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As has become our tradition over the years, this edition was an All-Quartets Edition, coming as it did just before the start of the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Quartet music is, and has long been, a foundation of the Southern Gospel music genre, dating all the way back to the original Vaughan and Stamps Quartets. It's great to see the tradition continues.
Mark Trammell loves that quartet tradition. As a former member of the Cathedral Quartet, he saw (and heard) some of the best of it. Now, of course, he has his own quartet, the Mark Trammell Quartet, and they were the Featured Artists on this edition. Actually, their new "Great Moments" CD was a perfect addition for this program because it spotlights a lot of the great songs of the past, specifically those songs which caught Mark's attention during his formative years. And, as you heard, that's true for the other members in the group, too. I loved the way they paid close attention to making the music tracks for these classics as close to the originals as possible, as Randy noted on the air. "Great Moments" indeed.
The Mark Trammell Quartet's CD featured on this program, "Great Moments," 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.
Few widely-known quartets can boast of singing for 60 years, but the Bibletones have. In fact, their current CD, from which you heard four songs on this program's Artist Spotlight segment, is entitled "60 Years Strong." The group today includes Jack Armstrong (baritone), Glen Floyd (bass), Chris Bryant (lead), Danny Jackson (tenor) and acclaimed pianist Andrew Ishee. Their concert schedule takes them all across the South, including appearances at the Memphis Quartet Show. More info about the Bibletones can be found on their website.