A Closer Walk with Thee
Label: Gourd Music
Performers: Doug Burns, Joe Weed, Martin Simpson, Paul Hostetter, Randy Masters
A Closer Walk with Thee: Instrumental arrangements of American Gospel songs
Martin Simpson, guitars, baritone guitar, mandola and mandolin
Doug Burns, harmonica
Paul Hostetter, guitar and banjo
Randy Masters, trumpet and flugelhorn
Joe Weed, strings, fiddle and mandolin
Guitar Player magazine called it "musical balm for the grunge-weary soul" and named it one of 1994's Ten Best Albums. Martin Simpson's phenomenal virtuoso finger-picking, slide and melodic guitar work shine in these interpretations of hymns, spirituals and camp meeting songs from the American Gospel tradition.
Joe Weed and others sit in on fiddle, banjo, mandolin and more. You'll hear the heavenly glory - and the deep roots of rhythm and blues - in these old favorites and little-known treasures including Wayfaring Stranger, I'll Fly Away, Down in the Valley to Pray, Palms of Victory, Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down, Go Down Moses, Watch the Stars and the title tune.