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AGGIE – Country Gospel

Country Gospel
I Saw The Light – Silver Haired Daddy Of
Mine – Just A Closer Walk With Thee – Mama – I’ll Fly Away – Old Rockin’
Chair – The Scarlet Purple Robe – Tears Of Ste. Anne – Where The Roses
Never Fade – Tramp On The Street – Will The Circle Be Unbroken – How
Great Thou Art – One Day At A Time – Coat Of Many Colours – Amazing
Grace – Too Old To Die Young – It Is No Secret – I Wouldn’t Take A
Million Dollars For A Single Maple Leaf – Why Me Lord – How Far Is
I sure don’t know very much about Aggie, not even her last
name.  Michael T Wall sent this refreshing CD of old-time gospel music
to me.  Aggie lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, this much I know,
and she has a very nice way of singing gospel music, this much I know. 
You can hear her Canadian accent on these old songs, and that makes them
even more precious.  She used some of the musicians Michael uses. 
Aggie done all the vocals, quite nicely I might add, as well as playing
keyboards.  Larris Benoit is on lead, bass, and rhythm guitar, so there
is some over dubbing involved on this project.  The final mix did
justice to it all however.  Garry Gale played squeeze box accordion for
Aggie as well as for Michael.  Roddie Lee is on drums. This for me lends
authenticity and some very real uniqueness to any kind of recording
project like this.  We hear some of those old standards done many
different ways here in the upper Midwest of America, but never done so
characteristically unique as done by Aggie.  I think it must be her
‘accent’ that makes her voice stand out so nicely, so uniquely.  I think
my favorite one here is “Amazing Grace.”  The story about John Newton
who wrote it, takes me directly to the button accordion who opens the
song for Aggie, and takes her through it sounding eerily sometimes like
soft bagpipes which was the original choice of instrument for Newton. 
Twenty great old time gospel songs makes for a long time in the studio,
but Mike, engineering  at the Ruminal Studio in Mississauga did a
masterful job.  It isn’t very often I get to review a CD like this,
mostly because modern country music has strayed so far from what the
‘genre’ really is, or was.  Aggie brings that original country music
sound back, loud and clear.  I sometimes hear Grand Ole Opry voices in
her voice, you know like Jean Sheppard and Kitty Wells.  The Rural Roots
Music Commission who forwarded this to me along with Michael T Wall’s
magnificent double-CD set are making decisions.  I believe they are
going to place their “Old Time Country Gospel CD of the Year” on Aggie. 
Good luck Aggie in all that you do, and please continue making good
old-time country music.
Reviewer – Bob Everhart – www.ntcma.net

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