CD Rated: Gaither Gospel Series (Campfire Homecoming and Homecoming Picnic)

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Producer: Bill Gaither

Campfire Homecoming Song Titles (CD): “Jesus, Hold My Hand,” “Livin’ In The Rain,” “Lead Me To That Rock,” “Can’t Stop Talkin’ About Him,” “Mansion Over The Hilltop,” “Touch Me Lord Jesus,” “I Have Found A Way,” “Let The Redeemed Say So,” “Denomination Blues,” “The Unclouded Day,” “Speak Love,” “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” “Hold Me While I Cry,” “Leave It There,” “Kum Ba Ya”/”Take My Hand Precious Lord,” “The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me,” “Softly And Tenderly,” “Yes, I Know,” and “O The Blood Of Jesus”/”Nothing But The Blood”/”Near The Cross” (Medley)

Homecoming Picnic Song Titles (CD): “”This Great Caravan Keeps On Rolling Along,” “I’m Living In Canaan Now,” “Sky Full Of Angels,” “I Was There When It Happened,” “I’m A Soldier,” “Did You Ever Go Sailin’,” “Farther Along,” “I Heard It First On The Radio,” “Palms Of Victory,” “Sally Goodin'”/”Wildwood Flower,” “He Pilots My Ship,” “Sweet Forgiveness,” “The Sweetest Song I Know,” “Without The Lord,” “Mama’s Teaching Angels How To Sing,” “What A Day That Will Be,” “Eastern Gate,” “Gentle Shepherd”/”I Will Serve Thee,” and “Look For Me”

These CD and DVD projects follow the Gaither formula…a heavy dose of old material mixed with a few recently released songs that spotlight specific artists. This time, the setting is a campfire and a huge picnic lunch. Highlights from these two companion products include Joey Martin’s “Speak Love,” “He Pilots My Ship” featuring Buddy Mullins and Mike Allen, and Buddy Greene’s comical “Denomination Blues” with Jeff Taylor. Greene’s instrumental duet with the Isaacs (“Sally Goodin'”/”Wildwood Flower”) also stands out. Becky Isaacs Bowman, Mike Allen, Russ Taff, and Ben Speer eventually get cranked up on “The Sweetest Song I Know” with Michael English joining them on the third or fourth encore. The Booth Brothers steal the whole show on “Without The Lord.” The blend, diction, and the touch of lighthearted comedy they bring to the table are hard to top.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Heidi
    Reply April 25, 16:25 #1 Heidi

    From what I’ve seen of the web/TV releases of these, I’m going to really like them.




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