We’ve always known that Dewayne Hodges brings a good show to the Front Porch, so we figured that the addition of the Faith Point Singers would have to be good. Good doesn’t quite cover how great this turned out to be!
The Faith Point Singers are Ronnie Vandeslick on bass and vocals, Roger Luker on acoustic guitar and vocals, Clyde Adams on lead guitar and vocals, Dewayne Hodges on keyboard and vocals, Ronnie Neighbors on pedal steel, and Jeremy Luker on drums.
We knew from the sound check on that this show was going to be special, and it was! They kicked off their first set with the very poignant country song, “Almost Home,” featuring Roger on vocals. Clyde stepped up the pace with the question, “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me.” Ronnie V. changed the pace and mood with a stirring rendition of “Stand By Me,” followed by Dewayne sending out the tune “I Can See Houston” to the victims and to all the folks helping in the rescues and recovery effort on the Gulf Coast effected by hurricane Harvey.
At this point everyone realized that this was a special group of singers and players who loved to play. Their vocal harmonies were simply the best, as well as their musicianship. As they continued with “Tonight,” “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” and “The Cowboy Rides Away.” They honored the memory of the great country singer/songwriter Don Williams with a great version of “Tulsa Time.”
A shift to Motown with a fabulous version of “My Girl,” back into country with “Almost Like A Song,” and ended the set with “Working Man Blues.”
After a short break the band took to the stage and played a request, “Every Night For Me,” then went into an all gospel set with “We’ll Soon Be Done.” Normally we would expect Dewayne to do his most requested tune, “Beulah Land,” but in this band Roger and Dewayne shared the vocals and the crowd loved it. The set also included “How Great Thou Art,” “Call Me Gone,” “Jesus Made A Change,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and the band closed with “The Lighthouse.”
The Faith Point Singers are the musicians in residence at the Faith Point Ministry in Hot Springs. Big huge thanks to them for coming to Mount Ida and playing for everyone!
Thanks to all the folks who came out to support music; we’re betting you’re glad you came out too! As always thanks to our volunteers who make it all happen.
Personal thanks to Jerry Lambert, Dan Watson and Robert Cavanaugh for all your help!