I hope no one was expecting daily NQC updates from me. I could barely find time to eat (one night, I didn’t even find time for that) or sleep, much less time to post.
Here are my quick NQC highlights for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday:
- FINALLY meeting Diana!
- The Collingsworth Family… how did I go this long without ever hearing them? Both of their sets were excellent!
- The Booth Brothers are in a class of their own.
- I honestly wasn’t looking forward to hearing the Dove Brothers minus David Hester. I have to say, I sold Burman Porter short. The two sets by the Dove Brothers I saw were great. And I enjoyed seeing my friend Joe Lane playing piano on the main stage for the Doves.
- Gerald Wolfe’s scrap iron quartet singing “Looking For A Tenor”… if I subscribed to the Singing News, I’d give him my vote for song writer of the year
- The Perrys set on Friday was solid, but the dedication to their young fan in Texas put it over the top for me. Super nice touch.
- I got a kick out of seeing the male members of the Perrys going crazy over Tim Riley burying notes during Gold City’s set. I got a (blurry) picture of Tracy Stuffle’s tongue literally hanging out of his mouth!
- During an afternoon showcase, Marshall Hall blew me away with a beautiful piano-only rendition of “There Is Nothing Greater Than Grace,” which is found on his new Daywind project.
- I passed up the “Freedom Hall” showcases on Saturday so I could see a few groups that were not appearing on the mainstage, but I did make sure I caught Channing Eleton opening up “Song Of A Lifetime” with his song, “Up On This Ridge.” I was expecting him to be at the piano, but he sung and played the accordion. Channing has always been one of my favorite people in SGM, so I was happy I got to see him perform.
One more thing… I bought 28 CDs and 8 DVDs, including projects by the usual suspects (Legacy 5, Mark Trammell QT, Greater Vision, Triumphant, Dove Brothers, etc.), new to me groups (Collingsworth Family, Rambo-Mcguire), and up and coming artists (Promise, High Road, Omega, Paul’s Journey).