Classic groups re-doing current projects

In a recent discussion (password-protected link) on the “We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History” Facebook group, a member asked: “What if a newer group were to ‘re-cut’ a legendary LIVE recording? What record would you suggest, and what group would you like to see do it?”

Not surprisingly, quite the discussion ensued, with many predictable suggestions (Perrys or Diplomats covering Happy Goodmans, Kingdom Heirs covering classic Kingsmen) and a few unique ones (Triumphant Quartet covering Naomi and the Segos!)

I think, however, that it would be even more interesting to turn this question backwards. What if time travel were possible, and a classic Southern Gospel group were to re-cut one of the strongest recordings of the past decade? What record would you suggest, and what group would you like to see do it?

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The Essential Songwriter Collection: Beverly Lowry

The Essential Songwriter Collection series lists ten songs each from legendary songwriters that every Southern Gospel fan should add to their collections. The response to Beverly Lowry’s passing last week highlighted how many fans view her primarily as Mark Lowry’s mother, and not as much a songwriter in her own right as she deserves to be remembered.

  • I Thirst: The Cathedrals, High and Lifted Up, 1993. Written by herself; few would question that this is the classic for which she is most remembered.
  • Monuments: Legacy Five, Monuments, 2004. Co-written with Jeff Steele. The Wilburns also did a fine renditino, but Legacy Five’s is monumental.
  • When They Found Nothing: Legacy Five, Just Stand, 2009. The best of her many co-writes with Marty Funderburk.
  • Come On and Join Us: The Perrys, Changed Forever, 2001. Written solo; this one proves her skill at the all-too-rare art of writing convention songs.
  • Across the River: Triumphant Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, 2005. Co-written with Marty Funderburk.
  • The Song of the Lord: All Star Quartets (Michael May, Gerald Wolfe, Jeff Stanley, Michael Means), All Star Quartets, 2000. Co-written with Marty Funderburk. The strongest song on a novelty project that’s largely forgotten these days, this one’s a forgotten gem just waiting to be a hit for someone who brings it back.
  • My Answer is Yes: Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Still, 2003. Co-written with Rebecca Peck. It’s about time for this one to make a reappearance, too.
  • The Ground is Level: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Ground is Level, 2003. Written solo.
  • Floatin’ on a Cloud: Blackwood Brothers, 75 Years: The Song Will Go On, 2010. Co-written with Marty Funderburk; this one shows how adept she was at the old-timey quartet style.
  • He Changed it All: The Inspirations, The Journey Ahead, 2003. Co-written with Rebecca Peck.

What are your favorite Beverly Lowry-penned songs?

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Sony’s Thoughts: Flee Temptation

“There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

This world is full of temptations. Gluttony, lust, coveting, and many other temptations are present every day. Many think they have no choice but to give in to those temptations since God knows we are human but Scripture tells us that God has provided a way of escape. We only need to take it.

We cannot help the fact that we live in a fallen world but we can refuse to fall with it. During times of intense temptation, draw close to God. Walk away from whatever sin is calling to you and ask God to change your heart. Worship Him. Thank Him for being an ever present help in time of trouble. The more you choose to do right, the easier it will become. The opposite is also true though. The more you give in to temptation, the easier it will be. You do not want the ravages of sin to consume you. Allow God to fill you with His Spirit and keep you from falling. Then you can live the victorious, joyful life that God has for you, and you will be more effective to help others find this victory as well.

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Saturday News Roundup #201

Worth Knowing

  • 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.

Worth Watching

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!)


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Also worth watching: Matt Fouch interviews Jim Brady.

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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