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CD: GARY GIBBS – Beyond The Sunset

Beyond The Sunset
In The Garden – Church In The Wildwood –
Mansion Over The Hilltop – Just A Closer Walk With Thee – Are You Washed
In The Blood – How Great Thou Art – I Saw The Light – It Is No Secret –
The Old Rugged Cross – Wings Of A Dove p- Beyond The Sunset – Farther
Along – Take My Hand Precious Lord – I’m Using My Bible For A Roadmap –
Welcome To My World
Right from the heart of Mountain View, Arkansas, this CD of
old-time ‘real country’ gospel tunes couldn’t be more on the mark in
the selection of material.  These are without a doubt the most popular
gospel songs to ever come out of the original and very ‘real’ musical
genre called ‘country’ music.  Today that genre has changed to an
unrecognizable musical expression, but in Mountain View, Arkansas, where
Gary Gibbs makes his home, is still a fervent and dedicated source of
‘real’ country music.  I got to hear Gary singing in person at Lucy
Jackson’s performance hall in Mountain View, and he’s a very down-home
gentle man who not only appreciates the really good old-time gospel
songs, he sings them well, with passion and true grit.  I like the
beautiful simplicity of this CD, it isn’t ‘overdone’ and the backing
musicians are just right, especially the steel guitar player, Lloyd
Brown, who is tops.  Mountain View has become a gathering place of those
who appreciate ‘real’ country music, and even older forms going all the
way back to early mountain music makers.  Gary Gibbs is carrying on
this tradition of keeping the old songs alive, and he does a remarkably
good job doing exactly that on this project. Mike Broone does a nice job
adding some excellent mandolin to this session, and Carolyn Carter adds
a ‘just right’ vocal harmony, mixed in just right, behind Gary.  What a
treat to not only be present at the annual ‘Bean Fest’ at Mountain
View, but to also get to hear some traditional country and gospel music
done so well.  I will be forwarding this excellent CD to the Rural Roots
Music Commission for their listening.  They like old-time gospel as
much as I do, so I have my fingers crossed they will hear Gary Gibbs as
honestly as I do.  Keep it up Mr. Gibbs, you are doing the work of the
Lord Jesus Christ, and you will find your road full of interesting
experiences as you pursue this adventure.
for Country Music News International

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