Return of the Live Band
A couple of years ago, live bands hit an all-time low in Southern Gospel music. Except for those groups fortunate enough to have multiple vocalists as instrumentalists—largely bluegrass groups like the Isaacs and the Primitive Quartet—the live band had virtually disappeared. The Kingdom Heirs had one and the Gaither Vocal Band had one, and that was about it.
Things seem to be turning around. Signature Sound has a three-piece band (four the night I saw them). Word on the street is that the Booth Brothers have a live three-piece band going now, too.
Add one more to that list: I noticed an announcement on the Dove Brothers’ website that they’ve just added a three-piece band to their concerts. Pianist Adam Harmon fronts a lineup that also includes bass guitarist Marc Peele, and drummer Devin Dove. Devin is Eric’s son, which means the long-time Southern Gospel tradition of a drummer being one of the principal group members’ sons is still going strong!