May 29, 2021

Soon to be released Andrus, Blackwood & Co DVD

June 1, 2021

Post COVID days are here now. We survived in spite of this virus that inflicted death and harm to so many people around the world. Many businesses and families were affected but the worst aspect of this virus was the fear it put in the hearts of Americans. There’s a scripture found in 2 Timothy 1:7 that says “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I choose to not live in fear but to rely on common sense and God’s word for safety and peace of mind.

Due to COVID, there’s not been much singing going on and that’s a sad side effect that many forget. Singing songs of praise lifts the heart and soul to the throne of God and gives us a different perspective on our circumstances. God, who made us, can protect us from harm if we put our trust in Him and be sensible in how we conduct ourselves.

Most of my singing has been done in local recording studios. We sang a full day’s session for a Norwegian singer that went very well. Just a week later, we did another full day’s singing for our good friend, Rev. Carroll Roberson. He has a ministry that covers the globe. He writes many of his songs and then films them for his television show. One of the many songs he wrote is entitled, One Pair of Hands, and many people think Elvis is singing. He has never tried to sound like Elvis, but there’s something about us Mississippi boys. We seem to sound alike to some degree. You can find this song on YOUTUBE. Look it up. I think you will be blessed by this anointed song.

I have my edited DVD which is in the process of being duplicated. There are three concerts of Andrus, Blackwood & Co included on this DVD. So many people have said if I find footage of our concerts, please make them available, as they would LOVE to have one. I was able to get three concerts transferred from old tapes that had to be baked before they could be transferred to the DVD format. It was quite a process but was worth all the effort and expense. What we have now is the ONLY concert video of ABC available anywhere!

The first video was done at the Grand Ole Opry in the early 80’s in a concert series called Gospel meets Country. The second video was done at a church in Dallas, TX, and it has some never before seen footage of the popular comical song we sang, If Your Hair’s Too Long There’s Sin in Your Heart. We also have some anointed praise and worship songs as well.

The last video of ABC was filmed in Chicago at an outdoor park in 1985. It was the last concert of the group and contains the only available live version of the song, Jesus, You’re So Wonderful. The video was not done by a professional videographer, but he captured the essence of that song on stage with three participating young people from the audience. It was SO MUCH FUN and a very special moment in time has been captured. So many have done this song in their local church youth groups. I think if you were a fan of ABC, you will LOVE this DVD. It should be available and on the website in a few weeks.

We have some exciting events coming up and I’ll be letting you know about them soon. Until then, stay positive. God is working and moving in the hearts of His people as we turn to Him as the source of all blessing! Remember to pray 2 Chron. 7:14 for this great country.

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April 24, 2020

Our Best Protection

In response to this global pandemic, I felt I needed to offer a few words of encouragement. There has not been in my lifetime such a challenging threat to our nation, our citizenry, and our sovereignty.

As bad as it is, there is still hope. God is in control of this pandemic. 

 We now see the value of the things we so often ignored.  If God is our strength, we have developed more love and time for others, more inner strength, more empathy and patience. Faith is rising and doubt and fear are the enemy. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love and a sound mind”. 

We are all in this together; rich and poor, male and female, and all races face this same pandemic which is no respecter of persons. The kind of car you drive doesn’t matter as it sits in your garage and gathers dust. Supermarket shelves are empty and hospitals are in panic mode.

We return to our origin, realizing that with or without money, the important thing is to survive. Today, health is the main thing, not the size of your bank account.

Our overthrown gods: Money, Sports, Fame, Self

What the corona-virus is teaching us:

Our best protection: God

Our best refuge: Home

Our real-time: Today

We do not have the power to control anything. That power is vested in God alone.

Thank you for your kindness and I pray you are all doing well.

As Always,

Terry Blackwood

July 12, 2021

Andrus, Blackwood & Co new DVD is here!

I have the new ABC Live in Concert dvd in stock now. Many have already ordered it already but you can get yours by using PayPal or Venmo or a check will do.
There are excerpts of three separate concerts on one dvd! My email is rtbwood@gmail.com. Contact me if you want one. They are $25 and I will pay postage.

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July 1, 2021

The New ABC DVD at $25 and I pay postage!

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July 1, 2021

The new Andrus, Blackwood & Co DVD. The price is $25 and I will pay postage.

