I thought my readers would enjoy some fresh piano talent from the next generation doing a tribute to Anthony Burger. I ran into the guy on the left providing guest music in church the other night. A very talented and funny guy. His name is Scott Griffin, and his partner on the keys is Alan Tripp. They call themselves “Captivating Keyboards.”
Here is a look at one of their classical arrangements:
While perusing Youtube last night, I hit upon a little goldmine of old Gaither Vocal Band music. Special thanks to user Diego James Christian for uploading quite a bit of stuff that’s out of print, much of it in near-mp3 quality (though some is obviously taken from a cassette). I have no idea how he got the high quality ones sounding this good, but it’s fantastic. I put together two playlists for their debut and sophomore efforts. Click here for The New Gaither Vocal Band and here for Passin’ the Faith Along. Both of these albums hold up pretty well, for late 70s/early 80s type music. Sure, “Don’t Play With the Devil” and “Into the Word” are suspiciously reminiscent of the BeeGees, “Not By Might” is a shameless rip-off of Billy Joel’s “My Life,” etc., etc. But blah-blah-blah. Who cares? Enjoy the music. I’d also like to give a hat tip to Dustin Allman, Chris’s son, for reviewing the debut. I never would have discovered it otherwise.
Below the fold are some favorite selections from each album. Continue reading
For those of you who aren’t familiar with “Wretched,” it’s a Christian talk show that looks at faith, culture and everything else through a humorous, but very theologically conservative lens. Todd Friel, the host, is a former stand-up comedian who brings his unique, sarcastic style to each fresh issue. They are die-hard Calvinists, but we can forgive them. For all things Wretched, go here. To browse Wretched TV clips in a handy Youtube playlist, go here. Be warned: I’ve found it rather addictive.
I did not know this, but apparently Todd became a fan of the Ball Brothers about a year ago. They’ve been featured twice on the show. In this older clip you can see him raving about their theologically substantial lyrics, as compared with typical CCM radio fare. (Although, funnily enough, Todd doesn’t seem aware that the song they performed here was originally a CCM song by GoFish! Though I guess the Ball Brothers did make the second verse a bit more theological.)
This is a recent appearance with their two new members:
Courtesy of Diana Brantley, our tireless videographer, we have some hand-held videos from the Memphis Quartet Show featuring all of your favorite groups! These include the Kingsmen, Triumphant Quartet, Signature Sound and many more. Here they are all gathered in a playlist for your enjoyment.
In addition, here are some videos Diana did not catch but someone else did of the Booth Brothers with Gene McDonald. In a word, mensch! The Brothers also announced that they are releasing a new quartet album with Gene. Gene has guested on a number or two before, but this will be the first full-length album they’ve all done together! They treated to the audience to a preview of coming attractions with these selections. The video could be better, but audio is great!
“I Am the Man”
“Sweetest Song I Know”
“When That Lovely Name I Hear”
“His Name is Wonderful”
Well, as many of you know from other reports, Joseph Habedank decided it was God’s will for him to leave the Perrys. Many of us were sorry to see him go, as his lead vocals have long been a defining part of what made the group’s sound so memorable. However, after some consideration, the Perrys have hired an excellent replacement in David Ragan, formerly with the Inspirations. They’re also introducing a previously unknown young alto vocalist to the world in Leah Page. As Bryan Walker says in this video, she’s only nineteen years old! Yet she already has a strong, clear tone, obviously very much influenced by Libbi Stuffle. This is a good thing!
Here is Leah’s performance of “Through the Night”:
And here are more recent performances by the new Perrys:
Finally, if you wanted to hear Bryan sing “If You Knew Him,” here you go. (HT: A reader on Daniel Mount’s blog):
I just discovered this multi-artist, live collab on Chris Tomlin’s re-working of “Amazing Grace.” A very classy arrangement. Does anyone know if it’s on a CD?
These seem appropriate to post on a Sunday. This is the latest update from the Caring Bridge Journal as of yesterday morning:
ICP looks good being clamped. They clamped it at 7am. He has fever. Blood pressure is high. Heart rate is bouncing between 99 & 106. Doing a chest X-ray now.
Here’s a taste of what you can expect from a Perrys concert with its current lineup.
So the other day I got this newsletter from Legacy Five with the subject header “L5′s New Band.” My heart leaped. Was it possible? Could Legacy Five have made the daring move to acquire a band of musicians? But no. They tricked me. Not cool, Legacy Five:
Here are some clips from the most recent Gaither DVD, the GVB’s Pure and Simple, live. I’ve been really enjoying these sneak peeks. I was especially glad to see “Road to Emmaus,” since I had not heard that song in the version of the album that I listened to:
Here’s one of my favorites, “Winds of This World”:
Here’s “The Love of God”:
Here’s “Cup of Sorrow,” for which I especially enjoyed seeing the live instrumentation:
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