New Speer Family striving to Let the Songs Go On again

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The New Speer Family performed at Sand Spring Baptist Church in May. The group got together in 2018 as Brian Speer wanted to keep the songs of his legendary family going. From left are Brian Speer, Allison Speer, Ben Waites and Mike Allen.

(NOTE: This article, by John Herndon, originally appeared in the June edition of SGN Scoops magazine.)

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

Brian Speer just knew he needed to get back on stage.

It didn’t matter that it had been 36 years since he stopped traveling with his legendary family. It didn’t matter that he really didn’t know what direction he would take or who would sing with him. He just knew he needed to keep The Speer Family legacy alive.

“After all of Brian’s people were gone, he woke up one day and said, ‘I think we need to do a quartet,’” Brian’s wife, Allison Speer, says. “It shocked me! We had never talked about it and had never discussed it.” Continue reading “New Speer Family striving to Let the Songs Go On again”

Last two concerts have combined the past and present

 

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The Kingsmen in concert at Christiansburg Baptist Church, May 30, 2019. From left are Chris Jenkins, Chris Bryant, Alan Kendall and Ray Dean Reese.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

We are back after a crazy month that barely gave us time to breathe!

We’ve been quiet at KentuckySings.com for the month of May due to taking on some freelance work for three different publications. Add in my youngest daughter’s final month of high school — where DID the time go? — I’ve been away from the site more than I wanted. With KentuckySings.com being a labor of love, an unscheduled lull might happen occasionally.

However, I did make two concerts in May and conducted interviews for stories scheduled to appear in another publication in the next two months. Those two interviews might have done as much for my understanding of why gospel music stays vibrant despite warnings that it’s a dying form of music. Continue reading “Last two concerts have combined the past and present”