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February 21, 2020

Final days of the European tour

We are winding up our three-week tour of Austria, Slovenia, and Switzerland this weekend. Vienna was lovely as usual and it’s my favorite city in all of Europe. The people are so friendly and the city has almost no homeless on the streets. It’s a very prosperous city as well. On this tour, I was made an honorary citizen of Vienna. They gave me a little gold emblem to signify my new title. They call me “Sir Richard” now!  I don’t take it seriously though, because when I get home, I will revert to being just DAD again to my children. 

Our visit to Slovenia was very impressive! We had a great concert with the localhost, Samual Hudl. He sang and his band played and then Dennis and his band, the Jam Gang, the Imperials, the Holladay Sisters, Glen D. Hardin, Paul Leim on drums, (one of the best I’ve ever heard) and Donna Presley, Elvis’ cousin, all came on stage. We had a great time in Ljubljana, Slovenia and were surprised to have two visitors at the show, the US ambassador to Slovenia, Mrs. Lynda C. Blanchard and her husband were there for most of the show and after the show, she invited us to the embassy for a visit the next day. So, we drove over there that next morning and had about a 30-minute audience with her and all our group. President Trump nominated her to that post. She and her husband are graduates of Auburn University so we felt right at home with two southerners. She gave us symbols of our visit there and I will include pictures of that visit. 

The U.S. Embassy in Slovenia
Another view of the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia

The next morning, Sam drove us down to the Adriatic Sea coast where we visited a beautiful hotel that may be in the plans for a TCB weekend in 2021. I will have pictures of that visit on this blog. You will want to contact Dennis Jale or check on our FB site for information for that. I hope you will make plans to attend.

Hotel on the Adriatic Sea

Thanks to Dennis Jale, Maren, to Sam Hudl, to Jacqueline Raphael, and all who were a part of this experience. 

I will be working on new material for August, two new songs possibly, and we are planning on working with a well-known country artist who wants to do a gospel album. I will let you know when it comes to fruition. 

I will be releasing the last CD Sherman and I made called Holiday. Sherman has had it available on his website now for two years and I will add it to mine as well. I just put one song on our FB site that I wrote called I Can Do All Things. I think it’s one of the best CD’s we ever did. Sherman and I both were stretched vocally to do things we had never done before but I’m glad our producer, John Rosasco, pushed us. The result was far more than we had ever hoped. 

Watch for it soon on my website at terryblackwood.com/store.  

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February 11, 2020

He Didn’t Know…

I’m sitting in my hotel room in Vienna, Austria, reflecting on the last couple of days with the 2020 group that came with us to Vienna. Our host, Dennis Jale, the Imperials, Glen D. Hardin, the Holladay Sisters, Donna Presley, Elvis’ cousin, and Paul Leim, one of the really great drummers still making it happen on stage. He’s here with his beautiful wife of 51 years, Jeannie. As we sat around the top floor of the Intercontinental Hotel, we shared stories, we listened to Glen D Hardin tell of his arranging history. He told us he developed an interest in orchestration long before working with Elvis. He went to the book store and bought a book for $1.25 on the instruments he would arrange and their ranges. He didn’t know what Coda or the D.S sign meant so he looked them up in that little book. After learning the definitions of the terms used, he went through the L.A. phone book looking for a musician who could help him. He finally found one. The man said I’ll teach you the basics in an hour. So one Saturday. He went to his home, they sat down, and this musician began giving him loads of information on chords, terms to be used for charting, and valuable points to consider when scoring a chart for orchestra. 

Glen D. Hardin

It wasn’t long after that, he began writing for orchestra and without one lesson from a university professor! I’m sure there would be one somewhere who might have been able to help, but Glen didn’t need a semester learning from a professor who knew the same things that little book had already told him. The best instruction you will ever have is sitting under or behind one who has done it well. Experience has always been a better teacher than a classroom professor who couldn’t make it in the real world of music. If you have the talent, you can take it from there. 

By the time he wound up with Elvis, he had already begun to do orchestrations for many artists. One of his first was for the First Edition where he arranged the song, “Ruby”. 

Glen playing for Elvis

We had been in rehearsals with Elvis for several weeks in Los Angeles before the big opening in Las Vegas.  Glen wasn’t in the first month with us. A man named Larry Muhoberac was our first pianist. Our second month-long stay in Vegas, Glen D came on board. We were hashing out a few mistakes in rehearsal and Elvis said to the band, “I sure would like to cut Let It Be Me. We don’t have a chart on it but maybe soon I’ll hire someone to write one out”. Glen told us he went up to his room, took out his pencil and manuscript paper, and wrote the arrangement to that song in four hours! The next night when Elvis came down for soundcheck before the show, Glen passed out his arrangement to the orchestra, and as Elvis walked into the showroom, Glen hit the downbeat to the song for Elvis to hear. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! From that night on, Glen orchestrated all of Elvis’s songs. 

