This is a time of year that many people who love Southern Gospel music anxiously await - the National Quartet Convention. In the past, this publication has been somewhat critical of the NQC, but even through our criticism we recognize that the National Quartet Convention is the premier Southern Gospel event.
Thousands of people will descend upon Louisville, KY this week, yours truly included. I won't be able to stay the entire week, but I will be there as much as I can. A sea of buses, RVs and vans with trailers will be parked around the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. A seemingly endless array of booths will be available for those fans who want to meet their favorite artists, as well as be introduced to new artists.
For me, the excitement comes from seeing the average guy and gal, wide-eyed with anticipation, as they get to shake hands and speak with the people that, up to now, may only have been known through the radio or through concerts. But during this week, average guys and gals can meet these folks - well, at least, some of them - and get to know them on a more personal level.
So for those of you who plan to attend, I hope that you enjoy it and that you get whatever you want to get from the convention. As for the Southern Gospel Times and Sure Calling Media Group, we weren't able to have a booth at the NQC this year, but I'll be walking around, trying to meet and interview as many artists as I can. If you see me, be sure to say hello!