Bill Gaither rethinks Homecomings
Chuck Peters has the story: [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link appears to be down, and has been removed.] Bill Gaither is about to do a taping with many of the major Southern Gospel groups. This wasn’t exactly a secret; various groups, such as the Ball Brothers and the Collingsworth Family, have referred on their websites to being a part of what for each is their first Gaither taping.
But a few months ago, in another piece of news, the Gaither Homecoming tour announced an “artist reduction.” (No, this does not refer to a weight-loss program!) Fewer artists will regularly appear at the Homecoming Tour concerts; there will be the tour stars, such as the Gaither Vocal Band and Signature Sound, as well as several soloists and perhaps one or two other groups.
So how is one to explain these two moves which appear to be in opposite directions?
I think that Gaither is rethinking the Homecoming series. Perhaps the immediate future of the Homecomings will be fewer artists on a tour, but more artists at tapings. But this could lead to a long-term future for the series, in which the tapings introduce a new generation of artists, who eventually become popular enough to be added to the tour.