Saturday, March 18, 2006

BLUEGRASS: Gloryland - 30 Bluegrass Gospel Classics

I can't resist staying up to date on the best music in the world, now, then, or ever.
The very best traditional bluegrass gospel from the very best bluegrass record label has been hand-selected and amassed into a single, comprehensive collection, Gloryland: 30 Bluegrass Gospel Classics. As much a historical primer of American bluegrass gospel as it is a tribute to the passion and dedication that Rebel Records has held for nearly 50 years, Gloryland will be released on March 28th on Time Life. Seven of the songs found on Gloryland have never been available on CD and two have never been released before at all.
The two disc set will include ...
Disc One

1. The Stanley Brothers, "Somebody Touched Me"
2. Ricky Skaggs and John Starling, "Drifting Too Far From The Shore"
3. Don Reno and Red Smiley, "Shine Hallelujah Shine"
4. The Seldom Scene, "Where You There?"
5. Ralph Stanley, "Rank Stranger"
6. Forbes Family, "Blessed Assurance"
7. The Country Gentlemen, "I'm Using My Bible For A Road Map"
8. Larry Sparks, "The Old Rugged Cross"
9. Buck White and the Down Home Folks, "Down Home Gospel Medley"
10. Cliff Waldron, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
11. Blue Highway, "Some Day"
12. Easter Brothers, "They're Holding Up The Ladder"
13. Paul Williams, "Beulah Land"
14. IIIrd Time Out, "Little Black Train"
15. Marshall Family, "Gloryland"

Disc Two

1. Larry Sparks, "I've Just Seen the Rock of Ages"
2. Ralph Stanley, "Angel Band"
3. J.D.Crowe and the New South, "The Model Church"
4. Marshall Family, "I Just Want to Thank You Lord"
5. The Country Gentlemen, "Bright Morning Star"
6. Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals, "Wait a Little Longer, Please Jesus"
7. Rhonda Vincent and the Sally Mountain Show, "First Step To Heaven"
8. Appalachian Express, "I'll Meet You in the Morning"
9. The Seldom Scene, "Heaven"
10. Jim Eanes, "When They Ring Those Golden Bells"
11. Don Reno and Benny Martin, "He Will Set your Fields on Fire"
12. The Stanley Brothers, "Precious Memories"
13. Paul Williams, "Whispering Hope"
14. Forbes Family, "Talk About Suffering"
15. Lost and Found, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
Now I've got to get this. Take a look at those titles; and people say bluegrass is hick music ... bah!
Since launching in 1959, Rebel Records has recorded and preserved many of the most important bluegrass gospel music ever made and their prized library has become a sourcebook for musicians and fans ever since. A musical style rooted in traditional country, bluegrass gospel is marked by intricate, dexterous instrumentation matched only by its soaring, melancholy harmonies.

HT: CyberGrass

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