CD Review: Get Away Jordan (Signature Sound)

Whatever else one thinks of Bill Gaither, virtually everyone agrees that he is a master promoter. Everyone knew that when he took Signature Sound under his wings, things would start happening, but the speed and magnitude of their success has surprised just about everyone. This recording has been one of the most anticipated recordings in…

Treasures: The Dream

The Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet put a novelty song on their debut project (The Lamb is King) entitled “The Dream.” Without giving any spoilers, let’s just say that it deals with a fatal car wreck and a bass-singing contest between Christian Davis and Tim Riley. I first heard this song in summer 2003. A…

Independent Artists in Southern Gospel

In Contemporary Christian Music and in secular genres, there is a clear-cut line between independent artists and those who are signed by labels. Artists signed by labels will have a large fan base, while indie artists will often have small but devoted fan bases. In Southern Gospel music, the distinction is somewhat less clear. Artists…

CD Review: Sounds of Sunday (Dixie Echoes)

The Dixie Echoes recently released Sounds of Sunday. This independent release features 10 classic songs and introduces their new tenor, Dallas Rogers. Most groups use studio musicians on their recordings instead of group members, because the cost of paying for studio time makes paying someone whose skill is a technically perfect first or second take…

Horizon Group of the Year and the NQC Mainstage

My post on the LeFevre Quartet’s dissatisfaction with not being invited to appear on the main stage at last year’s National Quartet Convention sparked an interesting discussion. Several people have made interesting comments, but one in particular was thought-provoking enough that it deserves a post of its own. In answer to the assumption (inherent in…