days as more folks download music. Surprisingly, I’m seeing more and more new 33 1/3 record albums these days but doubt 78s and eight-tracks are coming back.

  2. Ok since Mark needs a tenor and Gerald could use a bass why not merge the two groups? Chris on tenor, Gerald piano and lead, Nick lead, Rodney baritone and bass guitar, Mark baritone and bass guitar, and Pat singing bass. I do realize this will prob never happen and both groups are really strong on there own, but we can dream right? What about a album and DVD with that lineup?

    • Ever since the first time I saw a video of Chris Allman, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, and Pat Barker singing “Wedding Music” together, this would easily be the #1 item on my long-shot wish list. It would instantly be the mega-group of all Southern Gospel mega-groups.

      • Yes it would be awesome and if Michael Booth is jealous 🙂 I guess he could play the drums for them. A all star line up and a band, now that would really be cool!!!

    • Eeeaaaahhh????!!!!!…:)

      • Well, if you all would just hire a bass singer, a world-class former Cathedrals pianist, and a bass guitarist who also happens to be the fourteen(?)-time winner of songwriter of the year… 🙂

      • I’ll buy a ticket to see that!!

      • Me, too. 🙂

      • Hey Michael,
        I bet you thought the conversation was heading toward Live Music vs Tracks again. Lol. In the last couple of posts about that you have been hilarious with the comments.


  3. I am so excited about the benefit concert for the Stuffles. I am pleased to help and thrilled with the lineup. I was at the benefit for the Bowlings a few years back at the TBN studios which was spectacular. It is always a sight to see so many premier artists in Southern Gospel music come together to help one another. What a blessing!

  4. It would be awesome if the host church would live stream the fundraising concert. Either way i will continue to financially support, but i sure wish I lived close to Nashville.

    • I agree, it would be awesome if they streamed the service and made it possible for us to contribute online they might raise more money for the Perry’s.

  5. You can donate online without actually attending the concert. Go here: Click on the Donations link to read instructions. That page will contain a link that leads to another page where you can choose from several options. You can 1) buy tickets only or 2) buy tickets and make an additional donation beyond the cost of the tickets or 3) make a donation only without purchasing tickets. I am blessed to live in Nashville and will be able to attend. With a total amount of money in mind to spend, I was unsure how to split it between price of tickets and extra donation. I called the Judy Nelon Group which announced the concert on and was told that 100% of the ticket price is going directly to benefit Tracy Stuffle just like the donations.

  6. Did anyone else watch Wheel of Fortune on TV on Friday, March 1? A contestant, with the first name of B.J., won
    $12,950 in cash. When asked what he did for a living, B.J. explained, “I sing Southern Gospel music when I am not selling insurance.” Does anyone know what B.J’s last name is and if he sings with a Southern Gospel group?

    • No, I didn’t watch that, but I’m intrigued. The only BJ I can think of is CCM’s BJ Thomas, who popularized the song “Home Where I Belong.” It was later cut by Mark Lowry and by Debra Talley.

      • He’s not a CCM singer, he’s a country singer.

      • Is country – but was CCM for a while.

    • But, it is definitely not the same BJ anyway, I saw the clip on Youtube and its a young guy. He also invited girls to call him cuz he’s single…. ooookay!

      • Wheel of Fortune website says it is BJ Miller a southern gospel artist from Nashville. He has a website and a video heralding his arrival.

  7. Have there been any updates lately on George Amon Webster’s health? Sorry if I’ve missed them, but was wondering how he was doing.

    • Sorry – I, for one, haven’t heard anything lately.