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Carl Story

Guitarist, fiddler, and vocalist Carl Story became known as "The Father of Bluegrass Gospel Music" over his decades-long career. Though less well known than Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and other bluegrass pioneers, he was present as the genre took shape and was for many years a highly influential figure whose band served as a training ground for many younger musicians. Story was born to musically inclined parents who played for square dances, and he learned both the fiddle and guitar when he was young. String band music snared his attention when he was in his teens, and he was active on radio in Lynchburg, VA, in the early '30s. Around 1935, Story and teenage banjoist Johnnie Whisnant moved to Spartanburg, SC, to play in a band called the Lonesome Mountaineers, which eventually spawned the Rambling Mountaineers. The band performed on radio around the South until Story left to become a fiddler for Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys in 1942, replacing fiddler Howdy Forrester after Forrester was drafted. In 1943, Story, too, was drafted into the U.S. Navy.

Following his discharge, Story reassembled the Rambling Mountaineers with Jack and Curley Shelton, Hoke Jenkins, and Claude Boone. The band's membership changed over the years, and many members, such as Tater Tate and Red Rector, went on to become important bluegrass figures. Story and his group began recording both secular and gospel songs for the Mercury label in 1947, and remained with the label until 1952. He moved to Columbia the following year and recorded over a dozen singles. The pure bluegrass phase of his career, merging the "high lonesome" Monroe sound with gospel harmony vocals and skilled picking from Story and his sidemen, began with the band's signing to Starday in the late '50s. Over some ten albums between then and the early '70s, Story tended almost exclusively toward gospel. Such albums as 1963's Mighty Close to Heaven featured upbeat material ("You Don't Love God [If You Don't Love Your Neighbor]") mixed with numbers that employed the poetic qualities of bluegrass songwriting in the service of intense professions of faith (the title track, in which Story sings that he came "mighty close to heaven with my tears"). Story and his band became fixtures on the bluegrass festival circuit, and he toured consistently even after he entered semi-retirement in Greer, SC, outside of Greenville, where he worked as a disc jockey. His funeral in 1995 was attended by bluegrass royalty, from Bill Monroe on down. ~ Sandra Brennan & James Manheim
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Country Gospel Classics

