(Partial) Concert LiveBlog: Tracy Stuffle Benefit

(Partial) Concert LiveBlog: Tracy Stuffle Benefit March 19, 2013

After a rocky start, the server is finally stabilizing a bit for me, but it’s still not entirely reliable.
“We Need Each Other” — entire group. Step-outs from Jim Brady, Ernie Hase, Doug Anderson, Joseph Habedank and the Isaacs.
Joseph’s pastor Dan Scott — bluegrass acapella. I don’t know this song, but I love it! It’s got an “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” feel to it. Here are some of the lyrics: “Jesus tells me not to fear. For he can see beyond the grave. And whosoever will may come. Jesus Christ refuses none.” Then it went into a piano-based number called, “Something’s Got Ahold of Me.”

The Bowlings — “I’ve Touched Calvary”. There’s another male singer with the Bowlings whom I don’t recognize. [Update: This is Troy Peach! I had a funny feeling I recognized him. It’s great to see him back on the road again.] They sound great!
Now they’re singing “Your Cries Have Awoken the Master.”
Unfortunately my stream is getting stuck at frequent intervals, so I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to report on. We’ll see if it gets unstuck.
Okay, I finally got the stream back and it’s Gold City singing “Cast My Bread On the Water.”
This is so sad… I can’t get a reliable stream going. Missed a big chunk and am back now, still with Gold City singing “I’m Not Giving Up.” Gold City is using a fill-in tenor. We’re trying to figure out who it was. Daniel Mount just said he hoped it was a fill-in giving the ending. Ouch.
I love it — Jason Crabb let out a whoop, and Joseph said, “He’s a Pentecostal, I’m a Baptist.” Now he’s recognizing all the Perrys alumni on stage with him. Classy.
Karen Peck and New River up now. Singing “Four Days Late.” Now a ballad called “My God Will Always Be Enough.” I’m remembering how pure and controlled Karen Peck’s singing is.
(Realizing that I’m not the only one having feed problems. Makes me feel better.)
Now the Hoppers are up, and Joseph just said that Kim is laid up with sinus issues! Oh no! But thankfully, we have Taranda Greene filling in for her.
“If I Can Help Somebody”
Okay, so it looks like I just missed a lot of awesome stuff, because I’m juggling this with my evening job. Whatever the Hoppers just finished, it was amazing. It caused Joseph to say, “I’m startin’ to feel Pentecostal!”
Jason Crabb just compared the Booth Brothers’ blend to milk chocolate. I couldn’t agree more! They’re up now singing “I Will Serve Thee.” No tracks, just a piano! Now “Every Cry is Heard.” Michael leading the audience in singalong.
Okay folks, big moment! Jason Crabb is welcoming LIBBI STUFFLE on stage! Standing-O! She is singing “Praise You Through the Night.” What a powerful, emotion-drenched performance.
That was the best moment of the night, and I don’t think anything that follows it is even going to come close! She just shared a beautiful update about Tracy—earlier today she asked him if he could kiss her after she kissed him, and he did!
I’m afraid I missed a lot because the stream got stuck. Now I’m back with “If You Knew Him,” and… I have to take the garbage out. BRB.
Libbi is now testifying about her declaration of war on the devil, and her experience fasting and praying for Tracy. I could listen to Libbi testify all day. She’s a little firecracker of Holy Ghost power. What a tough lady of God. Right now, she’s asking for prayer that Tracy will not need a permanent shunt in his brain. The procedure will be very risky if needed.
Phil Hoskins is down at the front with Libbi, and the congregation is stretching their hands toward her while they pray for Tracy. I encourage those of you watching via livestream to pray with them. Matthew Holt is playing “Be Still and Know That He is God” in the background—a great choice.
Now they are all singing “Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” and I seem to have something in my eye… everybody acapella, audience too, this is gorgeous.
Phil Hoskins prayed and gave an invitation. Nine or ten people stood up in a first profession of faith! Now everyone is singing “Amazing Grace.”
Jason Crabb is taking an offering now. Here is a link for fans who’d like to donate. Make checks payable to College Heights Baptist Church and write “Team Tracy” in the memo line. Matthew Holt is now playing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” while they roll a pictorial  tribute to Tracy.
Joseph is now announcing the Isaacs. Hey, I see Zak Shumate on the box! They opened with “Walk On,” and Becky shared a good word about the story of Bartimaeus to set up “Waiting in the Water.” Now a little classic acapella with “I Will Praise Him.” Standing ovation.
The Collingsworth Family is up now. Olivia is taller than both her older sisters now! The ladies are all singing “Fear Not Tomorrow,” including Olivia. Now “Just a Rainy Day.” Now they’re singing a song called “The Healer is Here.” I’m not sure if this new or from an old album of theirs, but I like it.
Joe is up now talking about how much he loves the Collingsworth kids. He then recognized Tracy’s parents and son.
Oh my gosh—it’s Dailey and Vincent AND Ricky Skaggs! Surprise! They’re singing “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord.” I believe that’s Christian Davis on bass. There’s a gentleman with bushy beard and glasses singing tenor, and I don’t know who he is but he killed it! Now “I Believe He Gave His Life For Me.” I just love their sound, it’s so pure and simple.
Dailey and Vincent shared about Skaggs’s influence and impact on them, and now Skaggs is sharing a good word. Now he’s playing and singing “Work of Love.”
Last song, “The Fourth Man.” I read that Jeff Parker is normally their baritone, but tonight he’s the one hitting the high notes! I never would have guessed. He’s doing great.
Aaaaand… now Mark Lowry is up! With a cane. He’s joking now about his “bionic leg.”
Mark’s still on a roll, but I was kinda hoping they could bring back the music so I could go to bed… let’s hope he wraps it up soon. Ah, good, he’s singing “Mary Did You Know?” Nice performance from Mark! Except I don’t agree with Joseph’s saying he’s one of the “deepest thinkers” — still, he is entertaining and a good singer.
It’s getting very late, but Clarke Beasley is up saying a few words together with the president of the GMA (didn’t catch her name). It looks like EHSS is next group up. I’ll probably have to sign off here after their set, because it’s about 11:00 where I am!
EHSS is moving briskly through their set. I was hoping for a little new stuff, but they opened with “Someday,” now it’s “Glory to God in the Highest.” I expect they’ll probably close with “Scars in the Hands of Jesus.” We’ll see if I’m right. Memo to Ernie: I LIKE YOUR SUITS! Now if I can just persuade you to get rid of that flowered pink jacket…
Ah, I’m wrong, they’re closing with “Get Away Jordan.” They left it all on the stage with a burst of high energy, no small feat at this time of night.
Les Butler got up briefly and shared that several special guitars are going to be auctioned off by the Singing News on Thursday—signed by every artist at this concert, including Ricky Skaggs!
The Oak Ridge Boys are up now. Singing “Where the Soul of Man Never Dies.” Confession: I’m really just hanging around at this point to see if Jason Crabb is going to sing anything at the end. 😀 Now it’s “Farther Along.” Joe Bonsall shared a word, and now they’re leading the audience in an encore.
Oh no… we’re singing “Elvira” in church! Joe Habedank started it, and then it couldn’t be stopped. They were joined by EHSS. Now that was worth staying up for.
Joseph introduced Jason Crabb. He says, “When I grow up, I want to be like Jason Crabb!” Crabb is singing his latest single, called “That’s What the Blood is For.” Strong finish. Now Jason is sharing a testimony I’ve never heard before about his wife’s struggles with rheumatoid arthritis. He used it to set up the title track from his new album, “Love is Stronger.”
He is closing (?) with a stripped-down, piano only rendition of “Through the Fire.” I think I prefer it this way! Okay, now they’re kicking things up and everyone is coming down to join him. Awesome. Libbi came up too.
And that’s a wrap. I will definitely be looking for some of these performances on Youtube later this week. Now Libbi is sharing about the song “Through the Fire” comforted her in the hotel room while Tracy was ill. Jason closed with prayer. Goodnight folks!

