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

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

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

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2008
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886972093925
catalogNumber: 720939

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Performance Credits

Little Jimmy Dickens   Spoken Word
Ronnie Milsap   Piano
Buck White   Mandolin
Bruce Brown   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
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
Charlie Hayward   Bass Guitar
Jon Randall   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Cody Kilby   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Fain   Bass
Pete Finney   Steel Guitar
Chris Wormer   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Mac Powell   Guest Appearance
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   Acoustic Guitar
Rebecca Lynn Howard   Acoustic Guitar,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
Keith Bilbrey   Spoken Word
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,Electric Guitar
Taz Di Gregorio   Keyboards
Tim Sergent   Steel Guitar
Rodney Edmondson   Drums
Mike Lusk   Background Vocals
Lee Hillard   Background Vocals
Jonathon Long   Keyboards
Joey Schmidt   Piano
Jim Bloodgood   Drums
Garrett Goodwin   Drums
Eddy Bell   Drums
Dennis McCall   Background Vocals
Dave Daeger   Acoustic Guitar
Craig Morris   Keyboards
Charlie Archer   Steel Guitar
Butch Sunderland   Piano
Eric Kaberle   Drums
Brian Wooten   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Producer,Audio Production
Little Jimmy Dickens   Introduction
Patty Loveless   Arranger
Rob Galbraith   Producer,Audio Production
Steve Gibson   Producer,Audio Production
Claude Gray   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Steve Buchanan   Executive Producer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Charlie Daniels   Producer,Audio Production
Vince Gill   Producer,Audio Production
Emory Gordy   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Scott Hendricks   Arranger
John Kelton   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Leon Rhodes   Tic Tac
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Keith Stegall   Producer,Audio Production
Hank Williams   Composer
Mark Bright   Producer,Audio Production
Kerry Marx   Tic Tac
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Peter Fisher   Executive Producer
Trace Adkins   Arranger
King Williams   Engineer
Lauren Koch   Audio Production
Fanny Crosby   Composer
Mosie Lister   Composer
John Carter Cash   Producer,Audio Production
Luke Wooten   Producer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
Frank Rogers   Producer,Audio Production
Stuart K. Hine   Composer
Dierks Bentley   Producer
Matt Evans   Producer
Kirsten Wines   Audio Production
Keith Bilbrey   Introduction
Tim Farris   Engineer
Patsy Lynn Russell   Producer,Audio Production
Matt Evans   Audio Production
Thomas Dorsey   Composer
Phoebe P. Knapp   Composer

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