I love a whole lot of music. I love Classical music, Russian folk music, Celtic, Scottish, French, Italian, Indian (from India), American folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, free jazz, modern jazz, guitar music of all stripes (electric, acoustic, dobro, slide, resonator…), as well as music for balalaika, mandolin, bass, mandocello, some rock, some pop, some alternative, choral, opera, popera, vocal, instrumental … many more that I stumble upon on YouTube.
Oh, and I’m a sucker for good gospel.
Interestingly enough, this one is not good gospel. It’s not bad, and I like “belters,” but Carrie Underwood is not a great belter.
However, with all that disclaimer out of the way, it’s still one of the sweeter recordings I’ve ever heard. The whole thing. In the middle of it, Vince Gill plays one of the tastiest guitar solos I’ve ever heard. It’s not fast, not flashy, but contemplative and … tasty.
I’m also — I have to confess — one of the world’s great suckers for schmaltz, and I enjoy Carrie’s open enjoyment of the guitar solo. I like how at the end Carrie tears up and kind of does a “Did you really like that?” kind of thing.
It doesn’t hurt either that “How Great Thou Art” is one of my favorite gospel tunes.