Saturday News Roundup #19

A couple of stories I didn’t get to this week:

  • I decided to revise my rating of the Kingsmen’s new album When God Ran. I knew right off that it was very good, and gave it four stars, but I decided to bump it up to five stars (of 5). I am hesitant to hand out a 5-star rating until I know the project sounds as good on the 25th spin as on the first. This project does, and should go down as one of the year’s most solid releases.
  • Charlie Waller’s New Florida Boys will be performing at the Showplace Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN. Of course, it’s not Florida, but for whatever it’s worth, Palmetto State Quartet left South Carolina years ago.
  • Verizon Wireless is sponsoring “How Sweet the Sound,” a competition to earn cash prizes and the title of best choir in America. [EDIT, 11/6/10: Broken link removed.]
  • The Collingsworth Family sent out a press release announcing that they will be the featured artists on Paul Heil’s Gospel Greats the weekend of August 8-10.
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s radio single “Help is On the Way” hit #1 on the Singing News September 2008 airplay chart. [EDIT, 11/6/10: Broken link removed.] At #2 is the song I’m hoping makes #1 next month, “Yaweh.”
  • Armond Morales and today’s Imperials have settled their disagreements over who can use the name; Morales relinquished rights to the name. [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.]

Stories to watch this week:

  • Be watching SG websites for reports on Jason Waldroup’s final concert with Greater Vision, and Jacob Kitson’s first full concerts with the group.
  • Be watching for updates on (and keep praying for) Lamp Music Group president Mike Pillow, who was in a motorcycle accident several weeks ago. His breathing condition deteriorated this week, and he had to return to an intensive care unit.

Upcoming reviews:

  • 8/8/08: Keith Plott, There is One
  • 8/8/08: Gordon Mote, Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory (bumped up a week)
  • 8/15/08: Kim Hopper, I Just Wanted You to Know
  • 8/22/08: Inspirations, How Great It Is

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