(Alexandria, IND - February 11, 2013) The 2013 Gaither Concert Tour kicked off this weekend with three sold out Gaither Vocal Band concerts in Lafayette, Louisiana, Houston, Texas, and Longview, Texas.
Mark Lowry, who broke his femur in a fall on January 3, made an appearance Friday night in his hometown of Houston by speeding onto the stage of the Arena Theatre on his brand new motorized cart. He told the audience the story of his fall and went on to sing several songs with the Gaither Vocal Band, including “Sow Mercy” from the newest Gaither Vocal Band recording, Pure And Simple and the classic he co-wrote with Buddy Greene, “Mary, Did You Know.”
Because Mark has not been able to travel or to put weight on his injured leg since the accident, former Gaither Vocal Band baritone Marshall Hall stepped in to sing baritone in Lafayette and Houston, and received an enthusiastic welcome from the audience as well as from his GVB comrades. Mark Lowry is expected to return to the stage in March if the doctor releases him to do so.
The next cities on the 2013 tour will be Olathe, Kansas on March 1, and Dodge City, Kansas on March 2. For a full listing of the 2013 tour dates, visit Tours/Tickets. Tickets are currently available for all upcoming tour dates, but those who would like to attend are encouraged to act fast while there is still availability.
Photos of Houston concert can be viewed here at Gaither.com or on the Friends of Gaither Music Facebook page.
Several video interviews from the weekend are available for viewing at Gaither.com, including backstage conversations with Mark Lowry, Marshall Hall, gospel legend Lou Hildreth, Gene McDonald, and the newest member of the tour, keyboard player extraordinaire Mattthew Holt.
Click on the artist below to see their video interviews from this weekend!
I just loved listening to the interviews! Mark Lowry was a pleasant arrival surprise, it is good to know he is on the mend. Marshall Hall remains so humble, it was great hearing from him again. I enjoyed listening to Emily, she is so gracious in her interviews!