Friday News Roundup #217

Worth Knowing

  • Old Paths bass singer Daniel Ashmore got married last Sunday. The Old Paths posted a photo gallery of Daniel and Katelyn Ashmore’s wedding here.

Worth Reading

On Wednesday’s post, several artists left their thoughts about the value of meeting fans at the table before a concert:

Pat Barker (Mark Trammell Quartet):

When I went to see the Cathedrals, most of the artists were at the table before the concert. If they can be at the table, then anyone can be at the table. George was the only one who stayed backstage. It did make it exciting to see him for the first time on the stage. My point? Both sides are right. It comes down to fan perspective.

When we do multi artist dates, we are usually the only ones at the table minus Mark. I hear it more times than not, “Where are the other groups? Are they too good to come in”? I think 30 plus years ago the groups were seen as stars so it was ok to stay backstage because that’s what stars do. Now, the artists are see as family. If you don’t come to the table, you’re seen as too good to shake hands with the “regular people.” Plus groups are missing a great opportunity to sell. We do alot of product sales before the concert. These days, when it’s hard to get people to the table, every little bit helps.

Matt Fouch (Legacy Five):

Most of L5 is at the table at least 45 minutes, usually 1 hour, before the concert begins. It give people an opportunity to stop by and chat for a few minutes. Intermission is usually too busy to hold a conversation. After the concert, most of our guys are headed to the bus to get changed to start tearing down equipment. Like one other person said, it really is what the artist wants to do. We choose to be available pre-concert and intermission. So, come early and say HI 🙂

Several other artists and fans offered thoughts, here.

Worth Watching

Bluegrass band Balsam Range—the current home of Kingsmen/Isaacs alumnus Tim Surrett—takes on the Kingsmen classic “When I Wake Up To Sleep No More.” Of particular note is a hilarious comedy bit at the 3:15 about what bluegrass bass singers have to do to sing low.

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  1. I attended the GVB concert last night in MN. Great concert! They are selling a CD featuring the new members. It looks like it’s just an album being sold at concerts because of the packaging. The song list: Love Is Like A River; Home Of Your Dreams; Search Me, Lord; Why Me, Lord?(Live); Build An Ark; Lovin’ God, Lovin’ Each Other; Wind Of This World; That Sounds Like Home To Me; The Baptism Of Jesse Taylor; Please Forgive Me; My Lord And I; Knowing You’ll Be There.

    • No “Give It Away” on the list? Interesting… I wonder if the clip on the website is from yet another project to come.

  2. Is Peg McKamey doing okay since her fall? So sad about that young naval football player. Prayers sent up
    for the family. Please, news about Peg. Thanks.

    • I believe she’s back on the road.

      • To give an update on Peg & the McKameys, I will share some comments about the McKameys concert I attended tonight. This was the McKameys and 2 local groups. There were easily 700-750 people, and most had never seen the McKameys before. It was neat watching people see the McKameys for the first time. The classics were a big hit as well as more recent songs like “I Made It By Grace” and “A Hill Worth Dying On.” I’ve seen them through the years since the mid-90s. Tonight, they carried that energy and excitement they had several years back. I think Steve Eaton at MusicScribe refers to it as the ‘high energy era’. **This doesn’t men they haven’t had it all along; they’ve been just a bit more subdued.**

        Just by talking to Peg & seeing her energy on stage, you wouldn’t know she’d experienced any health issues in the past few months.