Ken Leighton 8 a.m., Jan. 18
Darren Stowers: Bass (acoustic), Bass guitar | Don Thompson: Keyboards, Vocals | John Watts: Drums, Electronics | Mark Rice: Vocals | Linda Burnett: Vocals | Dave Elliott: Vocals | Tom Smerk: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Jonathan Magers: Piano
Sound description: Southern Gospel roots, with a country-ish gospel-rock feel.
RIYL: Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, the Soul Stirrers, the Coasters, the Dominoes, the Orioles, the Clovers
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Inception: Santee, 1998
Ex-Band Members: Nancy Flynn, Piano
Influences: Bill Gaither, the Issacs, Booth Brothers, Gordon Mote, Buddy Greene, Gaither Vocal Band, Legacy Five
Based in Santee, Rightside was founded in 1998 by Jim Burnett, who remains general manager and producer. According to the group's website, "Jim pulled together a few musicians, singers, and a guest speaker, did a few evenings of practice and off we went... As some of us talked it over and prayed about it we decided to start a group and travel around to local churches and venues in need. Over the years we have gone from doing 5 or 6 concerts a year to presently around 25 to 30 a year. We do a wide variety of gospel music and songs from a lot of different artists, and also have some music that our own musicians and singers have written."
The group was formerly known as the Gospel Review Vocal Band. "We felt with all of the changes
in band members and singers over the years it was time for a fresh new name and look. Our style of music and our audiences have also changed a bit over the years. Our music still has that country gospel rock feel to it with Southern Gospel roots. Our audiences range from young to I guess you would say mature adults."
In June 2007, the group released their debut CD, The Long Journey. When their followup Living on the Rightside was released in 2010, they were performing regularly at the First Presbyterian Church on Date Street, the Veterans Home in Chula Vista, the Pathways Community Church in Santee, and elsewhere.