How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites from the Grand Ole Opry

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Country music's interconnection with gospel goes way back, a deliberate synthesis that began, at least commercially, in the early 1900s, and the two genres have informed each other back and forth ever since. In the contemporary era, where country has taken on more and more of a pop sheen, becoming in many cases a reconfiguring of what used to be called country-rock a dozen years ago, singing gospel has become a way for current stars to reconnect with their actual country roots, and as this 12-track collection shows, for all the high-pressure marketing that goes into the country music business these days, a good gospel tune amounts to a good cleansing. Nowhere has this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Country music's interconnection with gospel goes way back, a deliberate synthesis that began, at least commercially, in the early 1900s, and the two genres have informed each other back and forth ever since. In the contemporary era, where country has taken on more and more of a pop sheen, becoming in many cases a reconfiguring of what used to be called country-rock a dozen years ago, singing gospel has become a way for current stars to reconnect with their actual country roots, and as this 12-track collection shows, for all the high-pressure marketing that goes into the country music business these days, a good gospel tune amounts to a good cleansing. Nowhere has this been more obvious than on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, which has featured country gospel spots for some eight decades now, and while it's possible to ride smooth production, a clever video, and a snappy pop tune up the charts, singing a gospel standard and pulling it off on the venerable Opry stage quite simply requires talent. Many of the selections presented here were recorded at a taping for a GAC TV special done on January 20, 2008, while a handful of the tracks were recorded at earlier Opry appearances between the years 2000 and 2008. The result is a warm, soothing, and at times deeply moving album that reinforces the long dialogue between country and gospel. Among the clear highlights are a blistering rendition of "I'll Fly Away" by Charlie Daniels (with Mac Powell of Third Day sitting in), a haunting "Precious Memories" (dedicated to the late Porter Wagoner) from Patty Loveless, and a wonderful and perfectly phrased version of "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" by Sara Evans, but everything here comes off as a quality performance and what could have easily been a tossed-off album, particularly with a TV show as the main focus, is instead full of substance and sincerity, two qualities that are always welcome (and too often in short supply) in the world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886972093925
  • Catalog Number: 720939
  • Sales rank: 649

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Fly Away - Mac Powell (4:14)
  2. 2 Blessed Assurance - Alan Jackson (2:26)
  3. 3 Precious Memories - Patty Loveless (4:08)
  4. 4 Precious Lord, Take My Hand - Ronnie Milsap (4:06)
  5. 5 Family Bible - Ricky Skaggs & The Whites (3:28)
  6. 6 Just a Closer Walk with Thee - Sara Evans (4:37)
  7. 7 The Old Rugged Cross - Brad Paisley (3:07)
  8. 8 Wayfaring Stranger - Trace Adkins (4:35)
  9. 9 Where No One Stands Alone - Loretta Lynn (2:50)
  10. 10 Give Me Jesus - Vince Gill (3:50)
  11. 11 A House of Gold - Dierks Bentley (4:26)
  12. 12 How Great Thou Art - Carrie Underwood (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie Milsap Piano
Buck White Mandolin
Mike Bub Acoustic Bass
Jimmy Capps Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Childers Bass
Carolee Cooper Background Vocals
Joel "Taz" DiGregorio Keyboards
Shelton Feazell Background Vocals
Robbie Flint Steel Guitar
Mark Gillespie Mandolin
Emory Gordy Acoustic Guitar
Warren Gower Bass
Danny Groah Electric Guitar
Christopher Hayward Bass Guitar
John Hobbs Piano
Mark McClurg Fiddle
Craig Morris Keyboards
Jennifer O'Brien Background Vocals
Larry Paxton Bass
Deanie Richardson Fiddle
Bruce Rutherford Drums
Cheryl White Acoustic Guitar
Sharon White Acoustic Guitar
Tommy White Steel Guitar
Roger Wills Bass
Kerry Marx Acoustic Guitar
Brent Wilson Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Archer Steel Guitar
Melodie Crittenden Background Vocals
Jon Randall Mandolin, Background Vocals
Cody Kilby Acoustic Guitar
Mark Fain Bass
Pete Finney Steel Guitar
Chris Wormer Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Monty Allen Background Vocals
Tom Britt Electric Guitar
Adam Hampton Keyboards, Background Vocals
Joey Schmidt Piano
Shawn Tubbs Acoustic Guitar
Scott Coney Acoustic Guitar
Rod Fletcher Background Vocals
Brad Paisley Guitar
Rebecca Lynn Howard Background Vocals, Hi String
Eddie Bell Drums
Pat McDonald Drums
Greg Baker Bass
Tim Sergent Steel Guitar
Wayne Addleman Dobro
Jonathan Hamby Keyboards
Rob Harrington Bass
Lee Hillard Background Vocals
Chad Jeffers Dobro
Michael Lusk Background Vocals
Dierks Bentley Acoustic Guitar
Andy Leftwich Fiddle
Butch Sunderland Piano
Ashley Evans Simpson Background Vocals
Dave Daeger Acoustic Guitar
Rhonda Hampton Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Edward Eason Electric Guitar
Dennis J. McCall Background Vocals
James "Jim Jam" Herman Fiddle
Steve Misamore Drums
Garrett Goodwin Drums
Bart Hansen Acoustic Guitar
Bruce Brown Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Paul Reissner Fiddle
Jim Bloodgood Drums
Clint Chandler Electric Guitar
Nicole Dame Background Vocals
Rodney Edmondson Drums
Rodney Janzen Electric Guitar
Eric Kaberle Drums
Jonathan Lawson Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Background Vocals
John Spittle Drums
Bobby Vogel Acoustic Guitar
Brian Wooten Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Ricky Skaggs Producer
Little Jimmy Dickens Introduction
Patty Loveless Arranger
Rob Galbraith Producer
Steve Gibson Producer
Claude Gray Composer
Walt Breeland Composer
Steve Buchanan Executive Producer
Paul Buskirk Composer
Charlie Daniels Producer
Don Cobb Mastering
Vince Gill Producer
Emory Gordy Arranger, Producer
Scott Hendricks Arranger
John Kelton Engineer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Leon Rhodes Tic Tac
Billy Sherrill Engineer
Keith Stegall Producer
Mark Bright Producer
Kerry Marx Tic Tac
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Peter Fisher Executive Producer
Trace Adkins Arranger
King Williams Engineer
Mosie Lister Composer
John Carter Cash Producer
Eric Conn Mastering
Luke Wooten Producer
Traditional Composer
Frank Rogers Producer
Stuart K. Hine Composer
Dierks Bentley Producer
Matt Evans Producer
Keith Bilbrey Introduction
Tim Farris Engineer
Patsy Lynn Russell Producer
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