Letter to Heaven - Songs of Faith & Inspiration
While Dolly Parton’s outsized public image has made her seem larger than life, she is, at heart, one of the finest country singers of the past century. Her voice is a marvel, able to convey empathy and sadness, joy and triumph all with a conviction that makes her music a joy to behold. She has never sung a false note. She has had musical arrangements that have sometimes surrounded her with unfortunate results, but that is not the case here. These songs of spiritual concern, culled mostly from her 1971 albums The Golden Streets of Glory and Joshua and 1972’s Love Is Like a Butterfly, feature some of country’s most seasoned session musicians from steel guitarist Pete Drake to pianist Hargus “Pig” Robbins. Porter Wagoner duets with Parton on “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” and produced her hit single “The Seeker” (featured here in a new edit). A country standard such as “Wings of a Dove” and the gospel classic “How Great Thou Art” sound perfectly at home with rousing back-up vocalists supporting Parton’s spot-on vocal performances.