On his latest album – 1st Class Country – Gary Matthews has come up with a batch of great new songs that will please fans and make new ones.
Matthew's musical mission for the Lord is matched by his love for true country music. On 1st Class Country he writes about troubles many of us are living through.
The songs on 1st Class Country really cover some ground – you're going to find stories that make you think, alongside tunes that make you want to tap your foot, and then get up and dance. It's also a great driving record – there's nothing like classic country music to keep you company on the road.
It's like having a friend along with you – and Gary sings with friendship in his voice, and sings from the heart.
If you have followed Gary's music on his previous releases such as “The Healer”, “Red Rocks Country” or “Helter-Skelter”, you will be delighted by 1st Class Country.
Gary's life changed completely when he accepted Jesus. Since then he has made music with the aim of sharing that joy with as many folks as he can reach.
The previous records made many friends for Gary's blend of Country and Gospel, but it's a sure thing that 1st Class Country is going to introduce many more listeners to the uplifting feeling in Gary's music.
Gary is amazing at turning out tunes. He has written 15 songs for this project, and they offer real variety. Gary has turned out eight albums since 2008, and this will be the ninth. There would truly be very few artists who can make so much music.
Here are notes on some of the tracks on 1st Class Country:
Platte River Blues takes us back to one of America's musical roots with a tale of Colorado.
Outback California tells the story of Gary's earlier life and what happened that made him accept the Lord. Older folks will understand, and younger listeners might learn something to help them avoid trouble.
Island Speed: Gary has a knack for writing about relationships and this song is wise in the ways of the world.
Till The Very End: Making a commitment to a relationship can trouble all of us, but Gary nails down one man's feelings in a song about a stormy relationship.
Of Angels & Mongols: Gary admits this is not your everyday song. It tells of two bikers who save one another's lives before discovering how futile gang violence will always be. It's a plea for peace and makes the case for Jesus as Prince of Peace.
Roommate Solution: Everyone who rents a shared home can relate to this song.
Custer's Greasy Grass: A history lesson in a short space of time, showing Gary's strength as a lyric writer and musician. The best way to learn about US history – sing about it!
Don't Tase Me Bro: A subject on may people's lips – police inflict pain on the public. But here it's tackled with humor on both sides, from the rescuing officer to the pleading, innocent victim.
Marvel's Mistry Waltz: A beautiful tribute to Gary's elderly aunt. What Aunty would not love the nephew who came up with such a fitting musical celebration of her birthday?
Gary's credentials include winning the Music City Song Festival with best Gospel song, Lord You Did It Again. The feeling he puts in the music will inspire you and make your day. Gary loves to get e-mail from the people who can relate to his music. E-mail him any time at b44g@Comcast.net
Love gifts are accepted. Gary's musical ministry accepts contributions to keep the studio going. It helps to pay for all the recording and Gary always prays over all donations. Any amount helps absolutely. Many people have been healed, an unknown numbers have been saved simply by the effect of the Gospel music. Make your love gift out to:
Gary Matthews, P.O. Box 262 Dupont ,CO , 80024
May God richly bless you.
Soundtracks for this album are available to sing to. $14.95, includes mailing by simply writing to Gary at b44g@Comcast.net soundtracks are sent out Tuesday's and Friday's and some people do not want to order through the Internet. No problem, simply mail $15.95 to the PO Box, includes shipping and handling, and you will receive 1st Class Country, be sure to let us know which you want, the soundtracks, or the actual album 1st Class Country.
album review by Evan Vyvyan Hodge