Larry Gatlin And The Gatlin Brothers to Release New Album: Pilgrimage

| 8/25/2009 3:41:00 PM

A photo of the author, Caleb ReganSeveral times while listening to Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers’ newest CD, Pilgrimage, I got chills. Six times on the album, all track titles beginning with “The Pilgrim,” Mr. Gatlin (Larry, who’s backup singers are brothers Steve and Rudy) tells stories from friendships and time periods shared with the likes of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie, Waylon and some of the musicians I look up to most.

I, too, have shared special moments with these cowboys, but it’s cool to hear about the interactions from one of the cowboys himself. Kristofferson and Kristen Kara, Larry Gatlin’s daughter, team up to sing backup on a newer version of “Sweet Becky Walker,” which was the eldest Gatlin brother’s first big hit.

The second bonus track on this disk, track 3, was in my top three for the album and might have been my favorite, “Penny Annie.” Along with “Sweet Becky Walker,” “Penny Annie” is from early in Gatlin’s career, and was written during the life and times of Johnny Cash.

From track 1 of Pilgrimage, Larry Gatlin speaks about some of Cash’s words in the liner notes of Gatlin’s first album, The Pilgrim.

“And now along comes this Pilgrim, Larry Gatlin. He’s kind of a proud banner bearer, and the banner ain’t his own. The Pilgrim has his heart for sale and soul in his songs, and the price is mighty cheap. He shared some of these songs with me, even on the day that he wrote them. I wish you could have looked down his throat with me the first time I heard him sing ‘Sweet Becky Walker’ and ‘Penny Annie.’ You would have seen soul and heard heart, and felt fine.”


Brenda Kipp_1
9/16/2009 12:07:17 PM

Caleb, I just read this while I was looking up your latest blog. I'm not much of a country music fan, but I have long been a Gatlin fan. I've seen them in concert twice and I was excited to hear they put out a new CD. I have always loved harmony and the Gatlins excel at it (the fact they're related has a lot to do with that, I'm sure). They have an acapella song they usually end their concerts with called "Alleluia." The harmony is so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes. Like you, the Gatlins music brings back memories a certain time period of my life and it makes me smile. Thanks for letting me know about their new CD!

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