For my 971st review, I present the September 7, 2018 album the critically-acclaimed group The King James Boys called Time To Go Home from the Pinecastle Records label. The King James Boys are a gospel, bluegrass band that blends southern gospel harmonies with modern bluegrass sounds with such tracks as The Master’s Standing By, Sign Of The Times, Superwater, That’s Love, He’ll See You Through and much more. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. If you are a fan of bluegrass or southern gospel, you will want to check this album out. This album is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Ry Cooder presents his new album The Prodigal Son, his first LP in six years and released May 11, 2018, on the Fantasy Records label and distributed by the Concord Music Group. It features a mix of Cooder originals and interpretations of songs by Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, the Stanley Brothers and other traditional recordings. Cooder’s expressive vocals and graceful, elegant guitar work is aided by his son, drummer and chief collaborator, Joachim Cooder is featured with such great tracks as the title track The Prodigal Son, Shrinking Man, Straight Street, You Must Unload, Nobody’s Fault But Mine (written by Blind Willie Johnson) and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, produced and performed. If you are a fan of Ry Cooder like I am, you will want to add this to your music library.
For my 764th review, I am proud to present the second album Lead Me Home by Camille Nelson a guitarist & violinist specializing in acoustic-driven folk music released August 18, 2017, on the Stone Angel Records label. This superb album blends elements of folk, classical, bluegrass, and new-age music and features relaxed, intricate acoustic guitar melodies of both traditional and original hymns accompanied by a string ensemble. This relaxing album features such great tracks as Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision (featuring Alex Sharpe), the title track Lead Me Home, Patterns Of Light, Be Still My Soul and so much more. This is a perfect album to listen to when you need to lower stress, pain and more because this is so relaxing. I was so impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your music library and I am looking forward to hearing more from this amazing artist. You can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby, and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 744th review, I am proud to present Colors, a July 21, 2017 album by The Farm Hands which is one of the most exciting and in demand bluegrass bands in America released on the Pinecastle Records label. With over 50 national awards and nominations, this album shows their amazing vocals, harmonies, and instrumentation. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such tracks as #1 song and 2018 song of the year Rural Route, Bible In The Drawer, Nashville Skyline Rag, They Don’t Make Em Like My Daddy Anymore and so much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your bluegrass library. You can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, their website https://www.farmhandsquartet.com and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The Oak Ridge Boys are back with a brand new Lightning Rods Records project 17th Avenue Revival, produced by Dave Cobb, which will be released on March 16. One of the longest-running groups in country music, The Oak Ridge Boys started life as a gospel quartet before gradually modernizing their style and moving into secular country-pop. Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, and Brandy Clark all penned tracks on the new album, recorded at Studio A on 17th Avenue in Nashville. This 32nd studio album with powerful vocals and harmonies by Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban shows how strong this quartet still is after 52 years as shown in such tracks as Brand New Star, There Will Be Light, I’d Rather Have Jesus, If I Die and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. You can find this album on Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Armor Of God is a feel good, positive CD will encourage and leave you ready to face the world. From Country to Rock album released by Chere Pepper and is the 7th review I have done for this great artist. The opening track Jesus Jesus was up for a Grammy Nomination for Contemporary Song of the Year. Also on this great album are tracks such as Wonders, Stand In Faith, Picture Of Jesus, I’ll See You Again and much more. This album was well written, performed and recorded Armor of God was released Jun 30, 2013, on the Cd Baby label and is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and through her website. Also be sure to watch her concerts on Facebook live.
I Am Changed is the fifth review I have written for Chere’ Pepper, a prolific songwriter, and a Grammy Considered Nashville Recording Artist. This album was released in 1999 and showcases her great voice and songwriting talents. This eleven track album features such great songs as Never Felt Love, Different World, the title track I Am Changed, Solid Ground and so much more. I was impressed on well this album was written, performed, and recorded. You can hear her great voice on Facebook Live when she gives her mini-concerts. You can purchase this album on her website https://cherepepper.com.
Enjoy The Ride is a 2003 release by Chere’ Pepper, a great country/Christian artist. This album is labeled Contemporary Christian but features a lot of different styles such as Country, Blues, Island and more as found in such tracks as the title track Enjoy The Ride, Somebody, Smile, Carry Me, Dear World and so much more. This album was well written, recorded and performed. You can listen to this great artist on Facebook Live and purchase this album on her website https://store.cherepepper.com.
My Gospel Roots is the December 8, 2017 album by country superstar Gene Watson who was famous for such songs as Fourteen Carat Mind, Farewell Party, Love In The Hot Afternoon and much more. This great album of his gospel roots was released on the Fourteen Carat Music Records label showcases his great voice which is still strong and his love for gospel growing up. Included on this thirteen track album are gospel great songs as Help Me (previously recorded by Elvis Presley), Old Roman Soldier, Praying, In The Garden and so much more. I was impressed by how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend adding this album to your gospel or country library. This album can be purchased from Amazon, GeneWatsonMusic.com and everywhere else CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 536th review, I am proud to announce the release of the album Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith by gospel and country artist Bradley Walker released September 6, 2017, on the Gaither Music Group Records label. Listening to this album, I hear gospel, country and bluegrass and a richness in Bradley’s voice. This album features such guests as Vince Gill, Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent. and so much more. Among my favorite tracks on this fourteen track album was Bradley’s rendition of Amazing Grace, as well as I Will Someday, I’ll Fly Away, The Old Rugged Cross, Say Something and so much more. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. You can purchase this album on Amazon and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.