August 13th - September 7th, 2005
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Springside Marketing’s new “www.1-800-38-music.com” 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)
www.1-800-38-music.com - $13.95
Christianbook.com - $9.99
LifeWay Christian Stores - $13.98
Amazon - $13.98
Gaither Gospel Series – A Tribute to George Younce (DVD)
www.1-800-38-music.com - $13.95
Christianbook.com - $15.99
LifeWay Christian Stores - $19.98
Amazon - $13.99