Award Winning Gospel Hits is the same album as the Cabin in the Hills title that Merle Haggard offers on his website -- his first gospel album of the 21st century. The difference is the front cover. This one does not have the painting of Jesus kneeling in the Garden of Gethsemane, being that it might be harder to sell because of its garishness. The music is what matters though, and as usual, Hag delivers on 12 tracks of modern country gospel with his decidedly enigmatic vocal approach. The band is solid as are the arrangements, and these songs are done in a warm, modern style with elegance and plenty of raw emotion.
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek