Sunday, April 26, 2015

CD: THE PARTONS - No More Chains

No More Chains
At Calvary - I Didn't See - Wayfaring Stranger - Stop By Here - No More Chains - Homesick For A Home - I See God - Only You - Preparing For Rain - When God's Spirit Moved
Robert Ownby, who lives in Tennessee, is one of our faithful members of the National Traditional Country Music Association.  He's also a very gifted songwriter, and has two songs on this very nice Southern-Gospel country sounding album by the Partons.  He wrote "I Didn't See" and "Homesick For A Home."  It just never ceases to amaze me how 'real' rural music survives, and maintains itself in the hands and hearts of true believers like the Partons.  Does the name Parton sound familiar to you?  Yes it should, Tim Parton is Dolly's cousin, and is a radio and television host and programmer.  He holds the music close to his heart however, with wife and daughter providing some harmony vocalizing that astounds me.  Just as soon as this trio went into "Wayfaring Stranger" I began to realize how dedicated they are to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The Dobro player Tim Dingus plays a most soulful lead here, and the song modulates to another key making it even more interesting. The blessings of Christ shine through on this group, especially the musicians that gave their talent and musical understanding to this project.  Shane Roark on piano and organ; Tony Dingus on Dobro, steel, and slide guitar; Burton Akers on bass; David Castle on electric guitar; Greg English on banjo, mandolin, & acoustic guitar; and Johnathon Presnell on drums and programming.  In total, it's a remarkable gathering of gifted musicians, add to this the dedicated and beautiful voices of the Partons, and we have a winner.  I really liked "I Didn't See" a nice up-tempo song that features some really close harmony.  The Rural Roots Music Commission has made some of their selections for CD of the Year awards this year, but they aren't finished yet, so off it goes.
for Country Music News International 
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