Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - New Orleans Homecoming

Published Tuesday 12th December 2006
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - New Orleans Homecoming
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - New Orleans Homecoming
DVD

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10109-DVD65
LABEL: Spring House SHDVD4437
FORMAT: DVD Music video
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2002-08-23
RRP: £7.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Having the day before reviewing this 2002 release been speaking to a pastor in New Orleans where he told me about the devastation caused by the flood puts the witlessly corny intro full of shots of Mardi Gras and riverboats and homespun guff about pecan pie and jambalaya and where "the coffee is laced with chicory and the streets are filled with music" pretty irrelevant. After that we're off into a live concert filmed at New Orleans' Saenger Theatre. It starts badly. A massed cast version of "When The Saints Go Marching In" with a trad jazz band accompanying sounds a ringer for the kind of thing the Black & White Minstrels used to appal us with in the '60s. After such a lachrymose start things can only improve and later on we have The Gaither Vocal Band doing a jolly "On The Authority", the Lewis family offering some homespun country on "Honey In The Rock" and Jeff Easter offering some bluesy harmonica to accompany Sherman Andrus (remember Andrus Blackwood Company?) on Dorsey's classic "Precious Lord Take My Hand". But then there's "comedy" from Mark Lowry while "There Is A Fountain" by Vestal Goodman shows that the Southern gospel matriarch was in poor voice in those last few years. So, it has to be said that this is a DVD that is already showing its age.

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Product Description
In a city known for its jazz and its blues, the Homecoming Friends share the gospel with New Orleans concertgoers. As these southern saints go marching in to the Saenger Performing Arts Center, a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, familiar Homecoming faces and some new faces bring good news to those who have the bluesIn a city known for its jazz and its blues, the Homecoming Friends share the gospel with New Orleans concertgoers. As these southern saints go marching in to the Saenger Performing Arts Center, a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, familiar Homecoming faces and some new faces bring good news to those who have the blues.

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