Saturday News Roundup #173

Worth Knowing

Worth Watching

Clayton Inman had to miss a recent Triumphant Quartet concert, so Jeff Stice sang “The Old White Flag” in his place. Jamie Minchey captured this priceless moment on SocialCam, here (hat tip, Lauren). This has to be one of the funniest things that ever happened at a Triumphant concert; don’t miss it!

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19 Letters to the Editor

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  1. I love Southern Gospel. The more info. on it Daniel the better. I have loved this music from my youth. My favorite group is the Blackwood Brothers whom I have seen twice in person in my life time. My our Lord watch over you and my you be writing the blog many, many years from now when He calls you home.

    • Davie,

      Thank you for the encouragement!

  2. Roger “and Kirk” Talley’s father died this week.

    • I said that in the main post, the one to which I linked here. For a quick summary – where, to match the length of the other headlines, I could only pick one of the two – of course it made sense to pick the one who was still on the SG circuit.

      • Thanks, that makes sense. sorry i missed it.

      • No problem!

  3. And on June 10 they’ll announce he’s permanent 🙂

  4. Folks often comment on the fact that Southern Gospel fans are older with grey hair. Do they notice that the performers are also often not so young such as Bill Gaither, Tim Riley, Ray Dean Reese and Ed O’Neil.? Does it matter? The Rolling Stones were in Toronto last night with their 69-year-old lead singer who rocked for 2 1/2 hours in front of 13,00o fans almost all of whom were over 50. Seems there is no need for any performer to retire as Tony Bennett and Willie Nelson are both out working in their 80s.

    • I hear “the audience is dying out” comment quite often on the road. However, a few years ago, Les Beasley showed me a picture, taken at the NQC in the early 1960s. The audience was full of gray hair… fifty years ago. It’s impossible that we’re singing to that same audience today. Les made the point that “our music has always been a music for mature people.” I agree. When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to the big “Mull Singings” in Knoxville, TN four times every year. Even then, there were not very many kids my age who attended. I was always standing in line for autographs with people MUCH older than me. In my conversation with Les, he told me there were four guys in his High School who enjoyed “Quartet Music.” They were the only peers he had who would attend the concerts. It’s much the same today. My two songs are “oddities” among their peers, because they love traditional Gospel music.

      Our challenge is introducing kids to the music. Chances are, most won’t like it, because it’s not “cool.” However, there will always be the “few” that will fall in love with it, like we did. Getting that done is more difficult now than ever, because most Churches no longer use traditional music in their services. The Youth Leaders will load the kids up in vans and buses and drive to Knoxville (like we used to do), to attend concerts….but… they’re not taking them to see the Happy Goodman Family. They take them to see the latest “hot” CCM Artist, who won’t be on the road anymore, twenty years from now. We’re living in a “throw away” generation. We “throw out” anything that isn’t the “latest and greatest” and replace it with the “newest and hottest.” That’s true with our appliances, our clothes, and sadly, our music. Life is more and more a “revolving door,” and we’re making it more and more difficult for our kids to find things to “hold onto.”

      The Good News: A statistician told me a few years ago that people who love Gospel Music should be encouraged by the fact that there are more 60-yr. olds today than there ever has been , and there will be twice as many twenty years from now as there are today. So, if we take on the challenge of introducing our music to those people, by inviting them to concerts we attend, we have the opportunity of seeing “new” people fall in love with the music we love. Every week, I meet at least one older person who will tell me “this is the first Gospel Concert I’ve ever been to… I loved it!” At the same time, we need to concentrate on reaching out to the really young kids… I’m not talking about kids in their late teens or twenties… I’m referring to the 5 – 13 age bracket. Many of them will fall in love with our music, if they’re exposed to it. Let’s face it… it’s the happiest music on earth, and it’s packed full of the truths we want kids to learn. That’s why I fell in love with it…Mom and Dad, and Granny and Pappaw took me to the concerts… and it’s the only music that played in our house… LONG before everybody had their own, individual stereo systems, iPods, and mp3 players.

      Instead of constantly bemoaning the current negatives, let’s learn to see the potential and seize the opportunities the Lord has provided for us!

      Can I borrow a step-ladder to get down from this soapbox? 🙂

      • Well, I’d lend you one, but with a little reluctance! I agree with the points you’re making – especially about this society being a throw-away society. Sad but true.

      • Love some of these points made by Mr.Wolfe! I was a late “lover” of good gospel music! Mid twenties to be exact but fell in love with it I did and it is all I listen too or want to listen too! I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to sing it the last 4 years and the point of that is my children 7 and 4 love Gospel music! Just a point for Gerald, I was watching a replay of some of the NQC on TBN when It came on,recently and you guys were singing “Till the Storm Passes By” and my son came running into the room and sad ” Daddy, who are they, That’s awesome’! Needless to say I was very proud! We can be riding down the road and my kids will yell from the back seat ” I want to hear Bob sing “One Way Trip” ( Bob Sellers is my sons favorite) ! Im doing my part in making sure this wonderful music lives on in my family , maybe one day my kids will like to hear me sing itha ha ha!!!

      • You might get me to get you a ladder if you’ll explain this more Saturday when we sing together in Bristol at Liberty Baptist Church That’s a free plug on the concert this coming Saturday Night. Hope you don’t mind that Daniel. Lol.

      • I’m fine with concert plugs in open threads. 🙂

  5. I wish that I had the answer to getting gospel music built back up like it was when I was playing in the 80s n 90s full time. Since being back in it I never thought that the crowds would be as small in some places as they are now. Mainly around my hometown. I love the music more than ever and would give anything to see young people like Daniel and some of the regular people who post or have their own blogs just multiply by the thousands. However I am very very thankful for all of you guys that have a love for it that have been following it for a long time. I’ll never forget when I was at the 2011 nqc with the Doves there were people I hadn’t saw in 20 years that actually remembered me and still support the best music in the world. I hope and pray that it will come back like it once was.

  6. This is my first blog comment ever but first I want to say thanks Daniel for such a great blog site to

    visit and keeping things in a positive, non combative frame. I also enjoy reading the comments especially

    from southen gospel industry people who give a great perspective of the way things are. Joe, I too have

    frustrations about the crowds and the lack of interest in southern gospel music especially in churches. When

    the church does not support southern gospel groups or has little or no southern gospel music in the services,

    then what does the young person have to turn to. My church does have a few southern gospel concerts(2 to

    3 times a year) on average which is better than nothing at all. But, our morning worship is almost totally

    praise and worship. At a recent service, one southern gospel song was added but then the pastor got up and

    apologized for the song. The assistant pastor used the words from the song “Sheltered in the arms of God” in

    his sermon but said he did not know the song. Fortunately, my 13 year old son who loves southern gospel knew

    it. We just had southern gospel weekend with a packed house. But, we say we have to have contemporary

    music to bring in the young people and our church growth is minimal even with more contemporary music in

    our services. I understand there are different strokes for different folks but lets hope that more churches can

    incorporate some traditional hymns and southern gospel songs in the future. Thanks for the groups that keep

    giving us great music to listen too that blesses us in times of need and worship.

    • You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Sorry about the double spacing and chopped lines. I was trying to do some work and get this done at the same time. Thanks, Daniel.

  8. The SAtatue of Liberty isw a great song.