GVB: Day 2 reax
1. I’m inclined to agree with this commenter, who says that the thing to watch in this Vocal Band shake-up is the music they release. The press release hits the reunion album pretty hard, and of course you know my thoughts on what we’ve seen and heard so far from that. But even if you don’t agree with me on the Reunion sound, it’s hard to dispute that this new old lineup must do more than a prolonged nostalgia tour or else the entire thing will pretty quickly descend into sentimentalized farce. All things being equal, the smart money typically bets on Bill Gaither, but then again every indication is that he thought “Jesus and John Wayne” was a great song. So, cross your fingers accordingly.
3. The more I think about it, the surer I am that Marshall Hall got the heave-ho for same reason Lowry, English, and Phelps got called back: it’s all about who puts more butts in the seats. Gaither knows how to make great music, but he also knows that gospel music audiences would rather pay to hear middlin’-to-fair music from beloved personalities than listen to good music for free, and Gaither doesn’t do anything for free. So cult of personality trumps talent. This is the Inspirations principle. Ergo: bon chance, Marsh.Email this Post