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Sunday Shoes

by Chris Golden

On Sunday Shoes, Golden makes a full-circle return to gospel music. The two-toned leather soles and shoeshine service on the album jacket say it all: He's mining the genre in style with music that's sure footed, sturdy and built for the long haul.
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1. When He Set Me Free
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2. Live Forever
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3. Gospel Road
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4. Jordan's Banks
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5. I Want To Thank You
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6. You Can't Do Wrong And Get By
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7. Wide River To Cross
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8. There's A Higher Power
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9. A Different Light (feat. The Freemans)
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10. God Knows What
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11. Sunday Shoes
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12. Sweet Bye & Bye
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recorded and Produced at Wildfork Sound and The Guest Room by Chris Golden
Additional Recording: The Stage by Chris Demonbruen, Marrs Recording Studio by Larry Marrs, R.F.M. by Ron Fairchild

Mixed by Ron Fairchild & Chris Golden at R.F.M., Hendersonville, TN

Mastering by Ron Fairchild at R.F.M.

Thanks to: The Good Lord above for my family and friends, and for blessing me with the gift of music, my wife and love Kimberly for her encouragement and faith in me, my precious children Elizabeth, Rebekah, and Elijah for giving me a reason to sing, my mother Frogene for taking me to church in my 'Sundie shoes' and her prayers, my father William Lee, my brothers Rusty and Craig, my cousin Ron Golden, my uncle Rayford Lowery who gave my brother the guitar I learned to play on, Golden Memorial Holiness Church, First Baptist Church Hendersonville, The Oak Ridge Boys, all the musicians, singers and songwriters who shared their talents on this project, and if you are reading this I thank you for your support. Psalms 33:3

"Chuck", Howard Gordon's original Chuck Wagon Gang guitar, appears courtesy of The Gordon family.

Audio Technica microphones, Larrivee Instruments, Lucchesse Boots, Paige capos, Vic Firth sticks, and Evans drumheads were all used in the making of this music.

Special thanks to my friend 'Percy' down at the Arcade in Nashville, TN for making us feel so welcome. Stop in for the best shine in town and tell him I sent you.

Photography: Don Breland / Concept: Kimberly Golden / Design & Layout: Sam Stricklin

For more music, visit www.chrisgolden.net

1. WHEN HE SET ME FREE (3:47) (J. Washington)
Anne Rachel Music Corp / Warner Chappell Music Inc., ASCAP

Chris Golden: acoustic & electric guitars, drums, piano, organ, tambourine, vocal
Jimmy Fulbright, bass guitar / Daryl Bowers, Gayle Mayes, & Angela Primm, background vocals

2. LIVE FOREVER (3:21) (B.J. Shaver, E. Shaver)
Songs of Universal Inc., BMI / E. Shaver Music, BMI

Chris Golden: acoustic guitars, drums, mandolin, piano, tambourine, vocals
Josh Henson, electric guitar / Larry Marrs, bass guitar / Greg Gordon, harmony vocal

3. GOSPEL ROAD (3:34) (R. Golden, J. Mc Bride, J. Salley)
Rusty Golden Music, BMI / Melmo Music, BMI / Country Gentleman Music, SESAC / Grace Harbor Music, SESAC

Chris Golden: acoustic guitars, drums, mandolin, piano, shaker, tambourine, lead & background vocals
Jenee' Fleenor, fiddle / Jimmy Fulbright, bass guitar / Steve Hinson, pedal steel guitar

4. A DIFFERENT LIGHT (3:56) (R. Golden, D. Wilkinson)
Rusty Golden Music, BMI / Christian Taylor Music, BMI

Chris Golden: acoustic guitars, drums, organ, piano, tambourine, vocal
Jimmy Fulbright, bass guitar / Josh Henson, electric guitar / Chris & Darrell Freeman,
background vocals

5. JORDAN'S BANKS (3:23) (D. Clark)
Donnie Clark Music, BMI

Chris Golden: acoustic guitars, drums, piano, mandolin, tambourine, vocals
Jimmy Fulbright, bass / Steve Hinson, pedal steel guitar / Josh Henson, electric guitar / Ron
Fairchild, strings

6. I WANT TO THANK YOU (3:57) (R. Golden, J. Salley)
Rusty Golden Music, BMI / Country Gentleman Music, SESAC / Safe Harbor Music, SESAC, admin. Evergreen Copyright.

