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

Archive for August, 2007

Can it be?!?!?

August 30, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Legacy Five, SG Artists, SG Music

Legacy Five is actually starting to update their website!

I’m definitely excited; new pics, new links to the new releases (no working music links yet, though). Looking forward to future developments…

Gene McDonald Back On The Road!!!!

August 24, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Gene McDonald, SG Artists, SG Music

Well, in some capacity, anyway.

According to many sources of “Gene Sightings”, he is the bus driver/product table manager for Gordon Mote. Guess that bus driving job is a pretty good gig, considering that this will, inadvertently, put him in the Gaither circuit. We can only hope that he’ll join in that Homecoming choir, or maybe another quartet….

Ah, what could be….

Triumphant Quartet To Hit The Road

August 23, 2007 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Triumphant Quartet

According to fellow blogger Daniel Mount, Triumphant will start traveling fulltime starting in January.
I must say, I agree with DM on this one; what will happen to the lineup? Full-time travel for a group used to spending most of their time in one location can end up in members leaving.

We shall see…

News Roundup

August 23, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Palmetto State Quartet, Prayer Requests, Roy Webb, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Dixie Echoes

Well, with school starting back up, me becoming a freshman, orientation, shopping and the like have kept me from blogging these past few days, so let me get a rundown of these news items I’ve missed.

1. Burman Porter is leaving Palmetto State? Here’s hoping the rumour is untrue, but back problems can have a hand in taking talent off the road (Gene McDonald, anyone?)

2. Roy Webb’s father passed away a couple of days ago. I actually knew this but didn’t blog it. Nice to see that EHSSQ sent out a newsletter about it. Hmm… maybe this will stop the rumour mill about Webb’s departure… Please keep him and the family in your prayers.

3. The Dixie Echoes’ bus fire. Man, what a shock. Thankfully, the only thing lost was some merchandise…

And of course, we can’t forget to count down to NQC. By my watch, (or, rather, by Chuck Peters’ “Days till NQC” clock), it is 16 days.

NQC Bloggers Roundtable

August 16, 2007 By: Aaron Category: NQC, SG Industry News

I’m thrilled to be invited to this thing, since I’m only 14 and all. I’m already thinking about my answers to the all-important question: “What role should blogs play in SG.” See you all there!

GVB and BGVs

August 16, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Gaither Vocal Band, SG Artists, SG Music

Averyfineline brought this up, which was originally on another blog; does the GVB use stacks?

It’s not so obvious to the untrained ear, but I caught it on Home, which you can watch on the blog I linked to. Kinda sad, really, that a musical genius such as Gaither has to rely on stacks to perform concerts…

But I’ll take it farther and say that he uses full-fledged lip-synching. I refer to a concert review that I read in a paper some time ago (can’t remember where) in which the GVB was performing at the White House. They were “singing” (supposedly) and someone came on stage to make an announcement. Gaither gave the cut sign to whoever was running the sound and the sound guy didn’t cut it off right away. The GVB stopped singing and their voices went on.

Embarrassing, but one can hope they are actually singing now, or at least using stacks….

Future Quartets?

August 14, 2007 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Music

Someone mentioned this on the SN boards, and it got me thinking; what if some of those guys that left the road or formed solo careers decided to get back on the road and form a quartet consisting of fellow “left-the-roaders and solo career-ers”?

For example, I can easily see a quartet with Josh Feemster as lead, Josh Cobb as tenor, Chris West as bass, and possibly Tony Peace on baritone (man, this guy needs a quartet, IMHO) and Andrew Ishee on piano. This quartet would be awesome! I can already hear the voices!

Another possibility: Josh Garner-lead (he needs a job now, so…), Tony Peace-baritone, Allen Cox-tenor, Gene McDonald-bass, Andrew Ishee-piano.

I could go on all day with this, but I want to hear yall’s thoughts. Who would you put into a quartet of this nature?

Glenn Dustin To Have Surgery

August 14, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Legacy Five, Prayer Requests, SG Artists

From the latest L5 e-newsletter:

Please keep Glenn Dustin in your prayers as he goes in for surgery Tuesday morning at 7 am. He will undergo a laparoscopic surgical procedure called fundoplication to correct a severe acid reflux problem.

Glenn’s recovery time should be just a few days and he should be able to travel with the group by the weekend if everything goes according to plan. Thanks for your prayers and you can send well wishes by email to glenn@legacyfive.com or by mail to the L5 offices at 128 Holiday Ct., Ste. 109, Franklin, TN 37067

Pray For Scott McDowell

August 11, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Prayer Requests, SG Artists

Just wanted to let everyone know to pray for Scott McDowell, pianist for Brian Free & Assurance. His mother passed away and he is currently at home but will be back on the road soon. He is only 20, and I can’t imagine losing my mom so young. Please keep him in your prayers.

Apologies and Concert Review

August 10, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Concert Reviews, Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music

First of all, I’d better apologize for the LONG absence; I had a major project to tend to.

With that said, on to the concert review!

Gold City in Roanoke, VA

What can I say but absolutely amazing! I’d never been to a GC concert before, but now I can’t get enough! Aaron McCune is undoubtedly one the best basses in the business and this concert enforced that!

Songs included (not in order) There’s Somethin’ About A Gospel Song, In My Robe Of White, John Saw, Under Control, I’m Rich, When I Get Carried Away, Mercy Came Runnin’, Ain’t That What It’s All About, I’m Not Giving Up, Just Another Red Sea, Midnight Cry, Truth Is Marching On, Look Who Just Checked In

Can’t wait till NQC!