Who Is This?

Last week, Sam, Jayme, and Caleb had the privilege to talk with a special person. Do you know who he is*? (If you’re into Southern Gospel music, it should be pretty easy!)

Look for a special video interview on SouthernGospelBlog.com and pictures coming soon!
*For those who aren’t familiar with Southern Gospel music, the man the LAs are speaking with is Ernie Haase of the Signature Sound Quartet.

Booth Brothers Concert Highlights on SGBlog

Good morning friends!

Just a quick post to inform those of you who enjoy blog-hopping, video-watching, and Southern Gospel Music that a concert highlight video of our experience with the Booth Brothers has been posted on SouthernGospelBlog.com. Ben had fun slicing up and editing about an hour of footage to create this five minute video last week; good job, Ben!

Click here to watch it, and post a comment if you’d like! 🙂 (Go on…it’s not too hard, and it doesn’t hurt! 😉 )

Have a wonderful, God-blessed day!
Taylor for the Garms Family

Booth Brothers Concert Review

Good Afternoon Friends!

It is almost 70 degrees here in our town of Braham, and the humidity is wonderful! At last we can open the windows and let the fresh spring air flow through the home!

This concert review is overdue (I’m a poet, and ya’ll didn’t know it!), but life has been busy around the Garms Family home. Forgive me for my tardiness and procrastination!

I left you hanging on a countdown for the Booth Brothers in my last blog, and yes, the day finally arrived on Saturday, April 2nd. I awoke to Sam, Jayme, and Caleb saying: “Hey! This is Sam, Jayme, and Caleb Garms. We are the Little Adventurers reporting for SouthernGospelBlog.com.” But more about that later…

The day was filled with joyful and excited preparation. We gathered cameras, gummy bears, and pillows for the trip (but let me assure you, no one fell asleep on the way home!).

The family, all ready to go! (Note the nametags: the suspense is building, isn’t it?) Whitney unfortunately had to work, but otherwise, she would have joined us for the concert.

Almost there! We finally made it to Maplewood, MN and stopped at a favorite site – Arby’s! – for a restroom stop. 🙂

We were the first people at the church, other than the Booth Brothers and the promoters (go figure for arriving two and half hours early!). We sat and waited, enjoying each other’s company in the sunshine and greeting people as they came. 🙂 Caleb (above) proudly displays his SouthernGospelBlog.com nametag. Yes, we brought questions and Leesha’s and my new video camera for gathering some blog material during the concert, and did we have fun with that! (I cannot tell you how many people asked, “What’s a blog?”) Keep scrolling for a video result of our on-the-site reporting.

Waiting, waiting, waiting. 🙂 This was Sam, Jayme, and Caleb’s post during the waiting process.

Yes, after much waiting, the concert began! It was such a wonderful time to listen to Ronnie and Michael Booth and Jim Brady share from their heart and God’s Word through their music and message. We were uplifted and encouraged, and inspired to be better performers ourselves. They are so polished, so relaxed on stage, and so ministry-focused.

Part of the Front-Row, Full-Pew Crew.

Jim Brady saving money on car insurance. 🙂 Yes, he “supposedly” answered his phone during the concert. (And yes, we have been guilty of answering phones on stage as well – just once, mind you! It was an important phone call! But Jim had no excuse! 🙂

Caleb during “I’m Feeling Fine”. 🙂 Michael later told Caleb, “If I forget the words, I know exactly where to look”, as he was singing along with almost every song. We heard many of our favorite Booth Brother songs…even a song I was hoping they wouldn’t sing, “All Over the World”. 🙂 Leesha loves the calypso beat, but I don’t necessarily appreciate it. But I admit, they had a lot of fun with it, and so did we!

Michael talking to the audience at intermission. (We like this picture!) 🙂

Ronnie talking with the family.

After the concert, Ronnie and Michael just infused our family band with wisdom from a group who has traveled many more years and miles. We were overwhelmed with all their insight – in a good way – and we greatly appreciated their time and stories. We learned A LOT!

Speaking of time and talking, here’s one of the most exciting highlights of the concert! Sam, Jayme, and Caleb had the privilege to interview Michael Booth for SouthernGospelBlog.com. What a special moment and piece of history for our family. Michael was as witty and hilarious as ever, but just as serious and open-hearted. The lessons also contained in the interview are very pertinent to everyone, and we learned much from his transparency.

Watch the video below, and if you like, you can read a transcript of the interview (thanks YGG!) on SGBlog by clicking here. But you don’t want to miss this video! The hilarity and spontaneity of Michael, and cuteness and response of the LAs is a must-see, plus the added footage is fun as well. Ben and I put much time in preparing this, and we hope you enjoy it!

We are still reliving memories! We treasure the time we had together as a family, the fellowship and catchin’ up with many friends we’ve met along the way, making new friends, and of course, the ministry of the Booth Brothers. We were very blessed.

And yes, we were asked if we were related to the Booth Brothers…again. 🙂 (And the answer is still “no”.)

Blessings and Joy in the Journey!

T for TGF

Countdown…

Eight days! The countdown officially began several months ago, and almost every morning some member of the family would mention during breakfast, “38 days left!”, “25 days left!”, “17 days left!” etc. etc. Anticipation is building and Caleb is trying to pick what suit he is going to wear. Several (young) members of the family are counting their money in their “piggy banks” and dreaming about new CDs.

Oh, have I explained what it is exactly that we are looking forward to? Perhaps this picture will give some insight…

If you follow Southern Gospel Music at all, then you should be able to recognize those three guys (the ones who are obviously not part of our family) as the popular, amazing, and talented Booth Brothers! Yes, our favorite trio, the Booth Brothers are coming to Maplewood, MN on April 2nd, and we will be there…hopefully in the front row again.

Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth, and Jim Brady have won our respect through their smooth blend, uplifting songs, and strong message. They are the most ministry-minded people we have met in the SGM industry, and we appreciate them and their music very much.
And for those who ask us every year at the annual Booth Brothers concert: “No, we are not related to the Booth Brothers.” It never fails; for the past two concerts we attended of theirs, we’ve been asked by many different people, “Are you related to the Booth Brothers?” In fact, even when we really didn’t know who the Booth Bros. were, a well-known bass singer came up to Dad at a quartet convention and said, “Do you know you look like Michael Booth? I’m friends with him, and you look like him!” We were all rather confused, not really seeing the correlation between Dad and Michael. On Father’s Day that year, though, I took a picture of Dad without a mustache and put a mustache on Michael Booth, and then we saw the slight resemblance! 🙂 Otherwise, NO, we are not the Booth Bros. family!
If you are interested in the Booth Brothers and attending the concert, click here to go to their website and click here for more info about the concert; we’d love to see you there!
Blessings and Joy in the Journey!
T for TGF