Disc 1

1. Old Time Religion

2. Angel Band

3. A Beautiful City

4. Where The Soul Never Dies

5. Mocking Banjo

6. Hide Me (Rock Of Ages)

7. A Million Years In Glory

8. Paul And Silas

9. Who Will Sing For Me?

10. I Watched You Walk Away

11. On The Other Shore

12. He's Waiting There

13. I'm Pressing On

14. God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds

15. The Old Country Preacher

16. The Land Of Eternal Peace

17. Road Of Prayer

18. I Heard My Mother Weeping

19. You've Been Tom Cattin' Around

20. I Wanna Be A Railroad Man

21. Love And Wealth

22. If You Don't Love Your Neighbor

23. Keep On The Firing Line

24. You Can't Believe Everything You Hear

25. A Beautiful Life (Life's Evening Sun)

26. Set Your House In Order

27. What A Line

28. Echoes From The Burning Bush

29. Got A Lot To Tell My Jesus

30. I Love The Hymns They Sang At Mother's Grave

31. Have You Come To Say Goodbye?

32. I'm Gonna Change My Way Of Living

33. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire

34. They Have Gone Home

35. Heaven's Inside

36. I'm Heaven Bound

Disc 2

1. By The Hands Of God

2. Will There Be A Traffic Light?

3. God Saved My Soul

4. Step It Up And Go

5. Are You Afraid To Die?

6. Follow Him

7. Tennessee Boarder

8. Four Books In The Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John)

9. Love Is A Game

10. Be Kind To Mother

11. I Found A Hiding Place

12. Reunion In Heaven

13. I'll Never Go Back (To The Ways Of Sin)

14. This Lonesome Road

15. Life Boat

16. When He Reached Down His Hand For Me

17. Love Me Like You Used To Do (2013)

18. For My Lord

19. You're A Prisoner In My Heart

20. Lord Lead Me On

21. Don't You Love Your Daddy, Too

22. No End To Heaven

23. Are You Walkin' And Talkin' With The Lord?

24. My Lord Keeps A Record

25. Get On Board, Little Children

26. Why Don't You Haul Off And Get Religion?

27. Who's That Man?

28. Every Time Somebody Calls Your Name

29. God Had A Son In Service

30. Someone To Lean On

31. That Day Is Coming Soon

32. Mother Is Old

33. The Circle Was Broken

34. Saviour's Love

35. Everybody Will Be Happy Over There

36. New Jerusalem Way

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Track List: Angel Band - Early Starday Recordings

1. Who Will Sing For Me?

2. Old Country Baptizing

3. Paul And Silas

4. Angel Band

5. Old Gospel Ship

6. Shout And Shine

7. A Beautiful City

8. Set Your House In Order

9. Old Time Religion

10. Life's Evening Sun

11. Don't You Love Your Daddy Too?

12. Working On A Building

13. Life Boat

14. I'll Be A Friend

15. This Lonesome Road

16. Hide Me (Rock Of Ages)

17. The Circle Was Broken

18. I Heard My Mother Weeping

19. Be Kind To Mother

20. My Lord's Gonna Lead Me Out

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Track List: Lonesome Hearted Blues

1. Love And Wealth

2. My Lord Keeps A Record

3. Lonesome Hearted Blues

4. Someone To Lean On

5. Action Speaks Louder Than Words

6. Step It Up And Go

7. Have You Come To Say Goodbye?

8. It's A Lonesome Road

9. A Million Years In Glory

11. I Love The Hymns They Sang At Mother's Grave

12. Love Me Like You Used To Do

13. What A Line

14. You've Been Tom Cattin' Around

15. One Little Word

16. Don't You Hear Jerusalem Mourn

17. Reunion In Heaven

18. It Won't Be Long

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Track List: The Late and Great Carl Story 1916-1995

1. Daddy Sang Bass

2. How Beautiful Heaven Must Be

3. Cabin In Gloryland

4. Precious Memories

5. Angel Band

6. Tramp On The Street

7. Old Time Religion

8. Shake My Mother's Hand For Me

9. He'll Set Your Fields On Fire

10. Cry Holy Unto The Lord

11. He Set Me Free

12. Gone Home

13. Unclouded Day

14. Life's Evening Sun

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Track List: Everybody Will Be Happy

1. Tramp On The Street

2. Nearer My God To Thee

3. Hiding Place

4. Cabin In Glory

5. I Didn't Hear Nobody Pray

6. Somebody Touched Me

7. Hear Jerusalem Moan

8. Someone's Last Day

9. I've Got A Home

10. Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)

11. Long Ago

12. Everybody Will Be Happy (Over There)

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Track List: Bluegrass Gospel

1. My Lord's Gonna Lead Me Out

2. Old Country Baptizing

3. That Little Country Church

4. I Found A Hiding Place

5. Family Reunion

6. Light At The River

7. He'll Set Your Fields On Fire

8. Who Will Sing For Me

9. You Must Be Born Again

10. My Lord Keeps A Record

11. To A Cross On A Lonely Dark Hill

12. When They Ring Those Golden Bells

13. No Hiding Place Down Here

14. I Am A Pilgrim

15. Saviour's Love

16. Gone Home

17. Got To Tell My Jesus

18. When We All Get To Heaven

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Track List: Bluegrass Gospel Masters

1. Lord Lean On

2. Gloryland Way

3. Give Me The Roses

4. I Can Tell You The Time

5. You Can't Believe Everything You Hear

6. Unclouded Day

7. New Jerusalem Way

8. Just One Way To The Gate

9. We Shall Meet Someday

10. An Empty Mansion

11. I Feel Like Traveling On

12. Why Don't You Haul Off And Get Religion

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i was sure carl live in mooresville nc at one did he not

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