Saturday News Roundup #92

Worth Knowing

  • NQC: Via the AbsolutelyGospel forums, NQC is asking ticket holders if, come 2015, they would choose either (a) bumping convention up a week early or (b) a move to Indianapolis or Nashville. [EDIT, 2/21/13.] Given how strongly resistant NQC’s audience is to change, don’t be surprised if the predominant answer is “neither”!
  • Sisters: On Tuesday, Sisters member Valerie Ruppe married session guitarist (and Freemans alumnus) Jeremy Medkiff. 

Worth Reading

  • Burke’s Brainwork: Wes Burke has launched a series where a group’s current members list what they think are that group’s all-time best recordings. He started yesterday with Greater Vision.
  • Musicscribe: You know Channing Eleton as a past Poet Voices / Gold City pianist. He has a new vocal solo CD out, fusing Southern Gospel with a singer/songwriter Americana twist. Check out David Bruce Murray’s new post, which calls it the “best CD I’ve heard this year.” [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.]

Worth Watching

The best song in the current Singing News Bluegrass Top 10:

Worth Anticipating

Upcoming CD Reviews:

  • 10/28: A Living Legacy: The Songs of Squire Parsons
  • 11/4: Amen (Down East Boys)
  • 11/11: Everlasting Truth (Michael Booth)
  • 11/18: Songs from the Heart (Triumphant Quartet)
  • 11/25: Baptized on Sunday (Penny Loafers)
  • 12/2: American Christian (Melody Boys Quartet)
  • 12/9: A Country Campmeeting (Palmetto State Quartet)
  • 12/16: Step Up (Torchmen Quartet)
  • 12/23: Journey (Libbi Perry Stuffle)
  • 12/30: A Country Campmeeting (Three Bridges)
  • 1/6: You’ve Got to Believe (Homeland Harmony Quartet)
  • 1/13: A Wonderful Life (Legacy Five)
  • 1/20: A Country Campmeeting (Triumphant Quartet)
  • 1/27: Steve Ladd (Steve Ladd)
  • 2/3: God’s Been Faithful (Liberty Quartet)
  • 2/10: The Call is Still the Same (Dixie Melody Boys)
  • 2/17: Turn to the Cross (Sanctuary Quartet)
  • 2/24: Family Ties (Wilburn & Wilburn)
  • 3/2: Living in Grace (Cavaliers Quartet)

(Dates subject to change, if a really incredible CD comes along that we just have to bump up the line!)

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday; you decide!

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Video of the Day: La La La 101

At the end of one of their songs, “I Can’t Keep From Singing,” the Ruppe Sisters do a brief but fairly complex bit of counterpoint. After getting frequent emails from people who had purchased the soundtrack and wanted to know how to sing the parts, they posted this video tutorial:

Something like this would make an unusual but great addition to live concerts, much like Bill Gaither will sometimes break down and explain a convention song (e.g., “Heaven’s Joy Awaits.”)

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