(Alexandria, IND – February 12, 2013)Â The 2013 Gaither Concert Tour kicked off this weekend with three sold out Gaither Vocal Band concerts in Lafayette, LA, Houston, TX, and Longview, TX.
Mark Lowry, who broke his femur in a fall on January 3, made an appearance Friday night in his hometown of Houston by speeding onto the stage of the Arena Theatre on his brand new motorized cart.Â He told the audience the story of his fall and went on to sing several songs with the Gaither Vocal Band, including â€œSow Mercy,â€ from the newest Gaither Vocal Band recording, Pure And Simple, as well as the classic he co-wrote with Buddy Greene, â€œMary, Did You Know.â€
Because Mark has not been able to travel or put weight on his injured leg since the accident, former Gaither Vocal Band baritone Marshall Hall stepped in to sing baritone in Lafayette and Houston, and received an enthusiastic welcome from the audience, as well as from his GVB comrades.Â Mark Lowry is expected to return to the stage in March if the doctor releases him to do so.
The next cities on the 2013 tour will be Olathe, Kansas on March 1, and Dodge City, Kansas on March 2.Â For a complete listing of the 2013 tour dates, visit http://gaither.com/tour/
gaither-concert-tour.Â Tickets are currently available for all upcoming tour dates, but those who would like to attend are encouraged to act fast while there is still availability.
Photos of Houston concert can be viewed here at Gaither.com or on the Friends of Gaither Music Facebook page.
Several video interviews from the weekend are available for viewing at Gaither.com, including backstage conversations with Mark Lowry, Marshall Hall, gospel legend Lou Hildreth, Gene McDonald, and the newest member of the tour, keyboard player extraordinaire Matthew Holt
Photo: The Gaither Vocal Band, featuring Michael English, Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, guest vocalist, Marshall Hall and David Phelps, perform the classic standard Journey To The Sky, with Matthew Holt on keyboard and Kevin Williams on guitar.