Concert Reviews:  A Quick Catch-Up  (Georgia and Alabama)

Concert Reviews: A Quick Catch-Up (Georgia and Alabama)

In an effort to get caught up on concert reviews, I’m going to combine several events into this post. All of these appearances were special to me, so I want to share them, even though they will be quite short.

Back in April, I was able to see The Taylors in a morning worship service at East Cobb Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia with Jon and Chris Taylor and their sister Suzanne Hise. This was right after the release of their newest album, Still Faithful , and I was delighted to hear several of those new songs. They started their program with a nice a capella version of When I Went Down to the River to Pray as they came down different aisles and made their way to the stage. They had the entire service so they sang quite a number of songs including these from their new album:

Even though you may not have heard about Christian Davis in a southern gospel group lately, he has a solo ministry that features more of a country inspirational genre and I was able to see him in a full concert in Rainbow City, Alabama. Christian is playing the guitar on many of his songs and is due to release a new project, “The Big Picture,” soon. If you thought he only sang bass, you would be mistaken, since Christian has quite a vocal range. Danny Joines was traveling with Christian and played the harmonica during the concert as well. Here are a few songs from the concert – with songs from the new album noted with an asterisk:

The Sounds of Jericho is from the Gainesville, Georgia area and I have seen and reported on them before. I saw them recently at a morning worship service in Adairsville, Georgia. Their members include Stephen Sigmon, Matt Tyler, Ken Thomas, and Stacy Bragg. They have a solid, traditional sound and are a joy to hear. They have a sound technician now, Robbie Morgan, and he even played a couple of songs for us on his soprano saxophone. Here are some videos from that service:

The Jim Brady Trio made a stop at the Ole Country Church in McDonough, Georgia recently. Their members are Jim and Melissa Brady and Layke Jones. Melissa played the keyboard on several songs including a really beautiful one that she has written that hasn’t been recorded yet, Ordinary Love. I particularly enjoyed their rendition of The Love Of God from their “A New Chapter” album that was arranged by Lari Goss. I was surprised when Jim played the guitar on The Little Things Are the Big Things In This Life (or something like that!), a song that he wrote and that will be on a new CD to be released in September. Sandy Payton was in town and came to the concert. She was invited up to play and sing and I was able to record a video of her on Sweet, Sweet Spirit.   Their record label had requested that other videos not be taken, so I don’t have any others to share from this concert!

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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