Saturday News Roundup #32

There were actually a number of stories I didn’t get to this week:

  • N’Harmony is now officially back on the road. Their first tour to Ireland went well; lead singer Shane Dunlap stated: “The people there are very warm and truly enjoy southern gospel music.” They are working on plans to return next year. They are booked by the Dominion Agency and recently launched their website, (See photo on right.)
  • Everett Reece, former member of the Junior Blackwood Brothers, Prophets, Harvesters, and Singing Americans passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. His funeral is today at the Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home in Branson, Missouri.
  • Southern Gospel artists got three nominations in this year’s Grammy Awards. The Booth Brothers’ Room for More, Karen Peck & New River’s Ephesians 1, and the Gaither Vocal Band’s Lovin’ Life were all nominated in the Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album category. This didn’t really merit a post of its own since the Grammy voters generally tend to be fairly disconnected with the Southern Gospel industry. (The Dove Awards are a little better, so I often give their SG categories more prominent mention.)
  • Roy Webb signed a recording deal with Song Garden Music Group. The press release said Webb will be working on a hymns project, to be produced by Lari Goss, coming out next spring. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] Everything Lari Goss puts his musical touch on turns to gold, so this will be worth waiting for.

Worth Reading:

  • Wes Burke landed an interview with the Gaither Vocal Band’s Wes Hampton. Read it here.
  • In the humor department, check out this article. Did you know that Bill Gaither was “gospel’s most successful unknown performer”? Or that the original Homecoming video featured about a dozen Gospel legends and was 4 minutes long?

Upcoming Reviews:

  • date not set: NQC Live Volume 8
  • December 9: Treasure (Janet Paschal)
  • December 12: December (Mercy’s Well)
  • December 16: Hymns from Chigger Hill (Chigger Hill Boys & Terri)
  • December 19: Destination Heaven (Melody Boys Quartet)
  • December 23: Hymns of the Faith (Hayes Family)
  • December 26: Ain’t Nobody (Soul’d Out Quartet)
  • December 30: The Gospel Sessions (Oak Ridge Boys)
  • January 2: Easier to Live (Voices Won)
  • January 9: Classic CD – A Tribute to the Songs of Bill & Gloria Gaither
  • January 16: Pensacola Live (Dixie Echoes) – review of CD only for now
  • January 23: Classic CD – With Feeling Live (McKameys)

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19 Letters to the Editor

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  1. The headline for the article on Gaither, “gospel’s…unknown artist,” is downright laughable.

  2. I agree! 😆

    The whole article was written enough correct information to be dangerous and not much more. I just had to link to it—for the humor benefits, not for the information contained therein. 🙂

  3. It could be argued that the original “Homecoming” video was a concept video for “Where Could I Go” that clocked in at about four minutes. Not counting the GVB, there probably weren’t many more than twelve singers ther.

  4. OK, I actually read the article and that last part is accurate. Gaither did use about four minutes of footage for his concept video and the remaining footage was used for the first Homecoming video.

    As for “about a dozen”, the non-GVB artists were:

    1. Howard Goodman
    2. Vestal Goodman
    3. Jim Hill
    4. Hovie Lister
    5. Larry Gatlin
    6. Rudy Gatlin
    7. Steve Gatlin
    8. George Younce
    9. Glen Payne
    10. Buck Rambo
    11. Jake Hess
    12. James Blackwood
    13. Eva Mae LeFevre

    Am I forgetting anyone?

  5. The way the article was worded, I’d thought he was speaking of the entire first video, not just the concept, but in that light, I guess it makes more sense.

  6. Grigs, Ben and Brock Speer, along with Mary Tom and Rosa Nell are in the video. J.D. Sumner too.

  7. I KNEW that I was forgetting folks. I’m also not 100% sure Rudy and Steve were there. I guess I’ll check out Brian’s link.

  8. “Gaither said three hours had passed before the singing finally stopped, and he realized the video camera had captured nearly an hour of the impromptu session. Four minutes were used for the music video.”

    That’s a direct quote from the article. Us die-hard fans all realize the four minutes = the concept video, but this writer is confused about that point.

    “Where Could I Go” did not come from the impromptu footage as this writer states. The concept recording was the reason they were there in the first place.

    After reading it the first time, I thought maybe Daniel was being too hard on him regarding the four minute video part of the article…but then I read it again, and realized Daniel was right to point it out.

  9. OK, maybe I was being nitpicky. In my defense, the article’s unfortunate title put me in that sort of mood.

  10. I counted 20 non-GVB members.

    1. George Younce, James Blackwood, Jim Hill, Buck Rambo
    2. Larry Gatlin, Hovie Lister, Vestal and Howard Goodman
    3. Glen Payne (behind Mike English)
    4. Eva Mae, Rosa Nell Speer, Steve Gatlin, Rudy Gatlin
    5. I didn’t see him singing, but I’m pretty sure that’s Ed Hill in the shot where they’re praying.
    6. Brock Speer
    7. Mary Tom Speer (behind Larry Gatlin)
    8. Ben Speer
    9. Jake Hess
    10. Faye Speer
    11. JD

  11. By the way, I just found out that the blame for the headline should go to the Abilene newspaper, not the guy who wrote the article.

    I was reading our state Baptist newspaper (NC) just now, when a more generous headline caught my eye.

    “Gospel music’s best selling artist Gaither going strong.”

    It’s actually the same article, with four additional paragraphs at the end. The same writer is credited.

  12. Perhaps Everett Reece didn’t rise to the very top echelon in the industry, but he was certainly a contributor to the genre. He was a solid pianist in every respect and a wonderful, talented and kind person. He first came on the scene with the Junior Blackwoods and while I don’t know his full particulars I think he accompanied Coy Cook and the Senators and some other groups as well. In recent years he played Branson until his untimely death. Everett was one of the good guys and we’ll miss him.

  13. @11: Talk about opposite headlines!

  14. What position did Everett Reece sing?

  15. Piano.

    Well, to answer your actual question, he didn’t actually sing piano, he played piano. 😎

  16. Did any of you folks in the Carolinas attend the Gaither show Monday night, Dec. 8th? I know they were at the Time Warner Cable Arena and the Panthers were just a few blocks away playing Tampa Bay. I think it’s the first time the Panthers have been on Monday Night Football, and Gaither has to compete with it!

    I can just imagine the parking problems.

  17. I love N’Harmony’s “He Loves Me.”

  18. I first heard Everett Reece when he played piano for London Parris and the Apostles(in the mid 1970s). He certainly was an accomplished accompanist.

    And how do you know, Daniel? He could very well have been singing piano(softly, that is)while he was accompanying his various quartets!:-)

  19. Yeah. 🙂