Concert Review: Gold City (4/29/21)

  • 30 April 2021

Last night, I attended the first concert I have been to since August 2018. I’d had a long day and wasn’t sure I was up to going, but boy am I glad I did.

Gold City was the first southern gospel group I saw in person back in 1989 and, although the group members have totally changed since that day, Daniel Riley, Bruce Taliaferro, Thomas Nalley, and Chris West are doing well at carrying on the legacy.

I still get excited at concerts, and I’m sure that excitement showed when the concert kicked off with Somebody, Sing Me a Gospel Song. I’ve really liked this song since it was first released back in the 1990s I think. Although I know most if not all of the old Gold City hits, I have not kept with the group since Tim Riley retired. This was not intentional as much as our paths just not crossing. Because of this, I did not know I Will Not Be Shaken, Alabama Mud, God’s Still Good, or Those Same Hands. On the way to the concert, I was telling my niece and nephews that I typically like uptempo songs unless there is a slow song where the message and delivery really grab me. Those Same Hands fit that category.

They sang another old song with I Cast My Bread Upon the Water before slowing down the tempo once again for I’ve Been Washed in the Blood. After that was, I Have an Anchor, and then Bruce sang Once and for All. I’m Rich closed out the set before they took a break so the offering could be collected.

Daniel Riley took some time to share his concerns about the Church and how everyone is cowering in fear of offending people. He pointed out that “The truth is often offensive.” This is sad but true. I confess that I am one who does not like to offend people, but I pray for boldness to be a light regardless of what others think. I don’t ever want to be ashamed of Jesus or bring Him to shame in any way.

Daniel then sang It’s Still the Cross, followed by the group singing We’ll Soon Be Done with Troubles and Trials. Believe me I was tapping my feet to that.

I Will Stand was another new song to me, but the line jumped out at me: “He’s the reason I’m alive. How can I not live to make Him known?” Wow. I think the key is in remembering that it’s not about me. It is all about Him. My heart should well up with extreme gratitude to the One who has been so good to me that I can’t help but share Him with others.

They closed the night with two GC classics: I’m Not Giving Up and Midnight Cry.

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