Chris Golden: acoustic guitars, drums, mandolin, piano, shaker, tambourine, lead and background vocals
Steve Hinson, pedal steel guitar / Tony Perkins, bass guitar

7. YOU CAN'T DO WRONG AND GET BY (2:54) (L. Cordle, J. Rushing)
Universal-Polygram International Publishing Inc., ASCAP

Chris Golden: acoustic guitar, drums, electric guitar, piano, tambourine, vocal
Jenee' Fleenor, fiddle and background vocals / Jimmy Fulbright, bass guitar / Steve Hinson, lap steel
Larry Marrs, background vocals

8. THERE'S A HIGHER POWER (4:01) (C. Louvin, I. Louvin)
Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI

Chris Golden: acoustic guitar, drums, electric guitar, piano, tambourine, vocals
Jenee' Fleenor, fiddle & background vocals / Ronnie McCoury, mandolin / Ben Isaacs, upright bass / Larry
Marrs & Tim Hensley, background vocals

9. WIDE RIVER TO CROSS (4:06) (B. Miller, J. Miller)
Bug Music, ASCAP / Bughouse Music, ASCAP

Chris Golden: acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocal
Jenee' Fleenor, fiddle & background vocal / Tim Hensley, background vocal

10. GOD KNOWS WHAT (3:11) (J. Hinson, M. Ward)
American Romance Songs, ASCAP / Southern Cow Music, ASCAP

Chris Golden: acoustic guitars, drums, harmonica, mandolin, piano, shaker, tambourine, vocal
Jenee' Fleenor, fiddle & harmony vocal / Larry Marrs, bass guitar / Greg Gordon, harmony vocal

11. SUNDAY SHOES (4:24) (R. Golden, D. Wilkinson)
Rusty Golden Music, BMI / Christian Taylor Music, BMI

Chris Golden: acoustic guitars, drums, piano, tambourine, vocals
Don E. Carr, electric & slide guitars / Jimmy Fulbright, bass guitar / Greg Gordon, harmony vocals /
Rusty Golden, "Precious Memories" choir

12. SWEET BYE & BYE (3:19) (C. Golden, traditional)
Wildfork Music, ASCAP

Chris Golden: acoustic guitar, mandolin, strumstick, & vocal
Elizabeth Golden, fiddle / William Lee Golden & Lanette Lowery, background vocals

All songs used by permission. All rights reserved. Copyright ©2011. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by 24k Records in the good ol' U.S.A. Chris Golden, PO Box 1147, Hendersonville, TN 37077


