Saturday News Roundup #195

Worth Knowing

  • Tracy Stuffle reached another milestone in his stroke recovery: The pulmonary doctor was able to take his trach out. His voice is already sounding stronger after just a couple of days.
  • Freedom Quartet (John Rulapaugh, Dale Shipley, Preston Garner, and Burman Porter) have signed a booking agreement with the Beckie Simmons Agency.
  • The Ball Brothers announced that they will be giving away four Christmas songs.

Worth Watching

Gold City lead singers are measured by how well they sing the group’s signature song, “Midnight Cry.” Here’s a look at new lead singer Chip Pullen’s take on the song:

Worth Discussing

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  1. Wow! Chip Pullen’s, that’s the sound!!!

  2. Daniel, did you see the video preview of the Cathedrals Family Reunion project? I was going to post it earlier this week, but figured you had it saved for today.

    • I did see it! This first-look video seemed to be the most newsworthy, and I was thinking of featuring that one next week. But feel free to post the link now; I still might go ahead and feature it next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This is an exceptional QT that will only get better with time together… I know Tim has “retired” once… I wonder when he will hang it up.


  4. Is Philip Hughes still w/ the Harvesters? His present employment on his Facebook page is listed as a car dealership.

    • The one doesn’t necessarily preclude the others. Quite a few people in groups outside the absolute highest tier have day jobs. (A number of people in groups considered the biggest have day jobs, too!)

      • I did consider that, but with a salesman being such a hands-on job (and also having seen a certain FB post from one of his friends), I didn’t know if anything had been said or released.

    • Yes Phil still sings with The Harvesters. They don’t travel full-time. One of the main reasons Phil left Kingsmen and went back to The Harvesters was so he could see his son play football on Thursday nights.

  5. Great hire for Gold City!!

  6. Does anyone know the status of the Inspirations’ bass position? I was wondering if Jon Epley is still filling that spot, and/or whether there will be a different replacement for Mike Holcomb.

    • Jon Epley will be staying at bass.

      • Thanks, A.C. And will Luke stay at baritone?

      • No, Luke will go back to his regular position.

      • Thanks again! So a new baritone will be brought into the group?

      • Correct. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Well I’m excited for tomorrw night because it’s my groups (Jordan’s Bridge) 1 year anniversary concert at the first church we sang at. Salem UMC in Blountville TN. I thank God for these guys every day and appreciate them very much. Phil Barker has been a great friend for 30 years and can still sing awesome. He became my favorite tenor when we traveled together with the Singing Americans. I only filled in for 3 months for them back in 85-86 but was there long enough to know he was great and give it his all everytime he sings. We’re close to striking a record deal now with one of the top labels so I’m asking that you all pray that this is what God wants and that HE will be praised in all that we do for Him. Kirk Henry (lead) and Rick Sheets (baritone) are awesome people too and they love the Lord. I’ll be quiet now but please keep us in prayer.

    BTW Chip Pullen sounds great!! I’ve heard him live with the Anchormen. He can get it done and fits GC perfect.

  8. If the upcoming Texas Cathedrals Reunion concert was anything like the concert we attended last night in Roseville, MI, it will be a night to remember for a long time!!! Promoter Victor Seaton brought the Cathedral alumni groups including Danny Funderburke (All were there except Ernie Hausse and Signature Sound) to MI and it was marvelous!! It was worth the whole concert to hear Legacy Five sing “For What Earthly Reason” as Gus Gaches sang the first verse and Danny Funderburke sang the second verse. At the end the two of them ended the song as a duet. It was spectacular!! Gerald Wolfe played piano on those old Cathedral songs just like he had those years ago when I would go to hear them at the Indianapolis Murat Temple. Danny sang tenor, Scott sang lead, Mark Trammel sang baritone, Pat Barker and Matt Fouch switched off on bass. They sang Somebody Touched Me, Echoes From The Burning Bush, Movin’ Up To Gloryland, There’s Something About That Name and Champion of Love. I really thought they blended very well considering how long ago it’s been. I could go on, but will just end with… Look out, Texas!!! You’re in for a treat!!

    • It was a GREAT concert. It was also a cool moment when the system lost power and they did The Heavenly Parade acapella!

      • It was quite an incident. Gerald, professional MC that he is, didn’t miss a beat as he lead in “Heavenly Parade” accapella ’til sound was restored. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been awhile since I’ve seen such an interactive crowd- especially here in the north. There were so many requests. Loved it when that lady kept hollering out the Cathedral’s song title, “I Can See The Hand” about 4 times…Gerald finally acknowledged her by replying, “I Can See YOUR Hand too!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Talkking about the Inspirations, lead singer Steve Srein left the group a week or two ago. Casey Brandon is singing lead now.

    • I had noticed an anomaly on Facebook this weekend that made me wonder if he had… so that means the Inspirations are down 2 singing parts right now.

  10. I guess so