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Welcome to MEMORY LANE located on the musical ISLE of PRECIOUS MEMORIES and a great place to hear some great HOMEGROWN Southern Gospel Music of the Past. All our groups and individual singers are represented by pictures in our AUTUMN slide show just below and in the <MENU SECTION on the left. If you choose to watch our slideshow below and see a group or individual whose page you want to visit immediately, simply click on their picture. We invite you to also explore the different TABS listed in our MENU section as each has its own special music and slideshows, too. If you need further assistance, please click on the "CONTACT US" tab to the left.
Welcome to "Precious Memories" Homegrown Southern Gospel Music
Let me begin by saying, this website was actually very difficult to assemble. Not physically or intellectually, but emotionally. Each song and each group brings back special memories from the past we had carefully stored away in that special compartment of the heart only reserved for treasures of an eternal kind.
It is what it is. A tribute to God's singing army, mostly of the past but with a few new groups of the present mixed in, too. Each weekend, sometimes more, you precious warriors said goodbye to family and friends... climbed into a bus, a van, or packed a trailer and crawled into a crowded car to head down the highways and by-ways bringing encouragement and cheer as you spread the Gospel Message in testimony and song. Afterwards, at some common crossroads as the clock rushed from late Saturday to early Sunday, the returning buses, vans, and cars would fill up Shoney's parking lot for all to eat a well deserved early morning breakfast before heading home to grab a few precious hours of sleep... then make a mad dash to Sunday School, all the while trying hard not to be late. It didn't work. Time wasn't your friend. But, no one seemed to mind.
We pray God will bless every last one of you. Many have already gone Home.....may our Lord tell them how much we loved and appreciated the many miles and years they served and filled the air with their own sweet unique singing or playing. For those singers and musicians still with us, may this website stand as a humble and sincere expression of the gratitude and love we, in the "clap and cheer" section, hold in our hearts for each. A simple "Thank You" seems so insufficient for all that you have given us. So, I pray our Lord shows each one deep within your heart and spirit what we are trying to say and accomplish and the love we feel toward each one.
If, by design, we never see each other again this side of Heaven, I'm sure we'll meet again.... just around the next curve, down through the underpass and straight up over the bridge where the City on a Hill shines bright. Maybe, just maybe, inside the pearly gates on Hallelujah Blvd, a big ole tin topped red barn is cranking out some sweet Southern Gospel Music. And, gathered outside an open window, a multitude of angels with folded wings strain to understand the meaning of "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see." Ever listening... but never fully comprehending, angels can only wonder at such mercy and grace our Father extended to mankind through His son, Jesus Christ.
Whatever awaits us, I really believe once there, you'll finally realize all the miles traveled on paved and dirt roads... including the occasional cow pasture trail... thru rain, sleet and snow... along with bad directions... mis-scheduled homecomings... dinners on the ground ~ 'in the rain'... forgotten lyrics... wardrobe malfunctions... sound board and equipment failure... vehicle breakdowns... flat tires... dead batteries... and, yes, even those few tragic accidents that happened a long time ago in another life on another highway are now nothing more than unforgettably eternal .......... "Precious Memories."
~lw & deb <><
This website will probably never be fully finished. We will continue updating the pages as groups provide us new information. There are several old groups we are attempting to contact and, if successful, will be adding these as they become available. The slide shows and site pictures will be updated as groups and individuals share with us their private pictures. We will also update the background scenes to reflect the seasons and special holidays of the year. Please tell us what we can do to improve the site or make it easier to use. And remember, this site is open to any Christian Southern Gospel / Bluegrass Group or Individual (past or present). If you are interested, you can reach us through the Contact PageNow, go and enjoy some of the sweetest Homegrown Southern Gospel Music this side of Heaven! Don't forget to check back often ......... and please tell your friends to stop by, too: www.PreciousMemories.us
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Background track includes these known artists (not listed in any order): The White Sisters (1963), Jim Chappell, Jean Shephard, Gene Watson, Susan Raye, Lisa Carter, Jeff Dodd, Daniel O'Donnell, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Jason Heckler, Slim Whitman, Jeffrey Jiles, Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Bobby Wright, Julie Lendon, Randy Travis, Skeeter Davis, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Haven of Rest Quartet, Trinity, David Wyper, Blaine McLaughlin, W D Hay, JJ Cale's "Precious Memories" performed by Mick, John Hogan, Cynthia Clawson, Emmy Lou Harris, Vince Gill, Terry Godfrey. Several tracks had no artist listed.
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