Friday, June 30, 2006

John Darin Rowsey in the news


LINK>>Newspaper article on John Darin Rowsey, writer of Singing with the Saints and former member of Karen Peck & New River.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

That 'Signature Sound' ... in the dark!

UPDATE>> Pictures posted-click here...

Friday night was the Atlanta stop on the Summer Spectacular tour of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. The doors opened at Roswell Street Baptist in Marietta, GA at 6:30. Then, at about 6:32, a super storm hit with wind (strong enough to blow a porta-potty across the parking lot) and then the lights went out.

Funny thing is how the lights went completely out in the auditorium itself, while the lights stayed on in the hallway. Then, fire alarms went off with a voice on a loudspeaker declaring an emergency and to find an exit. Thankfully, no one freaked or even left the building because, also thankfully, there was no emergency.

So, from 6:30 until about 8:45, there was no power or lights in the sanctuary. Ernie and the guys started singing shortly after 7:30 (when the concert was supposed to start), but did so most of that time in the dark and a cappella. It gave Roy great opportunity to use his comedy and rib Ernie a lot. Funny stuff.

I have taken pictures and even a video clip - but because the lights were out, the pictures are not very clear (click here to view).

The air conditioning in the church never really did come on, so it was like an oven there... where, just before the storm, my car's temperature gauge read 105 degrees!

Where some artists would cancel or delay the show (and frankly, after about 45 minutes of winging it with no power, I expected the group to take a break or wait it out... ), Signature Sound kept on singing and talking throughout the whole ordeal with no signs of stopping. For part of the time they somehow managed to power a portion of their lighting and sound systems. (Ernie at one point was working on connecting the bus generator to the sound and lights). The minimum setup was short-lived (not sure why), because during one song, at the end of a verse, it all went dark again. Somebody used a flashlight as a spotlight to provide an eerie kind of glow onto Ernie and the guys. But, they were determined to sing their way through the mess and, eventually, it paid off as the power company had everything restored and the show continued on.

As one other reviewer put it: It was the night the lights went out in Georgia!

-Daniel Britt

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Good newspaper writeup on Southern Gospel Music

LINK>> The Shreveport Times

Here's a good writeup on a group known as the Glory Down Singers. If you watch local newspapers, usually they simply report event details or a pre-written press release. But this article has some accurate quotes and facts about Southern Gospel Music worth reading.

-Daniel Britt

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Just lookin' - Homecoming Radio Website


Looks like things are changing at the Homecoming Radio website. First off, I noticed that it says "Coming in July...Homecoming Radio On-Line." I can only guess that this is maybe a way to download or listen to each week's show on the web (via podcast?). Will this be one of the first music-intensive podcasts in Southern Gospel? With copyright issues so prevalent these days, most podcasters are afraid to include a lot of music in those downloads. I guess Gaither owns so much of the music he features, he's willing to cut himself a deal.

Another thing that I notice is a free gift you can receive if you click the banner "Christmas in June & July." I've entered my name and address and when I receive said (or unsaid in this case) gift, I will report back to you what it is.

Thirdly, the registration page is under an entirely different domain name, "www.homecomingmusic.net." I'll be interested to see if that becomes a full-fledged website or just a mirror image of the current Gaither Store.

-Daniel Britt

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

AUDIO>> Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones Click Here to hear Jimmy talk about his popular song & recitation, "Lord, It's Me Again."
Jimmy Jones passed away on Monday, June 12, 2006 in Marietta, Georgia. Jimmy was very recently diagnosed with untreatable cancer.

Jimmy had one of the smoothest baritone/bass voices in the industry and was probably most well known, especially recently, for his recitations. His professional resume included the LeFevres and the Sunshine Boys.

In 2003, Jimmy and Eva Mae LeFevre joined Mark Fuller and me in the studio in Atlanta's Buckhead district for an evening of remembering. We went to dinner at the OK Cafe beforehand, and then, once in the recording studio, the stories and laughter flowed. Here's a clip of Jimmy talking about his recitations as well as the original recording by the LeFevres of "Lord, It's Me Again."

AUDIO>> Lord, It's Me Again (2.44MB)

I have the full unedited, raw studio session of the time with Eva Mae and Jimmy, and I'll be sharing more audio in the coming days.

-Daniel Britt

Updated link for funeral details and biographical sketch: click here.

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Jimmy Jones needs your prayers

I just received news that Jimmy Jones (bass singer, formerly of the LeFevres and featured Gaither Homecoming Friend) has a serious and rare form of cancer. It may be down to months for Jimmy.

A press release is forthcoming. Please keep Jimmy in your prayers.

UPDATE: The press release is available at the Singing News website, for which you may have to have a password to view. Here's the link.

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