Concert Review:  Pat Barker and Friends (Oxford, AL)

Concert Review: Pat Barker and Friends (Oxford, AL)

I had a wonderful time on Sunday night at the second Pat Barker & Friends concert at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Oxford, Alabama.   Pat’s guest artist group this year was 11th Hour, a mixed trio that has really been capturing a lot of attention during the past few years.   Also attending the concert were Eric Dunson of The Jonathans and Josh Townsend, former pianist for The Old Paths.

Pat opened the concert with an a capella rendition of A Mighty Fortress.  He sang several more songs with and without tracks and then when he attempted to sing How Big Is God, his split track wasn’t set up correctly, so he was going to sing that one a cappela for us as well – until he remembered that Josh was in the audience, so he called Josh to the stage and they performed the song as the last one in Pat’s set:

Then 11th Hour took the stage!   Its members include owner/soprano Amber Eppinette, lead singer Grant Gibson, and alto Jaquita Lindsey.   This was the first time most of the attendees has heard this group, and I can safely say that they thoroughly enjoyed them!   Among my favorites were several that I have heard and videoed before (Picture This and How Will You Plead), He Will Roll You Over the Tide, and this one – This Changes Everything:

During the love offering, Eric Dunson sang this beautiful song, The Resurrection.   (I wish he could have sung more, but there was a time limit for this service.)


As you would expect, Pat joined 11th Hour for a quartet style song!   Here’s Glory Road with Josh at the keyboard:


Pat announced that next year’s Pat Barker & Friends concert will be with the Second Half Quartet — Chris Allman, Rodney Griffin, Mark Trammell, and Pat, with Gerald Wolfe at the keyboard.  It will be held at First Baptist Church in Oxford on March 31st.


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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