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Classic Gospel

The Gospel Music of the Statler Brothers Volume 1 (#503)

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Series Description: From the producers of He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley, this series combines classic gospel music performances from over two decades of live Gaither Homecoming Gospel Concerts. This series features the harmony and spirit of Southern gospel music as sung by the pioneering and contemporary greats of this distinctly American musical genre.

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  • Episode #101

    Well-loved hymns include "Farther Along," "Rock of Ages" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #102

    "I've Just Seen Jesus" by Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris. "Shoutin' Time In Heaven" by the Hoppers. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #103

    "Goodbye World, Goodbye," "Go Rest High On That Mountain" and "I'll Fly Away" are performed. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #104

    The performance that gave rise to the Homecoming phenomenon, "Where Could I Go" is featured. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #105

    Several Bill and Gloria Gaither-penned favorites take pride of place, including "Because He Lives." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #106

    Songs include "Just As I Am," "Majesty," "Soon and Very Soon" and Paul Simon's "Lean On Me." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #107

    Songs include "Searchin'," "Looking For A City," "Mary Did You Know" and "Mansion Over The Hilltop." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #108

    Russ Taff sings "O, Say But I'm Glad" and Romance Watson voices "'Tis The Old Ship of Zion." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #109

    Bill Gaither is a master at pairing songs and voices as he demonstrates on "I Bowed On My Knees." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #110

    Avalon impresses with "All Hail The Power of Jesus' Name." David Phelps' performs "Hide Thou Me." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #111

    The Gaither Vocal Band performs "At The Cross." The Hoppers sing "The Marriage Supper of the Lamb." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #112

    Old beloved songs include "The Old Rugged Cross," "At Calvary" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #113

    John Starnes performs "Let's All Go Down To The River." Anthony Burger's piano work dazzles. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #201

    The theme of the transforming power of Jesus' name dominate the Christian life as demonstrated by "Bless That Wonderful Name" (Reggie Smith, Jessy Dixon), "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart" (Homecoming Friends), and "Cleanse Me" (Glen Payne, George Younce). Tanya Goodman Sykes turns in an emotional performance on "Look For Me," a song her late father, Rusty Goodman, wrote. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #202

    The wonders of Heaven are much on the mind of the Homecoming Friends as bluegrass great Ricky Skaggs proclaims in "Hallelujah, I'm Ready" from Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming. David Phelps' soaring tenor voice thrills on "The Lifeboat," while Stephen Hill adds a blues interpretation to the classic "When They Ring Those Golden Bells." "Heaven's Joy Awaits" (Guy Penrod, Homecoming Friends), "What A Meeting In The Air" (Homecoming Friends) and "Where The Soul Never Dies" (Homecoming Friends) paint a beautiful picture of life on the other side. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #203

    Legendary groups take center stage, such as the Speer Family ("After While"), The Cathedrals ("Boundless Love"), the Gaither Vocal Band ("On The Authority"), the Isaacs ("He Understands My Tears") and former members of The Statesmen, Jake Hess and Hovie Lister ("The Old Landmark"). [56 minutes]

  • Episode #204

    Perhaps no song has meant as much to bluegrass, country and gospel music as "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," performed here by the legendary group who themselves transcend musical genres the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Cynthia Clawson's pure, crystalline voice puts her in a category all by herself on "Hear The Voice of My Beloved," and contemporary Christian diva Natalie Grant uses the magnificent stage of Carnegie Hall to perform "I Am Not Alone." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #205

    "Forgive Me," "Grace," "Down At the Cross" and more songs about God's saving Grace are performed. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #206

    Features "Hallelujah, We Shall Rise," "When Morning Sweeps The Eastern Sky" and "I'll Live Again." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #207

    The comedy routines of Baritone singer Mark Lowry and the song "Mary Did You Know?" are showcased. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #208

    Showcases memorable performances of the Cathedrals and frontmen George Younce and Glen Payne. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #209

    A Tribute to Jake Hess is a fitting memoriam featuring musical highlights and special remembrances. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #210

