Wow. I’m still collecting myself after last night’s homecoming show. It was probably the best show I’ve ever seen, even though things like song selection and comedy were fairly predictable for anyone who’s been around southern gospel for any significant amount of time. I think every fan of the music should go and experience a homecoming at some point, even if you’re only a casual fan. The quality was outstanding, and there was something for everyone. Every artist shone. I went around asking folks what their highlights were, and quite a few simply said “everything.”
I also met Buddy Greene, and when I said I had a blog, he said, “Well I’d give you my latest CD to review, except it’s not southern gospel.” When I said that in fact I was already getting it as a Christmas present, he said, “Oh, okay! Well, is there something else you’d like?” A little stunned, I haltingly said, “Um, well, this Christmas CD looks really good!” and he gave it to me. He said “Here you go. You can write about it on your blog if you like it, and if you don’t like it, write about it anyway but don’t tell me.” I said that I couldn’t imagine not liking anything he did. It’s an older project from 1998, and I hope to incorporate it into my Christmas review series.
Those moments were what really made the concert experience special for me, even though I will have PLENTY to say about the concert itself. There’s nothing quite like actually getting to mingle with the artists themselves, and the incident at the Booth Brothers’ table was just a small example of what great people they surround themselves with. I met some insanely talented folks, and they were so down-to-earth and normal. Oh yes, forgot to mention that I also met Wes Hampton, and I tried to get him to talk about the new GVB project, but he said it was confidential and he couldn’t say anything! All he said was that they have seven songs tracked so far, and he’s not even sure how many will be on there ultimately. Not all the songs have been decided yet. But he said it’s going to be incredible. I told him that I hoped he got a lot of features.