Talley Trio offers digital pre-release of new album

Through their Talley Tree-o website, Crossroads Music and the Talley Trio have been involving fans in the recording process of the group’s upcoming release, Life Goes On.

The album is set to release on September 16, but the group and label decided to make the album available digitally now to involve the fans in the process of picking out a single. It’s available on the Crossroads website, here. [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.]

Also, be watching for a CD review on this website in the coming weeks.

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EHSS offers free advance downloads

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound announced in their last email newsletter that they will be offering free advance downloads of two tracks from their upcoming release, Dream On, to anyone who pre-orders it online on their website. The tracks are “The Old Landmark” and their first single from the project, “Reason Enough.”

From the announcement:

Filmed at the Famous Navy Pier in one of the greatest cities Chicago IL, in front of some of the greatest fans in all the world, this action packed musical event has something for everybody.  Special guests on the DVD are Jessy Dixon, The “New Friendship Youth and Young Adult Choir” from Chicago’s south side, and the comedy of Chonda Pierce.


Want to hear the new CD before it comes out?  If you “Pre Order” the new CD and DVD “Dream On” from the EHSS website you will be given a FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of two “LIVE” tracks from the Live in Chicago taping. The digital download link will be presented to you right after your credit card is processed. As well you will also receive a follow up email with the same link. Please note that only web orders for the pre-sale will receive the free digital download.

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More Details on GVB Reunion

Over the past few days, more details have been mentioned about the upcoming Gaither Vocal Band Reunion taping. Wes Hampton posted on his blog that it would be a closed taping: [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link appears to be down, and has been removed.]

I know there’s been speculation on all of this, but I do know that it will be a closed taping. I’m anxious to see what Bill has up his sleeve. I know that he’ll make it a very memorable, fun, exciting time for everyone involved, and I’m so glad to have the amazing opportunity to be involved in this…it is quite humbling, actually. I know that folks, especially the hard core GVB fans (like myself), will be in line to get this video when it’s released.

In an interview for the Lakeland, FL Ledger, Bill Gaither also mentioned one other crucial detail:

“This summer, we’re going to record a Vocal Band reunion video. We’ll get 15 alumni of the band to reminisce and sing,” he said.

Among those alumni are singers who have had their own successful careers, like Mark Lowry, David Phelps and Russ Taff. Gaither allowed himself to guess what the alums of the band might say of its continuing success.

“There’s a lot of pride in all that. I think they’d say it’s good to see the old man is trying to keep the quality up,” he said.

What Gaither didn’t say is which fifteen alumni will be present, or whether that number includes the four present members.

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New Videos in the Works

The Dixie Echoes and the Mark Trammell Trio both announced upcoming live DVD tapings within the past few days.

The Dixie Echoes will record theirs on June 2, 2007 at XM Radio’s Live Performance Theater in Washington, D.C. Attendance will be limited:

The seating for this special program is extremely limited and people will be chosen on a “first-come, first-served” basis determined by when their email is received at XM. If you are interested and are 100% confident that you can be in Washington, DC on the afternoon of June 2, 2007, please send an email complete with your full name and contact information to live@xmradio.com. Make sure to include “DIXIE ECHOES” in the subject line of your message to live@xmradio.com or your email will not be considered.

If you wish to come with a guest – one other person only – please include that person’s name and contact information (email and cell phone nos. are important in case there is a change in schedule) as well. If you are selected to attend, you will receive an email with the exact time and further instructions. Only people who have received this email will be put on the guest list and will be able to attend.

Also, the Mark Trammell Trio just announced that they will be taping a live DVD next Thursday, March 17, at Christ Church in Huntington, West Virginia. Those who seek more information can call  256-442-1621.

This DVD will be their first since bringing Steve and Dustin on board. I’m glad that this particular lineup will be captured on video, because it is their best yet and may be the best they will ever have.

The DVD will include songs from their last two projects (I’m assuming Once Upon a Cross and Journey Thus Far, though it may include some from This Time) and songs from their next CD project, which is evidently already under way.

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Prophets announce producers for new album

In a press release today, Ed Hill’s Prophets Quartet announced that their upcoming debut project will be produced by Johnny Minick, Aaron Minick, and Michael Sykes. This project will be Sykes’ first effort after his recent Dove Award win for producing the Gaither Vocal Band Give it Away CD.

A radio single is expected to come out in late spring, and the project should release this summer. The Prophets are currently recording the final vocals for their project, the first since the original Prophets retired in 1973.

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Legacy Five bringing back “I Stand Redeemed”

Legacy Five has a Q&A box in every newsletter. In their most recent newsletter (mailed yesterday), Jo Kennedy from Springfield, Illinois asked: “Do you have a song that you have sung that means more to you than any other song?”

I must admit I cheered when I read their answer:

Another tough question… there are so many great songs and it would be impossible to pick one as the all-time favorite! That said, there is one Legacy Five song that has probably been requested more than any other… that is “I Stand Redeemed” from the “Strong in the Strength” project, which was our first single release in 2000. We get requests for that song almost every night, and we haven’t been singing it for a long time.

However, we’re happy to inform you that we just finished recording tracks for our upcoming new CD titled “Know So Salvation” and it will feature a new version of “I Stand Redeemed”. The new CD will be released at our Memorial Day Celebration in Nashville and we should be able to start singing that powerful song again real soon!

That song is one of the most powerful songs that any group has released in the past decade. That said, I believe the original is in the key of G, and though original tenor Josh Cobb could handle singing it that high, I think it’s keyed too high for his two successors to do and to sound good doing. So I have a feeling they either took the key down a couple notches or down an octave and handed the solo to one of the Scotts.

Either way, it’s unfortunate when a group can’t stage its best song, and I am glad to see them bringing it back.

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Marketing info on Signature Sound’s Get Away Jordan

A sharp set of eyes on Signature Sound’s message board noticed this page giving marketing information on Signature Sound’s upcoming Get Away Jordan DVD release. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] The thing that most caught my eye (besides the starburst on the cover, which never fails to catch my attention) was the TV marketing schedule. The Gaither television special that features music from the DVD will be aired on no less than fifteen different channels on January 20, including PAX, GAC, TBN, Daystar, and INSP. Add to this a February interview on Dr. James Dobson’s program and a May appearance at the White House, and that equals a lot of publicity.

If Ernie Haase can maintain the same pace and the same personnel for several more years, Signature Sound will be well on their way to being Southern Gospel’s next mega-group.

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