    A tribute to the talented, God-loving singers and songwriters known as the Happy Goodman Family. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #211

    The Homecoming Friends sing about heaven and take viewer on a joyous journey to the great beyond. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #212

    The Homecoming Friends sing about the life of Jesus with help from a wonderful array of artists. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #213

    A tribute to some of the most outstanding gospel songwriters of the past century is featured. [56 minutes]

  • Atlanta Homecoming (#301)

    Georgia on my Mind and Daddy Sang Bass, featuring Woody Wright, J.D. Sumner and Ann Downing. [56 minutes]

  • Back Home In Indiana (#302)

    John the Revelator, When we all get together with the Lord and much more are featured. [56 minutes]

  • Harmony in the Heartland (#303)

    "Thanks for Sunshine," "Get on the Happy Side of Living" and much more are featured. [56 minutes]

  • Red Rocks Homecoming (#304)

    Then He Said "Sing!" and Ridin' Down the Canyon are featured, along with much more. [56 minutes]

  • New Orleans Homecoming (#305)

    "When the Saints Go Marching In," "On the Authority" and much more are featured. [56 minutes]

  • Memphis Homecoming (#306)

    "Come to the River," "God is Good All the Time" and much more are performed. [56 minutes]

  • Homecoming Texas Style (#307)

    "Everybody Will Be Happy Over There," "I'm Saved and I Know That I Am" and more are performed. [56 minutes]

  • Let Freedom Ring (New York City) (#308)

    "This Land is Your Land," "New York City," "We've Got a Song For You" and much more are performed. [56 minutes]

  • Kennedy Center Homecoming (#309)

    Performances include "Old Friends," "Promises One by One" and much more. [56 minutes]

  • A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming (Nashville, Tn) (#310)

    Performances include "This Little Light of Mine," "Swing Low," "Sweet Chariot" and much more. [56 minutes]

  • Mountain Homecoming (#311)

    Performances from It's Gonna Be a Good Day, Faith Like That and much more. [56 minutes]

  • Ryman Gospel Reunion (#312)

    Performancers include "Turn Your Radio On," "The UnClouded Day" and much more. [56 minutes]

  • Down by the Tabernacle (#313)

    "Old Campmeeting Days," "The Old Country" and much more are featured. [56 minutes]

  • Canadian Homecoming (#401)

    Great artists perform gospel favorites on the Gaither Homecoming Tour stop in Toronto. [56 minutes]

  • Gaither Homecoming Tour: Live from Toronto (#402)

    Bill and Gloria Gaither host a fun musical celebration featuring gospel music's finest artists. [56 minutes]

  • Israel Homecoming (#403)

    Bill and Gloria Gaither host an intimate concert at David's Citadel in the heart of Jerusalem. [56 minutes]

  • Jerusalem (#404)

    The Homecoming Friends host a live concert event at David's Citadel in the heart of Jerusalem. [56 minutes]

  • Australian Homecoming (#405)

    Features the Gaither Vocal Band, Mark Lowry, Janet Paschal, Jeff and Sheri Easter and Taylor Mason. [56 minutes]

  • London Homecoming (#406)

    The Homecoming Friends sing gospel music favorites in London's Westminster Central Hall. [56 minutes]

  • Irish Homecoming (#407)

    Bill and Gloria Gaither travel to Westminster Central Hall in the heart of London England to bring you this special concert event featuring their Homecoming Friends singing some of your favorite gospel music. [56 minutes]

  • Whispering Hope (#408)

    The Gaither Homecoming tour travels to the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, Northern Ireland for this live concert event featuring some of your favorite gospel music artists. Hosted by Bill and Gloria Gaither. [56 minutes]

  • South African Homecoming (#409)

    Bill and Gloria Gaither and the Homecoming Friends host a live concert event in Johannesburg, South Africa. This unique musical celebration features time-honored gospel favorites blended with a taste of South African culture. [56 minutes]

  • Love Can Turn the World (#410)

