Heavenward Bound

Heavenward Bound

by Larry Stephenson


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Heavenward Bound

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2001
Label: Pinecastle
UPC: 0755757111126
catalogNumber: 1111
Rank: 124410

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
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
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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