Concert Review:  Legacy Five NYE Celebration Event (Nashville, TN)

Concert Review: Legacy Five NYE Celebration Event (Nashville, TN)

It has been a few years since I have been to one of the Legacy Five events at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville and I’m so glad I didn’t miss the event this year!   Legacy Five were outstanding hosts and prepared outstanding concert sessions for us.  They turned the 2nd half of the two evening programs into mini-events of their own.  The two daytime concerts were shorter but presented great artists and great inspirational messages.

Here are the artists that appeared:


Legacy Five performed at least two songs at each of the four concerts.  We got to hear so many past favorites and some new ones from their newest album, Talkin’ About Heaven.  Here are a few videos I picked from all that they sang during the entire event.

Mark Trammell Quartet always brings great songs that minister.   I was delighted to be able to hear them again especially since I had not seen new tenor Blake Buffin in person.   He sounded wonderful with them.   For their featured video, I chose God’s Been Faithful.

Greater Vision’s set was mostly songs that have been fan favorites for a while (My Name is Lazarus, He’d Still Been God, Faces, and more!), but I was especially glad to hear Put Out the Fire in person since I don’t get to see these guys very often!

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound always has an energetic set and this was no exception!  But in addition to some “high energy” songs, they sang several more meditative, beautiful songs and I chose Reason Enough as the video to include here.   I missed getting a video of a reprise of Glory to God in the Highest with Scott Fowler doing part of the “dance” with them, doggone it!!

I’m sure that most readers will not be surprised that the Cathedrals Family Reunion during the second part of the concert was very special!  With four former Cats (Gerald Wolfe, Ernie Haase, Scott Fowler, and Mark Trammell) and the addition of Pat Barker on the bass part, and with the great songs through the years, how could it NOT be wonderful?!?!?


Voices of Lee was featured during the morning concert.  This ensemble group has appeared on Gaither videos and on the main stage at NQC and I’ve seen them a number of times at their Lee University home.  They are always great and these students even came back during their Christmas break to be with us at this event.   I chose two videos from the songs they sang – America Medley and The Old Rugged Cross.

Ken Davis and Rick White were our inspirational speakers with Ken on Friday morning and Rick on Saturday.   Ken is Scott Fowler’s father-in-law and Rick is his pastor!  Both of them were great!!

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was established over 81 years ago.  The current group serves the legacy well!   I simply can’t choose just one song to feature on a video, so here are two totally different styles: Forever Forgiven and Long Gone.

Brian Free & Assurance is appearing as a trio right now until they find the right replacement for Jeremy Lyle who left because of health concerns.  The group sounds great and the baritone part can be heard a little better with just the three upper parts.   I’ll feature a video of one of their older songs that I’ve always loved – Praying Man.

Tribute Quartet was all present and accounted for – even though Riley Harrison Clark has been in the hospital and is expecting to have gall bladder surgery very soon.   Can I just say that Riley’s singing didn’t appear to be affected!  Here’s one of the songs from their set – I Could Sing About Heaven.

Quartet Night Across America is a series of events that L5, Blackwood Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, and Tribute have presented and for which a DVD was produced by Daywind Records (available from each of the artists).  I’m so glad we got a mini-presentation of it including some on-stage interviews by Paul Heil.  Pianist extraordinaire Trey Ivey was kept super busy during this segment playing for many of the selections.  Here are a few of the songs that were performed:

  • Happy Medley – Tribute Quartet and Blackwood Brothers
  • Patriotic Medley – All of the groups sang on this one
  • In My Robe of White (Butch Owens did double duty as he filled in with Brian Free & Assurance on this and several other songs during the Quartet Night Across America segment!)
  • Looking for a City finale.   I was happy that my Georgia friend Payton Silvers, who was standing by in case Riley couldn’t complete Tribute’s set, was invited to sing on this song!


Booth Brothers are, of course, always fantastic – even at 10:00 in the morning!   And they were as smooth as ever with their song selections.  I selected  Faith Keeps Walking to feature here.

Triumphant Quartet put the finishing touch on this special event.    They performed several songs from their latest CDs as well as some older ones but the crowd went the craziest for The Old White Flag!    However, I’ll give the video feature to I’m Gonna Move from their new “Triumphant Acoustic” project!

If you’d like to see photos from the event, here is a link to my Facebook album.

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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