Bill looked like a kid in a candy store, chatting up the crowd just before the show began. A young 78, he still has an obvious love for people, and for the music that began as a passion and became his livelihood.
Everyone cheered when the Vocal Band took the stage, performing songs from Sometimes It Takes a Mountain, the first album to feature the two newest members, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles. And these two figured prominently throughout the evening, Todd's booming bass shining on "Peace in the Valley" and "Happy Rhythm," and Adam's soulful sound right at home on "When Fear Comes Knocking" and the powerful title song, "Sometimes It Takes a Mountain."
Wes sounded great on the upbeat "Jesus Gave Me Water" and the mellow, worshipful "Praises," while David soared on "Resurrection," then beautifully delivered the quieter, spirit-stirring "Written in Red."
As always, the guys welcomed a number of their talented friends to the stage, including the Isaacs, the Nelons, the Martins, Charlotte Ritchie and the brand-new group, Goodman Revival (Johnny Minick, Tanya Goodman Sykes and Michael Sykes), who got the crowd clapping with "I Don't Want to Get Adjusted."
The only negative takeaway from the evening was knowing that we have to wait until March 2015 for the release of this DVD! Still, at least we can enjoy the CD for now.
For those of you who couldn't be there, here are a few photos from the evening, to whet your appetite for the March release: