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Gaither Vocal Band
"Back Home In Indiana"

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Year of Release: 1997

track listing
  • John The Revelator
  • When We All Get
    Together With
    The Lord
  • In That Great
    Gettin' Up Morning
  • My Lord And I
  • Daystar
    (Shine Down
    On Me)
  • Goodby World Goodbye
  • When He Was On
    The Cross
    (I Was On
    His Mind)
  • The Old Rugged Cross
    The Difference
  • When Jesus
    Lifts The Load
  • Jesus Built This Church
    On Love
  • The Old Landmark
  • On My Way To Heaven
  • Tears Are A Language
    God Understands
  • Joy Comes
    In The Morning
  • Wait'll You See My
    Brand New Home
  • We'll Be There
  • I'll Worship Only At The
    Feet Of Jesus
  • Loving God Loving
    Each Other
  • Without Him
  • I Believe In A Hill Called
    Mount Calvary

  • WSVNRadio Archives
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M
    N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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    "Back Home In Indiana"

    This was an unforgettable evening for me -- hosting this once-in-a-lifetime experience with some of my very dearest friends -- back at my home in Indiana --- Bill Gaither

    The Gaither Vocal Band returns with Back Home In Indiana, released in 1997. I am a huge fan of the GVB, as legendary Gospel artist Bill Gaither provides his talented lineup of singers. This time around for the GVB were Gaither (bass), Guy Penrod (lead), Mark Lowry (baritone), and Jonathan Pierce (tenor). Both Penrod and Lowry are my favorites, whether they be with Gaither or on their own. There are other guest singers on this concert, that being Anthony Burger, Jake Hess, Amy Lambert, Jessy Dixon, and Hovie Lister.

    This is a live album, as they performed in Gaither's home state of Indiana. As I mentioned before, I was never a big fan of live albums, but this one definitely is an exception. 20 songs captured live, and quite honestly, every song is as fresh as pure, even if these were recorded in the studio. From the "Gaither Gospel Series," this performance is one of his "Homecoming" events. Traditional Gospel is heard here, and some of those songs you could say fit the Country format. Another standout are the superb harmonies Gaither & Co. have always endured.

    The first track, "John The Revelator" definitely has a more Country feel. Traditional Gospel harmonies work well on "When We All Get Together With The Lord," and "In That Great Gettin' Up Morning." And speaking of harmonies, they return with a Country feel on "My Lord And I." And another good traditional gospel track, is "On My Way To Heaven."

    The ballads here are just as exceptional: "Daystar (Shine Down On Me)," and "Joy Comes In The Morning."

    One instrumental is here, as "Goodby World, Goodby" is a fast-paced. Another upbeat track is "Wait'll You See My Brand New Home." A huge assortment of nice, pleasant tracks are here, as they are "When He Was On The Cross (I Was On His Mind)," "The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference," "We'll Be There," "I'll Only Worship At The Feet Of Jesus," "Loving God, Loving Each Other," "Without Him," and "I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary."

    There's even some Gaither Vocal Band blues, as <>"When Jesus Lifts The Load" is one of the many impressive tracks. "The Old Landmark" was made famous by James Brown in the Blues Brothers movie, yet GVB's version here is more gospel (obviously). "Jesus Built This Church On Love" and "Tears Are A Language God Understands" (Amy Lambert, vocals) are two other well-enjoyable songs.

    Not only are some of the songs here are considered as "Public Domain," but what makes it more impressive, is that Bill Gaither wrote, or co-wrote many of the songs here as well.

    You can't got wrong with any of the Gaither Vocal Band's music. Very spiritual, very moving. If you get a chance, check out their DVD concerts. Back Home In Indiana just maybe a live album, but it's worth listening to. The gospel feel will take over in a very positive way, and will definitely want you to listen to more of GVB's music. Although Bill Gaither has changed his personnel for the GVB, it all ends up the same way: Great spiritual and gospel music at its very best. Since 1981, the GVB have released many albums, and toured throughout. It is well worth discovering and collecting their music. I would say the best lineup included both Guy Penrod and Mark Lowry. Those two have been the backbone to a Gaither's Vocal Band. Another good singer to mention that Gaither had in his GVB is David Phelps. The current lineup (as of 2014) are Gaither (bass), Adam Crabb (lead), David Phelps (Tenor), Wes Hampton (Tenor) and Todd Suttles (baritone). Gaither still shines with whomever he teams up with. Bill Gaither will forever be one of the greatest recording artists to record gospel music. If you're not familiar with him, please listen to his music. It's well worth it. The first GVB album I was introduced to, was I Do Believe. (The lineup at the time, were Gaither, Lowry, Penrod and Phelps.) An incredible introduction to what would become one of my favorite artists/bands in the area of Christian/Gospel/Religious Music. This album has yet to be reviewed here on our site, but the albums that have been reviewed so far, have all been ranked highly -- Lovin' Life, and Let Freedom Ring: Live From Carnegie Hall.

    May God bless Bill Gaither, and thank you, Mr. Gaither, for giving us incredible music throughout the past 30 years with the Gaither Vocal Band. Bill has been recording since 1966. What a great career it has been for him, as he provides the powerful messages of religion and faith, and his love for God.

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