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NQC 2009: Thursday Afternoon & Night

September 17, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, NQC 2009, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Dixie Echoes

Thursday of NQC 2009 saw a major flux in attendance numbers. Bill Gaither has come to town, bringing a big draw with him. Some observations and thoughts of today include:

1. Sound issues are not limited to the mainstage, folks. The mix on some songs in the GVB/EHSSQ showcase today was horrendous. I’m not sure if one of Gaither’s crew was running it or not. It sounded no different than earlier this week in the evenings, what with vocalists mics not being at the right levels.

Not to say either group sounded bad; quite the opposite. I just wish the sound had been on par with their performances.

Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed a whispery echo effect creeping into the sound? I noticed it to some extent last night on Eric Bennett’s feature on “One Drop Of Blood,” but today it was much more prominent. I thought it might have been just an added effect to David Phelps’ “Nessun Dorma,” but this evening it showed up EVERYWHERE, and it was kind of distracting, to be honest. The regular issues showed up tonight as well. I’m sure everyone would really rather not have NQC Volume 9 just be a collection of the only songs that didn’t have sound issues.

2. The Dixie Echoes are probably the best Traditional group in the business. They know how to get it done and get it done right. Pat Barker’s rendition of “How Big Is God” brought my mind back to clips of the old Blackwood Brothers groups, and it earned a standing ovation. I believe their performance of “Little Is Much” did as well.

3. If people thought Gold City was good Monday night, they should have heard them with the full Band Of Gold tonight. It was like the Gold City of days gone by. Chris Cooper must not have been feeling well tonight; the end of the second verse of “In My Robe Of White” sounded pretty faint, and when The Kingsmen joined them for the encore, he handed off the mic to Harold Reed. Gold City has a masterful command of the stage these days; play their cards right with the hiring of a new bass and it will keep on going.

NQC 2009: Wednesday Night

September 17, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Legacy Five, NQC 2009, NQC Turnover Season 2009, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Greenes

Another night of NQC has become history. A few thoughts for the night:

1. The way Legacy Five sang tonight (Frank Seamans in particular), you’d never guess a personnel change was taking place. Often if a member of a group is getting ready to leave, their stage presence and their singing sounds off. Not so with L5 and Seamans. Seamans is one of the most under-rated vocalists in the industry, let alone tenor singer. It will be interesting to see who L5 picks up as the next tenor.

Something I respect Frank for is, he’s all class, even in the change. At least he is staying on until a new guy comes on board instead of leaving the group up the creek without a paddle.

2. More sound issues. Tonight, the mics popped, cracked, and sizzled again, and several vocalists’ mics were way too hot. Arthur Rice in particular almost blew everybody out of their seat every line he sang. No fault of his own; the mic was simply too loud. Maybe since Gaither has rolled in and his technical crew will have shown up tomorrow, the sound situation will start to improve.

3. Tony and TaRanda Greene looked and sounded great tonight. Big contrast from last year, when Tony barely had the strength to stand. The kidney transplant was a success and it shows.

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