NQC 2013, Day 2: Live Blog
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In no particular order.
- The webcast quality was greatly improved from last night. There was only one point where there were any significant interruptions—though, sadly, it was…
- The Cathedral Family Reunion appearance—Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, and Scott Fowler, joined by guest bass Paul Harkey—singing their new radio single, “We’ll Work.” I could only catch a few seconds here and a few seconds there, but it was enough to confirm that it was one of the evening’s highlights.
- Even though Legacy Five’s set had the somewhat odd pacing of three bass solo songs to open, it showcased Matt Fouch’s growth into his role as a Legacy Five-style bass singer within the past year.
- I was prepared to describe the Kingdom Heirs set much like I described one or two sets from yesterday: Solidly paced, and so great as a whole that it deserved mention here, even though there wasn’t one song that stood head and shoulders over the rest. But then they closed with their current #1 hit, “Just Beyond the Sunset.” They gave it the all-our barn-burner treatment that they’ve given to previous favorites, “He Locked the Gates” and “I Know I’m Going There.”
Highlights of their respective sets include: “Homecoming Day” (Tribute Quartet), “Searchin'” (The Talleys with Jason Crabb), “When He Spoke” (The Perrys), “That’s What The Blood is For” (Jason Crabb), “Calvary Conquers It All” (Gold City), “Goodbye World Goodbye” (Penny Loafers), “When We Meet to Part No More” (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver), “When I Wake Up To Sleep No More” (Inspirations), “Reason Enough” (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound), “What Remains of Me” (Dixie Melody Boys with The Isaacs), “Hold On” (The McKameys), “Four Days Late” (Karen Peck and New River), “I’ll Trust The Potter’s Hand” (The Whisnants)
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10:53: Well, I hate to miss the rest of the Whisnants’ set, and any sets not listed on the online schedule that may be following it. But if this early bird is going to be functional for a full day of work tomorrow, plus church in the evening, I’d better call it an evening before the clock hits the 11:00 mark. Lord willing, see y’all around here tomorrow after church!
10:41: The Whisnants kick off the evening’s final set with “King Jesus is Coming.” Song 2: “He Can Move That Stone” (? on title). Song 3: “God is So Good” (acapella). Song 4: “I’ll Trust The Potter’s Hand,” featuring Susan Whisnant.
10:24: The Talleys kick off their set with “Searchin’.” Jason Crabb came on stage to reprise his duet appearance with Lauren Talley. It’s been thirteen years since they recorded that duet, and his appearance on stage appears to have caught Lauren Talley by surprise. “What are you doing here?” she exclaimed, but they quickly found their parts for a solid performance. Roger Talley was featured on the second song, “Every Scar.” Song 3: Lauren and Debra Talley sang “Amazing Grace.” Lauren looks back to September 11, 2001 while setting up the group’s fourth song, “God Bless America.”
10:07: It’s time for The Talleys to take the stage, but The Perrys take the stage instead. Could the two groups have agreed to swap sets, perhaps so Libbi can get back to Tracy’s side sooner, or so that Tracy can see the live stream while he’s still awake? I could be wrong, but I suspect it’s a classy move of that nature. They start their set with “I Got A Hold of God This Morning,” featuring David Ragan. He’s no stranger to the NQC Mainstage, but this is his first time as a member of The Perrys. Song 2 isn’t a live performance; it’s a video of Tracy Stuffle singing “Plan of Salvation” with the group (probably the NQC after his heart attack). Song 3: “This Old Sinner Testifies,” featuring Bryan Walker. Song 4: “When He Spoke,” featuring David Ragan and Libbi Perry Stuffle. They finish to a standing ovation.
10:04: The Stevens Family, a group including a Nelons alumnus, sings a solid rendition of “The Unclouded Day.” They’re the fourth and final showcase winner of the night.
9:47: Jason Crabb is on afterburners before the first song, “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” is over. He eases the intensity down for song 2, “Sometimes I Cry.” He brings his ten-year-old daughter up to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” It’s a somewhat odd fit for the rest of the evening’s program, but Southern Gospel audiences are quite forgiving when it comes to cute children! Song 4: “That’s What the Blood is For,” his recent radio hit.
