A new season of Classic Gospel is airing on WKNO/Channel 10. Season 8 features classic episodes dedicated to Cathedrals, The Ryman, Tabernacle and the signature sound of the Gaither Vocal Band. Also included in this season are Homecoming celebrations in New Orleans, Atlanta, Texas, Israel and the Rocky Mountains.
Gaither Classics #1 (February 16)
Bill Gaither has gathered some of his favorite songs and performances from the first decade of his Homecoming series in a multi-part series entitled “Homecoming Classics”. This first episode includes 20 classics, including “Farther Along,” Squire Parsons’ “Sweet Beulah Land,” “To God Be the Glory,” “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, “Through It All,” “The King Is Coming,” “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Whispering Hope.” Performers include Vestal Goodman, the Mullins, Candy Christmas, Kim Hopper, Charlotte Ritchie, Lynda Randle, and Ann Downing.
Tribute to the Goodmans (February 23)
Howard and Vestal Goodman will forever be remembered as pioneers and unquenchable spirits whose music spread hope and joy like wildfire wherever they went. Though Howard and Vestal are gone, their passion lives on. Bill Gaither pays tribute to the music and the legacy of these two warriors of the faith and celebrates the lasting contribution they have made to the world of gospel music.
Cathedrals Farewell Celebration (March 23)
The Statler Brothers, the Oak Ridge Boys and Sandi Patty are among the friends paying tribute to the venerable Cathedrals Quartet as they retired after 50 years singing gospel music. Well-loved Cathedral standards such as “Thanks to Calvary,” and “Sinner Saved by Grace” are showcased. Gaither Vocal Band lead singer Guy Penrod joins Glen Payne for “The Haven of Rest.”
New Orleans Homecoming (March 30)
In a city known for its jazz and blues, the Homecoming Friends share the gospel with New Orleans concert-goers at the historic Saenger Performing Arts Center. The New Orleans funeral favorite “When the Saints Go Marching In” is performed and former Imperials member Sherman Andrus provides a show-stopping “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Big-voiced Wintley Phipps transfixes the audience with his rendition of “Go Down Death.”
Ryman Gospel Reunion
Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium provides an appropriate setting for a return of gospel music’s legendary performers, many of whom graced its stage during the ‘40s and ‘50s when Wally Fowler’s All-Night Singings were a must-see for any gospel music fan. This program also features Squire Parsons’ beautiful “Sweet Beulah Land,” and a version of “The Lighthouse.”
Down by the Tabernacle
Filmed in an authentic one-hundred-year-old camp meeting tabernacle in Indiana, an event that captures the true spirit of summer-time revivals and all-night sings. This nostalgic Homecoming experience features many of the recognizable songs which have become favorites throughout the years, including Vestal Goodman’s definitive “Rock of Ages,” “There Is Power in the Blood,” “Tell Me the Story of Jesus,” and “I Saw the Light.”
Bill Gaither gathers dozens of his Homecoming Friends for the largest Homecoming concert ever…dubbed the “Woodstock of Gospel” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Over 35,000 gospel music lovers were in attendance for this spectacular live Homecoming event. Highlights include, “What a Meeting in the Air,” “We Shall Behold Him,” “Peace in the Valley” and “There Is Power in the Blood.”
Homecoming Texas Style
The Homecoming Friends gather at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, for an exciting celebration of gospel music….Texas Style. Showcasing the shaped-note style of convention singing are songs such as “Give the World a Smile” and “Just a Little While.” Pro football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw joins Gospel Music Hall of Famer Jake Hess for “That’s Enough” and the crowd is brought to their feet with “I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy.”
With the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, the Homecoming Friends lift their eyes and voices to the mountains with songs such as, “There’s Something about a Mountain” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” Lynda Randle appropriately offers “God on the Mountain,” and Larry Gatlin sings “A Perfect Heart.”
The entire countryside where Jesus lived, walked and died is showcased in stirring performances as Bill and Gloria Gaither and the Homecoming Family travel to Israel. The timeless legacy of the Holy Land is captured as never before in a moving musical and visual journey, featuring visits to the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, the Garden of Gethsemane and more. Songs include “I Have Returned,” “Holy Highway” “Because He Lives” and “The Holy City.”
Rocky Mountain Homecoming
The majestic splendor of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop as the Gaither Vocal Band hosts Homecoming, taped at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Bill and Gloria Gaither's Homecoming Friends sing about this majestic state in “Colorado,” and offer a tribute to Hovie Lister, who sings “Pass Me Not.” Woody Wright channels Colorado’s favorite adopted son, John Denver, on “Back Home Again” and the Gaither Vocal Band treats viewers to Colorado’s magnificent scenery while singing, appropriately, “America the Beautiful.”
Best of Anthony Burger
This brilliant pianist extraordinaire delighted everyone with his amazing talent during his long career in southern gospel music. Hosted by Billl Gaither, the “Best of Anthony Burger” highlights some of Anthony’s most cherished performances, and features exclusive interviews, photos and stories about the man behind the keyboard. Performances include “The Hallelujah Chorus,” “Exodus,” “We Shall Behold Him,” and many, many more.
Gaither Vocal Band/EHSS Together
“The Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound...Together” features two great quartets celebrating one great God through songs that, according to Bill Gaither, “are best sung together.” Enjoy the harmony of these eight men as they lift up their voices and their lives in a truly remarkable evening of celebration, worship, joy and camaraderie.