The Old Paths quartet made many folks very happy when they decided to begin touring again in mid-2017 after a 1-1/2 year hiatus. I am one of those folks! I saw them last year at Memphis Quartet Show but with their limited number of tour dates, I had not been able to see them again until recently, this time at a full concert at the Calvary Baptist Church in Statham, Georgia – Matt Dibler’s (Inspirations Quartet) home church, where he served as the emcee. I got to the church almost an hour before the concert starting time and the church was almost full. By the time the concert started, ushers had put out more chairs and people were also being directed to sit in the choir loft.
When The Old Paths stopped touring at the end of 2015, tenor Jeremy Peace started singing with the LeFevre Quartet. Bass Daniel Ashmore didn’t join another group, so when owners Tim Rackley and Doug Roark began to prepare to tour, they just needed to find a new tenor. Boy, did they find a good one – Steve Ladd, former tenor for Anchormen and Gold City! With several #1 songs (God’s Great, Battle Stand, Long Live the King, and Love Them To Jesus) and many more favorites through the years to choose from, the concert included 18 songs, with 2 solos by Steve and 2 instrumentals by Daniel on the saxophone.
It’s hard to choose highlights from so many great songs, several of which I had shared from Memphis, but here are the video highlights I finally selected:
- In the Long Run
- Love Them to Jesus
- At the Name of Jesus – I won’t be surprised at all to see this song go to #1.
These two are from Steve’s solo EP, “No Excuses, No Regrets” that he performed during the concert:
I was told that we can expect more concert dates next year as it gets a little easier to coordinate with Steve Ladd’s solo concerts further out in his schedule. That’s great news for fans of Southern Gospel music!!