Friday News Roundup #224

Worth Knowing

Worth Watching

Matt Fouch, known for both his On The Couch With Fouch series and for singing bass for Legacy Five, recently launched a podcast and video blog. In last week’s episode, here, he mentioned that he will include a news section each week. This provides one more option for fans wondering where to keep up with the latest news once this site retires.

Also worth watching: This the first video I’ve seen of the Down East Boys with new bass singer Joe Brinkley:

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  1. Thanks, Daniel, for some more bookmarks for me to check for SG things! I hope I will get to see the Down East Boys sometime when I’m visiting in VA. I missed them by 1 day last time. 🙁


  2. While watching a tribute to Roger Bennett recently, I came across a name I’ve not heard of in SGM, that being a fella named Dino, just Dino. Are you familiar with Dino? If yes, please tell me a little (or a lot) about this nimble-fingered
    artist. Thanks.

    • Last name Kartsonakis, as I recall. Name said Dean-o, not d(eye)no as in T-Rex. Born in 1942. Had a show on TBN with his first wife in the ’70s.

      • Tremendous pianist too. I just can’t bare to watch his facial expressions because it looks like he’s hurting but he can play some beautiful pieces. Just watch his hands if you’re watching video. Lol

      • Dino Kartsonakis…I remember him from his days on PTL

  3. I recently received a cd titled In The Garden, the old one that Chet Atkins produced in 1959; and I have listened to it many times since, and I already dearly love it. Please explain to me, Daniel, what sets this cd apart from so many others
    to be lauded and even called one of the 5 best of all time. Thank you for the use of your expertise in matters of this ilk.

    • I assume you’re talking about The Weatherfords’ release? If so: It’s less any one particular detail and more that it came amazingly close to perfection in all the little details.

      • I just don’t get about the details. I’m a layperson and just love the music, but I wish I knew
        what details you speak of. B/c lots of albums have singers as good as this, IMMHO.

      • Blend, pitch, arrangements, accompaniment, individual placement, matching placement, and the like.

  4. And, yes I’m speaking of the Weatherford recording. It took me many years to find this
    recording of In the Garden. Finally Miss Lily Fern made it available thru her website, bless her heart. I am so thankful to her for making it available to us Christians who really wanted it.

  5. In the garden is perfection. Speaking with Lily Fern, she told me that Chet did very little because they were so prepared. She also shared that every song except for one was done on the first take. Henry Slaughter was the real genius behind that project.

  6. Am going to miss your articles each day, would like for to check out Omega quartet out
    of Georgia.

  7. I recently signed up for Spotify when I discovered they had a good amount of southern gospel albums which I didn’t have in my personal collection. I was shuffling Cathedrals songs, and This Ole House, one of my favorites, started playing. But it was from the Southern Gospel Treasury Cathedrals, and it wasn’t a feature for George, but rather had everyone singing their own verse and George sang the chorus. There wasn’t any ‘When the Saints’ mixed in either, rather ‘I Have a Home’. I am pretty sure it is very early, but I am curious when it was recorded. I’m pretty surprised as it seems like an early recording, but I always assumed Symphony of Praise was their main or rather first recording of the song. I guess it was just their de facto recording.

    If someone knows anything about This Ole House previous to The Cathedrals most recent and popular version of it I’d love to know about it, Thanks.

  8. While watching one of the old Sing Out America dvds recently, I saw a very young Tim Riley, and he had hair —
    almost just like now minus the gray color. I had always just assumed that his hair was a “piece” ala Jake Hess,
    but now I’m wondering if his gray hair is his real hair. Any comments? Please.

      • Is that _really_ Tim in the ’87 picture, seated, on our left?? It doesn’t even favor him! If it is him, I gotcha’.

      • Tim’s standing in the back in the ’87 picture. He is indeed in both pictures.

      • Lol

      • Gold City could have changed their name to Tim Riley and the Mullets! 🙂

      • I’m so sorry, Daniel, I meant was that Tim Riley seated in the ’86 one. Boy he looks a lot different. You so funny, Daniel. I guess you showed me! A picture (or 2 in this case) is worth,…, well you know. Thanks for your time and trouble to find and post them. I really got a kick out of seeing them. Now I will never forget, ’cause I saw it with my own eyes.

      • No problem. Hairpieces can be a touchy and sensitive subject, so I prefer to avoid talking about questions of that nature. However, it occurred to me that I could actually answer your question by letting the photos do all the talking.

  9. Daniel (and others),

    I was listening to Pandora tonight and heard a song by an artist that used to be prominent in the SG world. Still a well recognized name. I looked at Pandora and realized the CD was a Gaither Best of Homecoming Appearances which consisted of recordings only by this artist. It seems their popularity dip and end of appearances on the Gaither Homecoming recordings came at the same time.

    This got me thinking and I believe this same phenomena has happened to several artists (I use this term for groups and soloists). Does this happen because Gaither grabs artists towards the end of their careers (the Cathedrals, J.D, Vestal, etc.) so their careers are almost over anyway? Or, is it because Gaither is such a powerhouse that he can essentially make or break an artist by himself. I know there have been many who’ve gone own to have careers after their run on the Homecoming Series, but, with the exception of EHSS, I’m struggling to think of many who were bigger after they were no longer supported by the Bill Gaither machine.

    I haven’t done detailed analysis of sales numbers. This is all just observation and opinion.

    Daniel, I’m going to miss the opportunity to pick your brain on things like this. Also, I will miss the opportunity to get feedback from the fellow readers.

    • My thoughts on the issue are so complex that I’m not sure I could reduce them down to a post, let alone a comment. Perhaps I’ll let others share their insight.

      I will toss in, though, that I believe the Booth Brothers’ post-Gaither-Tour success has been, at least in some respects, the high point of their career.

      • I wasn’t sure about the Booth Brothers. I thought they were recently on a Homcoming. So, I didn’t know if they still made Homecoming appearances, but they are certainly a good example.

        I hope you someday figure out a way to get your complex thoughts on the subject to us.