Concert Review – The Williamsons (Monteagle, TN)

Concert Review – The Williamsons (Monteagle, TN)

I recently had the opportunity to see The Williamsons in a full concert.   I had first seen the group during one of the regional/featured artist showcases at NQC  and really enjoyed them.   Thanks to Roger Spears with the Butler Music Group, I found out that this group from Oklahoma would be singing in Tennessee on a day I could attend.   The concert was part of the Fabulous Friday Nights Gospel Music Dinner Theater summer season at The Barn at Bear Hollow which has featured other artists Heaven’s Mountain Band, Master’s Voice, Troy Burns Family, Eighth Day, and coming up on July 24th, Tammy Jones Robinette.

The Williamsons’ members are Donnie and Lisa Williamson, Darin Hebert, and Karl Rice.  I had seen Karl during his time with the Anchormen but had not had the chance to meet the others before NQC last year.  I would say that much of their music has definite country influences but they have quite a variety of songs in their program.   They had a keyboard on stage but they ended up just singing with their tracks.  And we even had a short visit from a gentleman named Chesterfield!!

During this concert, one of the Williamsons’ daughters, Sadie, and Lisa’s brother Bo joined them on stage for a couple of songs.   Here’s what they sang:  (The only problem with dinner concerts is that the audience is sometimes still finishing their meals and chatting during the concert, so you may hear a little bit of friendly background noise in the videos.)

  • He Is Leading Me – This was a solid start with Lisa taking the melody and a short feature of the men in a trio configuration.
  • It Was the Word – This is the song that impressed me at NQC last fall!   It made it to #5 on the Singing News chart.  Here’s a video from that performance.
  • I Laid It All Down – This was a slower song and featured Donnie.
  • God Made a Way – This song featured bass Darin Hebert on the chorus.   He can sure rattle the rafters with his low notes!
  • Children of the Dust –  This was a very well done cover of the Freemans’ song.
  • He Lived to Tell It  – Darin was featured on this Dianne Wilkinson song.
  • He Lifted Me  –  Bo joined the men of the group to sing this song as a male quartet.
  • Waving On The Other Side – Bo, Sadie, Lisa, and Darin performed this one for us.
  • Blood Stained Banner – Lisa was featured on this peppy song and Karl had a chance to play his harmonica
  • Monday – What a wonderful message for all of us!  They have just finished making a concept video of this song this week and I can’t wait to see it!   Here are some of the words from the chorus:  “You don’t have to preach a sermon like the preacher does on Sunday to show them how a Christian lives on Monday.”
  • ShoutThis lively number is their current single and it’s already up to #13!
  • The Promise – This was a cover of The Talleys song and showed their style versatility.
  • How Great Thou Art – This featured Bo on the trumpet but had some vocals on it, too.
  • God Bless the USA – I’m glad they sang this song for us, especially since it was the July 4th weekend.
  • I’ve Got To Tell Somebody – I would consider this closing song a challenge!   Lisa was featured and Karl played his harmonica on this one, too!   Sadie and Bo joined for the ending of the song.


I want to also give a few quick thoughts about The Williamsons’ newest CD, Tell Somebody, that was released last fall.   They sang several of the songs from the new album at the concert  and the songs they have sent to radio have done extremely well!!   This CD has something for everyone and has a great roster of songwriters.   You can hear previews of the songs on their website.  I usually prefer male quartets but I am really enjoying this album!

  • It Was the Word – Lisa Chesser Williamson
  • That’s What I’m Talking About – Lee Black, Ricky Free, Kenna West
  • All Our Hope – Kyla Rowland
  • Shout – Lee Black and Gina Boe
  • Monday – Lisa Chesser Williamson
  • He Lived to Tell It – Dianne Wilkinson
  • No Umbrellas – Lisa Chesser Williamson
  • I Laid It All Down – Joel Hemphill
  • Healing for the Hurting – Karl Rice and Donna King
  • I’ve Got to Tell Somebody – Lisa Chesser Williamson
  • While The Ages Roll – Mosie Lister



Category Concert Review

Diana Brantley

Diana is from the Atlanta, Georgia area and is a relatively recent southern gospel fan, having started listening avidly about 15 years ago. With easy access to eastern Alabama, southeastern Tennessee and north and central Georgia, Diana attends as many concerts as her schedule allows to see a wide variety of artists.

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  1. Darrell
    Reply July 20, 17:36 #1 Darrell

    Toward the end of next month The Williamsons are going to be in Southern VA, about 2 hours south of where I live. Since you just got done hearing them in concert, Diana, would you say it would be worthwhile for me to make the 4 hour round trip to go hear them? My neck of the woods rarely gets good groups coming through.

    • Diana Brantley
      Reply July 20, 18:49 Diana Brantley Author

      Yes, I definitely think it’s worth it!! My trip was longer than that!!

      • Darrell
        Reply July 21, 07:54 Darrell

        Ok! You convinced me, Miss Diana. :-) Now here’s hoping my schedule allows me to go.

  2. Tad Kirkland
    Reply July 20, 20:33 #2 Tad Kirkland

    I believe Tell Somebody is one of the top 2 SG CDs of 2014. The other being The Kingsmen’s Battle Cry.

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