New Haven Records today announced the signing of The Chuck Wagon Gang to their label. The group had previously recorded with the Song Garden label. New Haven Records president Ken Harding states, “The Chuck Wagon Gang holds the distinction of being the oldest mixed gospel recording group still performing with ties to its original founder. After 8 decades and 40 million in record sales, we couldn’t be more excited about their past, present and future.”
Their upcoming release, “Meeting In Heaven: The Chuck Wagon Gang Sings the Songs of Marty Stuart”is a brand new recording of twelve gospel songs written and produced by Marty Stuart, is due out in October. The recording was done in the spirit of “Dad” Carter who instructed them to “Sing the old songs, and sing them the way I taught you.” Accompanying the CD release will be America’s Gospel Singers, The Legacy Lives On, a full-length DVD documentary shot by world-renowned photographer Jack Spencer which chronicles the 75-year history of the Chuck Wagon Gang through rare family photographs, poignant personal stories, old recordings and new live performances. In addition to Marty Stuart and the Chuck Wagon Gang, the DVD features special appearances by Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Eddie Stubbs, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
“The original group, which was started in 1936, could never have imagined their efforts would be so far reaching,” Shaye Smith, alto and owner of Chuck Wagon Gang reflects. “The journey down this current path is completed with New Haven Records. I have so much confidence in Ken and his staff at New Haven. Our upcoming projects could not have found a better home. So here we are, ready to embark on yet another path that will further perpetuate this heritage.”
The group have been frequent guests on The Marty Stuart Show, and the project has been announced on the show as well. I’m looking forward to its release and great things in the future from this partnership. For more information on the Chuck Wagon Gang, visit their website at www.thechuckwagongang.net