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March 4, 2000
Lancaster Mennonite High School, Lancaster, PA
Won By One, The Steeles and Poet Voices
Tonight in Lancaster, PA we were treated to a great concert by Poet Voices, Won By One and The Steeles. First on the stage was Won By One and they are fast becoming a tremendous quartet. They came on stage singing Dead Man Walking and they just never stopped singing great songs. Along the way we heard a number of their new songs from their project that is due out in about a month. We also heard some other great songs like King Jesus (their former number one song) and even a Christmas Song (Carol Of The Bells). Next on stage was The Steeles. They sang their usual array of songs like We Want America Back and For The Sake Of The Children. They also mixed in a couple of new songs from their current project and songs from their children. Poet Voices was the final group and I'll admit that I was curious to hear them since it was my first time to hear them since all of the changes in the group took place. Let me tell you that they never sounded better! Dale Brock, Phil Cross, Donnie Henderson and Tim Duncan are as good a lineup as you can find today in Southern Gospel Music. They came on singing Wedding Music and followed that up with Heaven's Jubilee. Along the way they sang One Holy Lamb, Grace And Glory, This Little Light Of Mine and my personal favorite I Am Redeemed. They closed the program with the ever popular Champion Of Love. All of the groups came back for a second round and sang a couple of songs each. I remember Won By One singing Put Your Hand In The Hand and Poet Voices singing Jesus Built A Bridge. Garden Spot Promotions promoted yet another winner tonight! Thanks to Garden Spot, Won By One, Poet Voices and The Steeles for another tremendous night of Southern Gospel Music!
February 13, 2000
Lancaster Mennonite High School, Lancaster, PA
Kirk Talley, Greater Vision and Kingdom Heirs
I have been anticipating this concert for the better part of two months now and I was not disappointed! Three of my all time favorite artists in one place! First of all we were treated to Greater Vision. They came on stage singing He'd Still Been God and it just got better from there. We heard their two former number one songs, Just One More Soul and My Name Is Lazarus. They also sang their most recent release, I Believe. Along the way we had some great humor from Gerald Wolfe and Rodney Griffin and many other favorite songs! On next was Kirk Talley. People who know me know that I have been a Kirk Talley fan for 20 years now (doesn't seem like either one of us are old enough for that)! Kirk sang his usual array of favorites. I particularly enjoyed Amen, Step Into The Water and of course, Serenaded By Angels. He sang several songs from his new project as well. My favorites were Holy Spirit Fall On This Place and Tomorrow. He also sang one of my all time favorite songs, I Know A Man Who Can. The final group on stage tonight was Dollywood's own, The Kingdom Heirs. These guys just get better and better! They sang their recent single, I've Passed Over as well as old favorites like Movin' Up To Gloryland and Yes I Know. Added to this was a lively number from the band! It was some great quartet singing to be sure!
Following the intermission all of the artists came back for a couple of songs. Greater Vision treated us to There Is A River. Kirk sang his old favorite, He Is Here. Kirk and The Kingdom Heirs joined together for Joy On The Other Side Of Jordan and The Kingdom Heirs sang their former hit, Anchored In The Rock. Also Jeff Stice (Kingdom Heirs) played a rousing rendition of The Hallelujah Chorus. The concert ended with The Kingdom Heirs singing Shoutin' Time and Kirk and Greater Vision joining in on the finale! All in all it was a another great concert here in Lancaster, PA and most of all, the artists did a wonderful job of leading the near sellout crowd in a wonderful praise and worship service. Thanks to Kirk Talley, Greater Vision, The Kingdom Heirs and Garden Spot Promotions for a great evening!
