*From reader DC: “Watching Tony Peace today and he played a ridiculous song called “I lost my wife at Walmart.” Is this Southern Gospel? What a redneck ridiculous song and no wonder so many people look down on Southerners with such crap as this.”
*From reader DY: More evidence that iTunes is as much a part of the problem as the solution when it comes to white gospel music. “iTunes lists Vestal Goodman as Pop.” Oh my.
*Vanishing acts: Reader MF notes that the Cumberland Quartet is gone from Silver Dollar City – and the web – and some of its erstwhile members have regrouped as the unlovely-named Spoken 4 Quartet (2 Good 2 Miss! The Only 1 to hear!).
*Partially Vanishing Acts: I see in Chuck Peters’ ShowPrep that Crossway is now a trio. It’s been changeful times lately for artists under the management of Kathy Crabb’s Big Ten Entertainment. Nevermind the Big Ten fleet will be without a flagship when the Crabb Family retires later this year. All the down-roster artists have struggled of late too: The McRaes dissolved and re-built what was left with Troy and Katy Peach (what’s left of First Love) to form TK & McCraes, which promptly turned around the changed its name to TK & McCrae (guess they took DBM’s advice). The Mike Bowling Group lost everybody but Mike Bowling and re-formed as Mike and Kelly Bowling when the latter joined her husband (and/but it’s a trio). And now I see (also in Chuck Peters’ ShowPrep) that Crossway’s bass is out and the group is not replacing him, even though they’ve had a new project (recorded as a quaretet) that I gather has been finished and waiting to be released for a little while now (our latest project: four voices for the price of three!).
*More from the ShowPrep: looks like the Carnegie Hall gig long promised from American Gospel Music is going to happen. And that the Collingsworthy Family is the latest group to submit themselves to the spiritual certification process AGM requires of its artists. Chuck Peters quotes Phil Collingsworth as saying “We are currently in the middle of the certification process.” (Is there fasting involved? Sack cloth and ashes? A test? Certification question No. 53: Name the shortest verse in the bible. No. 21: What is the SN’s current policy on male facial hair? No. 74: Finish the sentence: “We have a limited supply at our table, and when that limited supply is gone ….”). Anyway, sgreporter says the Collingsworth Family, the Hoppers, the Ruppes, and Integriphant (along with a choir) will comprise the line up for the Carnegie Hall affair.
*Back to personnel changes and recording albums, reader DL notes that Rick Strickland has joined the American Quartet right in the middle of their recording a project. “The quartet is scheduled back into the studio March 3rd in which Rick will finish the project for the final 4 selections left to record,” the group’s website rather ungrammatically reports. DL finds this interesting (for nongrammatical reasons): “Outside of a ‘favorites’ compilation, I don’t recall two tenors on one project. I’ve never heard of this group, and I’m no big fan of Strickland, but I may buy this CD just out of curiosity.” SG’s very own Two Tenors!
*Finally, via David Bruce Murray, a Billboard piece on indie labels in Christian music. SG’s Wayne Haun and Kevin Ward get a nice treatment for their upstart Vine Records. I’ve been calling this kind of recording company a boutique label, but by whatever name, I’m glad to see this trend getting the recognition it deserves.
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