Disbanding and cleansing
Citing the spate of dissolutions, retirements, and other destabilizing changes over the summer, a reader writes to ask: “Will there be more groups disbanding and is there a cleansing of groups going on in the industry because of the financial climate of sg?”
Answer: I don’t know and I doubt it. The Three Bridges and Florida Boys thing seemed to just be coincidence in timing. They have both been in the works for a while and my posting about them on the same day probably gave it a cataclysmic coloring that was misleading. As for the industry’s financial climate, I don’t see that improving any time soon. For every two or three successful and/or full-time groups that disband, 10 more hackilicious atrocities announce they’ve begun recording their vocals at Sticks and Stones studio under the direction of Hasbeen and Shameless.
As I was reminded recently, industry leaders do seem to be trying to regroup, but how well is still wide open for question in any direction. AGM may be floundering but it’s not dead. If NQC wised up, lanced the boil of religio-bureaucratic cronyism hobbling its ability to strategically place top-notch talent with the right congregational audiences (instead of creating a flakey upper crust of those artists willing to pay for spiritual certification), and spun it off into its own operation so as to eliminate the unavoidably conflicting interests that NQC faces trying to run two franchises that compete with one another, then there might be something to the AGM concept as a marketably different brand of evangelical music between the church/folk/homegrown stuff on the right and CCM on the left.
Can that be done without alienating too many groups or monied interests and so creating a tear in the delicately interlocking self-interests that are the warp and woof of sg’s economic fabric? Probably not. But (if you’ll allow me to torture this sewing metaphor just a bit more) let things get threadbare enough and some of these fine ole Southern Baptist gentlemen might rediscover their inner seam-ripper (these days, the knife typically comes out only when Gaither or homosexuals are involved). Whatever else that might mean for the image of itself as a peaceful fellowship of Christian brotherhood, it would probably precipitate better music on the whole.Email this Post