Saturday News Roundup #164
- The Library of Congress has selected the Blackwood Brothers’ recording of “Crossing Chilly Jordan” as one of the 25 annual selections added to their National Recording Registry of historic audio recordings. Other inductees in this 2012 class include the first recording from space and Jimmie Davis’s 1940 recording of “You Are My Sunshine.”
- The Gaither organization has launched Gaither.tv. It’s a monthly subscription service ($4.99/month) that offers, among other things, access to the complete library of Homecoming TV specials, certain complete concert videos streamed each month, and other exclusive footage. The idea has merit, but also offers great potential for confusion; after all, the annual Gaither.com site memberships ($34.95/year) are also still available. Will content that was previously exclusive to Gaither.com members now also be made available to Gaither.tv members, cutting down on the value of the new subscription? Will it be Gaither.tv exclusive, cutting down on the value of the old subscription? Or will it be made available to both, cutting down on the exclusivity of both subscriptions?
- Southern Gospel record industry veteran John Mathis has launched a new blog, southerngospelindustry.com.
- Songwriter Ricky Free has signed with Daywind Music Publishing.
- The Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards ceremony returns to Nashville.
- James Lawson, promoter of the long-running concert series at the Canton Palace Theater in Canton, Ohio, is retiring from his promotion of the series. Quite a bit of Gospel Music history went down at this theater, including the taping of Legacy Five and Greater Vision’s classic Live at the Palace video.
- Brian Free & Assurance baritone Derrick Selph and his wife Jennifer are expecting their second child.
The McKameys were in the studio this week; this video sneak peek was posted:
It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!