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Playing Catch-Up

February 22, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Gospel Quartet, Blackwood Quartet, Mark Trammell Quartet, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

With the busy schedule I’ve seemed to keep for the past few days, I haven’t had much time to blog! Here’s some items I missed:

1. Blackwood Shake-Up Groups experience change in SG quite often, but few experience changes this drastic. Ron Blackwood, owner of the Blackwood Quartet, announced his retirement for health reasons on the advice of his physician, and announced that he was turning leadership of the group over to Mark Blackwood, baritone and owner of the Blackwood Gospel Quartet. On the heels of this announcement came the one that stated, effective March 1, tenor John Rulapaugh and lead Josh Garner were resigning their positions in the Blackwood Quartet and forming a quartet of their own. Thus, Mark Blackwood is merging the BGQ with Ron Blackwood’s group. The lineup is: tenor Dale Evans, lead Mark Blackwood, baritone David Mann, and bass Chris West.

I am very excited about this announcement, because, for one, the vocal lineup for the Blackwood Quartet is shaping up to be quite the powerhouse. David Mann and Mark Blackwood are great vocalists, and Dale Evans is one of the best young tenors I have ever heard. Throwing a young bass like Chris West in the mix is sure to make a great quartet.

Greater still, the fact that John Rulapaugh and Josh Garner are forming a group opens up exciting possibilities for a lineup. I wouldn’t mind seeing them pick up baritone Rick Fair and bass Brad Smith. An announcement should be coming sometime soon as to the lineup of this new quartet.

2. Videos of the Mark Tramell Quartet are now up. Check out Pat Barker singing what has becoming something of a signature song for him, “How Big Is God,” and a favorite song by the Mark Trammell Trio getting a quartet treatment on “Loving The Lamb.”

Be looking, probably sometime next week, for the first interview I’ve ever done on this blog. It was a great interview that I was privileged to be able to conduct, and I can’t wait to have it posted!

Update: For now, the videos of the Mark Trammell Quartet have been removed at the artist’s request. I’ll repost if they are put back up!

Catch-up For The Week

January 08, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Gospel Quartet, Priority, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

In my busy first week back at school, here’s two lineup changes I missed this week:

1. Brad Smith Resigns From The Blackwood Gospel Quartet This move, I admit, shocked me a little. Smith seemed like the perfect fit for that group and they had a great sound in each position. I’ll say this for him: he’s an incredible bass singer (6 octaves!) and he’s one honest guy. His reason for leaving? “Because I wanted to.” Straightforward enough?

Here’s hoping the group can find another bass with the caliber Smith possessed, and that Smith will wind up with a top-tier group somewhere. Mark Trammell is looking these days…

2. Nathaniel Justice Joins Priority As Tenor This change is less surprising, as I understand Justice has been filling in with them for quite some time. Reading his bio, his entertainment background is quite interesting. I haven’t had the privilege of hearing him yet, but I do know that Mike LeFevre and David Staton think highly of him; they talked him up quite a bit when Legacy Five was looking for a tenor. Like Keith Inman’s transition into bass in late 2009, this change will be seamless, as Justice used to fill-in for Gus Gaches when he was unable to be with the group. I am looking forward to hearing this new lineup!

Be looking for my review of the Rick Webb Family’s latest project in the next few days!

8/29/09 News Roundup

August 29, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Bill Gaither, Blackwood Gospel Quartet, Gaither Vocal Band, Legacy Five, Mike and Kelly Bowling, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Bowling Family

It’s been another news-filled week for Southern Gospel music. Let’s look at some things that took place in the past few days:

1. Mike & Kelly Bowling have experienced change again. Tenor Chris Whitaker came off the road to be with a sick family member, and stepping up to round out the group is Terah Penhollow. With the personnel change comes yet another name change for the group to The Bowling Family. Read more about it here.

2. Elsewhere in personnel changes, the Blackwood Gospel Quartet has hired a new tenor. Dale Evans is filling the tenor position for the group. The former tenor, Daniel Childs, came off the road due to health issues. The BGQ is currently at work on a new project slated for release sometime this September.

3. The Gaither Vocal Band’s new project, Reunited, is now available for preorder. This highly anticipated project will be available everywhere on Sept. 8, but you can hear it now by getting the download at gaither.com.

Be looking for a review on this blog in the weeks following NQC.

4. Legacy Five is also taking pre-orders for their upcoming Daywind release, Just Stand. The project will be making it’s official debut at this year’s NQC. Lari Goss is producing, and you can tell the guys are excited about this latest effort. One thing about Lari is that if he has a hand in it, it will be a quality product; he’s a master of the production craft. Be looking for a review on that project as well.

Update: They have clips of this and the Jubilee! project with the Booth Brothers and Greater Vision up here.

Upcoming Review: Gold Harbor – It’s All Good

Change For The Blackwood Gospel Quartet

July 07, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Gospel Quartet, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

The BGQ announced today that tenor singer Daniel Childs will be coming off the road due to health reasons. From the SoGospelNews article by the group:

We regret to announce that Daniel, our tenor singer, has decided to leave life on the road due to health reasons. With the uncle/nephew relationship between Mark and Daniel, parting wasn’t easy. There was always the possibility of him carrying the Blackwood heritage into the next generation, and that possibility was just beginning to flourish. It’s true that Daniel’s heart has always been in music, but his passion is in church worship, rather than quartet music.

I enjoyed the sound Daniel gave the group in his stint with them, and I wish him well in his future endeavors.

While the group looks for a tenor, Paul Lancaster will be filling in. For those interested in auditioning:

If you are interested, please send a demo, a picture of yourself and a bio to the address below, or simply e-mail it to davidmannmusic@gmail.com .

Blackwood Gospel Quartet
PO Box 22128
Knoxville, Tennessee 37933

Brad Smith Leaves Monument Quartet?

January 08, 2008 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Gospel Quartet, Josh Garner, Monument Quartet, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Hmm… according to Kyle Boering’s blog, it may be so.

Apparently, Smith was singing baritone with the Blackwood Gospel Quartet, which, if I’m not mistaken, is the same group that Josh Garner joined (permanently or not) as lead singer recently.

Interesting…. I’d monitor this one closely.

UPDATE: My mistake. It was Wes Burke’s blog, not Kyle’s.