Hello my friends and welcome back for another service of Cowboy Church.
We begin our musical selection off with The Maddox Brothers and Rose's 1948 recording of a gospel classic, Precious Memories. With their flashy clothes and on stage performance style, The Maddox Brothers and Rose received the title, The World's Most Colorful Hillbilly band. However just as much as over the top they could be, the group could also turn in a really heartfelt performance of a classic song as can be seen here. Following is George Jones with another classic gospel song, Just a Closer Walk With Thee. George delivers this song in the incredible way that only he can. There has never been and there will never be a voice like George Jones'. The TV show Hee Haw had some of the corniest jokes in all history, despite this though when the show focused on music, it took this music very seriously. An especially great example is when the show would have a performance by the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet (Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Grandpa Jones, Kenny Price). One may notice that these gospel performances are some of the rare times you could see Grandpa Jones without his hat. Here is them performing Shall We Gather at the River from a 1977 episode. Next is Emmylou Harris' hauntingly beautiful version of Wayfaring Stranger. I saw Emmylou in concert just a couple days ago and she was incredible. If you ever get a chance to see her don't pass it up. After this comes The Sons of the Pioneers with a 1951 recording of musical version of The Lord's Prayer. This is followed by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans' 1955 recording of The Lord is Gonna Take Good Care of You. We end with Gene Autry's 1945 recording of Silver Spurs on the Golden Stairs.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, The man who was raised on high declares, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel, "The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue. 2Samuel 23:1-2
Thank you again for joining me for another service of Cowboy Church. Happy Trails to you until we meet again.
-Michael J. Ruhland