March 28, 2010 brought us A Ragamuffin Band. So good to hear that the guys were considering regrouping and touring again. I had requested that Rick perform “Man of No Reputation” which they all did. This was an unforgettable morning. Pictured l-r: Rick Elias, me, Jimmy Abegg, Mark Robertson, and Ben Pearson.
Altho it’s been many years since I was with these particular guys, spending the morning with Classic Petra was very familiar all the same. Even tho Petra disbanded years ago, many of the original members have regrouped. New CDs and world tours happening as well. In addition to members pictured, we also received phone calls from non-Nashvillian members Greg X. Volz and Bob Hartman. Pictured in upper left: l-r Louie Weaver, me, Mark Kelly and John Lawry. This was March 6, 2011.
|Louie Weaver from Classic Petra explains why he's not ready to head out quite yet on the world tour.||Classic Petra (John Lawry, Mark Kelly and Louie Weaver) talk about a favorite song, "Grave Robber".|
There’s lots of great Christian music released all the time… however, I must confess that “MOSAIC” by Ricky Skaggs has been especially captivating. On Feb 20, 2011, Ricky Skaggs, Gordon Kennedy (CD’s producer and writer or co-writer of all the songs) and Ben Cooper (co-writer of 8 cuts) joined us. The visit was full of fun, amazing stories of putting “Mosaic” together; and was certainly made complete by some live music. Please check out “Mosaic” by Ricky Skaggs… I think you’ll find yourself attached as I did. Pictured top left: Gordon Kennedy, me, Ricky Skaggs and Ben Cooper.
|Gordon Kennedy sings "Someday Soon" from the project "Mosaic". Also Ricky Skaggs and Ben Cooper.||"Shepherd's Voice" from Ricky Skagg's CD "Mosaic".|
February 27, 2011- I remember the excitement of hearing ZOEgirl for the first time… the first single was “I Believe” from their self-titled project in 2000. Just 6 short years later they split up- yet remained very close friends. One of the very few groups that come to mind that never had a personnel change! I thought it would be interesting to have a “ZOEgirl reunion” and invited the ladies. I felt sure that locals Alisa Childers and Chrissy Conway-Katina would be up for the visit but so pleasantly surprised when Kristin Swinford-Schweain came in from her home in Missouri. A truly memorable trio… during their recording years and still today! Pictured upper left: Kristin, me, Alisa and Chrissy.
|ZOEgirl (2000-2006) dropped by for a visit on Feb 27, 2011. A fun visit with some wonderful friends!!!!||Kristin shared an incredible story of the pregnancy and birth of her baby in 2010. Truly amazing!|
When Michael W Smith heard about the retirement of the show, he asked me to lunch to thank me for all the years. What a most pleasant time and conversation. With all that’s going on in his life these days, this father of five and GRANDFATHER of five was gracious to join us for his first visit in over 10 years.
I’m so glad we were able to have one last visit on the air together. -May 29 (our fifth-to-last show)
I have known Jim Cole for over twenty years. We once lived in the same neighborhood. Although we’ve been good friends for years, I’ve always loved his music and abilities. On June 5th (our 4th to last show), Jim brought us his latest project, “Walls and Doors“. Find Jim at www.jimcoleonline.com Picture top left: me, producer Stephen Gause, and Jim Cole.
With just three shows to go, I was very happy to have one last visit with Point of Grace… well at least two out of three. I’ve said over and over- these ladies have been the most consistently sweet people since the day they first appeared on the show in early 1994. I am so proud of them and continue to be a big fan. Pictured in upper left: Shelley Breen, me, Leigh Cappillino. (Denise Jones was on a traveling mission with her son.) -June 11 was our third-to-last show.
I called Phil Keaggy to ask him about being on my last show and was very sad (OK… I was devastated!) to hear that he would be in California touring on my last Sunday. HOWEVER, he did make it to my second-to-last show, having traveled nearly all night from performing at the Ichthus Festival the night before.
Off the air I was handed a CD and told to get it ready but not to play it until I was told. These two guys gave me one of the best surprises and presents of my life!
The last broadcast of The Brian Mason Show was June 26, 2011. Gary Chapman (who had been my first live guest in 1982) was to be my LAST guest. Bonnie Keen, assuming there would be a party, was there as well. It couldn’t have been better!
At the end of the show, I read a prepared statement. Bonnie took this picture.
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