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Youtube Spotlight: Dove Brothers Band w/ Jonathan Price, Take 2

January 28, 2013 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Music, The Dove Brothers, The Dove Brothers Band, Youtube

If you’ve followed the Dove Brothers since they added the live band, you know that Jonathan Price was hired from the Dixie Melody Boys to join the group on tenor after Jerry Martin’s departure. After coming off the road for a little over a year, Jonathan Price made his return to the group. There have been videos floating around from his “second debut,” but that same Youtube user, DLPollard65, has posted more recent videos that show that the lineup has really settled:

It’s no secret that the Dove Brothers were adopting a country flavor before the live band was formed, but having the band has also allowed the group to branch out in other ways. Never in a million years would I have expected McCray Dove to cover “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” but here it is, and it’s good. According to several comments that have been posted on various sites, this was one of the moments of the concerts.

While the tenor singer in the interim, Keith Casstevens, is certainly a capable singer in his own right, his tenure took the overall sound of the group in a direction that seemed to stray too much from the group’s traditional quartet roots for many people’s liking. Price’s return has given the group the chance to more easily perform that style of Southern Gospel music again. This cover of an old Kingsmen song is solid evidence that the group can still “dance with the girl that brung them,” as the saying goes.

This compilation of four songs from the concert is a testament to the versatility that the Doves have achieved by adding the band. Here, we get a rendition of the group’s first #1 song, “I Can Pray,” a takeoff of the Oak Ridge Boys arrangement of “Just A Little Talk With Jesus,” the classic hymn “Amazing Grace,” and a cover of Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go.”

In the SG blogging world, whether we are the ones blogging, commenting, or just sitting back and watching the back-and-forth discussions, it is sometimes lamented that the “excitement” in Southern Gospel music is gone, and that the raw energy, adaptability, and authentic vocals of live instrumentation and singers has given way to tracks and stacks. While I’m not going to down tracks (I personally see nothing wrong with them as long as the vocals are the actual live performance and not a lip-sync), I will pick a live band (or even just piano) any day if given the option, hands-down. The energy and excitement was tangible when I watched these Youtube videos for the first time, and I can honestly say that the Dove Brothers Band is one of the few groups I have been excited about in quite a while. No tracks, no stacks, just solid Gospel singing. That’s something we can all get behind.

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6 Comments to “Youtube Spotlight: Dove Brothers Band w/ Jonathan Price, Take 2”


  1. crystal dove says:

    The Dove Brothers Band sounds the best now than it ever has. Im the sister of Mccray & Eric and I am more proud now than I ever been .. This is an awesome collection of songs and the unique sound they share together is like no other ….

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  2. Easily the greatest pop song ever and one of my all-time faves. Go McCray!

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  3. I’ve been astounded at the response the video of Bridge Over Troubled Water has received. I’m so glad I was able to capture it and the reaction of the crowd. It definitely was a glory bump moment. What you didn’t see was the standing ovation. McCray said that was only like the 3rd time they has done the song. So I can only see it getting better. Hope to see it on their new cd!

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