Installment #3. Enjoy.
I just came in to catch the tail end of the Freemans’ set. I believe this song was called “Children of the Dust.” It sounded like it had some really good lyrics.
Jason Crabb and the Sisters are hosting tonight. This is a great combination and I look forward to it.
Okay, just as the Browns came on, my computer had a MAJOR crash, and I had to miss about 20 minutes getting the problem solved. I came back on to find Riley Clark bringing the house down on “Homecoming Day.” Jim and Melissa Brady were just coming up on stage for an encore when my program shut down. I’m so annoyed that I missed Tribute’s set. It looks like there was a fantastic moment there at the end. Fingers crossed I will be able to keep going for the rest of the night. Am really glad for video on demand right about now!
[Insert pointless video here.] Now Jason and the Sisters are getting VERY excited as they introduce Signature Sound! Hey, they just kicked up the microphones and launched into “Someday!” Just like old times! And Ian was able to do it. 😀 Now they’re singing “Movin’ Up to Gloryland.” Ian sounds a little choppy tonight. I hope he loosens up some. Devin is looking more spiky than usual. It practically looks like a mohawk. 😉 Ernie just had a few “guests” sing the “Movin'” part. Rodney Griffin, Joseph Habedank, Gerald Wolfe… Then Ian tried it and did it better than all of them. In fact, he sounded like that was easier than the bass part! Ah, here he goes on “I Believe.” Gonna be honest, this song is not a fave, but Ian really sings it great. He is sounding much more comfortable now. It’s this upper register stuff where he really shines. I sure don’t want him to lose that even though it would be good for him to get smoother in “the basement.”
Lights down, and now “Then Came the Morning.” Still all acoustic. I’m intrigued that they have used no tracks all night. I wonder if that will continue here. I hear a little bleeding through towards the end, but still very live. Okay, now track is all the way up for the bridge. They finished great. There’s a problem with the mix it seems like though… I think they didn’t turn Devin back down after his solo. They need to turn Ernie up.
Okay, they just rocked the house with a couple encores of “Glory to God in the Highest.” And I just DIED because they had Gerald Wolfe come up and sing and HOP with them. It was hilarious. Amen (hop) Amen (hop) Amennnnn.
Now this is a ladies’ bluegrass trio called High Road. They sound impressive! Incredible for a showcase group. They play their own instruments too! Just a piano, violin and upright bass. Gorgeous sound. The girl who played piano was excellent. I hope they all find some nice young guys. They’re really pretty girls.
Now Swanny is up doing comedy… you know I was kind of hoping for music instead…
Now it’s the Rambo/McGuire group. Their band is great. The girl playing fiddle is one of the ones who sang in that showcase trio. Reba is wearing a WEIRD chain thing around her waist. And her shirt has bare patches on the shoulders. Weird outfit.
Buck just came up and sang “Too Much to Gain to Lose.” I like it better when Anthony Facello sings it with Beyond the Ashes (speaking of, why aren’t they on mainstage?) Now Dony is singing “He Looked Beyond My Fault” and he sounds terrible. He needs a coughdrop, or three. Little better with the group. Terrible blend though.
Now Jason is singing “Who Am I” with Wayne Haun accompanying him on piano. Nice. I’m confused though: Aren’t we about half an hour behind schedule here? This wasn’t on the program, and neither was the GV/Sisters thing either. Not really complaining, just sayin’… Uh-oh, just got word from the moderator that Dailey and Vincent are no-shows, so Jason is filling time. Hurry up boys! (Now I know why Jason did so many “verys” to set up GV & Sisters). Now the song is done, what are they gonna do? Roll a Compassion International pitch video of course!
Clarke Beasley just got up and announced that Dailey & Vincent caught a bad bug from their Scotland tour earlier this week, and they are both completely out of commission tonight. Literally in bed sick. UGH! The poor guys. I love their sound too.
John Ashcroft is talking on stage now, and I have to say he is very down-to-earth and likable. He just asked how many people in the audience are professional musicians, and when almost nobody raised their hands, he said, “See most of you aren’t. I’m your representative!” Now he’s telling a joke about how he got invited to NQC. (Clarke Beasley calls and asks, “Are you the one who they [insert long list of nasty stuff people have done to him]?” “Yeah that’s me, yeah that’s me,” said John. Then “Well do you still believe in free speech?” “Yes.” “Good. I want you to come to Louisville and make one.”) He sang a song, then played the piano. For a singer, he makes a really good piano player! 🙂
The Hoppers came on and sang “Yahweh.” I think this is a very cool song, even though it’s kind of long. It’s just got a different flavor, a kind of big epic feel. It’s exciting. The Hoppers sang it well. Now Karlye is singing “Nobody’s Too Bad To Come In, Too Good to Stay Out.” The grammar kind of bugs me on that one, but oh well. Connie just sang “I’ve Come Too Far to Look Back.” They encored it acapella, which was pretty cool. And now it’s “Shoutin’ Time.” You know, I’d forgotten that the verses are “I Will Arise and Go To Jesus.” My opinion, they don’t fit with the chorus. But it’s a fun song. Tim Riley just came up for the second encore (or is it the third?)
Now a showcase group called Paul’s Journey is singing. Wow, this tenor sounds exactly like a female alto. That’s actually a good thing. He’s very good. They’re singing “What Heaven Means To Me.” I didn’t catch this tenor’s name. I’ll have to ask somebody. Okay, just asked: Randall Garland. Handsome guy too. Good sound for a regional group. Now an acapella encore. Did I mention this tenor is good? A few people even stood at the end. They’re the second showcase group to elicit that tonight (the other one was High Road).
Sisters up now, singing “Under His Wings.” I always wish this song was just a little faster getting going, but the Sisters always make it sound so great. They are probably the most talented trio in gospel music right now. The song just finished huge. Now Jason is singing “Sometimes I Cry.” Gotta be honest, this song never grabbed me much, but it was definitely better than most of the alternatives for Song of the Year this year at the Doves. The band is slowing it way down—probably prefer it faster, but live music is good. Oh great, they weren’t turning on Jason’s guitar mic. It’s coming now… Missed his solo. Dang. Okay, we heard a little at the end. Jason, you just can’t not like him. The boy is just too likable.
And that’s a wrap. And I am tired. I don’t even have the energy to go back and pick out all my highlights. I’ll just say Triumphant rocked, and so did Signature Sound, and the Perrys were great, and Greater Vision was great, and… I’m falling asleep… Fix my typos in the morning, will y’all? Zzzzzzzzz…