Catching Up

I was out of town on business last week, so there were a few things that came out then and in the time since that I wanted to mention:

  • Jeff Steele is recovering from a serious fall and possible stroke. Be in prayer for Jeff and his family.
  • Gordon Mote is leaving the Gaither Tour as tour pianist.  The GVB is currently seeking a new pianist.  Mote had the unenviable position of following the late Anthony Burger, who was larger than life as a pianist.  Mote did so by carving his own niche and he will be missed on the tour, though he will be appearing on Gaither special events.
  • I’m working on new reviews for the Nelons, Mercy’s Well, and the Dills, so be watching for those coming soon.
  • There’s a video making rounds of the Kingsmen with Chris Jenkins singing “The Judgement.”  It’s a very promising sound…
  • I’d appreciate your prayers tomorrow, May 30, as my wife heads in for surgery to remove about half of her thyroid.  I’ll be out of pocket for the next 2 days at least, as the surgery requires at least an overnight stay in the hospital.  If all goes well, we should be home on Thursday, but she has a recovery period of 2-3 weeks, during which time I will have to be Mr. Mom.  Prayers for my sanity will be much appreciated!  🙂

Gaither Homecoming Concert – Augusta, GA

Saturday night I attended the Gaither Homecoming Concert in my hometown of Augusta, GA.  Featured artists were Charlotte Ritchie, Gordon Mote, The Isaacs, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Lynda Randle, and of course the Gaither Vocal Band.  Regrettably I did not make a set list but it was very different than when I saw them a few months ago in Greenville, SC.  The GVB has gelled a good bit more since then and sounded phenomenal.  Bill did a great job of featuring each of the Vocal Band members equally.  Ernie Haase & Signature Sound did several songs from their new Christmas CD “Every Light That Shines at Christmas.”  I picked up a copy and I’ve enjoyed the variety on it, but it’s not the type you would play at a Christmas party for background music like the one released by the Gaither Vocal Band two years ago.  The Isaacs were not at the last concert I went to so it was great to see them.  They did several songs from “Naturally: An Almost A Capella Collection.”  They did some really complicated a capella arrangements and some songs with just a simple guitar accompaniment.   “Does Jesus Care” was a standout to me.

Two highlights (of many) from the second half was Sonya and Becky Isaacs singing with Charlotte Ritchie on “Go Rest High On That Mountain.”  What an incredible trio these ladies made.  Another highlight that got a great response from the sold out crowd was young Logan Smith singing “What A Lovely Name.”  Those of you that have heard twelve year old before will agree that he sounds more like Vestal Goodman than Vestal did.

The only thing I purchased that night was the new EH&SS Christmas CD at their table.  They were running a special for $5 more that included the previous CD, “Christmas With Ernie Haase & Signature Sound” along with a red tote bag and a magnet.  The cover was edited as to not show former pianist Roy Webb.  For those of you that are suckers for alternate covers (like myself) you may want to pick one up.

YouTube Clip #4

Since I posted about Gordon Mote yesterday, I thought it would be a good idea to post a clip of him singing and playing. Here is an excerpt from The Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound’s “Together” video. This clip shows off his humor as well as his musical gifts. As a bonus, The Gaither Vocal Band provides some great backup vocals. This song is also available on Gordon’s Spring Hill release, “Don’t Let Me Miss The Glory” which is a wonderful CD with a good variety of styles and not a bad song on it…in my opinion of course! Enjoy!

Gordon Mote, studio musician

I was taking a look at Gordon Mote’s website and browsed to his links section. One of the links was to Artist Direct and it has a feature where you can enter a musician and it will list projects they have been involved in. If you are a country fan, as I am, you will find this list is a who’s who of artists. He has played for current hit makers Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, and Joe Nichols as well as veterans like Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, Martina McBride, and Alan Jackson who are still active in the country music industry. Of course there are Southern Gospel credits for The Crabb Family, Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance, The Freemans, LordSong as well as Homecoming artists like the Gaither Vocal Band, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Lynda Randle, Russ Taff, The Hoppers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and The Booth Brothers. Very impressive indeed!

Here is the link.

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