Carl Story

The Best of Country Music

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The Best of Country Music is the most unusual album in Carl Story's catalog. The track list on the back cover is comprised of sacred songs such as one would expect from the Father of Bluegrass Gospel, but the front cover advertises a completely different set of secular songs. The album actually contains the latter, and -- despite the title -- includes bluegrass renditions of surprising selections like the Singing Nuns' "Dominique" and the String-a-Longs' 1961 instrumental rock & roll hit "Wheels." "Step It Up and Go," with its hyperactive boogie beat, is one of Story's most driving performances, and "I Overlooked an Orchid" is performed as straight country with bluegrass instrumentation, à la Jim Eanes. An energetic run-through of "Stoney Lonesome" is one of a few moments of traditional bluegrass on the album, but elsewhere The Best of Country Music (which inexplicably pictures a church on the cover) is an entirely atypical effort.