The Promise

I’ve Got Jesus On My Mind – Heaven Help Me – Me and Jesus –
Family Bible – Let’s Make A Baby King- Precious Memories – I Found Jesus
on the Jailhouse Floor – Jesus It’s Me Again – Gospel Medley (Uncloudy
Day, I’ll Fly Away, I Saw The Light) – The Promise

Patsy Hockaday is an old friend.  Several years
ago she won one of the Rural Roots Music Commission’s “CD of the Year”
awards.  She is an incredibly gifted vocalist, but she never ‘stands
alone’ in her quest to provide good and ‘real’ country music for her
fans.  She’s also a very beautiful woman whose manner and stage presence
is exceptional.  She’s also a team-player, a sharer, and definitely a
non-egotistical vocalist and performer.  She is very proud of her band
The Country Classics: Donald Hockaday on bass; Michael Hockaday on
drums; Stephanie Randall on keyboard and organ with Billy Rupprecht
adding additional keyboard signature on “The Promise.”  Bobby Edenton on
steel guitar; and Jeff Wadford on lead an acoustic guitar.  What a
beautiful musical gathering.  They really play well together, and it’s
obvious they don’t need anybody to tell them what it’s all about.  “The
Promise” is an incredibly well-done Southern Gospel style of album with
some authentic country to keep it solid and ‘real.’  The ‘messages’ this
band, and their incredibly gifted lead vocalist Patsy Hockaday, share
with their listeners should put anyone who listens exactly where they
need to be….under the care and love of Jesus Christ.  Like me, all of
these participants have ‘read the book’ and they know how it ends.  Was
great to hear this very nice version of “The Family Bible” by our old
friend Claude Gray.  I love this album, it’s about as uplifting as it
can get, especially Patsy’s “Let’s Make A Baby King,” what an
astonishing very obvious observation of the ‘gift’ we all received in
the birth of Jesus Christ.  Thank you Patsy for this song written by
Jesse Winchester.  It’s what this album is all about.  Leans a little to
50’s-60’s style rock, but the ‘country’ is still there, and the
‘gospel’ prevails.  Patsy also does the lead vocals on “The Promise” a
truly distinguishing presentation of relevant thought.  So much
congratulations to Patsy Hockaday for keeping her ‘being’ where it is,
and as it should be.   God and His son Jesus love you dearly.  Off this
one goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission who will no doubt be
looking forward to this incredible piece of music.

RECORD REVIEW BY Bob Everhart, Pres., National Traditional Country Music Assn. for Country Music News International

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