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  • David Bruce Murray

    You might want to check that preacher’s name again. Dan Barker is a famous atheist.. LOL

  • Whoops—I must have been distracted at the moment. Could have sworn it was Barker. Mistake corrected. 🙂

  • Saved Girl

    I’m coming in on the Collingsworths. Wow, the stream is really giving me trouble too. Any tips?

  • I’m trying to close my other windows. But don’t expect perfection. I’m still enjoying it though!

  • Saved Girl

    Yeah, I don’t think I’d call Mark Lowry a “deep thinker” either… He crossed a few lines for me in that monologue.
    Yay! It looks like EHSS is on next. 🙂

  • I didn’t catch anything too objectionable in this one, but I’ve gotten the impression from other things that he’s kind of a liberal. And these days, it’s hard to be a liberal and a deep thinker at the same time. 😉

  • Saved Girl

    I loved hearing some of the old standards with the new line-up with EHSS. 🙂

  • David Bruce Murray

    Lowry doesn’t seem to be a deep thinker in the C S Lewis sense, perhaps, but he’s very intelligent for someone who makes his living as a comedian.

  • There are quite a few smart comedians out there—it’s not all that uncommon. 🙂

  • David Bruce Murray

    You’re talking about Carrot Top, right?

  • Nope, not familiar with his stuff. But I like Seinfeld, Tim Hawkins and Regan. (Also, this may not count, but Billy Joel could have been a stand-up comedian if the music thing hadn’t worked out. Listen to one of his master-classes sometime.)

  • David Bruce Murray

    That was a joke. Carrot Top is a prop comic. Comparing him to Lowry is like comparing a Robert Frost poem to a cheesy limerick. I’m showing my age, I guess. He’s still around, but was probably better known before your time.
    I do agree on Seinfeld. He’s a keen observer of not just what makes people laugh, but why.
    Another good example of a deep thinking comedian would be Bill Cosby.
    I love Brian Regan, but he’s basically has one very effective schtick that he applies to different scenarios. Also, you can look back and see that he pretty much did the same act through several hair styles. Honing an act over a period of years is experience, but not necessarily an example of remarkable brilliance.
    I’ve heard good things about Tim Hawkins, but I’m not familiar enough with his stuff to comment.

  • Thanks for this blog. I couldn’t get the stream working either and only heard small parts of the concert. I hope it will be on YouTube some day …

  • You’re welcome. I doubt that the whole thing will be on Youtube, but the Nelons have a channel where they occasionally post clips of streamed video after the fact.

  • Thanks again. I’ll keep my eye on that channel 🙂