Southern Gospel Perspective

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11/18/2004

Gaither Vocal Band is a trio?

What IS the deal with everyone saying that the GVB is a trio? Why do people not give credit to Bill for his bass singing?

First of all, a SG quartet consists of four (4) parts: They are first tenor, second tenor (lead), baritone, and bass. When there are 4 individuals singing some combination of those parts, that is a quartet. (Quartet is by definition: a musical composition for four instruments or voices) By this definition, the GVB is a quartet.

Bill's bass singing might not be the lowest (not everyone can be the lowest). Bill might not be the very best bass singer in SG ( he's very good, IMHO though). But Bill DOES most certainly sing the bass notes and bass part for the GVB.

If the argument is the GVB is too contemporary to be SG, then that argument has more validity. I don't agree with it, but it can at least be considered a matter of opinion. The previous argument cannot. Is GVB more progressive than a lot of SG quartets? Sure, but just because they are more progressive, doesn't mean they are not still SG.

If you think of it as a scale where the very most traditional quartet (maybe Palmetto State) is on one end, then GVB would probably be at the other. However, they ARE still on the scale.

Those are my opinions on the subject. What do you think?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill is a poor singer at best. That's why he resorts to that weird half-talk, half-singer recitation stuff so often.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Southern Gospel Perspective said...

When Bill is trying to really sing though, he is technically a good bass singer. He can sing some pretty tough arrangements. Give a listen to their A Capella CD.

3:31 PM  

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