Continuing with numerous categories for Best Songs of 2008, we offer our staff pics for Our Favorite Bluegrass Gospel Songs of 2008.
Our Favorite BLUEGRASS GOSPEL SONGS of 2008
BARABBAS by Greenbrier (The Back of the Book, Indie). Songwriter: Russell Allen. Listening to Barabbas makes you feel like you are sitting in the front pew of a small town mountain church. If you ever want to see this band live, a great opportunity is the Annual Jimbo Whaley and Friends Concert held every March. Visit www.jimbowhaley.com for concert information or to order your copy of “The Back of the Book.”
DARKNESS WEPT by Lonesome River Band (No Turning Back, Rural Rhythm). Songwriters: Dee Gaskin and Rebecca Bowman. Classic LRB harmony and Andy Ball’s lead vocals will give you chills. LRB’s album is now available at the label’s site, www.ruralrhythm.com, Amazon, Wal-Mart and many other stores along with the band’s site at: www.lonesomeriverband.com
I BOWED ON MY KNEES AND CRIED HOLY by Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad (Pickin’, Praisin’ and Singin’…. Hymns from the Mountains (Rural Rhythm Records, public domain). It is great to see CS&PMR’s arrangement of familiar gospel classics on this album. It is no wonder this song and many more from this CD, have received huge radio and chart success this year – excellent harmony. If you would like to purchase the album it is available at numerous sites online including, Amazon, Wal-Mart, the band’s website, and Rural Rhythm Records to name just a few.
MARY MAGDALINE (Why You Cryin’) by Melonie Cannon (And The Wheels Turn, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriters: Melonie Cannon, Marla Cannon-Goodman, Ronnie Bowman and Buddy Cannon. One of our favorite tracks of 2008….. in any category. You can purchase the CD numerous places including AMAZON, Wal-Mart, Melonie’s site and Rural Rhythm Records to name a few.
RUN ON by Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad (Pickin’, Praisin’ and Singin’…. Hymns from the Mountains, Rural Rhythm Records, public domain). Pine Mountain Railroad has long been known for their outstanding harmony and this song is no exception. The five-part harmony on Run On is not often seen in bluegrass and this song is exceptional!
THE BACK OF THE BOOK by Greenbrier (The Back of the Book, Indie). Songwriters are Greenbrier band members, Jimbo Whaley and Roger Helton. This song just makes you smile and the harmony is fantastic. We love it and this is another one of our favorite songs in any category!
THE PRAYER by Jett’s Creek (Supposed to Be, Indie). Written by band member, Angie Young who also wrote the title track. You just can’t match that family harmony. If you are ever having a bad day or just need to be touched by a song – play it. Angie Young is a vocalist and a songwriter you will want to pay close attention to. Visit http://www.jetts-creek.com
TOUCHED BY THE MASTERS HAND by Rickey Wasson (Losin’ in Las Vegas, Rural Rhythm Records). Songwriter: Rickey Wasson. The guest vocals by Sonya Isaacs and Ben Isaacs are just beautiful. It is worth the price of the CD to read Rickey’s comments about how this song came about. Rickey’s CD is available at Amazon, Wal-Mart, Rural Rhythm Records and many other stores.