Old Country Church

1. Old Country Church – Gary, Jimmy and Johnny

“With my friends at the Old Country Church.” The other day when I went for a walk to the park, this line of the song was running through my head. I used to sing this song a long time ago, and couldn’t remember all the words.  But I was thinking that I don’t have many friends anymore, they are scattered all over the world. I have enkoyed these folks rendition of the song, so I have put them first on the list. I noticed also that Gary sings slightly different words. He sings: “If they would only kneel, Jesus would surely heal, as He did at the Old Country Church.” Maybe there’s a connection betwenn kneeling and healing?

2. Hank Williams Senior

You may wonder when I am putting this song down over and over again. Each person adds their own feeling to it, that brings back certain memories.

3. Unknown man

When I take my guitar to my room and sing, I am free to sing whatever I want, and I can sing the same song ten times over if I want to. There are no restrictions. I sing ang sing until I end up on my knees worshipping the Lord. To be honest with you, I have better times of worship like that, than what I have in going to church. I have been to hundreds of churches!

4. The Bluegrass Five

These folks add their own flavor, like “Oh how I love Jesus” and some cool banjo pickin’.

5. The Travelers

When I listened to these folks, this line stuck out to me: “And with Jesus above with His wonderful love, saved my soul at the Old Country Church.” The most important thing is to be saved. Jesus said: “I am the way the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” So why don’t you do like the folks in the song, and kneel down and receive Jesus as your Savior?

6. James Rice

There are some nice pictures to this song. I hope it brings back memories of your good church experiences.

7. Jerry Lee Lewis

There is only one Jerry Lee Lewis, and he likes putting his name in the song to make it more personal. There is also the words printed there, which is handy.

8. Prairie Pickers

Here is the outdoor feel to this song. I have sung many times in parks and beaches, and outside coffee shops. Have been harrassed many times by police.

9. The Oak Ridge Boys

“Y’all come back, hear!”

10. The Carolina Mountaineers

Hearing this song feels like I am having fellowship with my brothers and sisters in other places. One day we will all be together praising God.

11. The Greenhill Boys

These are Asian type folks singing this song. I have found that Kyoto is in Japan, but the other name Sozokan could be other places in the world. But can you see how American country gospel has pread to other people? You are an influence on other people where ever you go and whatever you do.

The Old Country Church

1. The Blackwood Legacy 2011

This is now a different song with the same kind of title, done very well by these folks.

2. The Gaither Homecoming

I used to sing this song too, many years ago.

3. The Blackwood Quartet

There are lots of Blackwoods around.

4. The Gethsemane Quartet

Each of these folks add their own feel to the song.

I also have a Gospel web site. If you want to check it out, go to:  http://countrygospelandbible.com/

Elvis Presley – Favorite Gospel Songs

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I have heard it said that Elvis originally wanted to be a singer of Gospel songs. I have a video where J.D. Sumner says he used to let young Elvis in to their concerts through the back door, because he couldn’t afford to pay to get in. When I was in Africa, I had almost all his religious records..I hope you enjoy my selection.

1. If we never meet again – my favorite Elvis Presley Gospel song

This has been my favorite since I was young. Somehow it has been burned into my spirit.

2. We call on Him

He points out that it is only when we are in trouble that we call on the Lord. I saw a car sticker that said: “God wants to be your steering wheel, not your spare tire.”

3. There is no God but God

I remember singing this song at a beach in East London, trying to reach the lost.

4. He is my everything

These are far better words than: “There goes my everything!”

5. His hand in mine

I wish I could feel His hand in mine right now.

6. Without Him

Jesus said that he is the vine and we are the branches. That without him we cannot bear any fruit. We need to be always plugged into Jesus.

7. It is no secret

Although this is a real old one, it still keeps running through my head every now and then.

8. He touched me

I had this record, and I need some healing right now, so I am waiting for the Lord to touch me and make me whole.

9. In my Father’s house

This morning as I went for a walk, this song was on my heart, so I have added it on here. Some of these words have so much meaning. “He’s preparing me a mansion there I kinow.”  An Elvis fan has added this gospel song to the web, and the pictures are so beautiful. God bless y’all.

10. Bye and bye

This morning as I was waiting for a man to work on the house, I went to this page. I got so carried away that I listened to lots of videos, so I am adding on a whole lot more.

