Christie Lynn – Christie Lynn Sings Country, Gospel, Bluegrass


by Lori Shropshire

For those of you who complain that there’s too much pop in your country music—and you know who you are—this CD is for you. Christie Lynn is country as cornbread. You could put her in gingham mini-dress, tease her hair within an inch of its life, stick her in a cornfield on Hee Haw, and she’d fit right in. Or pop right up and say howdy, to be absolutely correct.

Christie hails from Samson, Alabama, population of 2,071. (Saa-lute!) Back in 1995 she and her parents visited Opryland and went to hear Bashful Brother Oswald and Charlie Collins. She got invited onstage during the audience participation part of the show and blew everyone away with a rousing rendition of Amazing Grace, so the boys took her to meet Porter Wagoner.

Porter, who knows a thing or two about finding girl singers, hired her to sing in his troupe. She toured with Porter and sang on the Opry stage for seven years. She honed her vocal chops singing back-up for everyone from Little Jimmy Dickens to Garth Brooks. This is the second CD Porter has produced for her, and includes special guests Dolly Parton and Ralph Stanley. It doesn’t get more country than this.

Porter wrote Bluegrass Boogie, and it has some delicious pickin’ on it. Christie covered Beneath the Sweet Magnolia Tree, formerly recorded by Porter and Dolly. She also does a splendid rendition of Lonesome Dove, another country standard. Moonshine Quiver will jump-start your John Deere.

There’s not a bad song on here, but for my money you can’t beat the Gospel Medley. Christie’s strong, sweet vocals carry it straight to heaven. The entire CD has a stellar cast of musicians, and the production is great.

So if Grandpa grouses they don’t make records like they used to, stick a bow on this and slip it in his Christmas stocking. He just might put you back in the will. Grab one for yourself while you’re at it. Heck, you’ve been good all year. 

For more about Christie Lynn or to buy this CD, go to http://www.porterwagoner.com/chlybio.html

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