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The Blackwood Brothers Quartet: A Night Like Never Before

Written by Staff on February 18, 2014 – 4:47 pm -

DSC_0610_AThe Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Concert Review by Vivian Belknap

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Grand Prairie, Texas



How many quartets can say they are celebrating 80 years of classic southern gospel music?  In 2014, Billy Blackwood continues the legacy started in 1934 by his Dad, James Blackwood.

DSC_0606_AI had the great privilege to attend a concert featuring Billy Blackwood and The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, February 13, 2014, hosted by Pastor Bill Webb and the Bible Believer’s Assembly of God Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. Those in attendance were treated with what Pastor Webb told Billy earlier in the afternoon would be “a night like never before.”

The Quartet consists of lead singer, Billy Blackwood; Wayne Little, tenor; Butch Owens, bass and Michael Helwig, baritone.

The “night like never before” began with the classic feel of “The Joy of Knowing Jesus.” The presence of the Holy Spirit was sweetly strong as the concert continued with songs like “The Old Country Church,” “It Is No Secret” and “The Lighthouse.”  Billy introduced a new song he wrote, “That’s What Heaven Will Be.”

DSC_0608As though it couldn’t get any better, Billy shared his heart. He proclaimed the goodness and grace of our Father through Jesus. He said, “Gospel music is not defined by the music, but by the message. The message makes it gospel music.”  Then we heard the majestic orchestration of “Declaration of Dependence,” from their album “Sweet Songs About Heaven.” The song strongly declares our dependence on Jesus.

DSC_0614Big John Hall was in the audience and Billy asked him to come to the stage. As John walked on stage, with tears in his eyes, he said, “Your dad never missed a note; he never missed a beat; never, ever.” Such a sweet time we got to see between these two men. Then we were blessed to hear John sing, “How Big is God.”

The evening ended with the quartet singing a medley of audience requested songs. Then Billy closed in prayer; the presence of our Lord was amazing as Billy said, “I don’t want to leave Your presence.” “There’s a Sweet Spirit in This Place,” was the final song.  Was it a night like never before? YES!

Billy Blackwood not only resembles his dad physically, but like James Blackwood, he is a gentleman on the stage, behind the product table and in the parking lot.

When you have the opportunity to see them in concert, you will leave blessed and renewed in spirit.

For The Blackwood Brothers tour schedule and other information, click on to http://www.blackwoodbrothers.com/




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Legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet Performs In Rossville GA

Written by Rhonda on August 22, 2010 – 1:16 pm -

(On-site Exclusive Report- Rhonda Frye)

 The Gospel Music Industry is celebrating 100 years of Gospel Music.  The legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet has been singing nearly 75 of those 100 years! The quartet was established in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle, James and Roy’s son RW.  From 1950, James Blackwood carried on the tradition of singing the gospel until he went home to be with the Lord in 2002.  Jimmy (James Jr) has extended and sustained the family’s legend since 1969. Currently, the quartet consists of Jimmy Blackwood, Wayne Little, Randy Byrd and Billy Blackwood- with Mike Hammontree as the pianist.  Using the word “successful” to describe the history of the Blackwood Brothers musical career is an understatement.  The Blackwood Brothers Quartet’s music has been heard around the world and back earning many honors including prestigious Grammy and Dove Awards.  

    On August 20, 2010, Newnan Springs United Methodist Church, of Rossville, GA opened it’s doors to the community for a memorable evening with the Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Gospel Music fans flooded the church until there was standing room only.  After a brief introduction, the quartet huddled around 2 microphones and charmed the audience with memories of years passed by singing old favorites with just piano accompaniment.  Several selections from their latest album- “The Song Will Go On”- including the spiritual “Everyday will be Sunday By and By” were loved and well received.  The harmonious blend of voices and beautiful music was beyond uplifting.
 The Blackwood Brothers Quartet stirred a response in several ways.  Tears were wiped and a faint “congregational choir” could be heard during familiar songs such as “The Lighthouse” but tears were shed from hearty laughter throughout the evening as well. It is evident that each member of the Quartet possess a transparent and witty sense of humor making themselves irresistible to love by the audience.  The Blackwood Brothers Quartet displayed their fun-loving personalities by telling jokes and especially by putting on a competitive “bass-tenor” show down during “Just A Little Talk With Jesus.”  Perhaps one of the most fun highlights of the evening was when pianist Mike Hammontree made his way to the stage to give an incredible Johnny Cash impersonation by singing “Daddy Sang Bass.”  Overall- if one word could sum up the evening, it would have to be “Joy.” Genuine love for God, each other, gospel music and for the audience seemed to have leaked from the legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet leaving the little town of Rossville, GA filled with immense joy for weeks to come.
To learn about the incredible history of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, how to purchase music- including their latest album “The Song Will Go On” or for concert locations, visit http://www.blackwoodbrothers.com/index.html

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