9:25: The Kingdom Heirs begin with “I’m Not Worried About Forever.” Song 2: “Sermon On The Mount.” Song 3: “Just Preach Jesus.” This is one of the evening’s most solid sets. And it only gets better when song 4 is their current #1 hit, “Just Beyond the Sunset,” featuring Jeff Chapman. …and with two encores, they’re wrapping up a solid set. They’re staging this song with the vigor you’ve seen them bring to a “I Know I’m Going There” or a “He Locked The Gates.”
9:08: Gold City begins their set with “Where is God.” Jerry Pelfrey is brilliantly talented; as reader Josh said in the comments, “Jerry Pelfrey was the best GC addition since…well, since Tim rejoined the group.” Song 2: “I Get Down,” featuring Tim Riley rattling the subwoofers. Song 3: “Calvary Conquers It All,” featuring tenor Robert Fulton. It showcases his voice well—a good pick from Gold City’s past repertoire for a feature. Song 4: Gold City picks up the tempo with “That Little Baby.” Strong finish!
8:46: Tribute Quartet starts their set with “Thank The Lord.” Song 2: “It Always Gets The Darkest (Just Before Daylight).” Song 3: Tenor Riley Clark is featured on “Homecoming Day.” As always, he gives it 110%; the nice thing is that his 110% keeps getting better every year. Song 4: “Homesick Angel.”
8:45: NQC Executive Vice President Clarke Beasley came on stage to clear up several rumors about next year’s event in Pigeon Forge. He mentioned that parking was free at the LeConte Center, and got a rousing round of applause! 🙂
8:43: Thanks to reader Josh, we now know why Jeff and Sheri Easter are hosting tonight instead of Dean and Kim Hopper. Jeff and Sheri had to leave before Saturday, so they swapped days with Dean and Kim.
8:27: Jeff and Sheri Easter take the stage with “A Little Bit of Sunshine.” Song 2: “When You’re Broken” (? on title). Song 3: “Sittin’ On Top of the World.” Song 4: “I Know How it Feels to Survive” (? on title).
8:22: Another showcase winner is featured, but I could not catch who it was as the feed was crashing during the introduction and remained down for most of the song. I did catch, though, that they were from Portsmouth, Ohio, and they were singing “If You Knew Him” to the Perrys’ track. The Perrys themselves will be on later this evening; ideally, they would have chosen a song other than the signature song introduced and popularized by a group coming on later in the evening. But they did perform it well.
8:19: Perhaps I spoke too soon; my feed crashed nine times during the Cathedrals Family Reunion song, and has been off and on in the few minutes since.
8:16: Cathedrals alumni Mark Trammell, Scott Fowler, Gerald Wolfe, and Danny Funderburk join Ernie Haase and Paul Harkey on stage to sing the Cathedrals Family Reunion’s debut single. There was a moment in the verse where Mark Trammell forgot words and, like the true professionals they are, Trammell and Haase played it up into a funny moment with Haase feeding Trammell the lines.
8:13: Worth mentioning: The webcast quality today is greatly improved from yesterday. It crashed three times in the middle of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound’s closing song, but that was its first crash in well over an hour.
8:00: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound takes the stage with “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Song 2: “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord.” Song 3: Ernie Haase showcases bass singer Paul Harkey’s vocals with “Scars In The Hands of Jesus.” Song 4: “Reason Enough”; mellow brilliance as always. Song 5: “Oh, What a Savior,” Ernie Haase’s signature song.
7:57: Scott Fowler introduced Ernie Haase & Signature Sound by telling a story from their Cathedrals days. The Cathedrals went out to a 50s diner in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Ernie filled up the jukebox with quarters to get it to play Elvis songs. As he was singing along, the waitress told him not to quit his day job! Scott said, “She had no idea, but man, his day job is a great one. I want you to welcome Ernie Haase & Signature Sound!”
7:43: Legacy Five started their set with “Blood Washed Band,” featuring bass singer Matt Fouch. He also is featured on song 2, “Everywhere I Go.” Turns out he’s also featured on song 3, “I Have Been Changed.” It’s rather unusual to feature one group member on the first three songs of a four or (maximum) five-song set . . . but, on the flip side, it’s hardly a bad thing here. Fouch seems to have settled into his role as a Legacy Five-style bass singer well over the last year; his voice seems a little warmer, with more resonance, than last year. (In other words, more George Younce-style, and that’s far from a bad thing!) Song 4: “I’m Still Amazed.”
7:39: On Twitter, Gerald Wolfe promised a surprise in the next hour (hat tip, AJ). Legacy Five’s set is next, with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound after them. So it’s a relatively safe guess to posit that there will be a Cathedral alumni reunion segment.
