Concert Catch-Up – post #1

Concert Catch-Up – post #1

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and I am actually getting some down-time to think about the blessings I have enjoyed this year.   One of the biggest blessings in my life is Southern Gospel music.  Besides the very obvious blessing of the Savior that is sung about, I have been blessed by not only the music but the special personalities and talents of the men and women involved in this industry.  These very hard-working individuals strive week after week to bring the message of love, forgiveness and salvation to the many thousands of people attending concerts across the country at the cost of lost time with their families and lower compensation than they could probably earn in other professions.

I have often felt this year that I have let these artists down by my inability to post full concert reviews and videos in a timely way after attending their really wonderful concert events.   The artists are so gracious to me in allowing me to video their work and in so many cases, I have not been able to share those videos because of other demands on my time.   In an effort to at least catch up a little bit, I am going to post a few segments telling just a little about multiple concerts along with a few of the very best videos.  So, here goes the first episode!

Going way back to last spring, I attended an event that was billed as “An Evening to Remember Rex Nelon” and it featured Mark Fuller, The Todd Nelon Trio, Jeff Stice, and, of course, the Nelons.   This was a fabulous evening for me – and I imagine it was even more appreciated by those who had heard and known Rex Nelon, whom I didn’t have the honor of knowing.   Special guests Dan Clark  and Rodney Swain helped to round out the slate of artists.   Here are some of the very best videos:


One of my favorite times of the year is when promoter Robert York brings in two of my favorites at the same time – Soul’d Out and Triumphant Quartets!

  • Soul’d Out, with members Dusty Barrett, Matt Rankin, Bryan Hutson, Ian Owens, and Michael Howard, was up first.   They are always terrific.  Here are two videos for songs that I haven’t posted before for them:   Lord, You’re So Good and When God Ran.
  • Triumphant Quartet was named again as the Singing News Fan Favorite Quartet in 2015, and it’s easy to see why when you see them in concert!   These are some of their newest songs:  We Will Remember, Who Can Do Anything, and Amazing God.


And here’s a third local concert promoted by Robert York – Freedom Quartet and Jeff Stice.   Bobby has had quite a few concerts this year, most of which I have been able to attend but which I haven’t been able to finish the reviews for!

  • Jeff Stice has just gotten better and better since going into his solo ministry.   I have been able to see him quite a few times and have posted a number of videos, which makes it really hard to post new ones here!   I actually saw him not long before this concert at a benefit concert for the SGMA, so I will list two of the videos from that concert here, since he had also performed them at this concert:   He’ll Pilot Me (with the William Tell Overture) – one of my personal favorites! –  and Thankful For the Change.   Jeff and Josh Townsend also played an impromtu duet for us that I enjoyed so much – Goodbye, World, Goodbye.  I love it when these unscripted moments happen.
  • Freedom Quartet is made up of some real veteran singers – John Rulapaugh, Dale Shipley, Preston Garner, and Burman Porter.   It’s hard to choose just a few but here are the videos I finally chose:   I’m Gonna Rise, I Wanna Know, and I Will Praise Him Forever.   When they recorded their latest CD (Let It Be Said), they invited a group from Northern Ireland, Revelation Trio, to sing with them on I Will Praise Him Forever, and they were very generous and gracious to give a lot of space on the liner notes to feature that group.   I thought that really showed a lot of class!


Thanks for reading and watching.   I hope to post another episode or two in the next couple of days!

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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