How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites Live from the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry has a long history of welcoming gospel music to its stage, and many artists have taken that opportunity to share their spiritual side. That legacy is well represented on How Great Thou Art, which gathers live Opry gospel performances from some of country’s biggest names. The renditions are uniformly lovely in and of themselves, and in many cases capture an aspect of the artists not heard in their usual work.
Standouts include Brad Paisley’s delicate take on “The Old Rugged Cross,” Trace Adkin’s forceful “Wayfaring Stranger” and Alan Jackson’s peaceful “Blessed Assurance.” Sara Evans offers an old-school take on “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” while Dierks Bentley salutes gospel history and Opry history simultaneously by resurrecting Hank William’s “A House of Gold.” Carrie Underwood’s graceful “How Great Thou Art” fittingly closes out the collection, offering a promise that the future of the Opry’s gospel tradition is in good hands.