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August 13th - September 7th, 2005

Pesky Side Effects

Roger Bennett’s latest update:


The reason you haven't heard from me lately is that I've been a little sick with those pesky side effects and trying to get back out on the road. The good news is that I'm doing better and I have made it back on the road! More good news, my son Jordan is traveling with Legacy Five for the next year playing bass guitar (and doing a great job, I might add, all fatherly prejudice aside!).

September 7th, 2005


Do You Know Where You’re Headed?

Glen and Rex knew where they were headed when their time came, so they didn't worry about what would happen when that thread gave way.

Do you?


Danny Jones reflects on the deaths of Rex Nelon and Glen Payne.
September 7th, 2005


Southern Gospel Now

Check out Southern Gospel Now, a new, on-demand online music program, which is promising two new shows a month. You can listen online anytime, or download. The first show features the Talleys. It’s a little talky for my tastes (I’m usually listening while I’m working, and like a minimum of talk), but it’s inspirational and there’s good music. Program #2, available from September 12th, will feature Kingdom Heirs.

September 6th, 2005


Gaither Homecoming in Toronto

The Gaither Homecoming crowd hit Toronto on September 24th for a concert that will become two new video/DVD/CD releases. If you’re a GaitherNet member you can actually watch the concert live online. I remember some years ago watching the Red Rocks/Rocky Mountain Homecoming concert online, and got a real buzz from being able to sit at my computer here in Melbourne and watch a live Gaither event.


According to this press release, the concert will include the Homecoming series’ first Canadian singer, Kevin Pauls. I remember when the Australian Homecoming concert was announced, and there was talk that Aussie-born Rebecca St. James would appear. I didn’t make it to the concert – it was in Sydney and I live in Melbourne – so I don’t know if she was there, but she’s not on the DVD. You can’t get much more Southern than Australia, but it seems we’re still to produce our own Southern Gospel stars. Good luck, Kevin.

September 5th, 2005

Katrina II

The Gospel Music Association and the Gospel Music Channel plan a nationally televised benefit concert on September 22nd for victims of the hurricane. The live event will be held at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. The GMA press release also contains information about some Southern Gospel artists:


The McRaes, a new sister duo on Daywind Records, is currently on tour with The Crabb Family. They reside in Waynesboro, Miss. Their home is OK, but their town is without power and much has been devastated and the sisters cannot get home. At a concert in Georgia last night, The Crabb Family took up an offering for The McRaes and raised more than $3,000.


Further detail is at the Project Restore website, including information on more special benefits being arranged by the SG community.

September 4th, 2005


Southern Gospel artists are involved in the relief effort. Mark Lowry has announced in his latest newsletter a concert at  Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville at 7:00pm on September 27th. Also appearing: the Talley Trio, Triumphant Quartet, the Perrys, Kirk Talley, LordSong, Blackwood Quartet, Allison Speer “and many more.” Solid Gospel is sending everyone on its email list a letter from World Vision appealing for donations for emergency supplies for hurricane victims. The latest email newsletter from Greater Vision calls for prayer and donations to Samaritan’s Purse. Ann Downing in her latest audio blog calls for prayer.

September 3rd, 2005

Price Check

Springside Marketing’s new “” online Southern Gospel music store is open for business, and it looks great. Except for folks like me who don’t live in the US, and so pay full postage rates, thus subsidizing US residents, who pay no postage on orders over $40. But quibbles aside, the selection is huge. I did a quick price check.


Booth Brothers – The Blind Man Saw It All (CD) - $13.95 - $9.99

LifeWay Christian Stores - $13.98

Amazon - $13.98


Gaither Gospel Series – A Tribute to George Younce (DVD) - $13.95 - $15.99

LifeWay Christian Stores - $19.98

Amazon - $13.99

September 2nd, 2005

More Time

A major writing project that I do every year is nearly complete. From now I hope to be able to devote more time to building up this website.
September 2nd, 2005


Encouraging News from Janet Paschal

According to Janet’s latest email update:


Many of you have asked for a medical update and I am more than happy to oblige. I have now completed 7 of 12 treatments, and I still feel good. Until about two weeks ago, I told my oncologist that if I were in a clinical trial, I'd declare I was on a placebo. Comparatively speaking, this regimen is as easy as the other was difficult.


That said, I generally have 2 days of fatigue (days 3-4) following treatment.  I take that opportunity to sleep, read, doze during old movies, and do what amounts to, well, nothing. John and I have continued to play tennis, and my oncologist says that is probably why I feel so good - the exercise, sweating, and water overload is just what I need to flush the bad stuff out once its work is done.


Not up on her website yet, but presumably soon will be, here or here.

 August 23rd, 2005

My First Time

“Where was your first exposure to SG?” asks the poll currently running at Southern Gospel Music Lovers. As I write, the biggest response, accounting for half the respondents, is “at your home (tv, radio, etc).”


That’s also my answer. Four-and-a-half years ago I had never heard of Southern Gospel. Then we signed up for cable TV, and it turned out that one of the channels on our plan (the basic plan) was the Australian Christian Channel. And one of their programs was the Gaither Gospel Hour (actually, it was just half an hour) featuring excerpts from their videos. The first time I saw it I thought I was watching a church service. “That’s the church I want to join,” I told my wife. Only a week later did I realize they were concerts.


From small beginnings…

 August 22nd, 2005

Chris Hester

An email from SG singer Chris Hester, asking politely if it’s possible to be added to the list of artists on the right. When I have more time I’m going to have to make some rules for whom to include. When I drew up the list a few months ago I simply put down the names of most of those SG artists I’d heard of (living in Australia I haven’t heard of so many) and/or some who seemed to be selling a lot of CDs at Amazon.


So until I work out whom to include in the list, please check out Chris’s website. And there’s a great review of his recording “It’s A Good Life”, at Southern Gospel News.

August 14th, 2005

“Out of the Darkness: Kirk Talley Shares Struggles, Triumphs”

Good story in The Daily Times, Maryville, Tennessee.

August 13th, 2005

Not Yet, from the Booth Brothers

“Finally, from the Booth Brothers,” says the subject line of the following email that has just landed in my inbox:


Ronnie, Jim and I have a newsletter for you.  Just go to and click on the "Latest Newsletter" on the left.





So I go to the site and click on the link. And get “Welcome to Booth Talk, June 24, 2005.” I guess that’s the trouble with trying to cover US happenings from down under in Australia. Timewise, we’re always ahead.

August 12th, 2005



Problem fixed.
August 13th, 2005



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