The Paynes – “Fire on Stage…Live!” (1985)

The Paynes – “Fire on Stage…Live!” (1985)

The 1980’s brought us some stellar live albums…“Lift the Roof Off” (Hinsons), “Live and Alive” (Singing Americans), “Live in Atlanta” and “Travelin’ Live” (Cathedrals), “Louisiana Live” (Hemphills), “Double Take” (Gold City) and let’s not forget those exciting live...
The Paynes – “I’m a Jesus Fan” (1984)

The Paynes – “I’m a Jesus Fan” (1984)

With “It’s Out of This World” being released so late in 1982, the Paynes did not release a mainline album in 1983, but rather released an independent recording filled with hymns and favorites called, “A Payne Family Tradition”. The album was totally produced by the...
The Paynes – “Ready or Not” (1982)

The Paynes – “Ready or Not” (1982)

For the next group in this series, I want to take a few weeks to focus on a group called the Paynes. I came to appreciate this group during my teenage years in the 80’s, and though their time as a full-time group was relatively short lived compared to many of the...
The Hemphills – “Hits” (1989)

The Hemphills – “Hits” (1989)

The last recording the Hemphills released before coming off the road is this wonderful culmination of hit songs spanning their entire musical catalog. I remember talking with them in the summer of 1989 and this album was already in the works, and they were probably...
The Hemphills – “Celebration” (1989)

The Hemphills – “Celebration” (1989)

After “Revival” was released in 1987, it would be 2 years before the Hemphills would release a new album. During this time, the group left RiverSong Records and joined ranks with their friend Bill Traylor on his new label, Homeland Records. With renewed excitement,...