Back To God
Back To God - What Would Our World Be - New Horizons - A Man Stands The Tallest - On The Wings Of A Dove - Far Side Banks of Jordan - How Great Thou Art - One Day At A Time - Old Rugged Cross - Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Andy Stanley makes his home in Michigan, and he's an old friend that has been doing 'real' country music for a long long time. His dairy-farm operations have been very successful for him, giving him the ways and means to bring his 'style' of country music to the CD-disc, and the public at large, making it possible for all of us to enjoy his music. His biggest hit so far has been "Snowgoose" which received considerable radio air play. It kind of reminds me of how Andy sings. If you like Eddy Arnold blended with Burl Ives, you kind of have what Andy Stanley sounds like as a vocalist.
He's also a songwriter and wrote two songs on this album, but he is also using some really nice original songs from mutual friends. Terry Smith is the guy who wrote 'Far Side Banks of Jordan' for Johnny and June Carter Cash, and Andy does a magnificent job on the song on this CD. Both Terry and Andy will be at the 40th National Old-Time Country Music Gathering in LeMars, Iowa, this year (Aug 31-Sept 6). So will Daniel Tousignant who wrote "What Would Our World Be." Quite a gathering of really good songwriters.
I really like the musical instrumentation backing on this CD, lots of very nice, not too loud, steel guitar which is no longer featured in so called 'country' music of today. Neither is the fiddle, and the latest development is to eliminate the guitar lead so radio stations who play this 'kind' of modern music has more time for commercials. Wow, what in the world happened to country music. Thank God we have the likes of Andy Stanley who continues the 'real' work of 'real' country music. And, he's not afraid or ashamed to sing his songs to the glory of Jesus Christ, the savior and salvation of nearly every single one of 'real' country music fans, myself included. Thank you for that Andy Stanley for the strength of character, and the strength of an artist to keep the vitally important part of our lives intact and meaningful to all of us. Five stars to Andy Stanley on "Back To God." Bring some with you to LeMars Andy.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine