Compiled by: Fred Bock
Edited by: Norman Johnson and James Loucks
Dimensions: 5.5" X 8.5"
Some call it 'southern gospel.' Others think of it as shaped-note music. The younger generation may identify it as 'the Nashville sound.' We've chosen to label it 'country and western.' Whatever the name, the overall style is unmistakable, for in recent years it has swept across our country to capture the attention and the devotion of millions of Americans from all walks of life. You hear it not only in the deep south, or on the midwestern prairies, or in isolated mountain communities, but just as frequently in the great urban centers from coast to coast. Harmonically it is simple and unsophisticated; poetically it is direct and down-to-earth. It is the music of the common people, music of the heart, with roots buried deep in the musical traditions of the past hundred-and-fifty years.
Many will select this book for use with a choir. Often it will serve as a resource for solo or quartet performance. But it is primarily designed as a hymnal - perhaps as a supplementary hymnbook in your church or use in Sunday evening song services or for sing-alongs in the home or smaller church gatherings. Whenever and wherever you use it, we are hopeful it will be a means of enrichment and blessing to your soul!