Gold City, Kingsmen, Dove Brothers…now Palmetto State?
This review of the new Palmetto State project caught my attention, primarily because of the reviewer’s comments that the Palmetto State Quartet is trying out a country sound. [EDIT, 2/21/13. Broken link removed.]
As the reviewer noted, they are following in the path of several recent quartets, including Gold City, the Dove Brothers, and the Kingsmen, all of whom have been moving away from a classic Southern Gospel sound and toward a country sound on selected tracks in recent projects.
I think it is now safe to call this a trend. The “in thing” a couple of years ago was to adopt a classic quartet sound, a trend led by the Dove Brothers. The Doves have also, interestingly, been at the forefront of the new country-flavored trend, for the last year or two.
Where has this led these groups, and where is it leading Southern Gospel?
I note that groups moving in this direction seem to get many fewer nominations in the Singing News Fan Awards, suggesting perhaps that listeners don’t like the country fad as much as the classic quartet fad.
But I don’t have all the conclusions, I don’t have all the answers. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.