Entries tagged with “Promoter”.

Brother Robert L. Stevenson


On Saturday, December 17, 2016, SC Gospel Quartet Radio and SC Gospel Quartet Awards presented an appreciation program for Toby A. Goodson. The concert was held at Faith, Hope and Charity Church in Columbia, SC.

Before reporting on the concert, let me tell you about Toby. Toby is the son of Sister Blanche and Brother Ronald Goodson. Sister Goodson is affectionately referred to as The Mouth Of The South. She is a radio angel, promoter and currently the CEO of SC Gospel Quartet Radio and SC Gospel Quartet Awards. As CEO of SC Gospel Quartet Radio, she has taken an idea of having an online radio broadcast and launched a 24/7 online station that is changing the way gospel fans around the world get their praise on at home, work and while traveling. Ronald Goodson is a songwriter, arranger, singer and musician extraordinaire, he is also the lead guitarist for The Legendary National Juniors.

Thus Toby grew up immersed in the gospel music genre. As a result, he is an exceptional drummer. He is a music producer. He is also one of the up and coming music engineers  with a unique ability to maximize digital software and equipment to get the most out of artists. So, it was fitting that his Mom and Dad would want to celebrate the holiday season with a gospel concert Appreciation Program just for their son.

The concert began with devotion by Little Ms. Danasha Richardson. What a talent. At six (6) years old, she delivered biblical scriptures and very fitting devotional songs like a pro. The concert performers were The Southern Gospel Singers, Willie Goins & The Medlondyettes, The National Juniors and The Talley Boys, with Minister Teddy Cross and Robert Williams. All of the groups were great. The National Juniors introduce the congregation to the title track from their new CD “Just Look How The Lord Blessing You And Me.”

The headliners The Talley Boys, with Minister Teddy Cross and Robert Williams took the services to greater heights.  Now, for gospel fans, you know that The Talley Boys were the musicians for the group Willie Neal Johnson & The New Gospel Keynotes. And, you also know that Minister Cross and Robert Williams were longtime members of The Gospel Keynotes as well as The New Keynotes.

So, having Minister Cross and Robert Williams on stage with the Talley Boys brought back fond memories of the legendary Gospel Keynotes. This was a reunion of sorts and what a reunion it was. Minister Cross and Robert Williams shared lead duties. Yes, Minister Cross did call “Robert” just like the late Willie Neal Johnson would have. And, yes, the guys embraced all of the comedic moves that fans were use to seeing by a performance of “The Gospel Keynotes.” But, they sang. And, they took the audience down memory lane. And, what a trip it was – with songs like, “Jesus, You’ve Been Good To Me,” “This Is Just A Rehearsal,” and so many more. What a grand time we had with this new configuration of The Keynotes.

If you are a promoter and you want to bring to your city a group that will electrify the audience and deliver that traditional gospel quartet sound with a twenty-first century flare, then you need to book The Talley Boys, with Minister Teddy Cross and Robert Williams. You will not be disappointed. And, your audience will surely be saying “Lord, I Thank You.”

Promoter Mr. James "Bo" GambleOn Friday, July 29, 2011, James “Bo” Gamble died in Florence, South Carolina. News of his passing was not picked up by AP, NBC, CNN, or any of the other major news outlets. You did not see his name posted as part of the In Memoriam scroll on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. Yet his passing was no less significant.

Why, you may ask? And who was James “Bo” Gamble?

Well, to many in the gospel music industry he was known as “Mr. Blockbuster.” He rightfully earned that title by promoting one of the largest attended gospel quartet concerts on the East Coast, if not in the entire country.

Each year, for over 30 years, he would bring together the best of the best gospel quartets to the Piedmont Region of South Carolina. The program in its infancy was held in Lake City, South Carolina. Because of the many top echelon quartet groups that were a part of the programs, the number of attendees quickly outgrew the Lake City venue. The program was in the later years moved to the Florence Civic Center. Each year fans of gospel quartet music would travel from outside the United States, from the West Coast, and from all points between the West and East Coasts to attend The Blockbuster Showdown.

It became an event that many fans of the genre planned their vacation around. Leave requests would be submitted to employers as soon as the date for the next Blockbuster became known. Fans would travel in buses (sponsored by their area radio station or local promoter), vans, airplanes and trains to attend this event. All because they knew James Gamble would present the best of the gospel quartet genre, all together, for one outstanding evening of gospel music. Fans knew if James Gamble said a particular group was on the program, they would be there. The gospel quartets jockeyed to be on the program. After all, it was The Blockbuster.

So it was no surprise that at his Home Going Services on Friday, August 5, 2011, in the small community of Coward, South Carolina, people showed up to pay their respects to this extraordinary Gospel Music Promoter. Groups like George Dean and The Gospel Four, Doc McKenzie & The Hi-lites, The Swanee Quintet, The Singing Angels, The Gospel Legends, members of The Brooklyn All-Stars, The Bells of Joy and Darrell McFadden & The Disciples attended the services. For many of these groups The Blockbuster has played a significant role in their success. They took the time to let Mr. Gamble’s family know just how much he was appreciated.

To the Family of James Gamble, know that we sincerely appreciate your sharing him with the gospel music industry. Yes, we grieve his passing. Yes, he will surely be missed. But know that he will never be forgotten. The Blockbuster Showdown will never, never, never be the same without him.

Rest In Peace Mr. Blockbuster.