Joint Review: From the Heart (Lakeside)

Composite Rating: 3.4 stars

Label: Homeplace Records
Producers: The Eddie Crook Company
Song List: “I Can’t Help Smiling,” “Upon The Cross,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “I’ll Have A Mansion,” “I Want To See Jesus,” “Oh Lord, I Love You,” “Give Him My Heart,” “The Man I Need To Be,” “Feed My Sheep,” and “His Love”



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Tim Parton changes his mind

Much like Frank Seamans, who in 2005 or so decided to leave Legacy Five but changed his mind several weeks later, Legacy Five pianist Tim Parton changed his mind and decided to stay with the group.

In a press release distributed last night, Parton apologized for the confusion: “I’m sorry for causing confusion…that was not my intent. I appreciate the group giving me the opportunity to continue serving as their pianist.” [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] He said that he is working on balancing his schedule, and looking forward to continuing with Legacy Five.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Free Will Concerts and Product Purchases

In the past few years, I have learned some things about recording artists that I never realized before. The main thing that surprised me is that the artists purchase their CDs like any other distributor. Maybe others aren’t as dense as I am but recently I was talking to a recording artist who told me that, often, at concerts where a free will offering is taken, people don’t give in the offering because they plan to buy products. That hit a chord with me since I’ve been guilty of doing the same thing. She went on to say that people don’t understand that these groups need the offering too.

One of my concerns with giving an offering is I’m never sure how much of the offering will really go to the group that’s performing. I do occasionally give money in the offering plate (and I should mention here that supporting the churches who bring in gospel groups is necessary too) but in the instances where I want to make sure the money goes to the group, I will add a little extra to my check or credit card purchase and tell the group they can keep the change.

There’s been a lot of talk about groups disbanding due to funds to keep going. Although I realize a lot of people don’t have tons of money to give at concerts, and I really appreciate the groups who are willing to do concerts for a free will offering in order to allow more people to attend, I hope that those who can afford to do so will help to support these groups who are trying to balance ministry with livelihood.

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Saturday News Roundup #18

A couple of stories that didn’t get mentioned earlier this week:

  • staffer Emily Sutherland recaps the Gaither Vocal Band Reunion taping here. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.]
  • Wes Hampton shares his take (and a couple of photos) on his blog. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link appears to be down, and has been removed.]
  • David Bruce Murray posts that a Bluegrass song will be the next #1 on the Singing News chart. The most likely song to move into that spot is Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s current top 5 single “Help is On the Way.” [EDIT, 6/6/12: Broken link removed.]
  • The Dan Keeton Quartet has had its first lineup change; tenor/manager Dan Keeton announced that Chris Little (baritone) has left the group. Dan is taking auditions, and encourages baritones to send demos to 1552 S St Hwy 207, Rush, KY 41168.

One more thing. This is the first time I’ve done this, but here is a preview of the next few weeks on our weekly Friday CD reviews feature:

  • 8/1/08: Charlotte Ritchie, Bridges Over Blue
  • 8/8/08: Keith Plott, There is One
  • 8/15/08: Gordon Mote, Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory
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