OTGHQ Concert Report

The Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet gave a fine performance in Rutherfordton, NC tonight. I and three other members of my quartet sat on the second row so we could harass the opening group, In His Glory. They are our buddies, so we can get away with it. :o)

OTGHQ’s routine was about the same as their visit to this area last year. Robbie Hiner went out in the crowd a couple of times to involve members of the audience in the music. He then closed the first set with “It Will Always Be The Soldier,” inviting veterans came up on stage as the song finished. It’s a very effective set and I think the crowd really enjoyed it. I hope OTGHQ will update the routine some before they come to this area again, though.

After the first set, Hiner was nice enough to give the tenor singer from my group some pointers about breath control and developing the diaphragm muscle for singing. I prodded him into going up to Hiner and asking the question. After all, Hiner is a 52 year old tenor who doesn’t sing thru his nose and holds a doctorate in vocal performance. A guy like that is bound to know something worthwhile! Seriously, I’m glad he was gracious enough to be helpful to an amateur singer.

I was feeling a bit tired so I didn’t stick around for the second half. I’m sure it was excellent, though. The next two concerts in Rutherfordton are December 31 and January 6. My group will be performing at both of them. Check out www.carolinagospel.com for more information.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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