Concert Review: The Dills

I had the opportunity last Friday night to attend a concert by The Dills at another church in the Memphis area.  The crowd was pretty sparse until right at concert time, and then quite a throng all came in at once, to fill the church to about 1/2 -2/3 capacity.  My guess is around 100.  The concert started at 7:00, but it was nearly 8 before The Dills hit the stage.  More on that later.  Here is their setlist:

  1. He Promised Me
  2. Lord I Lift Your Name On High
  3. Days Of Elijah
  4. Holy Of Holies
  5. I Quit
  6. I See A Mountain
  7. I Love To Tell The Story
  8. It Is Well
  9. I Feel Like Traveling On
  10. Haven Of Rest
  11. Tired Of Running
  12. Keep On Praying
  13. Oh I Want To See Him
  14. The Prayer
  15. Lord I Only Want To Worship You
  16. Leaving On My Mind
  17. Shout To The Lord
  18. Uncommon
  19. Jesus Never Fails
  20. Oh What A Beautiful City

The Dills continue to improve on their sound and stage presence.  This was the best I’ve heard them sound, and their work is being rewarded.  One thing that immediately jumped out from the first chorus of “He Promised Me” is that Tim now spends a lot of their concerts actually singing bass.  On pretty much every song that he wasn’t featured on, he sang the bass part, which really helps fill out their sound.  Granted, Tim Dill is not Tim Riley in range, but he does fine at putting a foundation to their harmony, and while it surprised me, it was pleasantly surprising.  They also keep the right balance between their singing and talking, as evidenced by the fact that they actually performed 20 songs(!) without an intermission.  Their current single “Holy of Holies”, featuring Shawn, is incredibly powerful live, and LeeAnn did a fantastic job on “I Quit.”  Tim has a very self-deprecating style of MCing that is quite funny, but he does a great job on his features too.  “I See A Mountain” didn’t really jump out at me on CD, but Tim’s performance live was very good, and made the song much more enjoyable.

They performed several songs from their new disc, Hymns, and all were done very well.  As on the CD, “It Is Well” is a big time standout, and “Oh I Want To See Him” is a great concert number.  The story was told about a man named Alonzo trying to teach Shawn to dance, which led to some funny moments during “Tired Of Running.”  My 5 year old thought Shawn was hilarious.  They also did several requests, with Bridget singing a very pretty tune entitle “Keep On Praying.”  A surprise was also in store with Shawn moving to the piano for the group to tackle the Rusty Goodman classic “Leaving On My Mind”, which was dedicated to a good friend of the group’s who had recently passed away, and it was a very touching moment.  The group then moved to a great version of “Shout To The Lord” with piano only accompaniment from Shawn again.  These two songs back to back really brought the concert to a reflective mood, and set up their wonderful invitation of “Uncommon” and “Jesus Never Fails.”  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again….this may be the best 1-2 punch for an invitation I’ve ever seen.  The message in the songs, and the video to “Uncommon”, make for a perfect invitation.  The group then closed with “Oh What A Beautiful City”, another of my favorites from them.

The Dills continue to make improvements by leaps and bounds.  They were most definitely “on” Friday night and did a marvelous job.  They are a great group of folks, and if you get a chance to see them in concert, by all means go!  You’ll really miss an enjoyable experience if you miss them.

As I mentioned earlier, the only drawback to the concert was that The Dills didn’t start singing till nearly 8:00.  The church group sang for 45 minutes at the start of the concert, which I feel was way too long.  Other than that, it was a great night!

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

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