Gospel Time

Gospel Time

by Big Country Bluegrass


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Gospel Time

This is an eminently serviceable, if ultimately unremarkable, collection of new and old bluegrass-gospel songs, performed with varying levels of inspiration but with the consistently solid professionalism that is usually the hallmark of gospel-circuit bluegrass musicians. This is music that is formulaic and proud of it. It serves a function, and that function is, primarily, to inspire and confirm the faith of listeners; it is only secondarily to provide musical interest as such. So it should be no surprise that slow numbers like "In a Crowd of a Thousand," "Hold Me Closer, Jesus," and the instrumental setting of "Sweet Hour of Prayer" come across as just a bit soggy, nor should it surprise that guitarist Teresa Sells is a regularly featured lead vocalist despite the fact that hers is one of the less interesting voices in the group. Also unsurprisingly, the uptempo numbers can be excellent: "You Better Get Ready" and the Jimmy Trivette composition "Happiness Is" are both good examples of how fine this band can sound when they get a little fire worked up. Overall, this album will appeal strongly to fans and gospel aficionados, but probably won't do much to convert anyone else.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2005
Label: Hay Holler
UPC: 0731717136521
catalogNumber: 1365

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Country Bluegrass   Primary Artist
Tim Lewis   Banjo,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy Trivette   Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Billy Hawks   Fiddle,Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Composer
Jesse McReynolds   Composer
T.C. Campbell   Composer
Jim McReynolds   Composer
Steve Sexton   Composer
Allen Mills   Liner Notes
Rebecca Pittard   Art Direction
Jimmy Trivette   Composer
William Walford   Composer
Dale Morris   Composer
Kerry Hay   Executive Producer
Wesley Easter   Producer

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