Jim Cole joined us on August 11, 1991. His first visit and first project release, “Every Generation“.
That same morning, Rick Cua dropped by to tell us about a concert benefiting a mission trip to Italy.
The Imperials were with us on July 21, 1991. For the first time in its history, a woman was a member of The Imperials! (pictured l-r: Armond Morales, Jonathan (Pierce) Hildreth, Pam Morales, David Will and me.)
Sometimes groups or artists have to grow on me. Not the case with PFR. I instantly loved their music. On top of everything else, these guys were FUN! This is our first meeting July 5, 1992. This show was a few weeks before the release of their self-titled project: “Pray For Rain“. By the way, that was also the name of the group until it was discovered that there was ALREADY a group named “Pray For Rain”. The name was shortened to PFR. Pictured at left: Jade Hanson, Mark Nash, me, Joel Hanson, and Patrick Andrew. At right are my sons Andy and Christopher with the guys. Lots of LIVE music in this interview!
A most memorable show… January 3, 1993! A memorial concert to benefit the family of Mark Heard (who had passed away the summer before) was to be held at Belmont University with a stellar line-up. Some of the musicians were on hand on this morning, including: Rick Elias, Bruce Carroll, Phil Madeira, Bob Bennett, and Wes King. Lots of fun and lots of live music!
Few vocal groups rival First Call. Since their very early days as background session vocalists in Nashville, thru backing Sandi Patty on the road for years and becoming a touring, recording group in their own right, they have always been a group strongly recognized as among the best! July 25, 1993 we were joined by First Call: (pictured left-to-right) Bonnie Keen, me, Marabeth Jordan, and Marty McCall. The subject was their newly released project, “Sacred Journey“… still ranked among my favorites!
I really wish I had a picture taken on this morning. It was November 7, 1993 and Michael W. Smith‘s “First Decade (1983-1993)” had just been released. I was very honored that we were also joined by Michael’s father, Paul Smith… a wonderful, gentle man.
Altho by this time Phil Keaggy had visited the show many times, this was the first visit from his wife Bernadette. She had written a book titled, “A Deeper Shade of Grace“. She chronicles their quest for a family and the heartbreak of losing a child (or in their case 5 children). Such an incredibly brave book. I was honored to have Bernadette (and Phil) on the show December 5, 1993. In addition to the Keaggys telling their story, Phil plays some live music… including, “Little Ones“.
Michael Card was always a welcome guest. He was my second “live” guest in 1982 and frequented many shows. I remember once he dropped by just to hang out threatening to leave if I mentioned on the air that he was there.
This particular visit was January 8, 1995.
GMA Sunday was always a very special day on the show. In 1995, this day fell on April 23rd. Usually artists not residing in Nashville were in town for the week which culminated in the Dove Awards. In 1995, Rich Mullins and writing buddy, Beaker along with Carolyn Arends dropped by.
I always loved visits from Lisa Bevill. Besides her beauty and talent, she’s been a good friend over the years. This interview happened during a very busy period in Lisa’s life. She had been on tour with Geoff Moore. Before that, she opened for DC Talk. Her history also includes a wealth of jingle and background vocal work. May 21, 1995 brought her in to talk about a favorite subject, “A Place In The Sun“… a camp for girls only! She explains during this interview.
We also received a phone call from Clay Crosse who was performing at Sam’s Place that evening.
August 20, 1995 brought us Cindy Morgan and Buddy Greene. They were to perform that evening on Sam’s Place, hosted by Gary Chapman at the Ryman Auditorium. There’s wonderful live music from both Cindy and Buddy as well as a wonderful touching story from Cindy about her daddy.
One of the last shows of the 1990’s included Gary Chapman and his brother Keith Chapman. This actually became a tradition for the two to drop by a week or two before Christmas. This show was December 12, 1999. Gary hosted Sam’s Place that evening at the Ryman Auditorium. This was one of the funniest shows ever! Their sister, Sharry called in to “correct” some of their stories. We also took a phone call from David Crabtree in North Carolina to talk about “If Only” (a very popular Christmas recording he made in 1984.)