Road Trip Review, Day 2

September 11, 2005
The evening of Day 2 on my road trip finds me in Huntington, WV. I was just treated to supper by Dean Adkins, which was greatly appreciated. Thanks Dean!

Most of today was spent traveling, but I did take in one concert this afternoon. I drove to the metropolis of Jumping Branch, WV to hear the Mark Trammell Trio at Bluestone Baptist Church. The singing was part of the church’s Homecoming celebration. (This church has been in existence since 1798…that’s 207 years.)

I had the opportunity to chat with Eric, Joseph and Mark as they were setting up. I already knew Eric from his days with the Melody Masters, but it was my first chance to talk with the other two guys. One thing I sensed from all three was a spirit of unity and purpose about their livelihood. If I could sum up the group in one word, it would be “maturity.” This is an element of the Mark Trammell Trio that extends beyond their ability to put on a great performance.

Joseph said he reads the blog regularly. Mark said he doesn’t know how to turn a computer on…so Joseph, you might want to print this one out and show it to Mark! :o)

On to the concert…the ink pen I stole from the Microtel Inn in Christiansburg, VA this morning worked a lot better than the pen I used at the GVB/SSQ concert last night. (That pen is now laying beside I-81 somewhere between Roanoke and Christiansburg.) Anyway, here’s the setlist for today’s concert with the Mark Trammell Trio.

Set 1
1. Congregation – “Victory In Jesus” (First verse)
2. Choir – “Child Of God” (a Mike Speck arrangement)
3. Mark Trammell Trio – “I Have A Heavenly Father”
4. MTT – “I’m Glad That I Know Jesus”
5. MTT – “To God Be The Glory”
6. MTT – “The Love Of Christ”
7. MTT – “When They Ring The Bells Of Heaven”
8. MTT – “When Compared To God”
9. MTT – “I Needed To Hear That Today”
10. MTT – “With God As My Witness”
11. MTT – “The Love Of God” (This was the Vep Ellis standard; not the traditional hymn by Frederick Lehman.)
12. MTT – “This Time” (This is their new single and the title cut from their new CD. It’s similar to “It’s Jesus” in style.)
13. MTT – “When I Stand In The Presence Of The Lord”

Set 2
1. Congregation – “Blessed Assurance” (first and last verses)
2. MTT – “What A Lovely Name”
3. MTT – “Jesus, Hold My Hand”
4. MTT – “Keeper Of The Keys”
5. MTT – “More Than You’ll Ever Know”
6. Invitation/Congregation – “Just As I Am”

The concert was about an hour and forty-five minutes in length. Trammell does a great job as emcee, mixing humor with more serious fare. He’s a master at making a local audience feel special…pointing out that Eric’s father graduated from the local high school, for example, and bragging on a lady who had made a coconut pie.

Housekeeping notes:
I don’t know how reliable my internet connection is going to be when I get to Louisville tomorrow. These first two nights, I’ve been in hotels that had free high speed wireless. Tomorrow, it’s back to dial-up. Hopefully, I can continue to update my road trip for you on a daily basis…if not, I’ll go ahead and type it up each day and then post it all when I get back home on Thursday night. I MAY continue to keep setlists for the next three days at NQC, but I’m going to hear a LOT of songs, so I’m not making any promises about that. We’ll just have to wait and see if I’m determined enough to follow through with writing everything down as I hear it for three solid days!

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Category Concert Review

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 and David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Reply September 11, 20:27 #1 Joe

    Thanks for the review, David. I look forward to your review on the Monday night Quartet concert, at the NQC.
    Travel safely.

  2. Reply September 12, 00:03 #2 Anonymous

    good job DBM


  3. Reply September 13, 11:26 #3 Jamie

    I hope you also enjoyed West Virginia!! Enjoy your bloggs!

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