Gaither TV Launches

After amassing 20 years or so of Homecoming videos and countless hours of concert footage, Gaither Productions just announced the launch of their new internet TV station, GaitherTV.  This was surely inevitable, as it was one of the few remaining uncharted waters for the Gaithers.  The site promises 24/7 access to all Gaither TV specials, 5 full length Homecoming videos each month “hand picked by Bill”, concert footage, B-roll footage, and streaming music.  The subscription price is $4.99 per month, with a free 7 day trial period.

A couple of thoughts here:  I do think this is potentially a pretty big move for Gaither, as online video streaming is not going away any time soon.  I do think there is one challenge, though, and that is having to pay for viewing TV specials that you can watch for “free” on TV.  I’d like to have seen them go with a two tiered model: the “free” version that gives you access to the archives of all the Gaither TV specials, and then a paid, premium version that grants access to the concert footage, B-roll stuff, and the full length videos.  I dare say it wouldn’t be out of the question for them to move to that type of model at some point.

Here is the text of the press release:

Gaither Television Productions Announces
the Launch of Internet Television Station
 
GaitherTV
 
This is an exciting day in the life of Bill and Gloria, and the entire Homecoming family! Starting today, people all over the world can access Gaither Music’s huge library of Homecoming television specials and much more through GaitherTV!
Anyone with an internet connection can view Gaither programming anytime, anywhere, including:
  • 24/7 access to all Homecoming TV specials
  • 5 full-length Homecoming videos each month, handpicked by Bill
  • Exclusive concert footage not available anywhere else
  • Behind-the-scenes footage and special features
  • Non-stop music streaming when you just want to hear music
View GaitherTV using your computer, smart phone, tablet device or internet television!  Try it for free!

YouTube Clip #23 – The Best Of The Crabb Family Promo

You Crabb Family fans out there will not want to miss this Gaither release at the end of the month.

Marshall Hall’s Future

Daniel Mount has the scoop on Marshall Hall’s future plans. I, too, am intrigued that Hall is releasing a solo CD on Daywind, instead of a CCM/P&W label. I’m also a bit surprised that it is going to be on a non-Gaither label, I would have expected him to release a CD on GMG or Spring Hill/Spring House (whatever they’re calling themselves these days). At any rate, I’m sure this will satisfy the curiosity of a bunch of Gaither fans who have been wondering what Marsh was up to for the past few months.

Gaither Related Upcoming Releases

I was looking at http://www.newreleasetuesday.com the other day (thanks again to Daniel Mount for discovering this great site for me) and noticed several upcoming releases for Gaither and also the artists on his tour.

Of course the much anticipated Ernie Haase & Signature Sound “Dream On” CD and DVD are being released next Tuesday but also listed is The Happy Goodmans “The Final Stand” on CD and DVD which was originally released in 2001 (according to its Amazon entry).  I wonder if it is an identical re-release or if there will be some added footage and/or songs.  Christian comedian Chonda Pierce also has a release that day.

The much MUCH anticipated release of the Gaither Vocal Band’s reunion is hitting stores January 27th which sounds a lot better than the originally stated ‘late 2008′ date.  Jeff and Sheri Easter have a new release coming out the same day.  To my knowledge this will be the first with daughter Morgan at the soprano slot full time.

March 24, 2009 has Bill & Gloria Gaither’s Best of Homecoming Volume 2.  Volume 1 was relased 1997 and I was wondering if there was ever going to be a follow up.  Also a new CD by Lynda Randle and a Best of Volume 2 DVD.  They didn’t wait nearly as long for a Volume 2 for Lynda!

GVB Reunion Release Date And Track List

Poster baritone77 over at the SN forums has posted the interesting info that the GVB Reunion video will be released in January 2009.  He also has the track list posted with a link to the story on gaither.com.  The track list looks to be very intriguing, I’m looking forward to hearing “New Point Of View”, “Dream On”, and “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walks” especially.  Can’t wait for this to be released!

Update: I thought I’d copy the tracklist here.

  • He Came Down To My Level
  • Passin’ The Faith Along
  • Your First Day In Heaven
  • I’ll Meet You In the Morning
  • Temporary Home
  • Rumor Mill
  • Can’t Stop Talkin’ About Him
  • Born Again
  • Bill talks about Buddy joining GVB
  • I’m Free
  • Home Where I Belong
  • Heartbreak Ridge and New Hope Road
  • The Really Big News
  • Build An Ark
  • O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
  • Home
  • New Wine
  • The Love of God
  • A Few Good Men
  • I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief
  • No Other Name But Jesus
  • Find Us Faithful
  • When the Rains Come
  • Dream On
  • Satisfied
  • Give Up
  • New Point of View
  • Daystar (Shine Down On Me)
  • I Walked Today Where Jesus Walks
  • Knowing You’ll Be There
  • Going Home
  • I Bowed On My Knees
  • Holy Is the Lord
  • When I Cry
  • He Touched Me
  • Yes, I Know
  • Make It Real
  • Mary, Did You Know
  • Let Freedom Ring
  • Loving God, Loving Each Other
  • Gentle Shepherd
  • There Is A River
  • Joy In the Morning
  • O My Lord, What A Time

GVB Reunion Recap

If you haven’t seen it already, Wes Hampton has posted a recap of the GVB reunion taping on his blog.  It’s a bit lengthy, but definitely worth a read, and there’s even a potential song listing there as well.  Release is slated for fall 2009.  This will be one of, if not the most anticipated Gaither release in years.

YouTube Clip #6

I had the honor of attending The Steve Hurst School of Music for 3 summers. One of those years Dottie Rambo came and did a concert. There was something special about hearing those songs I had heard all my life being sung by the author. I laughed, cried, and worshiped during what would turn out to be one of my favorite concerts I have ever attended. It was just her on a stool with her guitar. No fancy lights, orchestras, or stacks. Just an incredible lady sharing her amazing stories and her gifts.

I looked through several YouTube clips this mornings trying to find one to share on this site. I think this one is perfect. It starts out with the powerful “He Looked Beyond My Fault” and goes to Dottie singing “Too Much To Gain To Lose” with The Martins. Dottie has gained very much indeed.

YouTube Clip #5

I haven’t done one of these in a while so I guess I’m due for another.  While folding up some laundry last night I was listening to Ronnie Booth’s solo project on my Zune.  One song that really caught my attention was his rendition of Larry Gatlin’s “Steps.”  The Booth Brothers recorded this on their self-titled Spring Hill debut and it was great then but I really enjoyed this version with just Ronnie and a guitar.  In my opinion I don’t think there is a smoother vocalist out there than Ronnie Booth, or for that matter, a smoother sounding group than The Booth Brothers.  Here is a clip of them singing “Without the Lord” from Gaither’s Homecoming Picnic video.  They also recorded it on a CD titled “Harmony.”

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