Friday News Roundup #212


Worth Knowing

  • A fundraising campaign has been launched on Indiegogo (a site similar to Kickstarter) to fund a CD celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Stamps-Baxter Music & Printing Company. The CD should contain forgotten gems from the Stamps-Baxter catalog.
  • The Woodsmen Quartet announced that lead singer Jim Hutson will be rejoining the group, and Daniel Rivera (who has sung with Blackwood Legacy, Promise, and The Toney Brothers) will be coming on board as tenor.

Worth Reading

When discussing the possibility that the Gaither Vocal Band could be working on an album of classic songs with new vocals, reader Joseph submitted this Letter to the Editor:

That seems to be a pattern for Gaither. He introduces new groups singing the cornerstone GVB songs to let the fans compare the new to an established standard. Then, he pursues the new stuff and explores different direction that highlight the talent.

I for one love that approach. My wife doesn’t understand why I have so many GVB albums. “They’re all the same songs” she says. But I say that even though they may be the same songs, they are unique in that each iteration of the group has offered it’s own special sound to the songs.

Bottom line, Bill Gaither is a genius!!

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Worth Discussing

Are there any other significant Southern Gospel news stories from the week that we have yet to cover?

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Kim Collingsworth recovering from neck issue

There has been a fair amount of concern in Southern Gospel circles over the last week over Kim Collingsworth’s health after she had to miss a concert last weekend. It was the first time she missed a concert in the fifteen years the group has been on the road. I had been asked if she was all right and how she was doing, but hadn’t heard anything until the Collingsworth Family posted this yesterday:

Many thanks to everyone that has prayed for and are asking about Kim’s condition. Over this past weekend, she had to be taken to the ER at St Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix to have a debilitating neck pain diagnosed. She missed her first performance in 15 yrs Saturday morning at the SWGF in Phoenix. She was diagnosed with acute Torticollis, which is a condition of the neck muscle contracting during sleep, then locking in place and not releasing. The doctor was able to treat it with meds and she was able to perform on Sunday at Skyline Church in San Diego. Again, thanks to each of you for your concern and prayers !!!

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Todd Suttles joins Gaither Vocal Band

Yesterday afternoon, the Gaither Vocal Band announced that their new baritone will be Todd Suttles.

Last week, we featured several videos of Suttles filling in with the Gaither Vocal Band. Here’s one more video, of Suttles joining Wes Hampton in 2010 to sing “It Is Well”:

(Yes, we know the audio is a little out of sync, but the performance comes closer than anything else online to showcasing Suttles’ potential.)

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Songs From Judges: Broken Things


Each week, we will go through the books of the Bible, looking at a song that illustrates a passage from each book.

Judges 7 tells the story of how God took a fearful judge, Gideon, and led him to take on the entire Midianite army with three hundred men. God explained: “The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me” (Judges 7:2, KJV).

God did not have these three hundred equip themselves with the latest in military technology. Instead, each man was to take a trumpet in his right hand and an empty pitcher in their left hand. There would be a lamp within each pitcher; the pitcher would hide its light.

These three hundred men came up to the Midianite camp, sounded their trumpets, broke their pictures so the lamps would shine, and shouted, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!”

Then, as verse 21 relates, the Midianite “host ran, and cried, and fled.”

The McKameys’ song “Broken Things,” released on their 1989 Sing Praises project, retells the story:

When Gideon’s army went into the camp
On God’s appointed day
God used the broken pitchers there
To scare the enemy away

Then the chorus applies the lesson:

Broken things, broken things
God has a purpose for broken things
Broken things, broken things
God uses broken things

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