Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Homecoming Picnic
STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 33953-13758 LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2724 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2008-02-29 RRP: £7.99
Reviewed by Dave Brassington
This is a recording made outside in a picnic park in Lebanon, Tennessee and brings together an engaging batch of Southern gospel Homecoming Friends. Indeed, the album is bright and fresh and the 19 tracks represent extremely good value with not a duff track in earshot. "Sky Full Of Angels" by TaRanda Greene (an artist I was not previously familiar with) is a particular standout while veteran Ben Speer sings "I Was There When It Happened" which was one of the very first gospel tracks the great Johnny Cash ever recorded for Sun Records. The latest version of The Gaither Vocal Band are in great form with the very catchy "I Heard It First On The Radio" and "Palms Of Victory" led by Larry Ford is another very strong track. Perhaps the most poignant track has to be "Mama's Teaching Angels How To Sing" with a very frail looking Dottie Rambo sat on a front porch backed by The Isaacs with a full bluegrass band. Sadly Dottie Rambo has just been killed in a tragic tour bus accident. This is an album I have played a lot and is certainly one of the best albums the prolific Gaithers have recorded in some time.
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This unique Homecoming family reunion offers you special seat at the picnic table with your favorite gospel artists and their families. 'Homecoming Picnic' features all the elements of the perfect picnic, complete with warm conversation at the dinner table, fun and games, and lots of great singing around the campfire. This 'Homecoming Picnic' features a nostalgic collection of gospel favorites and once-in-a-lifetime moments with gospel music’s most legendary voices. Featuring: The Gaither Vocal Band, Stephen Hill, The Easters, The Hoppers, Jessy Dixon, Lynda Randle, The Martins, Kim Hopper, Eva Mae LeFerve, Buddy Greene and more!