7:21: The Dixie Melody Boys take the stage, and waste no time featuring new lead singer Josh Garner on “When I Called His Name” (? on title). Song 2: New baritone Aaron Dishman is featured on “Mountain of Joy” (? on title). Song 3: Josh Garner sings the group’s new single, “Roll Back Red Sea.” Song 4: Another new one, “What Remains of Me” (? on title). Ed O’Neal brings Sonya, Becky, and Ben Isaacs on stage to sing the second verse.
7:01: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver begins their set with “Sing Me a Song About Jesus.” They have a new lead singer (Dustin Pyrtle) and tenor (Eli Johnston) since their last NQC appearance, but the rest of the band (fiddler Jason Barie, dobro player Josh Swift, banjo player Joe Dean, and, of course, band leader and mandolin player Doyle Lawson) will be familiar faces to the NQC audience. Song 2: Doyle Lawson offers a nod to the Penny Loafers’ skill at acapella singing, and talks about how much he loves acapella singing before introducing one of his own, “Jesus Gave Her Water.” Song 3: “Help is On The Way,” a Singing News #1 hit for the group. It’s the first and only time that a Bluegrass group has had a #1 Southern Gospel hit. Song 4: They close with one a fan favorite, “When We Meet to Sleep No More.”
6:52: The impossibly talented Penny Loafers sing one of their barbershop-flavored sugar sticks, “Goodbye, World, Goodbye.” (What, you wonder, does a barbershop-flavored sugar stick taste like? Well, it’s just a mixed metaphor. You never know what reduced sleep will do to writers!) Evidently Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver needed a couple more minutes to set up; emcee Jeff Easter asked the Penny Loafers to sing another song. They obliged, singing “Shut De Do.”
6:36: The Inspirations begin their set with “I’ll Never Sail Alone,” featuring new lead singer Steven Srein. We’re still about five minutes ahead of schedule. Song 2: Jon Epley is featured on “In The Savior’s Hands.” There are two acapella encores and one acapella tag, but Epley adds enough ad-libs to keep it from seeming repetitive or boring. Song 3: After some preaching about America’s Christian heritage from pianist/manager Martin Cook, the group sings “If You Only Knew.” It would be hard to overestimate just how much multi-instrumentalist Luke Vaught has added to the group’s sound over the last four or five years. Song 4: It’s time for three chords and a cloud of dust! They close their set out with “When I Wake Up (To Sleep No More).”
6:17: The McKameys begin their set with “A Song Every Day.” Song 2: “When He Speaks.” Song 3: A chorus of “God On The Mountain,” since they could hardly do a set skipping it entirely. Song 4: Roger Fortner sings his #1 hit feature song, “Unspoken Request.” Song 5: They close their set with their current radio single, “Hold On.” Afterwards, Peg McKamey Bean told her daughter, “Sing some more, baby … oh, that’s all we’re going to do? That’s all we’re going to do!” But she finished strongly, pivoting to sharing some encouragement and inspiration from the closing song.
6:17: Another scheduling change. It looks like the Collingsworth instrumental was dropped. The McKameys, up after the Collingsworths, are on now.
6:14: Another scheduling change: Dean and Kim Hopper were scheduled to be tonight’s hosts. Instead, it’s Jeff and Sheri Easter hosting.
5:57: The program seems to be four or five minutes ahead of schedule at this point. Karen Peck & New River kick off their set with “Ephesians Chapter 1.” Song 2: “Joy in My Heart”; nice energy for an early-in-the-evening set. Song 3: “Everybody’s Going Through Something.” It’s always nice to see Susan Peck Jackson get a solo. Song 4: “Four Days Late” is performed with a video montage of sunsets and clips from movies about Jesus’ life playing on the screens. For whatever reason, at least for the first half of the song, we don’t see the group at all; all we see is what’s on the screens. (The group came on screen right toward the end of the song.)
5:51: The schedule indicated that Dean Hopper would be leading the audience sing-a-long. It looks like Tim Lovelace is leading it instead.
5:46: Gold City is up for a single song, “I’m Not Giving Up.”
5:39: Tim Lovelace is doing Fan Cam (talking with the audience) for the next ten minutes or so.
5:28: Revelation, a trio from Northern Ireland, kicked off the evening’s program with “See Ya Over There,” a song from their Crossroads debut release, several years ago. The second song was by The Goulds.
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