NQC 2006: Day 2

Day 2 of NQC consisted of 4 1/2 hours of showcase groups, and a full slate on the main stage. I didn’t hear every single group today. I spent some time in the Exhibit Hall, meeting friends, hopefully making a few new friends, and just generally wandering around.

I won’t list all the artists who were on the showcase, but some of the highlights included:

Route 77 – This new group consists of Angelina McKeithan and a girl who used to travel with the Lewis Family. They’re looking for a third female singer/player.
Crossmen – A very solid male quartet.
Skyline Boys – With Jodi Hosterman now singing tenor, this group has stepped up a notch over last year.
Mercy’s Well – Smooth like butter…this was my first chance to hear these guys in a live setting. They did two slower arrangements from their Hymns CD, and both went over well. That’s significant, considering they were on next to last, and crowds generally want more upbeat stuff or at least a mix.

Gene Shell, who traveled to NQC with me this year, said he was most impressed by Soul’d Out Quartet on the showcase. Soul’d Out is a young group with a great sound.

The groups I heard on the Tuesday evening main stage concert are listed below. The groups that were most impressive to me have stars by their names with a few random comments here and there.

1. *Hope’s Call – This group made a huge impression their first time on the main stage…two slower songs, with standing ovations for both songs.

2. Karen Peck & New River

3. Weatherfords

4. *Greenes: Gene said the Greenes were the second best act of the evening, behind the Crabbs. They did do a good job.

5. *Freemans – This group was impressive, especially when you consider the circumstances of their set. Earlier in the day, the group learned that Chris Freeman’s brother Mike had passed away…it was also his 51st birthday. They decided to go ahead and do their set, and needless to say, it was emotionally charged. Please remember this family in your prayers.

6. Pfiefers – The Pfiefers have their moments, but they’re a lot better players than singers. They know how to work the crowd, though…you have to give them that…huge ovation and calls for “more” at the end.

7. *Booth Brothers – The Booth Brothers own the stage.

8. Talleys

9. *Crabb Family – Great bands make a huge difference. This group could take us anywhere they wanted to go. They had the best set of the night.

10. Perrys

11. Mark Trammell Trio

12. Lesters

13. Greater Vision

Several other groups performed, but I didn’t catch their sets.

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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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  1. Reply September 13, 14:06 #1 Chad

    Great reporting Dave on the NQC.
    Wish I was there, but with me, you , and Gene at NQC, we would probably get asked to leave. LOL

  2. Reply September 14, 00:01 #2 Anonymous

    How did the Perrys sound Tuesday night without Loren Harris and with Nick Trammell?

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