Memphis Quartet Show 2015

Memphis Quartet Show 2015

The third year of the Memphis Quartet Show is now history!   This four-day event features many of the best Southern Gospel male quartets who run the gamut of musical styles!  Each evening concert featured about a 25-minute set from each group with an intermission and then a few more songs from each of the groups.   Duane Garren and Danny Jones were on hand to help with the emcee duties and it’s always so nice to see Jimmy Blackwood helping to run the event.

Here are some of the moments I was able to capture with my camera.   I haven’t included any songs that were performed last year or for which I have posted a recent video with the current group lineup.  I will try to get some instruction and some new equipment, if necessary, to be able to capture better videos when faced with such strong lighting in the future!

Wednesday:

  • Blackwood Brothers – These gentlemen are first rate and they never disappoint with their music!  Here they are on Dear Jesus, Abide With Me and I’ll Fly Away Home.
  • Triumphant – If you know me, you know that Triumphant has been one of my most favorite groups since their inception.  I’m disappointed not to have videos to share but the lighting on stage made them unusable.    I’ll be posting a separate Triumphant concert review very soon and will have at least one or two of the songs on it that were sung in Memphis.
  • Kingsmen – This lineup of the K-men is so solid!   Here are I’ve Never Seen the Righteous Forsaken and their current hit single Battle Cry.
  • Dixie Melody Boys – This was the first time I was able to see Georgia boy Doug Pittman sing a full set with the boys!   Here he is featured in Some Wonderful Day.  That song and  I’m Depending on Jesus are on their newest CD, Revived.
  • Inspirations – This was my first time to see this lineup with Matt Dibler and Melton Campbell joining new members Harold Reed and Joe Brown.    Harold is featured here on It’s Still the Blood and Melton is featured on I’ve Found a Faithful Friend.

Thursday:

  • Matinee Showcase:  Greater Vision with Pat Barker and Mark Trammell – I was not able to attend this showcase because of some other plans but the people I spoke to that had attended were all very happy with the event.  It’s my understanding that The Second Half Quartet will be back next year in one of the showcases.
  • Dixie Echoes – Oh, my goodness!   The current, very young bass singer looks so much like the previous, very young bass singer!!   I guess that while I wasn’t paying close attention, Chandler Johnson replaced Alex Utech.   He sounds great with them.  Here are Roll On Jordan and Crumbs From the Table.
  • The Old Paths – This was bittersweet for me.  The Old Paths will be disbanding in early December (see this post on Facebook for more details) and I have been following this Georgia group since only a couple of years after their inception.    Here is tenor Chuck Pettyjohn featured on When He Was  On The Cross and lead Tim Rackley on  Ordinary People.
  • Primitive Quartet – I really enjoyed this group’s set, especially My Hope Is In The Blood, a tribute to Norman Wilson, their member who passed away during the past year.   They also played a beautiful rendition of He Looked Beyond My Faults.
  • Tribute – Love these guys!  Here they are singing  When the Lord Saved Me.
  • Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion –  Here they are on Jesus Is Coming Soon and  God Is Still On The Throne
  • Mark Trammell Quartet – Here’s former member Pat Barker joining the guys on  I Want to Know.  

Friday:

