The Kingsmen Quartet was there in September and did an outstanding job. And just last week, The Singing Cookes entertained local gospel fans with another fine performance.
Bringing groups like these is expensive, and I know Simpson plans these singings for the people of Harlan County. But the people of Harlan County are not showing up in the numbers that I would like to see.
Simpson has one more concert scheduled for this year with The McKameys to perform in December.
This group has had several top-charting songs and has traveled to Harlan County at least five times.
I talked to Steve during intermission of The Singing Cookes concert and asked about next year's lineup. He didn't have anyone scheduled as of yet, which bothered me.
I'm guessing the main reason he doesn't have any groups planned is that not enough people are attending these first-rate concerts.
The Simpson family has scheduled many concerts in the past two years. It was good to hear that The Crabb Family and The McKameys drew a huge crowd last year, but the theater should be full or near capacity every concert.
When Pauline Patterson had the Crabb Family at Cawood High School over three years ago, it drew over 2,000 people. But when Patterson brought the New Hinsons and Ronny Hinson to Cawood's Little Theater, only 125 people attended in a theater that seats over 300.
There's been times at the Novo that the concerts have fallen on middle school football night, and even the Cookes' concert was held while the regional high school volleyball tournament was held at Cumberland.
When gospel music fans see that