Could a traditional label make it?
Would there be a large enough market for a SG label that catered only to the traditional 4 guys, 2 mics and a piano sound?
Are we blaming labels because they are trying to stay in business by utilizing a more updated sound?
From everything members of traditional groups have told me about album sales, the answer is…yes.
Picture a label roster that included:
- The Dixie Echoes
- The Melody Boys Quartet
- The Dixie Melody Boys
- The Inspirations
- The Chuck Wagon Gang
- The Five Broke Single Boys
- Southern Sound
- Jimmy Blackwood’s Blackwood Brothers
- The Blackwood Quartet (featuring John Rulapaugh and Rick Fair)
- and perhaps one or two “development artists”
While I’m not saying that every single artist I just named is a top seller, I think a label with this roster would do quite well.
Traditional Southern Gospel is still alive and well.