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Archive for March 13th, 2010

Stuff I Missed – March 2010 Edition

March 13, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Quartet, Ryan Seaton, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Triumphant Quartet

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life and other projects for this blog to work on, I missed several big news items in the world of SG.

1. Ryan Seaton Launches Solo Career – Many were wondering what path Seaton would take after his departure from Ernie Haase & Signature Sound in December. On Monday, that question was answered, when he announced that he was partnering with Innovation Management & Consulting to launch his solo career. This is an interesting move; most of Ryan’s presence has come in the form of being a quartet man (Dixie Melody Boys & Signature Sound), so it is worth watching to see how his sound will evolve in the solo realm. Best of luck to Ryan in this new endeavor! You can keep up with him through Facebook and his website.

2. Triumphant Signs With Mansion Entertainment – In another unexpected change, Triumphant Quartet announced that they are leaving their longtime record label, Daywind Records, and signing with Mansion Entertainment, with promises of a new live project from The Mansion Theater. Wayne Haun will be producing. Bill Traylor has a history of making great things happen when he is involved, and as president of Mansion Entertainment, he’s made a great move by signing this quartet.

3. Dan Keeton Joins Blackwood Quartet – Earlier this month, it was announced that Ron Blackwood was coming off the road, Josh Garner and John Rulapaugh were leaving the Blackwood Quartet as well, and Mark Blackwood was bringing tenor Dale Evans and lead David Mann and merging the quartets together for a reloaded Blackwood Quartet. The changes have not stopped there, though; it was announced Friday that Dan Keeton would be replacing Dale Evans, as Evans is coming off the road to spend more time with his family. Keeton filled in with the group on recent dates, and “everything simply came together,” as he put it.

With the lineup of Dan Keeton, Mark Blackwood, David Mann, and Chris West, this quartet is a stellar vocal group. Mann has promised big things coming for the group on various blogs, so stay tuned.

Concert Review: Gold City – March 11, 2010

March 13, 2010 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Thursday night, March 11, I headed over to Halesford Baptist Church in Wirtz, VA for a Gold City concert. The last time I’d seen a Gold City concert (not counting NQC), they still had Jonathan Wilburn, Steve Ladd, Aaron McCune, and Josh Simpson with them. This particular concert was being promoted as early as the end of 2009, but my interest increased after the changes in the lineup. I was looking forward to hearing the “reloaded” lineup of Gold City, having heard various Youtube clips and being impressed with what I heard.

At the risk of sounding like a crazed fan, this group blew me away! Hearing them online does not even come close to how good they are live. This lineup has gelled very well, and I, along with my co-blogger Jeremy Bell, my mom, and SouthernGospelForums.com friend Ruth Voorhees, had a blast on the front row! Song list included:

I Cast My Bread Upon The Water
When I Get Carried Away
He’ll Do It Every Time
I’m Saved, I’m Sure I’m Ready

What Children Believe
After A While
I think Tim Riley must have liked my reactions to him going for low notes; he kept looking at me the whole concert whenever he would do so!
Rainbow Of Love
Roy Webb Piano Solo (Just A Little Talk With Jesus)
One Scarred Hand
This song was done a capella with no microphones. The acoustics in the church worked very well for this; check out Jeremy’s post about the evening for videos of this song and others from the night.
Josh Cobb Solo (Satisfied)I think Josh may have gone into David Phelps territory on the final note of this song. This is a great showcase of how he has developed as a vocalist since his Legacy Five days.
Where Is God
I’m Not Giving Up
I Love This Land

Look Who Just Checked In
It’s Still The Cross
Under Control
I’m Rich
Midnight Cry

It was a great night of music, and a good time was had by all in attendance. I enjoyed catching up with Roy Webb afterwards, and it was a pleasure meeting Josh Cobb, both of whom read this blog. If this group is in your area, I’d encourage you to go see them. You will be blessed!

Gold City visits Wirtz, VA

March 13, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Concert Reviews, Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music

Thursday evening 3 members of the Virginia Gospel Music Association had the privilege of seeing the new lineup of Gold City in concert in Wirtz, VA at Halesford Baptist Church. In attendance was Aaron Swain, Andrew Graham, and myself Jeremy Bell. (Ruth V gets a shout out since she was there early enough to save seats.) Aaron will be posting a review later on and I will be posting pictures to facebook. Just as a teaser, here are some clips that Andrew shot for your enjoyment. My favorite was probably One Scarred Hand Acappella.

Rainbow of Love

One Scarred Hand – Acappella