The gospel spirit fills the history of country music... For many country and bluegrass fans, the constant Jesus-isms can be a real turn-off, yet, like many kinds of religious music, it can bring out amazing, powerful performances and an emotional conviction that is rarely matched in secular pop culture. I'm hardly a preacher man, but there is some of this stuff I love, and having had the opportunity to hear a lot of country gospel over the years, I decided to take the chance to share some of my thoughts and impressions of the genre with y'all... Ready? Here we go!
Gospel MP3s | Holiday Music | Other Country Styles
Autry Inman "Country Gospel: From The Heart To The Home" (Guest Star, 1965) (LP)
Larry Ivey "Whisper Jesus" (Ripcord Records, 197--?) (LP)
(Produced by Gene Breeden)
A disappointing dud on the otherwise-awesome Ripcord label... Although Gene Breeden and his studio crew are on here -- Blaine Allen, Danny Breeden, Geno Keyes, and Gene Breeden on lead guitar and steel -- they're barely going through the motions, backing the schmaltzy, wobbly-voiced evangelist Larry Ivey. Ivey was a pastor from Hayward, California, though he apparently made the trek up to Vancouver, Washington to cut this disc. At any rate, this is an uninspiring album, at least from a country fan's perspective, with too little twang to be heard.
Hick Music Index