The big Gaither Nashville taping
A lot of you have been asking about the much ballyhooed Gaither Nashville taping this week. This was, you’ll recall, the Homecoming to beat all Homecomings, to which Gaither invited pretty much everyone in southern gospel. Evidently, it wasn’t loud enough for me to hear down here in Florida, but if you want to read an account from someone who has no reason to say anything unflattering about the event, check out this buried comment from DS, which apparently quotes Gerald Wolfe describing the taping as “the best video Bill has produced in several years.”
Then there’s an unvarnished version, from an artist who was at the taping:
The taping was, well…let’s just say Bill’s going to really have to do some stretching to find enough magic in what happened [today] to make a full-length dvd. He had a ton of new people there, but no one who just blew it out of the water. You know you’re in trouble when you’re sitting there wishing he would let Sue Dodge sing.
Janet Paschal had a sweet moment with the much-overused IT WON’T RAIN ALWAYS. “What? You’re singing a song Bill wrote? How surprising?” The Perrys sang I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE and made me miss Loren Harris. Some awful group from Knoxville called “Shepherd’s Voice” or something like that reminded me of a bad SNL skit. A bluegrass group called Cherryholmes (who really ARE great) just wasn’t the right fit for this crowd. Sig Sound and The Martins both sang and did good but seemed to not really win over the crowd (composed wholly of their peers … there wasn’t a live audience). Greater Vision sang. Legacy Five sang “Strike Up The Band,” which was okay. Jeanne Johnson sang IF THAT ISN’T LOVE using what sounded like a cassette track. The Lewis Family sang “Flying High.”
The stage was beautiful and I think it will look great. The singers did enough clapping and whooping that I don’t really think an audience will be missed. And Russ Taff’s over-exuberance was everpresent. Either I’m terribly jaded or the magic of Gaitherworld has faded. Or both.
Update: Photos of the event are here (dig deep enough and there’s even a shot of the long-lost Nelons).Email this Post