“It’s so down home,” he said. “She’s the oldest soloist I ever used. Usually all the songs we do, they are scripted. My mother, of course, I can’t tell her what to do. I told her I will cut it off if it gets too long. She’s a traditional, quartet kind of singer. She’s used to really working the crowd. My mom did a cameo appearance a few years ago. Now, she has time to really engage the audience.”
The evening’s pulse is set by the choir’s band.
“I can’t say enough about the band,” Criss said. “They’re unbelievable. It’s a great weekend. Bluegrass and gospel is a natural draw.”
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: SUNY Plattsburgh's Gospel Choir presents GospelFEST with special guests the Bluegrass Gospel Project.
WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5.
WHERE: E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh.
ADMISSION: Tickets are $12 general admission in advance or $15 at the door; $5 students in advance or $8 at the door; and free to children under 5. Tickets are available at the Angell College Center desk, The Great Adirondack Soup Company, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts and at Advance Music in Burlington.