Saturday News Roundup #202

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Here’s Wes Hampton singing a song introduced by Travis Cottrell, “Jesus Saves”:

Also worth watching: On The Couch with Fouch: Matt Fouch interviews Scott Fowler.

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Saturday News Roundup #201

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  • Tribute Quartet was in a bus accident last weekend. They posted: “Hi, folks. Ok, it’s been posted that we’ve been involved in a wreck. It is true. We are ALL ok. It is a FOGGY night in Oklahoma. We were making a right-hand turn. The driver hit us passenger side. SO, the bus needs a LOT of work over quite a bit of time. We envy your prayers and we are GRATEFUL to those who are in continuous prayer for us. It’s because of you we are all fine. Thank you!”
  • The Crist Family was also in a bus accident this week. (If two in a week doesn’t serve as a stark reminder of praying for the safety of our genre’s groups, nothing will!)
  • Last week, Tracy Stuffle marked another milestone in his ongoing stroke recovery: He was able to give his testimony during communion at his home church last Sunday. He has also been able to stand on his own for several minutes at a time.
  • Freedom Quartet posted a free live stream of a concert last weekend where they introduced their debut CD here.
  • Speaking of Freedom, their tenor/manager, John Rulapaugh, has announced plans to get into politics. He will be running for County Commissioner in Sevier County, Tennessee. Since Freedom tours with a limited schedule, it is not anticipated that this will impact his performances with the group.
  • Former Brian Free & Assurance baritone Craig Singletary owns a deer processing facility. Yesterday afternoon, a smoker blew up and injured him, requiring treatment for non-life-threatening burns.
  • Tenor Jonathan Price has left the Dove Brothers; they are seeking a replacement.

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The Hopper clan’s musical genes continue to run strong. Here’s little sister Lexi singing a song at a Hoppers soundcheck. (Don’t leave before the end; the spinning high-five is priceless!)

 

Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=605210489528858&set=vb.387945604588682&type=2&theater

Also worth watching: Matt Fouch interviews Jim Brady.

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Saturday News Roundup #200

Milestones are fun! Thanks to everyone who has commented on past Saturday News Roundups. What you’ve done to make it a conversation instead of a monologue is the reason this column has reached its 200th post.

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  • The Dixie Echoes’ most recent email newsletter announced that they’re working on a new recording to come out in early 2014. Notably, for the first time in around a decade, it will include “brand new songs from some of the most popular songwriters in the industry.”
  • Worth reading: Musicscribe’s interview with Scotty Inman.

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Saturday News Roundup #196

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  • Songwriter Joel Lindsey announced on Facebook that he has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Word / Warner Brothers / Curb Music Publishing.
  • The Ball Brothers mentioned in their most recent email newsletter that a video crew will be filming them over the next few weeks; their Rollin’ With The Ball Brothers web series is being turned into a reality show.
  • Worth reading: John Rulapaugh shares the story of how Freedom Quartet formed. He mentions that a Kickstarter campaign will be coming soon. 

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The Cathedrals Family Reunion CD releases next Tuesday. Here’s a video preview:

Speaking of Cathedrals memories made new, here’s a video of Danny Funderburk joining Legacy Five at a recent concert, singing one of Danny’s signature songs:

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Saturday News Roundup #195

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  • Tracy Stuffle reached another milestone in his stroke recovery: The pulmonary doctor was able to take his trach out. His voice is already sounding stronger after just a couple of days.
  • Freedom Quartet (John Rulapaugh, Dale Shipley, Preston Garner, and Burman Porter) have signed a booking agreement with the Beckie Simmons Agency.
  • The Ball Brothers announced that they will be giving away four Christmas songs.

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Gold City lead singers are measured by how well they sing the group’s signature song, “Midnight Cry.” Here’s a look at new lead singer Chip Pullen’s take on the song:

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Saturday News Roundup #194

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  • Jimmy and Mona Blackwood celebrated their 50th Anniversary this week.
  • Southern Sound announced that their former bass singer Alan Brewster, who left in 2010, has returned.

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Here’s a video of Marcy Kelsey Beckett singing “God Walks the Dark Hills,” with backup harmonies by Tribute Quartet. She was a member of The Songmasters in the 1970s and 1980s; they were the first full-time group to cut a Dianne Wilkinson song, and they were also the group to discover and introduce a young, talented soprano named Debbie Spraggs. Spraggs, of course, would go on to marry a dashing young Hoppers pianist by the name of Roger Talley.

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Saturday News Roundup #193

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  • Earlier this week, Soul’d Out bass singer Ian Owens’ wife, Megan, who had a hemorrhage last month, posted an update to Facebook: “Only .5-3% of people will ever have this type of brain bleed. Of that minute percentage, only 50% survive the initial bleed. Of the remaining 50%, only about 15% live a “normal” life. Many remain in a coma for months. I WALKED out of the hospital with pretty much full cognitive and motor functions!!! I am truly blessed from God and I will not take things for granted any more. I also want others to know that it is a miracle that I am here, and only by the grace of GOD!! He listens to and loves those who pray in faith!!”
  • Seven-year Anchormen tenor singer Karl Rice will be joining The Williamsons. He will be filling the position vacated by the departure of David Folenius.

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Here’s a video of the new Skyline Boys lineup; former Beyond the Ashes / Tribute Quartet / Talleys member Brian Alvey has the solo:

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Saturday News Roundup #192

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  • As Tracy Stuffle continues to recover from his January stroke, his wife Libbi was able to bring him to their church’s Wednesday night service for the first time since January. Each milestone is perhaps a little deal by itself, but each brings him one step closer to recovery.
  • Southern Sound has hired Randy Shaw as their new baritone singer. Randy is a cousin of Southern Sound tenor Will Shaw.
  • Rochesters members Scott and Becky Matthews welcomed a daughter, Mallorie Kate Matthews, on October 1.

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Just because this song deserves to be heard again:

Also worth watching: Legacy Five bass singer Matt Fouch interviews Nick Trammell, lead singer for the Mark Trammell Quartet.

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Saturday News Roundup #191

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I recently had the opportunity to film a Southern Gospel group from the Faroe Islands in the studio:

Also of interest: Here’s a video of Matt Fouch interviewing SouthernGospelBlog.com contributor Sam Garms. So it’s a chance to get to know him better.

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5hF0pa6lOQ

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Saturday News Roundup #190

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  • Former Gold City tenor singer Jay Parrack had an unspecified health scare about a week ago. His former Gold City colleague Jonathan Wilburn posted on Tuesday that Parrack received an all-clear from his doctor.
  • Here’s an extensive update from Libbi Perry Stuffle on an odd doctor’s visit on the road to her husband Tracy’s ongoing stroke recovery.
  • Here’s an update from Soul’d Out bass singer Ian Owens on his wife Megan’s recovery.
  • After three months of rehab from a fall that broke her tailbone, Carolyn Reese has returned home. Reese is married to Kingsmen bass singer Ray Dean Reese.
  • The annual IBMA awards, honoring the best in Bluegrass, were handed out on Friday. Here’s a list. Perhaps the award of most interest to Southern Gospel fans will fall into the “better late than never” department: Beulah Land, as recorded by Marty Raybon, won Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Yes, it’s the same Squire Parsons song that our genre figured out was Song of the Year material thirty-two years ago. 🙂

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Here’s a recent video of former Cathedrals tenor Roy Tremble, singing solo:

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