Built-A-Quartet

Built-A-Quartet

If you browse through the various forums, Facebook groups, and other social media associated with gospel music, one of the first topics you’ll come across typically goes like this: “Living or dead, who would be in your dream quartet?” The typical answers usually involve the legends of yesteryear, the favorites of today, and the occasional unexpected response, but it almost always elicits some sort of response. And almost without fail, each name brought up is already an established gospel artist in some form.

I’ve always liked to tweak this concept a bit. Instead of limiting the “build-a-quartet” posts to strictly gospel artists, I like to expand it to include country music, as many country artists have gospel music backgrounds. From time to time, country singers will even build their own quartets in a scrap-iron concept (most famously with the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet, and more recently with Marty Raybon, T. Graham Brown, Trace Adkins, and Jimmy Fortune singing “I’m Workin’ On A Building”).

So, let’s open the comments….if you were to build your dream quartet using only past or present country music singers, who would be in it? I’ll post my own in the comments below after a few others have chimed in….

Kyle Boreing

Kyle has been writing for MusicScribe since 2008. He is a musician, producer, arranger, and occasional quartet singer, who pays way too much attention to recordings. He is an alumni of Stamps-Baxter School of Music and has shared the stage with many different artists. He also really likes movies that are "so bad they're good." Visit his website at www.kyleboreing.com, or follow him on Twitter @kyleboreing.

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  1. Steve Barbour
    Reply July 21, 11:19 #1 Steve Barbour

    Wow! I’m sure there will be some crazy combinations on this one. My would have to be:

    Tenor – Stevie Wonder
    Lead – Frank Sinatra
    Baritone – Michael Bubble
    Bass – Johnny Cash

    Second String would be:
    Tenor – Michael Bolton
    Lead – Russ Taff
    Baritone – Tony Bennett
    Bass – Big Chief

    That would be some crazy combinations, but I would love to hear the sounds of each…..




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    • Kyle Boreing
      Reply July 21, 11:54 Kyle Boreing Author

      Interesting country artists…… :)




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      • Comet777
        Reply July 21, 23:24 Comet777

        Tenor :Stevie Wonder , lead : Mel Torme, baritone Michael Buble,bass: Ray Woconish. ( yes, my husband , he does sing in a country Gospel group. That counts right ? Otherwise Barry White :)




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  2. David Bruce Murray
    Reply July 21, 11:56 #2 David Bruce Murray

    Off the top of my head, I’d go with Vince Gill on tenor, Conway Twitty on lead, Ed Bruce on baritone and Josh Turner on bass…one from each era.




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  3. James Hales
    Reply July 21, 12:46 #3 James Hales

    Male Quartet would be:
    Jimmy Fortune on tenor
    Conway Twitty on lead
    Glen Campbell on baritone
    Josh Turner on bass

    Mixed Group would be:
    Jimmy Fortune on tenor
    Dolly Parton on soprano
    Connie Smith on alto
    Josh Turner on bass

    Power Group?
    Carrie Underwood
    Martina McBride
    Jimmy Fortune
    Josh Turner




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  4. Steve
    Reply July 21, 16:20 #4 Steve

    Can we open this to not just country music. I’d love to see Steve Perry from Journey singing tenor in a SG quartet.




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    • David Bruce Murray
      Reply July 21, 16:21 David Bruce Murray

      May as well…Steve Barbour made a quartet with Stevie Wonder already, and now you want Steve Perry.

      Must be a Steve thing. :)




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  5. AJ
    Reply July 21, 17:44 #5 AJ

    Tenor-Vince Gill
    Lead-Brad Paisley
    Baritone-Scotty McCreery
    Bass-Josh Turner




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  6. Rob
    Reply July 21, 18:14 #6 Rob

    Male Quartet

    Lead – Ronnie Milsap
    Baritone – Johnny Duncan
    Tenor – Colin Raye
    Bass – Tex Williams ( lets see if anybody remembers him )




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  7. JSR
    Reply July 21, 19:19 #7 JSR

    I would love to expand the format at some point to other genres…

    How about…

    Tenor: Gene Johnson
    Lead: Marty Roe
    Baritone: Dana Williams
    Bass: Josh Turner

    Diamond Rio with a bass vocalist. Diamond Rio always sounds good, so I’ll just add a bass.




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  8. volscot
    Reply July 22, 14:12 #8 volscot

    I’ll give it a shot:

    First Team Male Quartet
    Tenor: Vince Gill
    Lead: Conway Twitty
    Baritone: Marty Stuart
    Bass: Josh Turner

    Second Team Male Quartet
    Tenor: Jimmy Fortune
    Lead: George Jones
    Baritone: Glen Campbell
    Bass: Trace Adkins

    With a little more thought, I could probably come up with some others but I’ll stop there for now.




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  9. Kyle Boreing
    Reply July 22, 14:37 #9 Kyle Boreing Author

    Power Quartet:
    Tenor: Jimmy Fortune
    Lead: Conway Twitty
    Baritone: Ricky Van Shelton
    Bass: Tennessee Ernie Ford

    Smooth Quartet:
    Tenor: Vince Gill
    Lead: George Strait
    Baritone: Alan Jackson
    Bass: Don Williams

    Mixed Group:
    Soprano: Dolly Parton
    Also: Crystal Gayle
    Lead/Baritone: Brad Paisley
    Bass: Josh Turner

    Other possibilities:
    Tenor: Collin Raye, Steve Wariner
    Lead: Billy Ray Cyrus, T. Graham Brown
    Baritone: Marty Raybon, Randy Owen
    Bass: Trace Adkins, Randy Travis




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    • volscot
      Reply July 22, 23:26 volscot

      Some good names, Kyle. I considered several names on your lists (Wariner, Jackson, Travis, Cyrus) but completely forgot about others (Strait, Ford, Williams). I also looked up some other (mostly) older artists (Mac Davis, Bobby Goldsboro, Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks), but after watching some videos decided not to include them.




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    • David Bruce Murray
      Reply July 22, 23:32 David Bruce Murray

      No Oaks? I’m shocked.

      At first I thought you intentionally ruled out any quartets, but then I saw Jimmy Fortune’s name.




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