Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 2

Published Thursday 15th January 2009
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 2
Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Country Bluegrass Homecoming Vol 2

STYLE: Southern Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 50270-14857
LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2737
RELEASE DATE: 2008-11-28
RRP: £7.99

Reviewed by Ewan Jones

The Gaither series don't do anything by halves and this in concert affair occasionally comes across a little slick for a collection of tunes so downhome. But there's no doubting the talent on offer her. "There's A Rainbow At The End Of Every Storm" sung by mainstream country veteran Marty Stuart and his band The Fabulous Superlatives is a bluesy gospel number, "Climbing Up The Mountain" performed by Southern gospel's top sellers Ernie Haase & Signature Sound has a great, almost rockabilly groove, "I Heard My Saviour Calling Me" sung by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage is an upbeat Alison Krauss-style hoedown while Elvis could have crooned "Time Has Made A Change" as performed here by Ben Speer, Reggie and Ladye Love Smith. "I Am The Man Thomas" features seasoned veterans Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys and tells the gospel in an imaginative exchange between Jesus and doubting Thomas while an overblown ensemble rendition of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" is a charming country plodder. You either love it or hate it, but I'm a believer and this CD is great fun.

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Product Description
This unique Homecoming gathering offers the very best of three musical worlds… country, bluegrass and gospel music. From seasoned hall-of-famers and pioneers to young up-and-comers, this musical melting pot celebrates the common thread of faith that runs through these three distinct musical genres through a mix of gospel classics and new favorites featuring performances by: the Gaither Vocal Band, Cherryholmes, Dailey & Vincent, The Booth Brothers, Marty Stuart, The Grascals, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Sparks, Ben Speer, George Jones, The Isaacs, Ralph Stanley, Gordon Mote, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jimmy Fortune and Vince Gill.

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