Glen D. Hardin is a very talented and humble man who merely decided he wanted to do something, so he did it! What a great lesson in that for all of us to learn. We are only limited by our minds. If we think we can do it, we probably can. You never know until you try. Study your craft and be the best you can be and you never know the doors God will open for you. 

January 13, 2020

Attention Please. It’s 2020!

It’s January 2020! The new year has come with new challenges and new opportunities. The past year had many exciting days and disappointments as well. We were guest singers on the Mike Huckabee show on January 4 with our friend, James Burton. 

January 9-February 2 was our European tour with Dennis Jale. Dennis is always such a great host and the tour was awesome! 

On March 31, I was a guest for the Franklin Elvis Festival in Franklin, TN. I shared my gospel songs from the piano and the EAS Band from Chicago accompanied me. They are such fine musicians and genuinely good people who just want to make good music. It was a great weekend. 

On May 24 the Imperials traveled to Gatlinburg, TN for GaitherFest. We shared the stage with the finest singers/musicians you will ever hear. Bill Gaither always assembles the finest group of singers/speakers in the nation.  I was challenged by two great speakers that weekend to be the best I can be for the kingdom of God. 

We flew to Denmark on July 31 and were there for Henrik Knudsen’s Garden Party until Aug 5. On August 10, we flew to Wichita, KS, rented a car and drove to Arkansas, Kansas for a gospel concert. They pronounce it Arkansas and they will remind you of its correct pronunciation. I pronounced it like I thought it should be and I immediately got a response from the audience. After begging for mercy, they stopped throwing objects at us.  Seriously, they were very nice to us and the concert went without a problem.

We drove to Memphis on August 15 for the Elvis weekend. The big-screen show was on Friday and our gospel concert was on Saturday night. 

We helped our son, Jesse, move into his dorm on August 22. He is a freshman at Tennessee Tech U and has a roommate, Dale Fox, whose home is not more than 5 miles from ours.  

On October 12, Tina, Leah, and I drove to Murray, KY where we checked into the hotel for the night. Sunday morning early I sang special music for the First Baptist Church. I did a mid-afternoon concert at the church. Mostly seniors came but the response was gratifying. I shared my heart and my music. One elderly lady told Tina that she used to listen to Christian music but had put it aside. After the concert, she said to her that she has a renewed interest in listening again and she purchased several of CDs for her home. If you fill your house with Christian music, you will be encouraged in your walk with Christ. There are many to choose from. It doesn’t have to be mine. Just DO IT! That’s not an ad for Nike! You will be glad you did.

On November 13, the Imperials were a part of the James Burton Foundation concert at the Nashville Shermorhorn auditorium downtown. We shared the stage with Jason Scheff of Chicago who asked us to sing 25 or 6 or more, with Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, where we sang with him on one of his hits, I’ll Still Be Loving You, and also a Glen Campbell medley of Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind. The last segment of the show was the Elvis segment and we sang The Wonder of You with James Burton and Ronnie Tutt. The finale was with all those who sang that night. Tanya Tucker came out and was featured on Burning Love. I have to say it was a night to remember. I am hopeful it will be a PBS special this year. 

Last month we flew to Austria for our Christmas shows with Dennis Jale. Tina was able to go this time. So we left home and spent two weeks in and around Vienna, Austria. Tina got to the shop and the group got to sing. We did a state-run TV show for the first time. On our last day there, we took a train to Salzburg and spent the day touring that beautiful city. We visited Mozart’s birthplace and toured the beautiful church that was used in The Sound of Music. We also toured Salzburg Fortress began in the 1200s.  Many pictures and memories were made. 

I pray 2020 is a great and glorious year for you. Many are hurting. Remember to be thankful for health and provision. As the song says, “Give thanks with a grateful heart”.  Happy New Year!

December 18, 2019

Time with Friends and Fans

It’s Thursday evening here in Vienna and I’m recollecting the amazing events of the almost two weeks in Austria. It’s been an exciting time for us as Tina came with me and got to shop and I got to sing! 

