The Chuck Wagon Gang saw great success in 2019 with the release of their album, No Depression In Heaven: The Gospel Songs Of The Carter Family, which quickly claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and reached #2 on Billboard's Southern Gospel Chart.
Now, they'll be adding another accolade to their already storied career as the group's recording of "I'll Fly Away" - written by Albert Brumley in 1932 and recorded by the Chuck Wagon Gang with its original members in 1948 - will be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
"How honored we are to know that this classic Chuck Wagon Gang recording will be inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for 2020!" says Shaye Smith, the current alto singer and granddaughter of original alto, Anna Carter Gordon Davis. "It is so exciting for us to see The Gang receiving such prominent recognition! I think those original four would be very proud!"
After its founding by the Recording Academy's National Trustees in 1973, the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame has honored recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. Inductees are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts.
Since 1936, the Chuck Wagon Gang has put hope, harmony, faith and family at the center of their music. Today in its third generation, the group carries on the American roots tradition of singing songs from the heart and telling stories of life's struggles, themes seen on No Depression In Heaven: The Gospel Songs Of The Carter Family.
A rich tribute to the Carter Family's entire generation-spanning legacy, this album features songs that highlight the Chuck Wagon Gang's well-known style of four-part harmony vocals and their signature guitar accompaniment. Their style adds 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.
Listen to 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 and bass singer Karl Smakula.