MELODIE BOWER 'Pray'

MELODIE BOWER 'Pray'

  • $13.50


This record is not one that most of our readers would expect to see here: a collection of gospel songs and hymns played on the piano. But since Ms. Bower is a native of our own Floyd County, we said we would give it a listen, and we’re glad we did. Ms. Bower plays 12 classic hymns in a warm, relaxed, heartfelt manner that is clearly reflective of the best of rural traditions (we usually don’t think of the piano as a rural instrument, but there are a few great recorded examples of it, most of which come from Southwestern Virginia). The album reminds me of the type of home made music that one could still hear on the radio of a Sunday afternoon in the 1950s and 1960s—simple, unpretentious but with a world of feeling. Lovely cuts of SWEET BY & BY, THERE IS A FOUNTAIN, FARTHER ALONG, SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER, COMING HOME, PASS ME NOT, etc.

Track Listing:

  • JUST AS I AM
  • FARTHER ALONG
  • THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
  • I'D RATHER HAVE JESUS
  • IN THE SWEET BY AND BY
  • SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
  • PASS ME NOT
  • COMING HOME
  • HE TOUCHED ME
  • THERE IS A FOUNTAIN
  • AMAZING GRACE
  • WONDERFUL PEACE