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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Webb Gospel Singers - Where Will I Shelter My Sheep?

I Dreamed About Mama Last Night
The Webb Gospel Singers
Where Will I Shelter My Sheep?
Jewel Recording Company, Cincinnati, OH
Jewel 673 197?

Another great gospel album cover from a salt of the earth country gospel group. The Webbs are transplanted Kentuckians (Breathitt County) living at the time, in Xenia, Ohio.

One interesting note on the jacket is that the steel guitar work was "performed by Carl West". West was nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award for Steel Guitar in 1965 and 1967.  Carl, who played steel guitar with Wynn Stewart's West Coast Playboys from 1957 to 1959 began his career in the early 1950s. He also worked in various bands with future Champ band member Dale Norris, as well as Eddie and Hank Cochran before they started their recording careers as the Cochran Brothers. In the 1960s he worked with a variety of bandleaders, the longest of which was Eddie Drake and a semi-regular gig with Jerry Inman which led to Carl appearing as a sideman on Inman's 1967 country album of Beatles' songs. He also recorded various over the years including dates for Wynn Stewart, Bobby Vee, Dorsey Burnette and the Byrds.

In the early 1970s he retired from the music scene, taking a day job for close to 30 years. After retirement Carl once again took up the pedal steel guitar, although as a recreational pastime.

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