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

Archive for December, 2007

Dove Brothers Put Up Sneak Peek Of Upcoming Project

December 27, 2007 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Dove Brothers

Just got the email that the Dove Brothers have put up a sneak peek of their upcoming release, “Life”, on their website. I’m listening to it right now, and it sounds great!


Josh Cobb Releases Christmas Project

December 27, 2007 By: Aaron Category: CD Reviews, Josh Cobb, SG And Other Genres

I realize it’s kinda late for Christmas music, but if you’re like me, you’ll listen to Christmas music all year round!

Found this on Myspace and thought I’d share it with you all, because it’s a doggone good project. The former L5-tenor-gone-rock-artist looks to have calmed down alot from his fresh-out-of-SG days, what with his appearance and badmouthing of his former employers. He has six songs from the project available for download from the page.

Cobb does the old Christmas standards with piano as the only accompaniment (say,that piano player had some good licks, almost like an SG player… Hm…). He showcases the lower end of his range on every song, which I liked hearing. A couple flats here and there, but nothing that made me want to punch a hole through my computer screen.

As an independently produced and recorded project, Cobb shows that he is a very capable artist. I only hope that he will patch up with SG (or maybe he already has, going back to that piano player), and return, either as a soloist or with a quartet.

You can hear it here.

Merry Christmas

December 23, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Holiday Wishes

Here’s wishing you and yours a Merry and Christ-filled Christmas!

Larry Strickland To Manage New Palmetto State Quartet

December 18, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Palmetto State Quartet, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Read this article on southerngospelreporter.com and found it very interesting. A couple of things stood out to me:

1. This one’s a good thing:

“The PR indicates that Strickland has a wealth of knowledge and experience from the many years in the music industry working with The Judds and other popular artists,.. and will provide oversight and vision through his management responsibilities for PSQ. He hopes to use his experience and relationships to introduce some exciting new marketing and promotion strategies to, not only PSQ, but to southern gospel music in general. Larry adds: “It’s some of the best music in the world and it deserves to be exposed to a much broader audience.””

Man, if only every quartet manager had these connections. With those kind of doors open for them, this new incarnation of PSQ will be going places, count on it.

And now, a bad thing:

“….Palmetto State members Rick Fair, Burman Porter, Wesley Smith and Bryan Elliott will not be involved with the merged quartet. Beatty says those members had apparently decided to start their own group.. but had failed to notify PSQ owner Kerry Beatty. Brian adds that Kerry confronted the members.. about the rumors he had heard. Although they said it was true.. they were not quite ready to begin thew new venture. Brian says: “Kerry tried to keep going, as though nothing had happened, but found that in gospel music.. unity is so important,.. and their unity was not what it should be to represent the Lord in song.. on a daily basis.” Brian Beatty also says that all members do care greatly for one another.. but Kerry was ready for a new start. Brian continues: “Both myself and Larry Strickland felt this to be a God ordained move and we are thrilled to be the new Palmetto State Quartet.”

Ouch. It’s bad enough that they tried to hide it from Beatty in the first place, but then they got confronted. Talk about your awkward moments…

I’m sure this new quartet of ex-PSQ members will be a winner, but I’m not sure if I will be a fan in light of these circumstances… We shall see…

NQC 2008 Evening Concert Lineup Posted

December 17, 2007 By: Aaron Category: NQC, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Went over to www.natqc.com and noticed that they have their evening concerts lineups for NQC 2008. I’m sure more groups and sucjh will be added before next September, but here are some things I noticed:

1. Of course, The Gaither Vocal Band and EHSSQ are making their return to NQC this year. I daresay this will give the attendence for the week, and the nights they’re on especially, a big boost.

2. No Palmetto State, No Mercy’s Mark, No Anchormen, No Blackwood Brothers. Looks like the “revamped” PSQ has to prove itself worthy first. Perhaps Mercy’s Mark will be added later should they return in 2008, new lineup or not. The Anchormen might be added once they get another bass, but I doubt it. The Blackwood Brothers, well, I haven’t heard the current guys yet, and I guess I won’t get to anytime soon.

3. No Valor. I set this one seperately because it stands out to me. I know they were invited to the mainstage last year, but were unable to fulfill that spot because their bass singer got sick. Guess they had one chance and blew it (by no fault of their own; things just happen) and were not invited back this year. That’s a shame; I was eager to hear them last year, and was disappointed that they didn’t make it. I heard rumblings right after this year’s Convention that they had disbanded, but those rumours never were confirmed, so for now, I will just hope that they will be added later on.

Gaithers And EHSSQ To Return To NQC

December 15, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, NQC, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Yes, folks, it’s true!

It was announced today that the Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound are returning to NQC in 2008, filling in the Thursday night slot left vacant by the Singing News Fan Awards, which moved to Saturday night.

Awesome news; it looks like NQC is taking a step in the right direction. Hopefully, they will continue to make improvements of such quality each year.

UPDATE: DBM commented that, in fact, the Thursday night slot is not filled:

Actually, the press release mentions a Thursday showcase and Friday night performances by the two groups. They aren’t filling the gap left by the Fan Awards on Thursday night.

Ricky Atkinson & Compassion Get New Lineup

December 11, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Ricky Atkinson and Compassion, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

It was announced today that the trio is getting a facelift, with the new addition of Greg Cook (former tenor for the Florida Boys) and Loren Harris (formerly of The Perrys).

Sounds like this is gonna be a goodie! Can’t wait to hear what this “new” trio cranks out. Greg and Loren are great singers, and together with Ricky, this could be another great group.

Dan Keeton Holding Auditions For New Group

December 03, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Dan Keeton Quartet, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Dixie Melody Boys

From a SoGospelNews.com article:

Over several years Dan Keeton has performed with such artists as: The Blackwoods, The Impacts, and The Dixie Melody Boys. Dan is currently forming a new Southern Gospel group to be based in Ashland, KY.

“I just feel that the time is right. I have written lots of new songs, and I’d like to deliver these songs to the fans in the very best light possible. The creation of a quality group as opposed to a soloist just makes good sense, and seems to be the overwhelming consensus of southern gospel fans”

Dan is currently accepting demos and resumes for multiple positions. Please send all info to:

The Star Hill Agency
1552 South State Hwy 207
Rush, KY. 41168

or call:

I’m anxious to see what he’s gonna pull together. I’d like to see Gene McDonald at bass, because he’d go good with anyone, but I’m excited for what the future holds for this group.

Some Cool Footage Of The Greats

December 01, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, JD Sumner, SG Artists, SG Music, The Anchormen, The Cathedrals, The Masters V, The Stamps Quartet

Ah, the wonders of Youtube.

I found these videos of some great quartets and such and figured y’all might enjoy them.

This is The Anchormen singing “It’s A Wonderful Day”

Gold City singing “Shouting Ground”

The Cathedrals singing “I’ve Just Started Living”

The Cathedrals singing “Standing On Holy Ground”

The Stamps singing “Some Dawning”

JD Sumner & The Stamps singing “His Hands”

Masters V singing “You Can’t Be A Beacon”

Apparently, all these videos are from 1990. Pretty cool stuff.