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.
Our 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.
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 Barker, our
Artist Spotlight guest on this program, is an extremely
gifted singer. He sang with the Dixie Echoes and
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,"
included the Guardians and which conveys a very timely reminder for
each of us in difficult and often contentious times.