Happy Fourth Open Thread
I’ll be traveling for a long holiday weekend so you’re on your own, though ya’ll don’t take that well to supervision anyway so I ’spose this is all for the best. Here we go:
- David Bruce Murray has reprised his best of the decade polls, this time focusing on artists of the decade. Like all sequels, this one doesn’t sound as interesting or as enlightening as the first but everybody likes to take a poll, so here tis.
- Meanwhile, Kyle is back with another installment of his odd series, more recording oddities!
- Burke has a couple of interesting posts up about what he’s calling album amnesia. Worth checking out.
- A coupla people have emailed a link to this video from what the youtube notes are saying is the first Seamans Family concert (as in Frank). And now I’ve seen it show up on at least one blog and every time I see a reference to it people are carrying on about how great it is but I just don’t hear it. In fact in several places - including the very beginning, big parts of the middle and lots of the end - it’s just a big hot mess.
- If you haven’t heard the Gatlin Brothers singing “In the Upper Room” on the Nashville Homecoming, … well, you really should. Though Gatlin has been there from the very first Homecoming Video Album, he gives the slight impression when he’s on a Homecoming tape that he’s just stopped by from his other more famous and important career in county to retouch-up his gospel roots, and this gets old after a while. Here he can’t resist “pretending” to correct Gaither’s songwriting skills on “The Upper Room” before singing it. It’s mildly funny but it’s also redolent of the popular kid who wants to play with the nerds but can’t resist making fun of them once they invite him over. But “The Upper Room,” sung like they sing it, can buy a guy a lotta forgiveness.
- While you’re at it, check out the Johnny Minick/Guy Penrod/Sheri Easter cover of “I Don’t Regret a Mile.” Minick’s is one of those voices I can’t stand by itself but that is marvelous in the right ensemble. And these three all have a complementary twang in their voices that blends, if not quite beautifully, then mighty powerfully.
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