Another blog notices www.southerngospeljournal.com

John Scheideman mentioned my new blog in a recent entry on his blog. [EDIT, 11/9/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] He said more nice things about me than I deserve. One thing he said was this:

Daniel is always digging for more and more information about the music he loves so much. In that aspect, he reminds me of myself at the same age. He has an advantage I never had back then…he has the resources of the internet at his disposal, and he has made far more connections in the gospel music world that I made when I was 20.

And one of those connections was John himself. I learn something new every week in the history section of the Southern Gospel Nuts message board. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link appears to be down, and has been removed.] There is no way I would know anywhere near what I know about the field were it not for the generosity of Dean Adkins, David Bruce Murray, John Crenshaw, and John Scheideman with their encyclopedic knowledge of our genre.

A note to any who want to know what know about Southern Gospel: When any of these men speak, listen closely.

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Andrew Ishee and Scalping Indians

Andrew Ishee has been criticized for a politically incorrect comment  he made while introducing the Jody Brown Indian Family in a Friday Afternoon showcase. Apparently Ishee said “we need not fear these Indians. They’re nice Indians and they won’t come after your scalp or anything.'”

Critics have used this and similar incidents to portray Southern Gospel performers as politically incorrect, backwoods rednecks. But this misses the context, and thus the whole point, of the joke.

In Gold City’s set on Monday night, Jonathan Wilburn introduced Gold City bass Tex McCune, an American Indian, with a joke that played off the sonic similarity of “engine” and “Injun.” Tex McCune acted offended. When Jonathan Wilburn asked him why, he said, “I’m admiring your scalp.” (At this point Jonathan begged Danny Riley to calm him down.)

In all likelihood, Ishee’s joke about Indians coming after your scalp was made in light of the Wilburn/McCune joke on Monday.

While I’m not suggesting that Ishee is making (or, for that matter should make) any attempt to conform to the unrealistic liberal definition of political correctness, there is a reasonable explanation for this joke when it is understood in the proper context of the earlier joke at the quartet convention.

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