NQC to host first ’80s Gold City Reunion

Via Brian Free and Assurance’s Facebook page, the National Quartet Convention will host the first-ever reunion of the 1980s Gold City lineup of Brian Free, Ivan Parker, Mike LeFevre, Tim Riley, and Garry Jones. They will sing two songs at 12:00.

To get a good seat, be prepared to arrive about twice as early as you’d have to do to get a good seat for Sarah Pain Palin!

Edit: Thanks to Wes Burke for pointing out the typo.

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  1. Sarah “Pain”?? Best Freudian slip I’ve seen in ages!

    • Well, Freudian or not, it was quite the slip! πŸ˜›

    • Couldn’t agree more.

    • I was gonna say – well, my first reaction was that you’d done it on purpose, so it’s a good thing you put the note in there that it was edited.

      My second reaction was that it almost made me a believer in my college professor’s cherished idea of Freudian slips.

      Man, Brian Free, Ivan Parker, Mike LeFevre, and Tim Riley! (It just merited being said again.) That’s…that’s…Well, the ’80s Cathedral lineup would beat it, but not much else.

      • I solemnly assure you it was entirely accidental.

      • I solemnly believe you. πŸ˜€ Well, not very solemnly, but I believe you!

      • At least you believe me, and that’s what matters. πŸ˜€

    • Because of the economy, my wife and I have not been able to attended the National Quartet Convention for several years. We had recently decided we would like to attend this year’s convention, BUT then we see that Sarah Palin is going to speak. We can’t imagine anything more painful, or disgusting, than hearing her speak, unless maybe it is hearing her sing. ?

      My wife and I, as well as other Southern Gospel music lovers we well know, greatly resent the fact that our ticket proceeds would subsidize the extravagant lifestyle and the appearance of a political lightening-rod such as Sara Palin. (It is well-known that the followers of Ms. Palin pay tens-of-thousands of dollars, per appearance.)

      We are both surprised and disappointed that your organization, which professes spiritual leadership, and promotes loving God through Gospel music, would openly pander to any political persuasion. Shame on you ! And we would feel the same if you had Katie Couric, or any other political well-known, as a guest speaker. (This whole situation reminds us of the Scriptures relating how Jesus’ chased the money-changers out of the Temple.)

      If you have funds to give any political entity, perhaps you should instead find homeless, hungry, and out-of-work people in the Louisville area, and around this country, on whom to spend your resources rather than support any political agenda.

      Needless to say, this will be another year that we won’t attend the NQC, or support it in any way. And we will give very serious consideration to never returning, if this is the direction you are headed. Keep politics out of the presentation of Gospel music.

      • Lee, I am sorry that you have decided to adopt such a vitriolic attitude towards Sarah Palin. She is a good Christian lady and stands for the right things when it comes to her political views. She is a staunch supporter of life and has lived her beliefs as she raises a child with down’s syndrome. Whatever negative feelings you might have towards her, I regret that you cannot recognize this. Whether or not the NQC should bring politics into a presentation of gospel music at all is a separate debate and an issue of its own, but in the meanwhile, I feel that your personal attacks on this woman are uncalled-for.

      • Lee, let me just chime in as well. Here as everywhere, there are people who love and people who hate Palin – and people like me who agree with her policy stances but voted/would have voted for other individuals who hold to those stances.

        Your overall point that it may not have been the best use of NQC’s talent budget to pay Sarah Palin’s flat is certainly valid enough to merit discussion; however, if you had focused your presentation on that point, I believe you would have gained a more favorable reception overall.

      • I’m not trying to claim that she is perfect, but… there are ways of criticizing her, and there are ways of criticizing her. That’s all I meant.

      • I’m actually going to completely agree with you, Lee. I’m a staunch conservative Christian who firmly believes that people like Sarah Palin are bad for the country, and even more so, bad for the National Quartet Convention.

      • Hey Brian,
        I too am a conservative Christian and I believe Sarah Palin is wonderful for the country. My reason for saying this is that she has taken away the entire arguement that women can’t be conservatives as well as bringing conservative topics to the mainstream. I would be curious why you think she’s bad for the country.

      • Hey Lee,
        Like her or hate her, I can’t quite tell where you stand ;-), but she has brought a tremendous amount of conversation and discussion to this year’s NQC. I would be curious why this bothers you so much? I love NQC, and had made it a point to there on Thursday this year to hear Mrs. Palin speak, but my wife just got scheduled for surgery that day so I won’t make it. Apparently I feel the same way about the current President of the US that you do about Mrs. Palin, and should Clarke Beasley and the boys book Mr. Obama at the convention, while I would seriously question their actions, I certainly wouldn’t consider swearing off of convention forever! Do you dislike debate, or [EDIT – let’s not go there!]?

  2. This is great! I hope they get more groups from the 80s..namely, the Paynes, Talleys, and Greenes. : )

  3. 12:00 when? Monday?

    • Sorry! Saturday.

  4. Who ever wants my seats to see the ex gov of Alaska, you can have them. We will stay in our motel room and watch TV.

    • I’m sure somebody will be glad to take you up on that offer. No doubt you’ll miss a fine speech by one of the classiest women to hit the political scene in a long time.

    • I don’t plan to be there, either. Now, I do agree with most of her positions, and she is a fairly decent speaker, however, if I have to choose between hearing a politician talk and hearing a Southern Gospel concert elsewhere in the building . . . the choice is very easy! πŸ™‚

      • I thought she was going to speak between performers during the event. Will there in fact be music going on at the same time as her speech?

      • Yes – ever since I started going, when there are Freedom Hall featured showcases, there are also always regional and/or featured artist spotlight showcases going on elsewhere on site.

        Now I say regional and/or featured – that’s where I first heard a group by the name of the Collingsworth Family live and in person, and countless other mainstage-quality groups have also appeared there.

      • Hmmmmm, Collingsworth Family you say? Are they any good? πŸ˜‰

      • Let me just say this: They only did two songs. They started with “Light from Heaven” – and I’d have to say Olivia was 7 or 8 at the time – and got a great response. Then Kim did “And Can it Be” without a track – and got a rousing, prolonged standing ovation.

      • Oh. Well in that case…I’d probably go with the music. πŸ˜‰

  5. Needless to say, this reunion may very well be THE highlight of NQC 2010.

    Brian, Ivan, Mike, Tim, and Garry. WOW. I’ve been waiting years for this.

  6. This should be VERY special. And I’ll be so glad to see Garry at NQC again!!!

    • I like Garry! A lot! Terrific pianist and arranger. I really liked his very early work with EHSS before they parted ways. That arrangement of “The Old Rugged Cross” he did for them is just breathtaking.

  7. Thank you, by the way, for getting your 80s plural correct. :o)

    One of my most recent published reviews had the word “seventies” submitted as a plural, but it got un-corrected to a possessive “1970’s.”

    • That is something I am rather picky about, I will admit. πŸ™‚

      • That’s one of my writing pet-peeves as well!

  8. If we would bring more religion/christianity into politics then we our country would not be in the shape its in today. People with the mentality that the two should not mix are the ones who are resonsible for the failings of of our leaders. I respect Gov. Palin and I respect the NQC board for having her.

  9. This blog post is not about Sarah Palin. It is about one of the greatest quartets to ever grace a Gospel Music stage. In my humble opinion, if you want to write about Palin, go on a political blog.

    • Dennis – The NQC was the one to bring Palin into an otherwise Southern Gospel setting by inviting her to appear there.