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Archive for May 22nd, 2010

CD Review: Roy Webb – Timeless

May 22, 2010 By: Aaron Category: CD Reviews, Roy Webb, SG Artists, SG Music

Rating: 5 stars

Producer: Lari Goss
Label: Song Garden Music Group
Website: www.roywebbmusic.com

Roy Webb has made quite a name for himself in Southern Gospel Music already. He first became well-known when he traveled with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound for several years before leaving the group in May 2007 and embarking on a solo career. Last December 31, he joined Gold City as their pianist. Although he released another solo project while still with EH&SS, You Raise Me Up, this project is his major-label debut.

On Timeless, the sounds Webb incorporates run the gamut, from the jazzy/swing flavor (“Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee,” “Amazing Grace,” “He Keeps Me Singing,” “Blessed Assurance”) to the powerful, orchestrated style (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God/I Sing The Mighty Power of God,” “Come Thou Fount/There Is A Fountain,” “It Is Well With My Soul). A couple of the songs feature no orchestration or background whatsoever, and feature solely the piano (“Old Rugged Cross,” “Just As I Am”). A tribute to piano great Anthony Burger is found here as well, with an arrangement of “Old Time Religion/William Tell Overture” that Lari Goss originally arranged for Burger, but Webb puts his own spin on it, and does an excellent job.

Bottom line: While I enjoy watching and listening to a player perform songs on the piano live, just sitting back and listening to a CD of it doesn’t do much for me. However, I can honestly say I enjoyed this project. The arrangements are unique and exciting, and the album is quality all the way around. Fans of Roy Webb, or piano music in general, will find plenty to love on Timeless.

Dean Haskins Returning To The Blackwood Quartet

May 22, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Quartet, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

In the second quick return to the Blackwood Quartet in the space of about a week, the group announced the return of pianist and road manager Dean Haskins:

(Free-Press-Release.com) May 20, 2010 —
Mark Blackwood and The Blackwood Quartet are very pleased to announce the return of Dean Haskins
as our Pianist and Road Manager. After a very brief personal sabbatical, Dean will once again be
assuming his multifaceted role in our group. For more than ten years, Dean has been an integral part of
our group; sometimes touring with us, and at other times, working behind the scenes. From singing
bass or baritone, playing piano, and arranging our vocals, to scheduling concerts, working as our road manager, and engineering in the studio, Dean has been both an important part of our group and a
faithful friend of the entire Blackwood family.

When asked about his return to the road, Haskins said, “I’ve only been off the road for a couple months,
but I’ve really missed working with Mark Blackwood, because he’s been such a loyal friend for so
many years, and it’s just great working with someone who is wholly committed to his group and his
fans. I’m also looking forward to performing again with David Mann and Dale Evans—both of whom I
consider to be among the best in our industry.” Of new bass singer, Chris West, Dean added, “I just had the privilege of working with Chris in a Nashville studio, and I don’t think there’s a better bass
singer out there. I believe this is truly a singular lineup—one that will always leave audiences wanting
more, and I am truly blessed to be a part of it.”

Mark Blackwood added to Dean’s sentiments by saying, “I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys who
are so dedicated to furthering my family’s legacy, and who are also so committed to each other. We are
all such good friends, and over the years, I’ve learned that’s so important to our being able to get out
there and share the joy of Gospel Music and the love of Christ.”

The Blackwood Quartet doesn’t take it’s legacy for granted, and will continue to offer its best in
furthering the Gospel through the medium of music. We believe we now have the best possible roster
of musicians to be able to accomplish that. When Dean Haskins starts back with us later in May, all the
pieces will be in place for a group that lives up to what’s expected of the Blackwood name. We will
soon be releasing two new albums and we have renewed our partnership with The Singing News. God
is certainly blessing The Blackwood Quartet!

To stay abreast of everything that is happening with the Blackwood Quartet, please visit our website at

http://www.bgqmusic.com, or, better yet, become a fan on our Facebook page by visiting us at
http://www.facebook.com/blackwoodgospelquartet and clicking on the “Become a Fan” button.

For more information:

Mark Blackwood
P.O. Box 22128
Knoxville, TN 37933


The current vocal lineup of the Blackwood Quartet has great potential by itself, but adding Dean Haskins will take that potential even further. Haskins is quite the arranger and player, so it will be interesting to hear the effect of those qualities on their music.

In his previous tenure with the group, the group did most (if not the entirety) of each of their concerts with piano as the only instrumentation. Time will tell whether this trend will continue or not, but I would think that at least a portion of Blackwood Quartet concerts would be done in that style.