December 31, 1999
Plain and Fancy Restaurant, Bird-In-Hand, PA
Booth Brothers and Florida Melody Boys
What a way to spend New Year's Eve! Doing two of my favorite things, eating and listening to Southern Gospel Music. The festivities began at 7:00 PM with an incredible family style dinner at the Plain and Fancy Restaurant in Bird-In-Hand, PA. At 8:30 PM the singing started with The Florida Melody Boys. The guys sang great and sang a number of favorites including I'll Put On A Crown and I've Made a Covenant. They also had a brand new tenor (unfortunately his name escapes me) who did a great job. The Booth Brothers came on stage around 9:30 PM or so and they were fantastic! Their smooth vocal harmony is always a favorite of mine! They sang some Christmas Music as well as selections from their current releases and old favorites. Hand In Hand With Jesus and I'll Leave It All Behind were a couple of my favorites! Both groups were having a great time ribbing each other and both agreed that it was a long way from Florida to Pennsylvania! We took a half hour intermission at 10:30 PM. During the intermission many shopped in Plain and Fancy's Gift Shop and they were serving punch down stairs. They also passed out the party hats and horns in anticipation for the New Year's Celebration. We came back at 11:00 PM to the Florida Melody Boys again as they shared some more songs. I especially enjoyed Antioch Church House Choir. The Booth Brothers came back at about 11:25 PM and they sang some more great songs. I especially enjoyed Oh Holy Night and Love Was In The Room. At 11:55 PM The Booth Brothers had The Florida Melody Boys join them on stage and they sang a rousing version of How Great Thou Art. After that song Michael Booth led everyone in the count down as we said goodbye to 1999 and hello to 2000! Thank God the lights stayed on! Both groups treated us to a rendition of I'll Put On A Crown and When I Cross To The Other Side Of Jordan! All in all I could not think of a better way to spend New Years Eve than with two great Southern Gospel Groups and 360 Southern Gospel Music Fans at one of Lancaster County's great restaurants!
December 4, 1999
Calvary Church, Lancaster, PA
Cathedrals, Kirk Talley, Higher Ground
Tonight was an incredible night! It was the final Pennsylvania Appearance for The Cathedrals and the final road appearance ever for the group! We had people there from England and Ireland! Kirk Talley and Higher Ground were also on the program and were in top form. All of this took place in front of 2,500 at the beautiful Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA!
First on the stage was the Higher Ground Trio. Higher Ground is a great local group that seems to improve every time I hear them! They sang some original songs as well as some favorites. They had a special guest playing the piano for them. He is phenomenal. His name is Tim James and he is from Carlisle, PA. Kirk Talley was next and Kirk was in top form. He sang several new cuts from his Tomorrow project and his Talley Ho Ho Ho project. He also mixed in a lot of old favorites. Kirk shared a number of my favorite songs this evening. He sang Tomorrow, which is a great new song off his new project with a great message. A couple of other favorites from the evening were Serenaded By Angels and Look Up High. He also sang some Christmas songs, which included a rather interesting song that was titled Fruitcake! Kirk ended his concert at the piano playing and singing a medley of the many requests he had over the evening. Finally, The Cathedrals took the stage. This was a tough evening for the guys. Of course they were dealing with the absence of Glen Payne but to add to the situation, George Younce was unable to make the trip due to his blood pressure being too low. Roger, Scott and Ernie never missed a beat though. They sang many Cathedral Classics. Songs like: Boundless Love, Oh What A Savior, He Made A Change, Jesus Saves, Healing and so many more. They sang the old classic Glory Road and Scott told of a funny incident involving himself and Ernie when they were college students and Ernie sang this song with The Kingsmen! Since George wasn't able to be there, Cathedral Bus Driver, Fred Privett, joined the Cathedrals to sing bass on the old song, We'll Soon Be Done With Troubles And Trials. He did a great job!
The high point of the evening is when George Younce joined the concert via phone hook up from his house. George sang The Last Move (to a standing ovation) and Stand By Me. George said that he was feeling better and that the Doctors said his blood pressure was out of the danger zone! George proceeded to introduce the final Cathedrals song (as only he could), Champion Of Love! The three guys on that stage sang that song as good as I have ever heard it sung. The song ended and The Cathedrals walked off the stage for the final time in Pennsylvania. The concert ended the way it began with 2,500 people on their feet clapping and praising God for the great Cathedrals Legacy. Thank God for a wonderful evening and Thank God for the Higher Ground Trio, Kirk Talley and especially for The Cathedrals.
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