The Chuck Wagon Gang premieres their brand new song "Old Gospel Ship" today. The song is taken from their Mountain Home Music Company's new album No Depression In Heaven The Gospel Songs Of The Carter Family which releases on August 30.
Since 1936, hope, harmony, faith and family have been at the center of the Chuck Wagon Gang's music. Today in its third generation, the group has decided to honor The Carter Family's storied career with their album, No Depression In Heaven The Gospel Songs Of The Carter Family.
"When we started thinking about this project of honoring The Carter Family's gospel music, we wanted it to be special and we wanted it to be done right," says Shaye Smith, the group's alto singer and a direct descendant of the original members.
Smith says they carefully selected songs from The Carter Family's catalog that would fit with the Chuck Wagon Gang's well-known style of four-part harmony vocals and their signature guitar accompaniment. By doing so, they added yet another dimension of tribute to the Carter Family that's sure to please connoisseurs of the legendary group's history, who will easily hear echoes of the second generation Carter Family sound, created by Mother Maybelle with daughters Helen, Anita and June, and at one time even incorporated the guitar of Chet Atkins. The result is an even richer tribute to the Carter Family's entire generation-spanning legacy.
Click here to listen to Chuck Wagon Gang's rendition of "The Old Gospel Ship."
Pre-order No Depression In Heaven The Gospel Songs Of The Carter Family HERE.
About the Chuck Wagon Gang
Although the Chuck Wagon Gang has been around since 1936 - undergoing many personnel changes over the years - its sound and devotion to old-fashioned gospel has remained much the same. Their greatest significance is that the band provides an important link between country music and traditional sacred songs of the South. This music, has moved Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, and generations of gospel singers and open-eared listeners. For more than 80 years, the Chuck Wagon Gang has offered hope and harmony, faith and family. Now in its third generation, the Chuck Wagon Gang features alto singer Shaye Smith, tenor singer Stan Hill, soprano singer Melissa Kemper and guitarist Karl Smakula.
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