    The Gaither Homecoming tour travels to Johannesburg, South Africa in this unique musical celebration. This even features a power-packed evening of great gospel music by the Gaither Vocal Band, Gloria Gaither and the Homecoming Friends. [56 minutes]

  • The Isaacs: Live from Norway (#411)

    The award-winning Bluegrass family group, The Isaacs, travels to Norway for a special concert event. [56 minutes]

  • Oh My Glory! (#412)

    Bill and Gloria Gaither bring their Gaither Homecoming tour to the place where some of the best world-class music was born: Memphis, Tennessee. During this live concert event, they are joined by some of gospel music's finest artists such as Mark Lowry, the Gaither Vocal Band, Ivan Parker, Jake Hess, Janet Paschal and the Blackwood Brothers. [56 minutes]

  • I'll Fly Away (#413)

    The Gaither Homecoming Tour travels back to the States to The Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana for this live concert event. They are joined by their Homecoming Friends including Mark Lowry, the Gaither Vocal Band, Jessy Dixon, Dottie Rambo, Lynda Randle and many others! [56 minutes]

  • Hymns (#501)

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  • The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash (#502)

    Great musical performances and remembrances help tell the story of Cash's love of gospel music. [56 minutes]

  • The Gospel Music of the Statler Brothers Volume 2 (#504)

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  • The Best of the Cathedrals (#505)

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  • Church in the Wildwood (#506)

    Inspirational favorites include "Farther Along," and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." [55 minutes]

  • A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming Volume 1 (#507)

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  • A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming Volume 2 (#508)

    [56 minutes]

  • The Best of the Isaacs (#509)

    [53 minutes]

  • A Billy Graham Music Homecoming Volume 1 (#510)

    [56 minutes]

  • A Billy Graham Music Homecoming Volume 2 (#511)

    The artists of the Billy Graham Crusades come together to sing music and share incredible stories. [56 minutes]

  • A Tribute to George Younce (#512)

    For more than 50 years George Younce was one of the most beloved singers in gospel music. [56 minutes]

  • Christmas in the Country (#513)

    The Homecoming Friends recall Christmases long ago, while showcasing familiar Christmas carols. [56 minutes]

  • A Gospel Journey - The Oak Ridge Boys (#601)

    For over half a century, The Oak Ridge Boys have created an American music legacy all their own. [56 minutes]

  • Gaither Vocal Band Reunion, Volume 1 (#602)

    Past and present group members celebrate a quarter-century of songs documenting their rich legacy. [56 minutes]

  • Amazing Grace (#603)

    This powerful Homecoming gathering offers a timeless treasury of the great hymns of the church. [56 minutes]

  • How Great Thou Art (#604)

    Bill and Gloria Gaither host a timeless celebration of the great hymns of the Church. [56 minutes]

  • Gaither Vocal Band Reunion, Volume 2 (#605)

    Offers a rare look at the group's journey as you've never heard it before. [56 minutes]

  • Country Bluegrass Homecoming, Volume 1 (#606)

    A star-studded celebration of faith featuring the very best of gospel, bluegrass and country music. [56 minutes]

  • Country Bluegrass Homecoming, Volume 2 (#607)

    The best of country, bluegrass and gospel music come together in a celebration of faith. [56 minutes]

  • Giving Thanks (#608)

    The Homecoming family visits a cozy log cabin in the hills of Tennessee to express their gratitude! [56 minutes]

  • Count Your Blessings (#609)

    The Homecoming family is still counting their blessings in this 2nd soul-stirring musical feast. [56 minutes]

  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound - A Tribute to The Cathedral Quartet (#610)

    Ernie Haase & Signature Sound celebrate their musical roots in this tribute to the Cathedrals. [56 minutes]

  • Rock of Ages (#611)

    A rich treasury of the great hymns of the church are sung by gospel music's most influential voices. [56 minutes]

  • Nashville Homecoming (#612)

    More than 250 of gospel music's finest voices perform favorites on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. [56 minutes]

  • Gaither Vocal Band Reunited (#613)

