Saturday News Roundup #177

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  • In case you missed it: The Perrys announced yesterday that David Ragan is their new lead singer.
  • Dominion Agency, the booking agency that represents Triumphant Quartet and The Collingsworth Family, has signed Red Roots to their roster.
  • Worth reading: Burke’s Brainwork interviews Steve Lacey.
  • Also worth reading: There was a fascinating discussion this week on the Gospel Music CSI Facebook group about singers who auditioned for the Gaither Vocal Band. Among the most intriguing names cited was Michael Tait, who auditioned for the tenor position in the mid-1980s before becoming a founding member of dc Talk. [UPDATE: See the comment section; apparently his audition may have actually been for baritone.]

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At this week’s Memphis Quartet Show, the moment that generated the most buzz online has certainly been the Booth Brothers’ appearance as a quartet with Gene McDonald on bass and a live band. Legacy Five bass singer Matt Fouch posted a video:

Also worth watching: Diana Brantley has the opening song of the Memphis Quartet Show, the Blackwood Brothers’ “How About Your Heart.”

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Saturday News Roundup #175

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  • Congratulations are in order to Collingsworth Family lead singer Phillip Collingsworth Jr., who got engaged last night to Sharlenae Dotson. UPDATE, 8 PM: The wedding is scheduled in one year, for June 2014.
  • Previous Dixie Echoes tenor Craig Thomas was in a car accident Thursday morning and suffered a severe concussion.
  • Tracy Stuffle Stroke Recovery Update: Earlier this week, his white cell blood count indicated an infection. The immediate concern was that it may be a brain or shunt infection. After that was ruled out, a CT scan showed that there was either an infection or a mass at the top of his stomach. A colonscopy was held Thursday; it was determined that the masses were only minor polyps, which the doctors were able to remove.
  • UPDATE, 6/9/13: Libbi Perry Stuffle posts: “Tracy has been put back in ICU from complications of colonoscopy. He has been passing blood for the past 48 hrs. The GI Dr is gonna be doing another colonoscopy in his ICU room within the next hour to see what the problem is and to see if it’s fixable. He’s lost a fair amount of blood, but is not needing blood at this moment. Of course Tracy’s blood pressure is high and it really needs to come down. I will update as soon as I know something! Still trusting God that He’s working all things for our good!!! NOT giving up nor giving in!!!”
  • UPDATE, 6/10/13: Libbi posted: “Ok here’s the verdict…..hemorrhoids! CRAZY I know, but that’s what the GI doctor told me. I couldn’t believe it!! I didn’t know they could bleed that much with clots. He hasn’t bled since 5pm and if he doesn’t by tomorrow they will move him to a reg room. They also have him on cardene drip for his blood pressure. His heart rate is elevated also. So much excitement for him!! Please pray for all of this to return to normal the way God intended it to be!!! You know I am gonna have to use more hair color to cover all the grey that I have archived from the past 4 and half months! But, once we get past these hurdles it will be worth it!”
  • UPDATE, 6/11/13: Libbi posted: “Tracy was moved to a regular room last night about 8pm. He’s done well with not having any bleeding other than some old blood. I woke up at 3:30am this morning to the sounds of him struggling to breathe. He sounded full. I suctioned him really good and got him calmed back down. His heart rate went down also after that. They came in and did a chest X-ray and he has pneumonia in the upper left lobe of his left lung. So now with already having it in the lower part of both lungs now this. So they started him on another antibiotic. He had the pneumonia vaccine shot last week, but not sure it’s helping. Please pray for him. His body is just worn out from all of the stuff it’s went thru.”
  • UPDATE, 6/12/13: Libbi posted: “What a difference a day makes! Tracy had a mucus plug yesterday while I was gone to auditions. My mother in love called me and said his oxygen stat fell to the 40s. 5 or 6 people were working on him trying to get his stat back up. About the same time we had about 30 something people who decided before the auditions started that they wanted to pray for Tracy. So JK and I stood in for him and you talk about praying!!!! It was on!!!! Little did we know what was happening back at the hospital! The respiratory therapist finally got him cleared out and settled back down. Since then he’s done good! He had a pretty restful night and been resting good this morning. I think they’ve finally got his blood pressure Meds where they need to be because his blood pressure has been incredible the past 24 hrs. Heart rate has been sooo much better! Dr said if all his blood work comes back in the morning good, he may get to head back to rehab tomorrow. Dr he’s had this week has been really good and on top of everything.”

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Lee Black, writer of countless recent Southern Gospel hits, posted this video of his rendition of a new song he co-wrote:

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Saturday News Roundup #174

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  • Lily Fern Weatherford, who announced her retirement in January, sang her final concert with The Weatherfords on Wednesday.
  • Gaither’s web team posted a photo gallery from the recent all-female Homecoming taping. The accompanying story indicates that the two-DVD set is due out September 24th.

