LeFevre Quartet makes impact, pleases crowd

May 24, 2011

        They came all the way from Gainesville, Ga., and not many people knew of them, nor had heard of them, nor seen them before. But the LeFevre Quartet certainly scored big time on May 10 with the Southern Gospel audience at Christian Center.

        They sang a lot of good music, had some fun, and were warmly and quickly received. And when they wrapped up the first half of their program with their current hit, “Jesus Saves,” a standing ovation reinforced all of that.

         Often it’s difficult to draw a big crowd when Montana Gospel Music Association brings a “new” group to town for the first time, and this was no exception – aided by the local newspaper’s mishandling of advertising scheduled to run (but didn’t) on three occasions before the concert. Still, a smaller- than-usual audience (pushing 250) enjoyed everything they heard, starting with the three-song opening by Sound Foundation, a long-standing local-favorite trio, composed of Brooke Bennett Gallegher, Becky Bennett and Shelbey Dutter.

         The LeFevres opened with “Without Him,” a poignant song written half a century ago by Mike LeFevre’s older cousin Mylon, a son of legendary Eva Mae LeFevre of the LeFevre Trio.

         They followed up with “Hold On,” “Let Me Tell About Jesus,” and the Goodmans’ classic “Wouldn’t take Nothing for My Journey Now,” before anybody talked. Then it was “Sweet Love of Jesus” and “When I Get Carried Away” (a Gold City classic from the days Mike LeFevre sang with that group).

         Tenor Jeremy Easley took the spotlight on “You’re Never Too Far Away” followed by both Mike and his son Jordan, 19, featured on “I’ve Got My Jesus,” which drew a standing “O.” Bass singer Mike Allen became more prominent as the group wound up the first half with “Live Rejoicing Every Day,” “Sing His Praises,” “O Happy Day,” and the afore-mentioned “Jesus Saves.”

         Lead singer David Staton got into “Big Mighty God,” a Dove-nominated song, followed by Easley’s lead on “In My Robe of White.”

         Requests were combined into a medley that included “In the Garden,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Take My Life.” Jordan LeFevre returned for a well-received “”Behold He Comes,” and the wrap-up of “There’s No God Like Jehovah.”

         There was strong support for the suggestion of a LeFevre return concert in the future – and the quartet earned that!  

         At the beginning of the concert, when Pastor Bob Ross came to lead in prayer, the audience honored him with applause to show their love and respect for the Rosses, whose grandson Justin was killed while serving inAfghanistan. Early in the program, Allen, a long-time Gaither bass favorite, also recognized the Rosses with a recitation.

        — Review by Dean Conklin.


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