Some items that don’t really warrant a post of their own but are still worth pointing out:
- Via musicscribe, The Nelons are doing some sort of reality show for SkyAngel television.
- The SGMG’s annual Tuesday Night concert during GMA week appears to be ditching the format of last year’s odd pseudo-awards show approach and going instead with a “Celebration Concert.” Good. Less talking, more music, please. According to this GMA week chart of showcases, headliners include Booth Brothers, Perrys, Gold City, and KPNR, plus a Barbara Mandrell appearance. And unless I’m getting my hotels confused, it looks like the Hilton (the customary location for this event in the recent past) has been ditched in favor of the Renaissance Ballroom. Also good. The Hilton venue always was acoustically crap and seemed less like a showcase of sg to the rest of Christian entertainment and more like a cliquey reception for industry insiders who talked over the (usually too loud) music in between maudlin monologues about Compassion International.
- Via southerngospelblog, Guy Penrod has booked what appears to be his first solo date in Branson. It’ll be interesting to see how Penrod positions himself as a post-Gaither soloist. He doubtless will be a decent draw on his own, but as long as he sticks by the official reasons he left the GVB, he won’t have a prodigal-son story or other faith-forging narrative to bring his persona into focus outside the bright lights of the Homecoming tour (and no obvious justification to rejoin the Gaither fold at some later date in high penitence and regret, after the manner of, say, his replacement, Michael English).