Saturday News Roundup #164

Worth Knowing

  • 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 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 site memberships ($34.95/year) are also still available. Will content that was previously exclusive to members now also be made available to members, cutting down on the value of the new subscription? Will it be 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,
  • 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.

Worth Watching

The McKameys were in the studio this week; this video sneak peek was posted:

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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  1. That sounds like Roger Talley’s vocals on that demo track before Connie starts singing.

    • I don’t believe Roger was in the studio that day.

  2. Daniel, any idea who penned that song? Is it another Sheryl Farris original? Sounds like a winner to me.

    • Actually, Ray Scarbrough wrote it.

  3. If you want the lyrics Chris White has them on his site.

  4. Wow… she is the best female singer in SGM today! Always a pleasure to hear Ms. Connie sing!

  5. Thank you for linking to the John Mathis’ site. Even though I’m not really in the industry, it provides a lot of useful information that I will probably share with my father, who is part of a local group in northern MN.

  6. Daniel- I’ve been trying for days to nail down a MP3 of the Blackwood’s singing “Crossing Chilly Jordan” from the “ON Tour” album with zero success!!!! Can you help?