On the Minor Leagues

Contemporary Christian Music is a genre comparable to professional football, where there are no minor leagues. You’ve either made it or you haven’t, but you rarely move from one group to another. Group turnover is rare; it is more common for a group with differences to simply disband. On the other hand, Southern Gospel is…

On Perfect Blends

Hearing the Colonial City Quartet’s smooth blend last Saturday got me to thinking. Every now and then, a quartet will assemble four voices that harmonize perfectly as one. Quartets with what I describe as “perfect blends” have singers who individually have strong voices, but can blend those voices to produce a distinctive group sound much…

An Interview with the Ball Brothers

The Ball Brothers learned to sing harmony while growing up Central Illinois. After hearing an uncle’s Cathedrals records and cassettes, they learned to pick out the parts and started to sing songs for their church. The four brothers, Andrew (tenor), Daniel (lead), Stephen (baritone), and Josh (sound engineer), released their first CD in February. Their…

On Liner Notes

Sometimes liner notes can be more interesting than the music they describe. It’s not that the music is boring or forgettable (usually); it’s that liner notes can get pretty interesting. Liner notes, both today and back in the days when a 33 1/3 rpm record cover provided plenty of room for prolixity, often contain interesting…

Welcome to Southern Gospel Journal

Many of the initial visitors to this website will know me from running cathedralstribute.com, contributing to www.sghistory.com, and from posts on various Southern Gospel forums. I finally decided to take the big plunge and try my hand at blogging. Other bloggers have considered that their position as a commentator gives them the platform to post…