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CD: WILBUR & ELIZABETH FOSS Country Old Time & Gospel

WILBUR & ELIZABETH FOSS

Country Old Time & Gospel

 

What A Friend We Have In Jesus – Amazing
Grace – Faded Love – Jesus Loves Me – In The Sweet By & By – Sweet
Hour of Prayer – Home Sweet Home – Great Speckled Bird – Send Me The
Pillow That You Dream On – Nancy’s Hoedown – Westphalia Waltz –
Elizabeth’s Waltz – I Need Someone To Hold Me When I Cry – Flop Ear Mule
– Born To Lose – Take These Dhains – North Dakota Waltz – Suitors Waltz
– Bachelors Waltz – Picking Wild Flowers For Mary – Please Come Back To
Your South Dakota Home
 
I was in for a real surprise when I put this CD on the
turntable.  I get so tired of listening to today’s ‘so-called’ country
music, I really needed a pep-me-up, and this CD of old-time songs,
played the old-time way, did exactly that.  Wilbur and Elizabeth are
both in their 80’s and 90’s now, not sure which is which, but I believe
this particular recording was done some time ago.  Elizabeth is singing
on “Great Speckled Bird” and that sounds from the past to me.  She also
sings on “Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On” and her voice is very
strong, very beautiful, very believable, which tends to make me think
this is from an even earlier time.   I believe this because it is so
well done.  She sings several more old-time songs, all of them well
done.  They have full backing on each and every song.  Wilbur is a
master left-handed fiddler, and Elizabeth is a pianist of the first
order.  Together they have been keeping the old songs alive,
entertaining any and all who will take a minute to slow down in the fast
lane.  The backing musicians are quite good, falling right in with what
the Foss’s are doing.  The selection of material is especially
important, each and every one of these songs were at one time very very
important to the entire upper Midwest.  Songs full of memories, songs
with special meaning, songs with a special touch to the heart. I was
especially waiting to hear Wilbur sing “Picking Wild Flowers For Mary,”
but this one didn’t pop up on the player.  I’m not sure where the Rural
Roots Music Commission is on ‘old-time CD of the year’ but I certainly
will pass this along to them.  Thank you Wilbur and Elizabeth Foss for
some magnificent memories of days gone by, and thank you for a return to
what ‘country’ music was, and should be.  I even call it ‘rural’ music
now so as not to be confused with what is called country on the radio
these days.
Wilbur & Elizabeth Foss, P O Box 527, Scotland, SD 57059
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART – NTCMA – www.ntcma.net 
for Country Music News International Magazine

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