Fern Jones - The Glory Road

Published Monday 3rd October 2005
Fern Jones - The Glory Road
Fern Jones - The Glory Road

STYLE: Country
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13908-10204
LABEL: Numero Group 005

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

In the '40s and '50s Fern Jones played churches and tent meetings in the southern USA and wrote plenty of songs. Though she recorded during that period what people called vanity records and what we'd call today independent albums, it wasn't until she signed to Dot Records in the late '50s that she got a proper album down. It's now considered a bit of a classic and has been re-released on CD. Backed by guitarist Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland, pianist Floyd Cramer, bassist Joe Zinkan and drummer Buddy Harman, these top Nashville sessioners had just completed some recordings with Elvis Presley before getting these tracks down. Mixing her own compositions with well chosen covers including some songs from another singing sister, Rosetta Tharpe, this album swings! Mixing blues, country, Southern gospel and rock'n'roll together, this is raw and yet topped by Jones' forceful voice, it's really something. Highlights include Tharpe's "Strange Things Happening Every Day" which rocks and "You Ain't Got Nuthin'" which has a Saturday night bluesy feel. The most famous song here is "I Was There When It Happened" which was covered by Johnny Cash on his debut album for Sun Records. A couple of years after these recordings, having failed to have a hit, Jones retired from making music. This is a brilliant period piece of rockabilly gospel music.

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Reader Comments

Posted by David MacKenzie in Singapore @ 05:20 on Dec 2 2007

I fully endorse all the favourable comments about The Glory Road and Fern Jone's inspiring singing. It stirs the soul even as it sets one's feet tapping and one's body swaying. Christian music should be about joy and this album most certainly is. Whether believer or non-believer, it can't help but make one feel enlifted.

Posted by Douglas Gowland in Whitley Bay @ 14:21 on Nov 2 2005

Mike Rimmer was spot on with his review of this album .Thanks to numero group for releasing stuff like this that wont sell in large quantities but still has a market and deserves to heard by more people. From the opening guitar on you ain`t got nuthin to the closing this world is not my home it will have your feet tapping .That is unless your wearing diving boots. I defy anybody to stay still to didn`t it rain it has you dancing round the room

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