In Concert: Blackwood Brothers (Harrod, OH)

Yesterday, my family and I went out to Harrod, OH to see the Blackwood Brothers in concert. The Blackwood Brothers Quartet is run by Jimmy Blackwood, son of James Blackwood. Jimmy himself sang lead for the Blackwood Brothers for some time in the ’70s before leaving the road; several years ago, he brought the name back.

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet is one of the few groups on the road today to do their entire program with two old-fashioned microphones. Much of their program is done with light soundtracks (piano and perhaps some bass guitar), but for some of the program their baritone/pianist, Brad White, moves over to the piano (where a third old-fashined microphone is set up) and accompanies the group live.

First set:

  • How About Your Heart (featuring lead singer Jimmy Blackwood)
  • The Man Upstairs
  • The Old Country Church (with encore)
  • Group Intros
  • Jesus is Coming Soon (featuring Jimmy)
  • I’m Feelin’ Fine (featuring a piano interlude by baritone/pianist Brad White)
  • This Old House (featuring bass Randy Byrd)
  • The Lighthouse (featuring tenor Wayne Little)
  • Since Jesus Came Into My Heart (Brad White piano solo)
  • How Great Thou Art (Randy, Jimmy)

During intermission, Brad White played a second piano solo, “Tis So Sweet.”

Second set:

  • Jesus is a Waymaker (Jimmy)
  • He Bought My Soul
  • I Get Happy (Randy)
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • I Wanna Be More Like Jesus

Then, they did a request time, taking several audience requests:

  • Sweet Hour of Prayer (Brad on the melody)
  • Prayer is the Key (Jimmy)
  • Suppertime (Randy)
  • Looking For a City (Wayne)
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow

Then, returning to the program, they finished with:

  • Learning to Lean (Jimmy)
  • Oh, What a Savior (Brad)
  • I’ll Meet You in the Morning (Jimmy)

The requests time was certainly one of the evening’s highlights. Much of their program was the same as when I saw them two years ago (with This Old House being a delightful addition), but the requests are different every time. In fact, the requests are perhaps the biggest reason to go see the group multiple times–even if the rest of the program remains the same, you can always ask for a favorite during requests.

After entertaining the thought of asking for “Excuses,” primarily to see what they would say, I settled on “Victory Road.” They didn’t know it well enough to feel comfortable doing it, but they let me have a second pick, and I asked for “Suppertime.” I had heard good things about Randy Byrd’s rendition, and I was not disappointed. He is one of the hidden gems on the Southern Gospel scene, and has both the voice and the personality to become a fan favorite once more fans get to know him

It was an enjoyable evening, and worth the nearly two-hour trip.

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  1. I saw they were going to be in Ohio. I wish I could have made the trip as well. The BBQ truly is a great quartet. Hope they will begin singing some new material and maybe make a come back as one of the top quartets.

  2. BBQ and Dixie Echoes both recorded DVD’s in Florida earlier this month. Looking forward to both!