So what’s been going on while I was away in the real world?
- Calvin Hunt, who released his late work with sg producer Wayne Haun in recent years (and earned two Dove Award nominations for his 2008 album with Haun’s Vine Records), died the day after Christmas. RIP.
- In case you’ve got $789.89 laying about, there’s this music collectible.
- Watching this stilted, plastic holiday greeting, you’d never know Jonathan Wilburn spent half a lifetime singing naturally, with ease, in front of thousands of people (h/t, KN).
- Mark Trammell Trio announced it will become a quartet. The reconfiguration will no doubt bring a few rubbernecking fans out a few times when they might have otherwise stayed home. But in most respects it’s an odd choice, since the problem with the group has never really been about the vocals or the configuration (sg needs another ho-hum male quartet singing with accompaniment tapes about as badly as it needed a middle-tier male trio back when MTT first launched) but rather a prolonged identity crisis (that weird Steve Hurst phase, anyone?) and a chronic poverty of decent material and showmanship.
- The Return of Josh Cobb gave me occasion to return to this clip of his singing “I Stand Redeemed” back in the day with L5. In addition to noticing how Cobb as a young ‘un struggled with his solo lines but blended decently in the ensemble (the exact opposite issue he seems to have had in that first outing with GC recently), I also noticed for the first time that glam-rock guitar track that kicks in on the last big chorus (around the 2:20 mark). Party on, Garth.
- A slick looking documentary about the legacy of “God on the Mountain” appears to be in the works (h/t, JT).
- And finally a friendly reminder, this time from Gene Weingarten at the Washington Post, to please refrain from SHOUTING in electronic communications (h/t, M).