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He Touched Me
I’m Using My Bible For A Road Map – He
Touched Me – The Old Rugged Cross – I’d Rather Have God – Don’t Let Me
Walk Too Far From Calvary – Livin’ in The Name of Love – In The Garden –
How Great Thou Art – There Is Power In The Blood – Bring All Your Needs
To The Altar
Mary Paul is one of our longer standing professional
performers and recording artists who makes her home in Nebraska.  She
just moved from the small rural town of Belgrade to another small rural
town, Fullerton.  Out on the prairies, music can be very important to
one’s life style.  This is so with this marvelous vocalist and
entertainer.  Don’t have any information on who the players are that are
backing Mary in this most excellent old-time gospel CD.  Opening song
has a great banjo on it, which takes the listener immediately to the
heart of this particular song, “I’m Using The Bible For A Road Map” 
which is originally from the Appalachian region, and the addition of a
mandolin to this mix is also very gratifying.  It all changes on the
second song where the slower song brings us some very well played softer
instruments, including an old piano, and a super good sounding steel. 
Wish I knew who these great players are, I would share that with you,
but it’s Mary’s voice that stands out so very well.  There is a harmony
singer on “He Touched Me” which I am going to assume is daughter Molly. 
What a very pleasant and pleasing sound this is, the old style done so
well, the voice so sure and so sensitive.  That’s what makes a true
artist, and that is exactly what Mary Channer Paul is, a true artist. It
amazes me how Mary moves so eloquently from a bluegrass sound to an
old-time country sound to a classic country sound, and make it all ‘fit’
beautifully.  It’s sort of my own philosophy of ‘mixing’ bluegrass and
old time traditional country to bring together the original sound of
what country music was all about in its early days.  This CD should do
well wherever it can get airplay, and I would certainly recommend
Europe, which has a penchant for this older style done beautifully. 
Brings a kind of ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ basic sound to all the
songs, which were very well picked for this session.  Off to the Rural
Roots Music Commission this one goes, and I do expect a very nice
reaction from them.
for Country Music News International Magazine

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