“Angel Band” is a timeless hymn that has transcended both time and genre, with many artists across different genres and decades covering the song. One notable cover is by George Jones and Vestal Goodman, who paid tribute to The Stanley Brothers’ original version with a moving performance that combined gospel and country music.
The Stanley Brothers released their version of “Angel Band” in 1958, and it was also a part of the soundtrack for the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? The song was originally written as a poem by Jefferson Hascall in the late 19th century and was titled “My Latest Sun is Sinking Fast.” The Stanley Brothers’ version is a bluegrass rendition that showcases their exceptional harmonies and instrumental skills.
George Jones and Vestal Goodman’s cover of “Angel Band” features a gospel approach with a country twist that sets it apart from the original. In their music video, the two sing the powerful lyrics in a field while a young girl plays nearby, holding a birdcage containing doves that symbolize innocence and hope. The video captures the essence of the song, which is a celebration of life and a reminder of the promise of eternal salvation.
“Angel Band” has been covered by many artists across different genres, including London rock band Mumford & Sons. The song’s universal message and haunting melody continue to touch the hearts of listeners, making it a beloved classic that will endure for generations to come.
If you haven’t heard George Jones and Vestal Goodman’s version of “Angel Band,” we highly recommend that you watch their powerful performance in the video below. Let us know what you think in the comments!
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