11. If the Lord wasn’t walking by my my side

As I listened to him singing, it was like I was having fellowship with him.

12. Mansion over the hilltop

When I was little, I remember going to a youth meeting, and they were sitting around a fire singing and playing music. This was one of the choruses they sang. Such wonderful memories.

13. Why me Lord

This gospel song is done by Elvis, and J.D.Sumner.

14. Known only to Him

I sang this song when I was a teenager.

15. Who am I

I first heard this song by Jimmy Swaggart.

16. Where no one stands alone

I always associate this song with Porter Wagoner.

17. Help me

I have a record of this song by Yan Venter, but I first heard it by Kris Kristofferson.

18. Stand by me

When I’m growing old and feelbe, stand by me. Amen.

19. In the garden

Recently, I read the story of how this song was written. A man had a vision of Mary Magdalene by the garden tomb. Peter and John visited the tomb and left, and she was alone crying, when Jesus came to her, and comforted her. It adds a whole new meaning to the song.

20. Amazing Grace

An old song, but he makes it feel new.

21. Peace in the valley

I read a long time ago of how a guy was on a train and they were going through a peaceful valley. It was just before the second world war, and he was inspired to write this song.

22. You’ll never walk alone

Jesus said He will never leave us.

23. Somebody bigger

We are so small compared to the universe that God has made.

24. I asked the Lord

I had never heard this song before. It seems like a home recording. On TV one time they said he did recordings in the “Jungle room.” I have been there when I visited Graceland.

25. Where could I go

I was influenced by his recordings, and so I recorded this one on my LP many years ago.

26. Dixieland

Glory, glory, hallelujah.

27. How great Thou art “live”

Apparently, this was Elvis’ favorite Gospel song. I always associate it with the mountain near the Ponderosa. I went for a walk there a few days before we saw Elvis, and it was just like the second verse of the song: “When through the woods, and the forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing so sweetly up in the trees. When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze. Then sings my soul…”

28. He knows just what I need

I loved this song so much when I was young.

29. Run on

Tom Jones sings this song too now. I guess was also influenced by E.P.

I also have a Gospel web site. If you want to check it out, go to:  http://countrygospelandbible.com/

My favorite Love Songs about Guitars

1. Dusty Guitar – Ned Miller

This is my most favorite love song about guitars. I heard this song when I was a teenager, and dreamed of being a star. Although I have never been a star, singing and guitar playing has taken me many places across the world, and I have had a good life. Some of my dreams have come true!

2. Flat Top Box – Rosanne Cash

I saw a show on TV once where she said that when she recorded this song she didn’t know that it was written by her dad, she only found out later. I guess the musical taste runs in the family.

3. Orange Blossom Special – Chet Atkins

They call him `Mister Guitar` because he plays so well. I knew a guy once who copied Chet, and played incredibly well.

4. Johnny B. Goode – Back to the future

I was watching this on TV recently, and it is done so well. When I was a teenager I heard this song, and thought about how he could play the guitar like a ringing a bell. I wish I could play like that!

5. Hawaii Five-O – The Ventures

This was a hit TV show many years ago, and The Ventures were a hit too.

6. Guitar Boogie – The Shadows

I heard this record when I was young, and I so wanted to play like The Shadows. The crowds screaming can do something inside a person that is hard to forget.

7. You belong to my heart – Ned MIller

`We were gathering stars, while a million guitars played our love song.` Those words were burned into my heart as a teenager. It felt so exciting. This is still one of my favorite love songs.

8. Guitar Man – Elvis – One of my Favorite Love Songs about Guitars

It is not easy to be successful. Jerry Reed wrote the song, and he talks about running out of money and luck. I know how it feels, I`ve been there. Fame and fortune can be very elusive.

9. Guitars, Cadillacs – Dwight Yoakam

Guitars and Cadillacs can`t take the place of a good girl. But men want it all!

10. Teardrops on my guitar – Taylor Swift

This song tells the girl side of the story. She is the prettiest girl this side of the Mississippi! How could that guy turn her down?

11. Tear stained guitar – Red Sovine

I just heard this one today, and it fits in with this theme.

12. Gitarzan – Ray Stevens

13. My old guitar and me – Santa Vorster