Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Bill Gaither Presents A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1

Saturday 1st May 2004
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Bill Gaither Presents A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Bill Gaither Presents A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 1

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2459
RELEASE DATE: 2003-11-07
RRP: £5.99

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

Warning: if you buy this CD expecting authentic bluegrass you ain't a-gonna get it. This is soft pop/easy listening and, let it be said, sometimes cheesy too: witness “A Robin Built A Nest On Daddy's Grave”. Adding a fiddle and banjo does not make bluegrass, however well they are played. Comparisons could be made between own brand cola and the real thing. The nearest to authentic bluegrass, to this reviewer's ears, are Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Other songs move closer to country and on to pure American corn: listen to “Sunday Meetin’ Time” featuring Jess Hakes and Gloria Gaither for proof. On its own terms there is much to enjoy and the audience on this live recording seem to be having a great time. There are unexpected bursts of applause midway through several songs and I cannot work out why. Bill Gaither forgets his lines in “You Don't Love God If You Don't Love Your Neighbor”, featuring Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Cue much amusement but this will not sound so funny after several plays and spoils a good song. Overall, enjoyable easy listening and certainly much more popular in the States than in Blighty.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. This Little Light Of Mine [Listen]
2. Just Over In Heaven [Listen]
3. We Shall Inherit [Listen]
4. The Gospel Plow [Listen]
5. Lee Highway Blues [Listen]
6. Yes, I Know [Listen]
7. A Robin Built A Nest On Daddy's Grave [Listen]
8. Gloryland [Listen]
9. When The Angels Sing [Listen]
10. You Don't Love God If You Don't Love Your Neighbor [Listen]
11. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot [Listen]
12. Halfway Home Cafe [Listen]
13. Bluegrass Breakdown [Listen]
14. Is Not This The Land Of Beulah- [Listen]
15. Get Up In Jesus' Name [Listen]
16. So Many Years, So Many Blessings [Listen]
17. Honey In The Rock [Listen]
18. I Believe [Listen]
19. Get Down On Your Kees And Pray [Listen]
20. Sunday Meetin' Time [Listen]
21. I Find Jesus [Listen]
22. Will The Circle Be U [Listen]

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Product Description
One of two volumes of this title, this album, traces the history of Bluegrass Gospel from its roots in the Appalachian Mountains to the modern day with songs like 'Sunday Meeting Time' and 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken'. This outstanding collection features Bluegrass celebrities including Ricky Scaggs, Kentucky Thunder, Nitty Grity Dirt Band, Marty Raybon, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, and many more!

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