I rolled into Pigeon Forge this afternoon in time to visit and shop at the artist booths set up throughout the LeConte Center. Some of the artists I wanted to see had finished their performances for the week and had gone, but I did see enough to buy eight new albums that were hot off the press!
Here were the highlights from the concert I chose to report on:
- I missed the father/son duo of Wilburn and Wilburn while Jordan was off the road for a while. They were in excellent form last night. I particularly enjoyed a song named 33 (written by Lee Black, Jason Cox, and Dustin James) and There Rose a Lamb which included Kim and Dean Hopper.
- Two groups featured songs from their brand new Christmas albums and provided the most beautiful moments of the evening. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound sang Oh, Holy Night and The Collingsworth Family sang I Call Him Lord.
- Joseph Habedank had the crowd on their feet several times with a very powerful set. Most of the crowd where I was sitting were on their feet at the end of The Beauty of the Blood and just remained standing and clapping for Here He Comes.
- The Martins were back on stage with a great set of three songs, the most exquisite of which was their a capella rendition of the Doxology.
- Triumphant appeared for their last time for the week and pleased the audience with their song of the year, Even Me, and ended with I’m Going There. It was quite a rowdy crowd for the very late hour!
- Pianist Timothy Noble has been appearing at NQC for at least seven or eight years and was back with a main stage appearance with new bride Hosanna. They actually met at NQC three years ago and were married this June. Timothy is such a wonderful pianist but now added to that were his strong vocals and Hosanna’s violin. They brought down the house!
My photos were not nearly as good as David’s but I might add a few of them later.