  • The Blackwood Brothers hosted a fan appreciation lunch at the Blues City Cafe.   They sang a couple of a capella songs, but the event was really a great way to get to know the members better and even featured a question and answer session – which was absolutely hilarious!    If they have this event again next year and you are in Memphis, you do not want to miss it.  By the way, the food was terrific, too!
  • Dixie Echoes -The DE’s gave us another great set including I Am a Pilgrim – with Daniel Southerd joining on the guitar, How Great Thou Art, and In the Sweet By and By – featuring their “true 4-part harmony!”
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound –  After two years of having an afternoon showcase, this year EH&SS were featured in an evening concert.  It was still their high-energy, great program.   Paul Harkey got to shine on Ol’ Man River  from their “Inspirations from Broadway” project  and we even got to hear Dustin Doyle, the newly-named replacement for baritone Doug Anderson, sing Redemption Draweth Nigh.
  • Brian Free & Assurance –  And we heard a great set from this group!   Here’s their a capella Peace In the Valley.
  • Blackwood Brothers – Here are You Can Find What I Found and  I Know In Whom I Have Believed.  Both are from their new CD “Forever” celebrating the 80th anniversary of the group.   Eddie Crook was there to accompany them on the piano.
  • Florida Boys – Les Beasley was able to sing with the Florida Boys again this year on Lead Me to the Altar.  Thanks so much to Charlie Waller for his devotion to our Southern Gospel legends.   And here are a couple more songs that they sang this year:  I Just Can’t Make It By Myself and Salvation’s Plan.
  • Freedom – Here they are singing  I Will Praise Him Forever  (I’ll also have a concert review soon for this group with better videos!)
  • Mark Trammell Quartet –  MTQ is one of the few quartets who were able to be here for two nights.   The evening’s finale featured EH&SS and Mark Trammell Quartet on Wedding Music and Boundless Love.

Saturday

  • Matinee Showcase:  Gold City Reunion – This featured Jay Parrack, Jonathan Wilburn, and Tim Riley.  There was a nice standing ovation when Tim was introduced.   It was so good to see him back on the stage.  He sounds as great as ever!    They sang so many favorites and told so many stories.  It was just delightful!   They sang I Can Tell You the Time, You’re At the Well, Born To Praise the Lord, In Time – On Time – Every Time, Calvary’s Hill, I Met the Master, Get Up – Get Ready, After a While, Are You Ready For the Call, Show Me the Cross, I’m Going Over, I’m Not Giving Up, It’s Still the Cross, He Said, God’s Building a Church, and When He Calls I’ll Fly Away.
  • Legacy Five – It was so  nice seeing L5 since I don’t get to see them much at all.   Here’s  That’s a Hallelujah.
  • Gold City – More Gold City but this time the current group took the stage!   Here they are on Turn Your Back and The Power of the Cross.
  • Southern Sound Quartet – This is another group I rarely get to see.   Here’s A Wonderful Change.
  • Soul’d Out – I don’t get to see this group as often as I would like!   Here they are singing Hey, Everybody.
  • LeFevre Quartet –  This was the last group of the week and it was worth the wait for this very good set.    Here are two of the songs they sang:  That’s Why I Love to Call His Name and  He Left No Stone Unturned

 

The dates for next year’s show  are June 15-18.   We’ve been told that one of the afternoon showcases will feature the Booth Brothers with a bass singer – but they wouldn’t tell us who it will be!    Keep an eye on the website for more information – http://www.quartetshow.com

 

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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5 Comments

  1. jeff gibson
    Reply July 05, 15:57 #1 jeff gibson

    Very nice write up on a great us call week. It was good to see you and Miss Vera again. My tickets to the entire MQS 2016 have been purchased…..see you there…!!




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  2. jeff gibson
    Reply July 05, 16:36 #2 jeff gibson

    Us call week…?
    Musical week…..




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  3. Corbin Butler
    Reply July 05, 19:08 #3 Corbin Butler

    Do you have an idea how many people attended??




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    • Diana Brantley
      Reply July 05, 20:38 Diana Brantley Author

      You know, I didn’t hear a number this year. I don’t know if it was a sell out but there were quite a few of us!!




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  4. Darrell
    Reply July 06, 10:19 #4 Darrell

    I would have to agree with you about Triumphant Quartet being a favorite. I was on a road trip Saturday and listened to all of their 2 CD Decade album. Several songs I had to listen to multiple times. Wow, do they ever have some good songs! And that harmony! You can sure tell that the same 4 guys have been singing together for a long time. On a side note, and this is not meant to be a slam against Clayton, but I think their sound is better when Scotty takes the lead on a song. Whatever the case, they are my favorite!




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