- As Chuck and DBM have already noted, the NYT ran a piece yesterday saying that Sirius (home to, among others, Howard Stern and the sg enLighten channel - yes, you’ve got to figure out for yourself which is the flagship station) is probably headed for bankruptcy. I’ve seen or heard nothing from Marlin Taylor or other enLighten types so far on the potential effects, but given how vociferously enLighten flakked the Sirius/XM merger a while back to insist there was nothing to see here, perhaps no news is not necessarily good news?
- Via Kyle, the trailer is out for the Oaks Gaither video. Your reaction will probably track closely with your opinion of the Oaks in general. For me, they’ve never really been a gospel group, but that’s because my earliest exposure to them was as a child when “Elvira” and “American Made” were all the rage back in Iron County. Consequently, I tend to think of their gospel side not unlike the gospel side of Elvis: real, abiding, endearing enough (and a little misleading, however inadvertently), but not nearly as good as the other stuff. And what’s up with the miniaturized set Gaither is using these days? Like the GVB reunion video, the Oaks video uses a drastically downsized sound stage and much smaller supporting cast of Homecoming Friends. This new set not only looks like someone tried too hard to be hip (the spaceship lighting and sleek club chairs remind me of one of those VIP lounges the airlines maintain for first-class passengers and rewards-club members). It also has a diminishing effect on the whole production, as if visually reinforcing the reduced scale of the Homecoming franchise these days. I know, I know … if Gaither does it, by definition it’s successful. And of course I have no reason to think this video will be any different. But still …
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- Not to be outdone by their Crossroads cousins, the McKameys announced a big personnel change this week. Carol Woodard is retiring after a little more than a quarter century with the group. Woodard always seemed miscast to me as an sg alto (a role in which her blend brought to mind nothing so much as gravel in a running
sink incinerator In-sink-erator). It really always seemed like she was meant to be a bluegrass singer - a style for which her voice is remarkably well suited. Perhaps in retirement she will be able to explore vocal opportunities that are not quite so color coordinated, assuming she’s not sick to death of the whole thing by now.