Installment #2. Enjoy. I missed the first part and entered when the Easters were singing. So starting there, here’s my running commentary on the night’s doings.
Just came on to see the Easters. Morgan’s shoes are bright red. Repeat after me Morgan: “There is no place like home. There is no place like home.” (click, click, click)
Now Sheri is singing. What a rich voice she has. “Praise His Name.” This is very touching. She just said that she is celebrating 3 years cancer free. Now Jeff is singing “I Get To.” Awwww, nice country song. Now he’s setting up “Thank You Lord For Your Blessings On Me,” which his dad wrote. Great song. Now his dad is up on stage with him. He just sang verse two! How sweet! Now he’s speaking about his wife’s recent death and how he promised her that when he’s touched the last soul he can touch, he’ll be right behind her. Oh, now he has Dean Hopper in tears. Awwwww.
Adam Crabb just treated us to some seriously anointed harmonica playing on “Amazing Grace.” Now the Bowlings are singing: “The Heart Will Never Break Anymore.” Beautiful. Now they’re singing “Leaving On My Mind” with Jason. They work great together. Kelly is kicking off “Uncloudy Day.” Sounds great. The Bowlings are so inspiring, and they can really sing! Now it’s “Your Cries Have Awoken the Master,” which is an amazing song. They just nailed the key change. Then Kelly shared a powerful testimony, and now Mike is starting “I Still Glory In the Cross.” WOW! They just knocked that out of left field. Power! Now Jason is tearing it up with his band on “I Saw the Light.” Let’s have church. Come on now. And just as I thought Jason needed some live backing, he gets the same idea (what can I say, using the force to control other people’s minds is just a gift) and has the Bowlings come back up. The crowd is gonna sing some too. Jason is instructing them. This should be good. Well okay, so the crowd didn’t quite get the hang of it, but it was still good.
Here I took a break and came back to check on the McKameys. “I Know How I Made It.” They’re so great. I mean they can’t really sing, but it’s like it doesn’t matter somehow. Whoop, there go Peg’s shoes. It was just a matter of time…
Okay, now this is totally weird. Clarke Beasley got up and introduced… a Fox News anchor?? Who turns out to be a gospel singer? Some black guy named Kelly Wright. Never heard of him. He’s singing something called “There is a God.” This is one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard. Honestly. Truly awful. I’m sitting here laughing out loud. Somebody in the chat just said, “My lands. Maybe I could write a song after all.”
Left again and came back to see the Hinsons. Thinking this could be a good time to go work on that Descartes paper. Aw heck, they’ve only got one song left. Might as well stick around. It’s “The Lighthouse.” Pretty terrible, have to say. To say Bo was over-singing would be a slight under-statement. Oh well, they’re off now.
Mark Trammell Quartet up now. Pat Barker is terrific on “Wedding Music.” Now they’re doing “Old Convention Song.” Pat is just pure class. Now a quiet moment on “Gentle Shepherd.” I have to be honest, so far I’ve been kind of disappointed by the group’s blend as a whole—was hoping for more. Dustin’s voice is sticking out way too much here. Now I’m wondering if it was the mix that was part of the problem. It has to have been. In that case, my sympathies to them. Now Mark is closing with “It’s Almost Over.” He can still bring it. Man. Glorious.
Now the Whisnants are up, singing “Be Not Afraid” now. Next, “Be Ready To Leave.” I gather this is an oldie. They turned it into a “Ready” medley with a couple other songs like “Goodbye World.” Now Susan just shared a powerful testimony and is launching into “All is Well.” “I Can’t Wait To Be There” now, fun heaven song. Some other artists joined in, caught a glimpse of Michael Booth.
Now Kim is reading tomorrow’s schedule and getting interrupted by Dean…
Christmastime now. The Crist Family is singing “Snow.” And it’s snowing. I mean they are throwing snow on each other. This is cheesy to the max. But they have a great blend. A little too great in fact. I’m wondering if they’re just lip synching. And after they finished, I’m pretty sure.
Now the emcee is coming out: “Christmas, when every child becomes an angel…” Okay, I’m out of here. Bah humbug. G’night all. Tell me about all my typos in the morning. My personal bright spots of the evening from what I saw:
James Easter’s guest appearance
Jason Crabb, his band, and the Bowling Family
Legacy Five, specifically “For What Earthly Reason”
Kelly Wright’s testimony—honest to goodness
King’s Heralds, but of course they’re always a bright spot
The teeny bit I got to hear of Voices Won
Whisnants, “I Can’t Wait To Be There”
And the Booth Brothers’ set—all of it.