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CD Review: Andy Stanley - Back To God - by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

ANDY STANLEY
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
 
It amazes me to see the increase in Christian CD's coming across my desk these days.  It's even more amazing to see who is struggling to keep the 'message' of Christ alive and well.  Andy Stanley is an 89-year old authentic country singer from Michigan.  He is also very aware there is a strong movement of negativism in America we have not experienced before.  It is, of course, an attempt to create a 'split' in America.  It seems to be working in some areas, mostly large urban cities, but a dairy farmer like Andy Stanley doesn't see it that way.  He's up front all the way through on this particular CD.  He wrote his lead song "Back To God", a song project that shows his thoughts on how much has changed since he was born in 1929, in the school he went to when the pastors wife would bring her harp in every Friday morning and sing gospel songs in that one-room country schoolhouse, and how on September 11th, 2001, attacks brought us back together as one nation for a short time.  According to Andy, "Now we need God to guide our politicians to focus on bringing us back to the values that made us the Greatest Country on earth, and keep us there."  He's absolutely right of course, and even at the age of 89, he's not only a good writer, he's still a good singer and gets his message across easily.  Don't know who the backing group is, but they do a super good job backing Andy on these great old-timey gospel songs, and especially on his originals.  He even has a very poignant version of Terry Smith's 'Far Side Banks of Jordan' which stands out beautifully as an 89 year old man stands proudly speaking and singing the words he believes in.  Well done Andy Stanley, off this one goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission although they are right at the end of their selection process now.
www.music-savers.com RECORD REVIEW BY Bob Everhart, President, National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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