Earlier this week I read somewhere that I’m in the only state in the continental U.S. without snow on the ground, so maybe the big freeze accounts for the silence in Southerngospelstan lately. Anyway, a round up of some items for our collective consideration:
- Tim Parton is leaving Legacy 5 for a position with the 3ABN television network. I’ve always enjoyed his style of playing and his artistic temperament, so I hate to see him leave. But I don’t get the impression that he ever really intended to stay on the road forever. Here’s hoping tv work scratches the itch.
- For a while now I’ve been meaning to mention that Tom Jones has a quasi-gospel album out, Praise and Blame (there was some minor kerfuffle between Jones and the record company when it first came out but this seemed to me mostly teapots and tempests). I confess I haven’t listened to the entire thing yet but what I’ve sampled was … interesting. Not “Bob Dylan does Christmas music” interesting but … curious, interesting.
- I confess that when I lived in colder climes I was not unknown to bundle my little pooch up some doggie winterwear from time to time, but I now see that I was far too unimaginative in my choice of chien coture: Check out Norman Holland’s adorable little fashionista, Bella (though, really, Bella would be much safer fastened in the back seat with a body harness, which I highly recommend).
- As you may have already seen, Doug Anderson’s solo album will be released on a new joint-venture label by Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun. Not sure what this means for the future of Haun’s other label, Vine, but I am looking forward to the Anderson release.
- Also in the “in case you’re interested” category, I stumbled across a decent album of hymn rearrangements for piano the other day on my Bill Evans Pandora station at work: Hymnprovisations, by Phil DeGreg. It’s not on par with, say, Eric Reed’s hymns album, but it holds one’s attention pleasantly all the same.
- You know you’ve been waiting for them: More recording oddities!
- And finally, as you may have already seen, Susan Unthank - founder of Absolutely Gospel (nee sogospelnews.com) died recently. She was 55. Rest in peace, Susan.
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