Gardens in the Sky: The Bluegrass Gospel of James King

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It may seem like James King's catalog isn't quite deep enough yet to justify a compilation, but this is actually a very effective and well-chosen program of gospel tracks taken from his own Rounder solo albums as well as his work with Longview, along with a couple of selections from the Doobie Shea collection The Stanley Gospel Tradition: Songs About Our Savior. The gospel genre offers an opportunity to recognize and appreciate even more fully the unique quality of James King's voice, which is darker and richer than the "high lonesome" bluegrass norm. Lonesome he is, but he sings in a lower register than is usually expected; on songs like "Garden in the Sky" (a dead-child...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
It may seem like James King's catalog isn't quite deep enough yet to justify a compilation, but this is actually a very effective and well-chosen program of gospel tracks taken from his own Rounder solo albums as well as his work with Longview, along with a couple of selections from the Doobie Shea collection The Stanley Gospel Tradition: Songs About Our Savior. The gospel genre offers an opportunity to recognize and appreciate even more fully the unique quality of James King's voice, which is darker and richer than the "high lonesome" bluegrass norm. Lonesome he is, but he sings in a lower register than is usually expected; on songs like "Garden in the Sky" (a dead-child tearjerker sung as a beautiful duet with Dudley Connell), the stark "Jerusalem Tomorrow," and the Southern gospel classic "Just as the Sun Went Down" his voice firmly anchors the reedy mountain harmonies that are provided by others. This being a bluegrass gospel compilation, there are a few inevitable moments of maudlin sentimentality (the line between emotion and spirit always being a fuzzy one in this particular tradition), most of them involving dying children and their mothers, but even those are consistently easy on the ear. There's nothing forward-looking or innovative here -- just lots of good, solid, meat-and-potatoes bluegrass gospel music that is sure to feed the receptive heart and soul. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661059528
  • Catalog Number: 610595
  • Sales rank: 70,468

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James King Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Rhonda Vincent Baritone (Vocal)
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Mike Compton Mandolin
Tim Austin Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Barry Bales Bass
Jason Carter Fiddle
Dudley Connell Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
David Wallace McLaughlin Mandolin
Jason Moore Bass, Bass (Vocal)
Dan Tyminski Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Marshall Wilborn Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Don Rigsby Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
John Wade Bass, Baritone (Vocal)
James Alan Shelton Guitar
Joe Mullins Banjo
Doug Bartlett Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Adam Poindexter Banjo, Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Craig Robert Smith Banjo
Paul Williams Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Jerry McNeely Bass, Bass (Vocal)
Kevin Prater Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Tim Smith Fiddle
Ben Greene Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Ralph Stanley Composer
James King Composer
Ray Park Composer
Vern Williams Composer
David Olney Composer
Dudley Connell Author
Jimmy Martin Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Marian Leighton Levy Liner Notes
Lois Mann Composer
Morry Burns Composer
James Eubanks Composer
Tim McGuire Tray Photo
Traditional Composer
Marlin Eubanks Composer
Hazel Houser Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
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