In 1980 Bill Harrell released “Bluegrass Gospel - Pure & Simple”. Bill was a class act. Always a good band and kept things clean and family like on stage. His sincerity and respect for the music and it’s style were always number one. Here are some liner notes from the back cover.
"Gospel is a real important part of bluegrass. Even if people don’t appreciate the words, they’ve got to love the sound. Even an atheist would love gospel music."
Bill Harrell For twenty-seven years- Bill has been counted as one of the top bluegrass artists, both as a singer and guitar player. In the early 1960’s you could catch Bill Harrell and the Virginians every month on the nationally televised Jimmy Dean Show. Then Bill joined up with Don Reno in a partnership that lasted over ten years.
Bill and his new group of Virginians are so heavily booked into all the carnivals, clubs, colleges and outdoor festivals on the bluegrass circuit that we were lucky to get him in the studio long enough to record an album. But what an album! It captures the many moods of gospel. From the joyful “He Keeps Me Singing” to the sentimental “Soon the Snow flakes Will Be Falling”. The moods flow freely from song to song. Bill’s mellow voice blends with the Virginians to create a premier example of the tight harmonies that are so beautiful and so important to gospel singing. Then the singing is further enhanced by the talented musicianship of each member of the group.
Bill Harrell and the Virginians bring you the many colors of gospel, bluegrass style. The feeling is pure and simple. The album is just plain good.
ED FERRIS was formerly a member of The Country Gentlemen. He plays bass fiddle and sings bass.
CARL NELSON plays the fiddle and sings baritone in the quartets and trios. Carl earlier performed with Roy Clark.
LARRY STEPHENSON has been playing the mandolin since he was five years old. He also sings tenor and high lead with the Virginians.
DARREI.I. SANDERS plays the five string banjo. His professional debut was with Charlie Moore and the Dixie Partners.
This is one heck of a gem to add to your collection.