Aaron Swain's blog about Southern Gospel Music, News, and other items of interest in the SG world.

Archive for June, 2007

Greater Vision In The Studio

June 30, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Greater Vision, SG Artists, SG Music

According to a Greater Vision newsletter sent yesterday, the male trio is in the studio putting the finishing touches on a new album (the name escapes me; I guess this is what I get for deleting emails like that without thinking about if they should be blogged or not). It said that many of the songs on this new project were written by baritone Rodney Griffin, who always writes GREAT songs on Greater Vision projects and for other groups, too. Other songs come from the likes of Dianne Wilkinson, another great songwriter, and others that I once again fail to remember.
Greater Vision always puts forth great efforts, be it major albums, table projects, or otherwise, and I expect nothing less from them on this one. Be looking for it sometime in the near future.


The New BFA Album

June 29, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Brian Free And Assurance, Keith Plott, SG Artists, SG Music

The realm of SG news isn’t really producing much this week, so I thought I’d tell yall about something of interest…

Many people have probably been wondering what Brian Free & Assurance’s next project will sound like. After all, their It’s So God project (IMO their best project to date) was on the Progressive side of the SG spectrum.

Well, I might have your answer:

As mentioned in the last post, I went to a BFA concert and they did some songs from the upcoming project, Real Faith. From the sound of things, it’s gonna lean to the Progressive direction.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that’s bad. I’ll listen to both the Traditional and Progressive SG. If you’ve been listening to any SG radio stations recently, then no doubt you’ve heard their new single (released last Monday) called “Prayin’ Man.” That, my friends, is a taste of what the new album will sound like, at least the upbeat, fast songs. True to BFA style, though, there are some “big ballads” on this project. Couldn’t tell ya the names of the songs, though, but I can tell ya that if they are half as good on the CD as they sound live, then this album will be a HIT.

Look for the project to be released to Christian bookstores and other music stores in September. The guys should also have it at NQC this year.

www.brianfreeandassurance.com (The pics are outdated, since they show the bass as Keith Plott, who left to start a solo career earlier this year. With the release of Real Faith, the website should be updated.)

Concert Review: Brian Free & Assurance in Moneta, VA

June 25, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Brian Free And Assurance, Concert Reviews, SG Artists, SG Music

Absolutely incredible. That is all I can say about the performance from these guys last nite, even though it was incredibly humid at this outdoor event and looked like it was gonna storm. The guys didn’t dress up (Brian Free stated that they “woulda passed out after the 3rd or 4th song” if they had), but that didn’t stop the message from getting out!

Ricky Free was with them for this date. I wonder if he’s still planning to come off the road, because Brian never mentioned anything about it…

I don’t remember most of the songs (it was a bunch) but let me give you a rough outline…
1. What A Lovely Name (great classic with some high tenor from Brian)
2. Deep Deep Sea (new bass Jeremy Lile tore this one up!)
3. In My Robe Of White (awesome rendition of the Gold City classic)
4. Only By The Blood (lead Bill Shivers did a great job on this slow song)
5. When The Lord Says Go (once again featured Shivers)
6. Prayin’ Man (great new song about Daniel and The Lions’ Den that features, you guessed it, Shivers. This will be the first single from their new project Real Faith. While the album isn’t due out until September, the single is going to radio today.)
7. Jesus Will Pick You Up with encore (Lile does this one great!)
*Intermission and Love Offering, offeratory by pianist Scott McDowell, a very underrated pianist IMO*
The guys proceeded to do many songs from the upcoming project. They all sounded great! Brian also mentioned that some people requested that he do For God So Loved, so he did it (this got a standing ovation. Man, what a song!) And if course, to finish the night, what Assurance concert would be complete without Long As I Got King Jesus!

Let me take a moment to comment on the sound. I thought that this was the best sound I’d heard at an outdoor event. The tracks, live instruments, and singers all blended together superbly. And Jeremy Lile is a great young bass that I look forward to hearing more from in the future!

Rick Hendrix In The Hospital

June 21, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Prayer Requests, SG Industry News

From a Myspace bulletin from the Rick Hendrix Company:

Rick Hendrix has been hospitalized. Please keep him in your thoughts. Rick developed chest pains late Tuesday night. Doctors found fluid on his lungs. More testing is to rule out anymore heart damage.

Danny Funderburk Recovering Well

June 21, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Danny Funderburk, Prayer Requests, SG Artists

Read that Danny Funderburk has passed through surgery fine. He still has some blood pressure issues, but those are expected to be cleared up soon. Keep him in your prayers!

Florida Boys To Give Final Performance At NQC 2007

June 20, 2007 By: Aaron Category: NQC, SG Artists, SG History, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Florida Boys

Just read on SGN that the Florida Boys, while still retiring in July, have agreed to perform all of their slots at NQC 2007. The Saturday evening concert block will be “a special segment… paying tribute to the Florida Boys’ 60-year career. The tribute will be followed by a very special, last performance by the Florida Boys.”

If you’re excited now, then listen to this! The Boys will be joined by former group members during the performances, as well as some by the current lineup!

I don’t like the current lineup, but former members?!?! YES!!!! We get to hear Gene McDonald sing one last time! I’m definitely planning to attend NQC 07 now!

Jeremy Peace News Elaboration

June 19, 2007 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Sorry yesterday’s post was so brief, but I did not have very many details… And now, from sogospelnews.com:

Jeremy Peace Joins Old Paths

Just a few short months from resigning his position with the Kingsmen, Jeremy Peace has joined the Old Paths as their new tenor. Peace left the road for personal reasons, many of which he openly talked about in a post on the SoGospelNews Message Boards.

Concerning his position with Old Paths Jeremy stated “Having a family while being on the road full-time can be strenuous, and can easily take it’s toll on someone who is not equipped with the tools necessary to survive while away from their loved ones. The road eventually took it’s toll upon my life, so with the Lord’s guidance, I made the decision to come off the road. I became an engineer at a studio in Rome Georgia, and began to work on my degree in business management. But shortly thereafter, I received a phone call from some friends of mine who were in need of a tenor. Of course, my first reaction was one of hesitance, but the more we began to talk and pray about this, the more I began to realize that it was okay to move forward and accept the position as tenor for The Old Paths.”

Peace begins his new position immediately.


Jeremy Peace Joins Old Paths Quartet

June 18, 2007 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Music, The Old Paths

Hmm.. looking forward to hearing Jeremy sing again…


Be warned though, the website has not updated accordingly yet…

Ruth Graham Passes Away

June 14, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Christian Community

As I’m sure most of you know, the wife of Rev. Billy Graham passed away today after slipping into a coma… please be in prayer for the Graham family at this time.

Bad Things Come In Three’s…

June 13, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Jody Brown Indian Family, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

… so the old saying goes, and it’s true in this instance as it seems that the Jody Brown Indian Family is coming off the road. If you go to their site, and look at the schedule, they’ve erased all the dates. Hmm..

Man, here’s another group that had great promise and is killing it… Guess they can join Three Bridges in “Slain Talent Heaven” now….