National Quartet Convention Post 1

Southern Raised in front of booth!!! What a great week!!!

WOW!!!!!  What an incredible week this has been for Southern Raised!  I have LOTS of pics to share along with stories and experiences.  I will do it over more than one post…..sooo…..here is the first one!:)  I am on the road right now as I post!  We are heading to South Carolina for the TV shoot we are doing this evening.  Then we head to North Carolina for a little sight seeing:)…….I am excited about that!  Then hop over the North Carolina and Tennessee border and play Wednesday night in Erwin TN.  BUT…….let me get right into our week at NQC!

Southern Raised loading in on Monday morning!

We set up our booth on Monday before the exhibitor hall opened.  It was all hustle and bustle around there as groups scurried to finish touches on their booths before the 4pm opening!

Emily Grace loading………

We had set up all of our booth banners, tables, posters and so forth at home already:)……just for a practice run!!!  So, it went pretty quick when we tore into it!

Bunches and Bunches of Stuff!!!!

It was really a little weird seeing yourself on a 10×10 banner!!!  I don’t know, but your head blown up that big……….man:)………a little different!!!

Erecting the Banner!

When we were loading in….we ran into Ben Rochester! We love the Rochester Family and their music!  Super sweet and genuine people!! So….we posed for a quick pic!

Ben Rochester and Southern Raised

More set up of the booth!…………………………………………………………………………………………….

Mama and Emily

Our booth number was 961……..here is a pic of our isle sign……this is how you found your way around!!!  Look for the BIG isle signs hanging on the ceiling!!!!……you can get lost if you don’t!:)…lol

Look for 900!

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Finally done! Voila!!!

We were blessed to develop a friendship with Mr. Randy Shelnut of the Dixie Echoes.  They are an amazing group that we first met at Silver Dollar City this year.  During the NQC ,he would drop by our booth every now and again and he was so kind to even give us tips on vocals and harmony!  He was a blessing and we are glad we had the chance to become friends!  Here is a pic of him at our booth helping with vocals!

Mr. Randy Shelnut working with us at our booth

……………………………One huge highlight from our time at NQC was the radio interviews we did with Les Butler for the Front Porch Fellowship!!!  Southern Raised will be the Spotlight Artist for the last 2 weeks of September and all of October….So, please listen for us on the Solid Gospel Networks….you can go the the Singing News website and listen online, this will air on Saturdays and Sundays!!!  TUNE IN!:):)……………..Mr. Butler was super nice and we had an awesome time with him during the interviews!!! Loved it!:)……………………………………………………………………………………………

Lindsay visiting with Les Butler before the radio interviews

He wanted it to be kinda spontaneous…..:):)….so, we just sat down and talked!  He asked questions and had a good time!

Time to Talk!

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Funny Comment!

OK:)……..so now y’all get to see the pics of what you are going to hear on the radio coming up!!!!..Now you can see it all while you hear it!!!…Fun huh?????:)!

Les Butler and Southern Raised

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Look Familiar?????

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Matt and His Double!!!

……………………….We had the great opportunity to meet many, many artists!  I am going to post several pics of us and different musicians.  Here is one of us and Brian Free.  ………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Southern Raised and Brian Free

We ran into Jeff Easter while heading to Freedom Hall one day and asked for a quick pic…he said “just follow me down to the food court and we can get Sheri too!  I am meeting her there!”  Soo….here it is:)

Southern Raised with Jeff and Sheri Easter

…………………..We participated in the Regional Artist Showcase and had a good time  singing for an awesome crowd!…………………………………………………………………

Southern Raised in the Regional Artist Showcase

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Lindsay walkin through the exhibitor hall

………………..KWFC, which is a station that is based out of Springfield,MO, came out to the NQC…..Mr. Dave Taylor from the station came by our booth and had me read about 4 verses for their “verse of the day” back home………………………………………………………………………

Lindsay reading KWFC’s verse of the day from the NQC

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Sarah