We’ve had many opportunities to spend time with friends and fans and to sing our gospel songs to many Austrians and Germans who came to Vienna to see the shows. One special friend came all the way from Paris. Genevieve is very supportive of our music and we always enjoy seeing her. Another friend came and sat on the front row, enjoying the music. She lives with a painful hip which will eventually have to be replaced but you would never know she’s in pain unless you ask her. God bless her and heal her of this debilitating malady. 

We’ve sung for Christmas parties, Lion’s Club dinners, as well as a few concerts. 

While here, we ran into Brian Sullivan, anchor and Senior National Correspondent for CNBC Business News. We were in the hotel and he found out we were there. He is a huge Elvis fan and knew of the Imperials. He was so very appreciative of meeting us. He knew we had sung with Elvis and just wanted to hear some Elvis stories. We took a picture with him and he invited us to tour CNBC if we ever came to NYC. He said he would be sure to tell his Dad he met me. His Dad is a huge Imperials fan. 

One highlight was the concert at the Minoriten Church in downtown Vienna. In the past, we’ve sung in huge cathedrals with high ceilings that couldn’t be heated. That was the case last year. I wore gloves onstage. This church has beautiful gothic architecture and was packed. We sang with only the piano and the acoustics were amazing! We learned Silent Night in German and the Austrian people loved our attempts at learning their language. Singing Sweet Spirit in that church without the microphones was a very special moment too.

Our host, Dennis Jale, secured an interview on an Austrian television show for us and him. The host interviewed us on my association with Elvis and our history of singing the gospel with Elvis in his penthouse. 

If I get over this cold, on Sunday, our last day here, Tina and I, Will and Shavona Shaw will take the train to Salzburg, Austria, for the day. 

So Monday morning early we board the plane for home. I must say the Austrian people are so warm and friendly. You can walk down the streets of Vienna at night and never fear for your safety. 

Thanks to Dennis Jale for always being such a great host and for Maren who always helps to work out the details for Dennis. 

November 27, 2019

This Show was so Good!

The James Burton and Friends concert was held November 12 at the Schermerhorn in Nashville, TN. There were legendary performers from around the world, all invited to share their talents with that audience. There was Jason Scheff, son of Jerry Scheff, Elvis’ bassist, and long-time lead vocalist of Chicago, rock and roll royalty, Brian May, of “Queen”, Larry Stewart, lead vocalist of Restless Heart, Joe Walsh, guitar legend of the Eagles, Albert Lee, Marty Haggard, son of the great Merle Haggard, John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, Paul Schaffer of the CBS Late Show, and the Imperials. 

Guitar signed by all of the participants in the show.

This was a concert that exceeded my wildest imaginations! From the first rehearsal to the show, I knew it was going to be a night to remember. Jason Scheff had heard of us from his father, Jerry, so when he heard us sing, he came up to me and we had a nice chat. He asked me if we would back him on 25 or 6 or More. I went to that hall expecting to rehearse our songs, and Jason asked us to back him. Of course, we said yes. 

Brian May of “Queen” heard us in rehearsal and enquired of the man sitting in front of him, “Who are those guys”? He knew us so he told him. Later, I had a photo taken with him backstage. Brian hopes to take this show to London next year. 

Larry Stewart of Restless Heart shared the stage with us for a Glen Campbell medley of “Gentle on my Mind” and “Wichita Lineman”, and we backed him on their hit, “I’ll Still be Loving You”. He knew of the Imperials since childhood. His father, Buddy, had an auto dealership in Paducah, KY, and used to sell cars to many of his gospel heroes. 

Larry Stewart, Restless Heart

There were so many great moments that occurred with the guitar jam sessions. The Elvis segment was last. We came out with Jason and did his song. I introduced “The Wonder of You” and the Imperials sang it, with James Burton playing the lead guitar and Ronnie Tutt playing drums. Jason Scheff came on stage to play bass for us just like his father would have done. 

It ended with several Elvis tunes and a stage full of all the performers singing songs by the king of rock and roll. I guess the only three people on that stage that actually worked on stage with Elvis were James, Ronnie, and me. 

This show was so good, I have a feeling you will see it on PBS sometime next year. You will want to get a DVD of it. It’s that good! 

Brian May of Queen

God placed me in the Imperials for a reason. He had a plan from the foundation of the world. I’m part of that plan. I don’t know what the future holds but He does. I will go wherever He leads and sing to anyone who will listen. 

I think 2020 may be even more exciting than this year! I can’t wait! Thank you, Lord.