    Former band members reunite with current members to create an all-star line-up of voices. [56 minutes]

  • Gaither Homecoming Celebration (#701)

    This joyful evening of music from 1998 features Howard and Vestal Goodman, Jake Hess and more! [56 minutes]

  • Bev Shea: Then Sings My Soul (#702)

    George Beverly Shea's deep resonant voice has sung hope into the lives of millions of people. [56 minutes]

  • Tent Revival Homecoming (#703)

    This quintessential Tent Revival Homecoming features 140 of gospel music's most beloved artists. [56 minutes]

  • Tent Revival - Old Rugged Cross (#704)

    A continuation of the "Tent Revival Homecoming" event features more beloved gospel songs. [56 minutes]

  • Best of David Phelps (#705)

    Highlights the extraordinary tenor's most awe-inspiring moments from the Gaither Homecoming stage. [56 minutes]

  • Best of Lynda Randle (#706)

    Lynda Randle's deep, rich voice is showcased with "God on the Mountain," "I'm Free" and "One Day." [56 minutes]

  • Sweet Sweet Spirit (#707)

    There is a sweet, sweet spirit in the room as the Doris Akers' self-penned classic is reprised. [56 minutes]

  • Because He Lives (#708)

    Classic songs and vintage footage from the Bill Gaither Trio of the 1960's and '70s are showcased. [56 minutes]

  • Best of the Crabb Family (#709)

    Soul-stirring favorites from this talented sibling group and an an in-depth interview are featured. [56 minutes]

  • Best of Guy Penrod (#710)

    Many of Guy's most memorable performances including "Redeemed" and "Because He Lives" are featured. [56 minutes]

  • Gaither Vocal Band: I Do Believe (#711)

    "The Love of God," "Oh, What A Time" and more are perform at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. [56 minutes]

  • Alaskan Homecoming (#712)

    Cruise with the Gaither Homecoming family across Alaska's Inside Passage with this concert at sea. [56 minutes]

  • Campfire Homecoming (#713)

    This heartwarming Homecoming gathering features timeless songs sung around a cozy campfire. [56 minutes]

  • Gaither Classics #1

    Favorite songs and performances include "Farther Along," Squire Parsons' and "Sweet Beulah Land." [56 minutes]

  • Tribute to the Goodmans (#802)

    Bill Gaither celebrates the music and the legacy of unquenchable spirits Howard and Vestal Goodman. [56 minutes]

  • Cathedrals Farewell Celebration (#803)

    The Statler Brothers, the Oak Ridge Boys and Sandi Patty pay tribute to the Cathedrals Quartet. [56 minutes]

  • New Orleans Homecoming (#804)

    The New Orleans favorite "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Go Down Death" are performed. [56 minutes]

  • Ryman Gospel Reunion (#805)

    "Sweet Beulah Land" and "The Lighthouse" are performed in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. [56 minutes]

  • Down by the Tabernacle (#806)

    "Rock of Ages," "There Is Power in the Blood" and "I Saw the Light" are performed in Indiana. [56 minutes]

  • Atlanta Homecoming (#807)

    The largest Homecoming concert ever features "What a Meeting in the Air" and "Peace in the Valley." [56 minutes]

  • Homecoming Texas Style (#808)

    "Give the World a Smile," "Just a Little While" and more songs are performed in Fort Worth, Texas. [56 minutes]

  • Mountain Homecoming (#809)

    "There's Something about a Mountain," "Go Rest High on That Mountain" and more songs are performed. [56 minutes]

  • Israel Homecoming (#810)

    The Homecoming Family performs "I Have Returned," "Because He Lives" and "The Holy City" in Israel. [56 minutes]

  • Rocky Mountain Homecoming (#811)

    "Colorado," "Back Home Again" and "America the Beautiful" are performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. [56 minutes]

  • Best of Anthony Burger (#812)

    Highlights the pianist's cherished performances, including "The Hallelujah Chorus" and "Exodus." [56 minutes]

  • Gaither Vocal Band/Ehss Together (#813)

