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Essential Bluegrass Gospel

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I'm Gonna Sit Down Beside My Jesus
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Get In Line, Brother
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Father's Table Grace
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Heaven's Bluegrass Band
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What Would You Give In Exchange for Your Soul?
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Little Brown Church - In the White Oak Grove
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Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
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The Night Daddy Passed Away
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There's Gonna Be a Singing
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Back to the Cross
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The Unclouded Day
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Wicked Man
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Tramp on the Street
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I'll Fly Away (Instrumental)
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Palms of Victory
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He Took Your Place
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Thinking About You
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 48:29

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love the instrumentals

DewSolo

I'll Fly Away is perfect. But a lot of the songs with vocals are a bit 'twangy' and slow for my tastes.

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Superb!!

idahobluegrassboy

Flatt & Scruggs always shined on gospel numbers and Lester continued to do so on his own, as shown here. This is a superb collection worth the full 17 credits. Noteworthy on this recording is a man sadly overlooked when it comes to bluegrass dobro players. You see him displayed prominently there on the album cover, standing behind Lester, his instrument in hand. That man is Charlie Nixon. Pay attention to his great placement and tone. "Tramp on the Street" and "Palms of Victory" have both been covered many times but this album contains my two favorite versions, both with the beautiful vocals of Betty Jean Robinson. This is a great album!

They Say All Music Guide

This collection of Lester Flatt’s best bluegrass-gospel recordings is quite nice. Despite the fact that he and his pickin’ partner in crime, Earl Scruggs, had gone their separate ways by the time these tracks were recorded (1976-1981), Flatt always surrounded himself with some terrific players. This collection serves as a showcase not only for his fine guitar playing and capable voice, but also for Kenny Ingram’s bright banjo picking, Curly Seckler’s mandolin playing, Betty Jean Robinson’s amiable Dolly Parton impression, and a fresh-faced mandolin player named Marty Stuart. The song choices are a little out of the norm, with “Little Brown Church,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” being a few of the more familiar tracks, but the couple of Flatt originals and the remainder of the lesser-known tracks all fit nicely alongside them. The terrific thing about bluegrass-gospel is that the passion and musicianship can be appreciated without bringing any religious beliefs into it, and although the songs all revolve around the Christian faith, any fan of acoustic American music would be foolish to dismiss this on principle alone. – Zac Johnson

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