This afternoon, the National Quartet Convention posted their 2014 mainstage schedule. Here are the changes:
New to 2014: Allen Boys, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, Ball Brothers, Blackwood Brothers, Bowlings, Browders, Canton Junction, Childress Family, Down East Boys, Driven, Erwins, First Love, Forgiven, Freedom, Gospel Harmony Boys, Guy Penrod, High Road III, Hyssongs, Jay Stone Singers, King’s Heralds, Littles, Lore Family, Marshall Hall, Masters Voice, Mattingly Family, Michael Frost Trio, Mylon Hayes Family, Paul’s Journey, Penny Loafers, Porter Family, Renaissance Quartet, Roarkes, Shaffers, Sheri LaFontaine, Skyline Boys, Sneed Family
Not returning from 2013: Browns, Gaither Vocal Band, Inspirations, Ivan Parker, Torchmen, Voices of Lee
Unchanged: 11th Hour, Booth Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, Collingsworth Family, Crist Family, Diplomats, Dixie Echoes, Dixie Melody Boys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gold City, Greater Vision, Hoppers, Isaacs, Jason Crabb, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck & New River, Keepers of the Faith, Kingdom Heirs, Kingsmen, LeFevre Quartet, Legacy Five, Lesters, Mark Bishop, Mark Trammell Quartet, McKameys, Nelons, Old Paths, Perrys, Primitives, Providence Quartet, Rick Webb Family, Soul’d Out, Squire Parsons, Talleys, Taylors, Tribute, Triumphant, Whisnants, Wilburn & Wilburn
For the last few years, NQC has incorporated two to four of the best performances from the evening’s showcases into their mainstage slots for a single-song set. Instead of being selected that day, it looks like they’re selecting many of those shorter sets in advance this year.
NQC also posted an incomplete daytime showcase schedule. The Wednesday-Saturday mainstage programs are largely familiar, mostly repeats from previous years: Dennis Swanberg, David Jeremiah, a Bluegrass Jamboree, a Redbook congregational sing, NQC Music Awards, Guy Penrod, and Jason Crabb. It looks like the marquee event—at least, of anything that’s new—is a 90-minute Cathedrals Family Reunion showcase on the Saturday schedule.