#NewsNuggets: 5-22-17

#NewsNuggets: 5-22-17

Last Week’s Happenings

  • Martin Cook, who recently retired from traveling with the Inspirations, issued a statement last week thanking his fans for their support through the years. He also reported that his doctors have now given him a good bill of health. (Cook was hospitalized after suffering a fall in March.)
  • Stow Town Records reported that Going Home by The Little Roy and Lizzy Show debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart shortly after its release on May 6.
  • Singing News magazine announced the Top 5 finalists in each of their Fan Awards categories. Subscribers will select the winners in the third round of voting coming soon, and winners will be announced during the 2017 National Quartet Convention this fall. Click HERE to view the list of nominees.
  • Michigan’s 4 One Quartet announced the addition of bass singer Eddie Couch. Couch replaces original bass Will Funk.


  • Rosa Nell Speer of the Speer Family passed away on Tuesday, May 16. A memorial service was held on Saturday in Decherd, Tennessee.

Upcoming Releases

Please let us know if any significant upcoming releases are missing from this list. Note, the dates listed here are distribution dates when music will officially be available through retail and/or large online outlets. Some titles may be available sooner direct from the artists.

  • June 9 – The Perrys – Testament (CD)

    June 9 – The McKameys – Be Brave (CD)

  • June 9 – Steve Ladd – No Excuses, No Regrets EP (CD)


  • June 14 weekend – Dixie Echoes – Can’t Hardly Wait (CD)
  • June 16 – Sandi Patty – Forever Grateful: Live From The Farewell Tour (CD/DVD)

  • June 23 – Karen Peck & New River – Hope For All Nations (CD)
  • June 30 – Kelly Wright – Songs From The Heart (CD)
  • July 14 – Gold City – Treasures Of Gold (CD)

  • July 7 – Greater Vision – Still (CD)
  • July 14 – Old Paths – Long Run (EPCD)
  • July 14 – Master’s Voice – Walk Worthy (CD)
  • July 21 – Michael English – Love More (CD)
  • August 18 – Mark Lowry – What’s Not To Love (CD)

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Reply May 22, 11:25 #1 coomercove

    According to iTunes, the Old Paths’ EP “Long Run” and the Master’s Voice CD “Walk Worthy” release on July 14.

  2. Reply May 22, 12:16 #2 LeviSamJuno

    I don’t tell you enough, but I really appreciate the NewsNuggets. I’ve been so busy with work lately that I have no time to keep up with anything in the SoGo world.

    • Reply May 22, 12:46 David Bruce Murray Author

      Thanks Levi,
      I’ve always considered most press releases to be way too long. I like to condense them down to just the necessary facts, so that’s how the idea for a weekly News Nuggets article was born. Attaching the list of upcoming releases was the next logical step, as those are relatively easy to update each week.

  3. Reply May 23, 11:13 #3 Darrell

    Any thoughts on the Fan Awards? I have some but I will keep them to myself…… :-)

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