Search This Blog

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Roy Acuff and the Smokey Mountain Boys (MS-508) - 1965

Roy Acuff has always been my favorite country singer. This is one of several of his LPs from the 60s. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. They don't make country music like this anymore.

Liner Notes:

Roy Acuff comes to this great treasury of hymns in the most natural of ways. This is honest music, the expression of devotion and faith in the Lord, and it is the kind of music Roy Acuff has lived with since he was a child.

Acuff's father was a preacher in the town of Maynardsville, Tennessee, a small town in the Smokey Mountain foothills. Songs such as the ones included in this album were always a part of everyday life in the Acuff household, which was also a favorite gathering-place for the people of Maynardsville. It was at these gatherings, during Sunday services conducted by his father, and at the evening hymn-fests his family held, that young Roy learned the songs you hear him sing in this album.

It was through this music, in fact, that the young Roy realized he had God-given singing talent and acquired the confidence to pursue a career in this direction.

Acuff is one of the true founders of the country and western movement in the United States. He has had, and continues to have, a fabulous career in this field. He and his Smokey Mountain Boys have been country music stalwarts since he first made a casual appearance (while in Nashville visiting friends) on WSM's Grand Ole Opry.

It was his love of singing that first made Roy Acuff aware of his possibilities as an entertainer. It is only natural and fitting then, that he should return to the source material to which he first gave voice—the great hymns of devotion and faith.

Track List:
  1. Jesus Died For Me
  2. Lord Build Me A Cabin In Glory
  3. Where The Soul Never Dies
  4. Take My Hand Precious Lord
  5. Thank God
  6. Uncloudy Day
  7. Hold To God's Unchanging Hand
  8. This World Is Not My Home
  9. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
  10. Shake My Mother's Hand For Me
Download Link: Enjoy the Music!, or here.

Other Roy Acuff Recordings:

No comments:

Post a Comment