Friday News Roundup #218

Worth Knowing

  • Longtime Diplomats bass singer Joe Brown has returned to the group.
  • Blackwood Quartet member David Mann is coming off the road due to voice issues. In an open letter, he commented: “My windpipe was full of mold that, I later found out, I had been breathing in from a mold infested vehicle. This problem had collapsed a portion of my airways, and prevented me from using more than 1/3 of my lung capacity.” On doctor’s advice, he has decided to pursue non-musical lines of work, at least for the next several years.
  • Roger Talley entertained the audience at a recent Talleys concert in Norway by coming on stage dressed in the costume of their Olympic curling team.

Worth Reading

On Monday’s “Creating Trends” post, Pat Barker posted insightful thoughts on the relative merits of gimmicks and the songs to back them up:

I was told by one of my managers in the early days of me traveling that most Gospel music fans were also wrestling fans. In those days I was still trying to be “High Church” in my presentation because that is how I was taught. The problem was that it wasn’t getting past the first row. His point was that most of the fans want a gimmick. They want something they can identify with every time they see you. That is true.

The dilemma is presenting the gimmick with class so it doesn’t come off as hokey or “local group” for lack of a better term. A gimmick can be anything from an old man to two microphones. It can also be a white flag or a passionate piano player. There has to be something that brings the people to the concert night after night.

Here, in my opinion, is where many groups miss the boat. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE SONGS TO BACK UP THE GIMMICK! Glen was always the old man, but they didn’t have their greatest success till We Shall See Jesus. Brian Free was always precious, but Midnight Cry was their launching pad. Gerald has always made fun of Rodney, but Lazarus, to this day, has to be sung night after night. Thank God that at the end of the day, whether you like wrestling or not, It’s all about the song. That’s the way it should be and I hope that’s the way it always will be.

Worth Watching

One bass singer, Legacy Five’s Matt Fouch, interviews another, the Mark Trammell Quartet’s Pat Barker:

Also of note: Reality TV stars The Duggar Family attended a recent Collingsworth Family concert. They invited the Collingsworth Family over after the concert, and filmed and posted a video of the Collingsworth Family singing “God Bless America” a cappella in the Duggar’s living room:

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  1. Ha! Imagine how excited the promoter was to get an order for 21 tickets for the concert! Every promoter from now on will be sending the Duggars a concert flyer.

    • Hopefully they weren’t asking for 21 comp tickets, that may not make the promoter happy lol

      • Surely they qualified for a group/bus discount, though. 🙂

  2. Daniel, I”m trying to remember who David Mann is (what he looks like)…….can you help with any link to a photo or something? Thank you!

  3. I enjoyed the interview Matt did with Pat. Actually all of Matt ‘ s interviews are good. The dry humor is great. I actually didn’t know Pat was old enough to remember the Masters V. Lol. Great bass singers in that interview.

    • He’s older than he looks.

      That’s another way of saying that he looks young for his age, which, I believe, is supposed to be a compliment. 🙂

    • Thank you for watching!

  4. Hey guys, Your site is Awesome and Daniel so are your articles. I love Southern Gospel music and learning about it is very exciting. Do you think there is much of a chance for someone with no real experience to hope one day to try out as a bass singer for a group? I know it may seem like a silly question but can’t get it out of my mind. Maybe the Lord calling. Thank you.

    • Yes, it is possible that someone with no real experience might try out. It’s more likely that the person gets the job if he has at least a little on-stage experience with a local or regional group.

  5. Dennis James, Hi. You just never know, my friend! Many singers have been discovered, trained and gone on to become some of the greatest in our genre of music. I am always personally interested in listening to new talent. That is how we found our bass singer, Daniel Ashmore. He had never sang with anyone and had no prior experience. He had watched Gaither videos and loved this music. He had tried out for a few groups before but didn’t make the cut. I heard him on youtube singing a song at his home church called, “How Big is God”, and I sent the clip to our other members. We all knew he had the goods that it would take to make a great bass vocal. Now, 2 years later I stand on the other end of the stage and listen to him sing like he’s been doing it all of his life. He just stands there flat footed and sings the notes like they just fall out of his mouth. lol But yes Dennis, it can happen. Send Daniel Mount a demo via MP3 and lets take a listen!

    • 10 4 Jeremy, I sure will. That’s Awesome, thanks so much sir for taking the time to reply.

    • Good stuff, Jeremy! I actually know someone looking right now so I’d be interested in hearing that demo myself

      • Roger that Tony, try my best to put something good together and get you guys a few decent tracks to hear on Wednesday. Thanks sir. May God richly bless your ministry and strengthen you for His kingdom.

  6. Dennis, just a thought that while you’re putting your demos together you might want to take a look at this as well:

    God bless you and your ministry!

    • Why thank you kindly Harriet, appreciate your reply. May God bless you and yours abundantly with the love and guidance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

      • Hey folks, I posted a sample bass voice for Daniel, Jeremy and Mark to hear. After hours of trying to imitate the pros with a futile demo effort, it finally dawned on me the only one I should be trying to imitate is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So here’s a brief :45 sec vocal track, Click “His Love For Us Is Amazing”