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The Promised Land

By The Del McCoury Band (Artist)
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Record Label   McCoury Music
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54"
Weight:   0.18 lbs.
Binding  CD
EAN  0829305000320  
UPC  829305000320  

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Track Names
1.  I'm Bound for the Land of Canaan
2.  I'm Poor as a Beggar
3.  It's Surprising What the Lord Can Do
4.  Jesus Carried Me a Cross
5.  Five Flat Rocks
6.  I'll Put on a Crown and Walk Around
7.  Don't Put off Until Tomorrow
8.  Led by the Master's Hand
9.  It's an Unfriendly World
10.  Gold Under My Feet
11.  Ain't Nothin' Going to Come Up Today (Me and
12.  We Know Where He Is
13.  Sit Down with Jesus
14.  Lord Is Writing Down Names

Item Description...
The first all-gospel release by Del McCoury, perhaps the finest singer in bluegrass, whose a cappella 'Get Down on Your Knees and Pray' has long been a show-stopping highlight of his live performances. The album showcases McCoury's keening tenor and the virtuosity of his band, though some of the material tends toward the obscure. Among the highlights are the bluesy retelling of David and Goliath on 'Five Flat Rocks', the stately grace of a musical eulogy on 'We Know Where He Is', and the call-and-response harmonies of 'Gold Under My Feet'.

Hopes were higher for the first all-gospel release by Del McCoury, perhaps the finest singer in bluegrass, whose a cappella "Get Down on Your Knees and Pray" has long been a show-stopping highlight of his live performances. Though the album showcases McCoury's keening tenor and the virtuosity of his band, the results fall short of divine inspiration. Most of the material tends toward the obscure; whatever the spiritual message, some of the music simply isn't as compelling as the range McCoury typically offers on his secular releases. Among the highlights are the bluesy retelling of David and Goliath on "Five Flat Rocks," the stately grace of a musical eulogy on "We Know Where He Is," and the call-and-response harmonies of "Gold Under My Feet." At his most moving, McCoury can send a spiritual jolt through the spine of an atheist; on Promised Land, he's mainly preaching to the choir. --Don McLeese

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
A Smoothe Oldie "Refreshed"  Nov 21, 2007
Del is tops. His music, lyrics, all of his performances, really great.
The instrumental music that backs him is top notch. Highly recommended to folks who love country gospel bluegrass. Technics of the group playing their instruments is extrememly high quality.
McCoury Band at their best again.  Jul 12, 2007
I love this new album of gospel or songs of the Lord. Again The McCoury Band has given us another great album to listen to and enjoy. Get this album you will love it.
Bluegrass at its best  Jan 31, 2007
If you love bluegrass and the Lord, then this is the CD for you. Great songs which get you clappin' and lift your spirit!!!!
The McCoury musical magic is first pew  Nov 24, 2006
Playing Time - 42:51

What They Do: They're on the top of the bluegrass game and play songs full of warmth and passion to celebrate the spirit of God. Del delivers each song with convincing emotion, and his lonesome highs are always piercingly clear.

Little Known Facts: This is the band's first all-gospel project, and I'm told that Del McCoury has never recorded a gospel music album in his five decade long career.

The Songs: The set draws heavily from the material of Oklahoma-born Albert E. Brumley, the most popular white gospel composer among rural southernerns in the 1930s. His songs present visions of a caring, personal Savior and of an abundant, pastoral Heaven where old acquaintances would be renewed. "I'll put on a crown and walk all around all over God's Promised Land." The album opens with Brumley's "I'm Bound For the Land of Canaan" and "It's Surprising What The Lord Can Do" has Del switching to his soaring tenor on the choruses. In fact, a number of their vocal arrangements have Del jumping up to the higher harmony on choruses. Halfway through the set, the band supercharges the music with Brumley's "Led By The Master's Hand" and the band's remarkably distinct vocals. Following that, in "It's An Unfriendly World" a beggar asks for some guidance in a world full of sorrow and sin. Other classics from Brumley include "I'll Put On A Crown and Walk Around"and the album closer "The Lord is Writing Down Names."

A beautiful duet with Ronnie and Del is is presented in the ¾-time "Gold Under My Feet," while the band's splendid quartet is illustrated in "Five Flat Rocks," that also showcases Ronnie McCoury's consummate guitar skill. A strong nod to tradition is Pete Pyle's "Don't Put Off Until Tomorrow" that kicks off with Ronnie's tremolo and downstrokes on his eight strings of fame. From Mississippi, Pete Pyle had been a soloist on the Opry who also was member of Bill Monroe's band. Del McCoury and Jerry Salley co-wrote "Ain't Nothin' Gonna Come Up Today" that suggests we fight Satan on our knees. Instrumentally, you won't find a band that is much more solid than Del's. The band's newest addition, Alan Bartram on bass, is rock solid and also contributes to some of the vocal harmonies.

The Musicians: Del sings and picks guitar with his sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Robbie (banjo), as well as with Jason Carter (fiddle) and Alan Bartram (bass)

The Bottomline: The 67-year-old Del McCoury shows no signs of slowing down. The McCoury musical magic is first pew.

Reviewed By: Joe Ross (staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

McCoury Takes Listeners to 'The Promised Land'  Aug 22, 2006
It's hard to believe that it took Del McCoury more than forty years to record his first all-gospel album, but THE PROMISED LAND was worth the wait. This 14-track collection is a treat for the ears as well as the soul.

The album kicks of with "I'm Bound for the Land of Canaan," one of seven songs composed by Albert E. Brumley. Best known for "I'll Fly Away" (not included here), Brumley wrote more than 800 songs during his lifetime and was selected to the Country Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Songs run the gamut from the stately "We Know Where He Is" to the bouncy "I'll Put on a Crown & Walk Around." Among the highlights are a bluesy version of "Five Flat Rocks" with stunning four-part harmony and Ronnie and Rob McCoury providing some wonderful guitar picking. "The Lord Is Writing Down Names" also showcases Ronnie's and Rob's guitar prowess.

There is not a weak track on this album. If you're a fan of traditional bluegrass and gospel music, this album will not disappoint. [Running Time - 42.55] VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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