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Tom Roland

'Sunday Shoes'
Many a man has journeyed thousands of miles only to find he’s happiest at home.
So it is for Chris Golden whose multi-faceted history – including stints in rock bands, a brief membership in The Flying Burrito Brothers and a longstanding job as a drummer for country band The Oak Ridge Boys – has taken him down a multitude of sonic side roads.
On Sunday Shoes, Golden makes a full-circle return to gospel music, the sound that remains his home base. The two-tone leather soles and shoeshine service on the album jacket say it all: He’s mining the genre in style with music that’s sure-footed, sturdy and built for the long haul.
In the course of a dozen songs, he retraces many of the key figurative steps in a life’s journey. The travel references are obvious in the title track, “Gospel Road” and “Wide River To Cross.” They’re more subtle in the restless train imagery of “God Knows What” and “I Want To Thank You,” a tribute to people met along the pathway. And travel is referenced obliquely in the “Sweet Bye And Bye,” a classic hymn often associated with the body’s final destination.
“I always thought I would do a gospel project one day,” Golden says. “I can’t ever remember not wanting to. I cut my teeth on Southern gospel music. It was the first music I heard as a child, and the foundation for the sound that has evolved into what I play and sing today.”
Appropriate for an album loaded with travel themes, he recorded the bulk of the project on the road with The Oak Ridge Boys, cutting the drums and piano through the soundboard at concert halls, layering the guitars and mandolins in hotel rooms and dressing rooms, and adding the background vocals in a spare bedroom at his home in Middle Tennessee.
Sunday Shoes is loaded with meaningful guest appearances. Bluegrass stalwart Ronnie McCoury plays mandolin on “Higher Power”; vocalists Chris and Darrell Freeman, of the Pentecostal group The Freemans, check in on “A Different Light”; Ben Isaacs on upright bass; and Greg Gordon – who’s sang with The Rambos, The Imperials, and on the Elvis Tour – provides key harmonies.
And there’s a strong family component, too. Brother Rusty Golden, a former bandmate in The Boys Band and The Goldens, wrote four songs and adds background vocals. Chris’ precocious 14-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, makes an appearance on fiddle. And his dad, The Oaks’ William Lee Golden, joins aunt Lanette Lowery in the chorus of the closing song.
Yet much of the album is purely Chris. He delivers the songs with an unmistakable clarity and a subtle passion. And he played the bulk of the instruments himself, meticulously building the tracks with the same sort of single-minded vision that many of his heroes – including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, John Fogerty and Dan Fogelberg – used in constructing their classic works.
“When I hear a song, I know what I want the tracks to sound like in my head,” Golden observes. “I use the different instruments and sounds I play as colors. Individually, they are very simple parts, but when I put all those simple parts together, the way those colors blend creates a sound of its own.”
Creating sound has come naturally to Golden. Self-described as a “backstage baby,” he was born just two years before his father became a member of The Oak Ridge Boys. He never took music lessons, instead learning the drums, piano and guitar simply by hearing songs and playing them back. At 15, he began touring on the Southern gospel circuit as a piano player with a group called The Telestials, and the week he graduated high school, Golden began touring as the drummer for The Boys Band, which earned a minor national hit with “Don’t Stop Me Baby (I’m On Fire).” He also appeared on the country charts numerous times in a couple of incarnations – first with the band Cedar Creek, then with brother Rusty in the duo The Goldens.
In 1995, he stepped into The Oaks’ organization – initially as a journey-man musician, playing guitar, mandolin, harmonica, keyboard or drums, depending on the setting. In 1998, he became the band’s fulltime drummer.
Along the way, he’s fashioned four solo albums, grounded primarily in country. All the while, an unwavering desire to mold an album around his gospel roots continued to gnaw at Golden’s psyche. When he sang a couple demos of songs Rusty had written, “Gospel Road” and “I Want To Thank You,” Chris knew it was time to dig in. Worked out in steps between concert dates with The Oaks and his responsibilities at home, the album found its title track at a concert in Paducah, Kentucky, when Chris told songwriter Dianne Wilkinson how his mother used to refer to his gift for gospel as his “Sundie shoes.” Wilkinson literally wrote the song in her seat while she watched him perform.
The album collects additional material from the likes of Billy Joe and Eddie Shaver, The Louvin Brothers and Buddy & Julie Miller. It took two years to complete, and even at the end, Sunday Shoes needed one more inspirational title to give one extra ounce of energy to the project. That song appeared when Golden loaded a bundle of old songs onto his iPod. The Oaks had recorded “When He Set Me Free” for an acoustic Warner Bros. album in the early 1960’s, Folk Minded Spirituals For Spiritual Minded Folks, and he turned it into a gospełblues celebration. The track melded Chris Golden’s passion with his family’s legacy, and it serves as the perfect lead-off track.
If ever there was a doubt about the album’s direction, confirmation came when a stranger appeared before an Oaks show at the Cerritos Center in Southern California as Chris set up his gear alone. The stranger introduced himself as a former drummer, then reminded Golden that he’d been given a gift, and that he needed to “play for the One who gave you the gift.”
The phrase was a transformative reminder. Golden wrote the phrase on his snare drum with a Sharpie, and it helped him take the final steps in his full-circle walk back to his gospel roots.
“I’ve always believed in the music,” Golden says. “Music is my gift, and I wanted everything about this album to be special because I feel like I’m making it for the right reasons.”
It’s a perfect journey, a trip in his Sunday Shoes back to the sound that gave Chris Golden his eternal musical grounding.
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