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Here’s a video of the Rebels Quartet singing “Robe of Calvary,” featuring lead singer Alan Kendall:

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Saturday News Roundup #173

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Clayton Inman had to miss a recent Triumphant Quartet concert, so Jeff Stice sang “The Old White Flag” in his place. Jamie Minchey captured this priceless moment on SocialCam, here (hat tip, Lauren). This has to be one of the funniest things that ever happened at a Triumphant concert; don’t miss it!

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Saturday News Roundup #171

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  • Congratulations to my younger brother (and occasional SouthernGospelBlog.com contributor) Michael on his homeschool high school graduation this afternoon!
  • When the Gaither Vocal Band released their most recent mainline, Pure and Simple, there was some discussion over the fact that they had recorded several tracks listed in early listings that didn’t make the final cut. Two of these tracks, “On the Road to Emmaus” and a showstopping acapella rendition of “One Voice,” are now available in a Walmart-exclusive edition of Best of Homecoming 2013 (retailing for $10). The CD is available elsewhere, but without the two exclusive tracks.

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About a month ago, we embedded a video of the Collingsworth Family rehearsing “Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary” for their upcoming hymns album. Here’s a video of them doing it live in concert:

Talk about a moment that reminds you why we love Southern Gospel!

Also, here’s one of our first glimpses of David Mann’s Promise Trio with new baritone singer Matt Baker:

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Saturday News Roundup #170

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One of the strongest moments on the latest entry in Legacy Five’s, Greater Vision’s, and the Booth Brothers’ Jubilee series, Jubilee 3, was a Rebecca Peck-penned convention song, “Treasures in Heaven.” Here’s a pretty innovative take on the song; who would have thought of it as a female trio song?

Also worth watching: Matt Fouch has uploaded a video interview with Legacy Five pianist Trey Ivey.

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Saturday News Roundup #169

Worth Knowing

  • The Dove Awards have added a number of new categories and eliminated others. Male and Female Vocalist of the Year are among the categories removed; a Southern Gospel Performance of the Year category has been added.

Worth Watching

Here’s a video of Triumphant Quartet singing their new (and rapidly-rising) radio single, “Take it From Me, Meshach”:

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Saturday News Roundup #168

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  • The Southern Gospel Music Association has announced the 2013 inductees to the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame. They are John T. Benson, Jr. (deceased), Thomas A. Dorsey (deceased), Polly Lewis Copsey, “Little” Roy Lewis, Duane Nicholson, and Tim Riley.

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What do children in a Southern Gospel group do as they spend hours upon hours on the road? Well, if you’re the children of the Mylon Hayes Family, you might just make a video about the funny things you see on the road!

Here’s a video of Michael Helwig in his (relatively) new role as Blackwood Brothers lead singer:

Diana Brantley, who took that video, has posted more videos and a concert review here.

Meanwhile, Ellen Gerig—the Diana Brantley of the West Coast—has posted a number of videos taken last weekend of Liberty Quartet, with Tim Parton filling in on baritone and piano.

A number of other videos from that concert are visible on her YouTube channel.

Finally, here’s a video of Robert Fulton singing tenor with Gold City (hat tip, Aaron).

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Saturday News Roundup #167

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  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver has hired a new lead singer/guitarist, Dustin Pyrtle. He replaces Mike Rogers, who left to accept a place with country singer Tate Stevens. (Stevens won Season 2 of The X Factor TV show.)
  • Mansion has transferred the Mark Dubbeld Family from their Manor House imprint to their Mansion label. 
  • Michael Davis, founder of the Dominion Agency, has launched two new agencies. Blue Ridge Talent will represent bluegrass artists, including the Snyder Family Band and Mountain Faith. Mountain Top Talent will represent up-and-coming Southern Gospel groups, including Red Roots, The Williamsons, and The Sneed Family.
  • AbsolutelyGospel held their annual awards ceremony on Tuesday; here are the winners.

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Also worth watching: Tribute Quartet’s Sunday evening concert at Asheville, North Carolina’s Trinity Baptist church will be live-streaming at 5 P.M., here

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Saturday News Roundup #166

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  • Never underestimate Bill Gaither, or think that he’s run out of fresh ideas. The next Gaither Homecoming Taping will be all-ladies.
  • Gerald Williams, who retired his group The Melody Boys in December 2012, is back on the road, joining The Kinsmen. The Kinsmen are a regional quartet based in and (at least according to their current schedule) exclusively performing in Arkansas (not to be confused with The Kingsmen, a national quartet based in North Carolina!)
  • Weatherfords / Dixie Melody Boys alumnus Dr. Jamie Caldwell was, until recently, Director of Recruitment and Minister of Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. Last Sunday night, the Gospel Harmony Boys announced that he has returned to his native West Virginia, and will be joining their group at the baritone position.
  • Last Saturday, Ball Brothers pianist Cody McVey married Leah Ball, a younger sister to group members Daniel and Andrew Ball.

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The Collingsworth Family posted a video of their rehearsal for a hymns album, coming out this fall:

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