    Two great quartets, the Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, perform together. [56 minutes]

  • George Younce (#901)

    The life and legacy of George Younce, one the most beloved singers in gospel music, is celebrated. [56 minutes]

  • Joey & Rory (#902)

    Tried-and-true gospel favorites are combined with newer, down-to-earth country gospel songs. [56 minutes]

  • Isaacs: Up Close & Personal (#903)

    The Isaacs offer a cappella and acoustic arrangements of songs about faith and family. [56 minutes]

  • Church in the Wildwood (#904)

    The choir perform cherished hymns about heavenly sunlight in a little church in the wildwood. [56 minutes]

  • Women of Homecoming, Part 1 (#905)

    Women who are making an eternal difference perform powerful music and share soul-stirring stories. [56 minutes]

  • Women of Homecoming, Part 2 (#906)

    A power-packed music celebration features Christian music's most-loved female artists. [56 minutes]

  • Mountain Homecoming (#907)

    The Homecoming Friends perform "There's Something About a Mountain" in the Blue Ridge Mountains. [56 minutes]

  • Down by the Tabernacle (#908)

    "I Saw the Light" and more songs are performed at a 100-year-old camp meeting tabernacle in Indiana. [56 minutes]

  • Tribute to the Goodmans (#909)

    Interviews and rare footage pay tribute to the music and legacy of Howard and Vestal Goodman. [56 minutes]

  • Hymns (#910)

    Bill and Gloria Gaither share some beloved inspirational songs of the past two centuries. [56 minutes]

  • Pure & Simple, Part 1 (#911)

    The Gaither Vocal Band carries on their legacy with their signature harmonies and great songs. [56 minutes]

  • Pure & Simple, Part 2 (#912)

    A reunion of the Gaither Vocal Band features historic moments and performances of favorite songs. [56 minutes]

  • Gaither Homecoming Classics (#913)

    Bill Gaither gathers his favorite performances from the first decade of his Homecoming concerts. [56 minutes]

  • Atlanta Homecoming (#1001)

    Gaither Homecoming performers gather in Atlanta for a collection of well-known inspirational songs. [56 minutes]

  • Cliff Barrows: Celebrating The Music of the Billy Graham Crusades (#1002)

    Cliff Barrows, one of the most recognized choir directors and vocalist of our time, is showcased. [56 minutes]

  • Cathedrals Family Reunion (#1003)

    Five popular southern Gospel artists reunite to celebrate the award-winning Cathedrals. [56 minutes]

  • Homecoming Texas Style (#1004)

    Homecoming friends gather together in Fort Worth, Texas for an exciting celebration of gospel music. [56 minutes]

  • God Bless The USA (#1005)

    A salute to the American spirit includes "This Land Is Your Land" and "America The Beautiful." [56 minutes]

  • Red Rocks Homecoming (#1006)

    The Gaither Vocal Band's gives a powerful performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. [56 minutes]

  • The Gospel Music of Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives (#1007)

    An interview with Marty Stuart and musical performances, including "The Unseen Hand," are showcased. [56 minutes]

  • The Gospel Music of the Statler Brothers Volume #1

    Bill Gaither hosts a look at what gospel music personally meant to the Statler Brothers. [56 minutes]

  • Goodman Revival: Songs in the Key of Happy (#1009)

    The trio Goodman Revival put their signature twist on some of gospel music's timeless hits. [56 minutes]

  • Heaven (#1010)

    Bill Gaither and the Homecoming Friends ponder the question of the ages through songs about Heaven. [56 minutes]

  • The Best of the Booth Brothers (#1011)

    An unprecedented glimpse into the lives, the souls and the musical journey of The Booth Brothers. [56 minutes]

  • Kennedy Center Homecoming (#1012)

    Songs of patriotism and faith are performed by Bill and Gloria Gaither's Homecoming Friends. [56 minutes]

  • Homecoming Picnic (#1013)

    Musical performances by Michael English, TaRanda Green, The Hayes Family and more are showcased. [56 minutes]

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