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 From the broadcast the weekend of February 3rd & 4th, 2018:

This was, indeed, our 38th anniversary edition of The Gospel Greats program on the air.  Our first broadcast, from a studio located in my home, aired on a handful of stations the first weekend of February, 1980.  And the good Lord has been blessing us with this opportunity to share His word in song each week ever since.  Thanks to the many fine radio stations which have aired our program over the years.  And thanks to you for being such a loyal listener and friend. You are a blessing to us.

Click for the InspirationsOur Featured Artists on this program were the Inspirations from Bryson City, North Carolina.  (They're the only group I can think of whose hometown is usually part of their introduction.)  A year ago, Martin Cook, who founded the group back in 1964, retired.  That resulted in a reorganization, with original member Archie Watkins coming back as the owner/manager, as well as the tenor.  He actually combined some members of the Inspirations with some members of his own group, the Smoky Mountain Reunion, into the "new" Inspirations, as you would see and hear them today in concert.  And it's apparently worked out well.  Their current CD is "The One In The Water," the title song of which you heard on this program.  Two songs that I included on the broadcast — "I Want To Be Like My Lord" and "I Know Him" — instantly became favorites of mine the first time I heard them because of their outstanding messages.  More info about them is available on their Facebook page.

The Inspirations' CD featured on this program, "The One In The Water," is available from our mailorder service, Springside.  Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. You can order easily from our webstore by using this link to go directly to this item.

Pat BarkerPat Barker, our Artist Spotlight guest on this program, is an extremely gifted singer.  He sang with the Dixie Echoes and later became the first bass singer with the Mark Trammell Quartet.  In more recent years, he's been doing mostly solo work, but also has lent his bass voice to the "special appearance" group, the Second Half Quartet.  He also sings occasionally with the Guardians for special appearances.  Songs you heard on this program were from his latest solo CD, "The Singer And The Song."  I especially enjoyed hearing his song, "Think On The Good Things," which included the Guardians and which conveys a very timely reminder for each of us in difficult and often contentious times.