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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Mandolinist and high-tenor singer Larry Stephenson has made a career of keeping one foot in the secular bluegrass scene and another in the gospel circuit. His voice is a wonder -- pure and clean, with a slight tang to it that makes it sound a little like something you'd have heard on the radio 50 years ago. On this album he puts that voice to work on a program of gospel tunes, buttressed by a workmanlike trio that mostly hangs back and leaves room for Stephenson's remarkable voice. The tunes are a grab bag of gospel favorites and obscurities -- the gorgeous Albert Brumley composition "I've Never Been Sorry," a Jim & Jesse chestnut called "Look for Me," and the Carter ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Mandolinist and high-tenor singer Larry Stephenson has made a career of keeping one foot in the secular bluegrass scene and another in the gospel circuit. His voice is a wonder -- pure and clean, with a slight tang to it that makes it sound a little like something you'd have heard on the radio 50 years ago. On this album he puts that voice to work on a program of gospel tunes, buttressed by a workmanlike trio that mostly hangs back and leaves room for Stephenson's remarkable voice. The tunes are a grab bag of gospel favorites and obscurities -- the gorgeous Albert Brumley composition "I've Never Been Sorry," a Jim & Jesse chestnut called "Look for Me," and the Carter Family classic "Keep on the Firing Line," which ends the album with a bang. Things bog down a bit halfway through with a soggy old Larry Gatlin tune, and the inclusion of "Away in a Manger" was kind of a quirky choice, but this album works very well overall. [Trivia item: The title track was written by the late John Duffey and was the first song recorded by the Country Gentlemen, back in 1957.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • UPC: 755757111126
  • Catalog Number: 1111
  • Sales rank: 248,129

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Stephenson Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Michael Harris Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Dallas Taylor Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Steve Day Fiddle
Rod Fletcher Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Technical Credits
David Parmley Producer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Composer
John Eberle Mastering
Sonny Osborne Producer
Tom Riggs Executive Producer
Steve Chandler Engineer
Bob Murray Illustrations, Photo Illustration
Ben Surratt Engineer
James R. Murray Composer
Arthur Smith Composer
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