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CD Report: Faithful Still (Down East Boys)

  • Posted on May 6, 2020 at 12:16 pm

In a world where even Southern Gospel music has veered a bit from its roots, I still enjoy traditional southern gospel male quartets. The Down East Boys are one such group. They incorporate a mixture of slow and fast songs with good quartet harmony. Of special mention are I Hear and A Story that Began at the Cross. I started this report right after Easter, and those two songs were perfect for the season.

Other songs included are: Amazing Amounts of Amazing Grace; What Love; John Saw and Wrote about It; Those Hands; Fall Like Jericho; Church of the Living God; God Will, Yes He Will; Bottom of the Basket; and Sweet Journey.

CD Report: Lift His Name (Karen Peck & New River)

  • Posted on April 9, 2020 at 7:44 pm

I was reading verses on praise the other day so, when I pulled this CD off my shelf, I got excited by the title. Karen Peck Gooch co-wrote all but three songs, and there is quite a variety on here: fast and slow, encouraging and thought-provoking, songs on the crucifixion and the resurrection, and, yes, songs of praise and surrender. They even threw in a progressive version of Ain’t No Grave.

Other songs included are: The God I Serve; Made Right; I Know Jesus Lives; The Book; The Love of Jesus; Messiah Overcame; When I Lift Up the Name; and All About Yes.

CD Report: Victory Shout (The Kingsmen)

  • Posted on March 18, 2020 at 6:08 pm

The Kingsmen have released another great CD. It’s up there with their Battle Cry project that came out a couple years ago. With everything happening in the world right now, I’ve especially been enjoying the songs Just Climb, Victory Shout, and You’ll Move Mountains for Me.

Other songs included are: Running to Win; I’ve Ever Been Glad; Dear John; It Still Changes Me; King of Kings; Prodigal Son; and That’s Where You’ll Find Me.

CD Report: It’s Real (The Old Paths)

  • Posted on March 7, 2020 at 3:53 pm

I have decided to rename my CD “reviews” “reports.” There are other blogs who do better at actually reviewing CDs. My intention is to let you know which CDs are available and make comments, but many times I am just listing songs and basic information. Hence the name: CD “report.” With that explanation, I will now move on to my report. 🙂

The Old Paths are back! I’m glad to see Steve Ladd (tenor) singing in a quartet once again. Other members are Daniel Ashmore (bass), Doug Roark (baritone), and Tim Rackley (Lead).

Of special mention on this CD are The God I Know and Come Sunday Morning. Other songs included are: I Need Jesus to Walk on the Water, The Truth Comes Shining Through, Lord Knows, It’s Real, and When It Comes to Jesus.

CD Review: Beautiful Day (Mark Bishop)

  • Posted on January 16, 2020 at 9:14 pm

When I first heard this CD, my thought was that Mark has gotten repetitive in his lyrics but, overall, I like this recording. I typically don’t like the background vocals included on solo CDs, but Jeff Chapman, Chris Allman, Mylon Hayes, Amber Eppinette, Wesley Pritchard & Friends do an excellent job.

Mark Bishop wrote all the songs once again. They are:

It’s a Beautiful Day; God Needs Ministers; Are You Ready for Perfect Love?; It’s All Good; I’ll Just Keep Rowing; You Can’t Say He Didn’t Love Us; I’m Just Changing Mountains; Home Grown Tomatoes; The Man on the other Cross; and Lost, Lost, Lost.

CD Review: Everything in Between (The Kingdom Heirs)

  • Posted on November 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

This CD by The Kingdom Heirs features 12 songs (9 original and 3 classics). Most of the songs were just OK by my estimation, but the following are worth special mention.

I enjoyed their instrumental arrangements of Crying in the Chapel and Sweet By and By.

Ready for Glory is a toe-tapping, quartet song and fun to listen to.

I also like their a capella song Holy, Holy Is What the Angels Sing.

Jerry Martin does a good job singing High on Zion’s Mountain.

Other songs include: Just Drink the Water, Come to the Well, Everything in Between, I Have Overcome, Nothin’s Gonna Keep Me Down, Ready for Glory, He Set Me Free, and I’ll Never Get Over the Blood that I’m Under.

CD Review: Pure Love (Legacy Five)

  • Posted on October 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Legacy Five has had some personnel changes lately but they still have the solid blend that we have come to expect from this amazing quartet. The group currently consists of Scott Fowler, Matt Fouch, Josh Townsend, Bryan Walker, and Lee Black. With that lineup and songs penned by such writers as Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, Sue C. Smith, Kenna Turner-West, Scott Inman, Lee Black, and Joseph Habedank, you know this has to be good.

Songs included are What a Day, What Kind of Man, That’s What Makes Believers Believe, Love Pure Love, I Believe the Book, The Greatest Wonder, Beggin’ for Change, Love Always Finds a Way, Middle Man, Not Just Another Day, and Only Passing Through.

I don’t know if it was intentional but I found it interesting that the music on Beggin’ for Change reminds me of “He Made a Change” that the Cathedrals recorded years ago.

CD Review: Our Story (Three Bridges)

  • Posted on March 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm

I’m old enough to remember when Three Bridges first hit the radio and, to be honest, I didn’t care for their sound. Today, the group consists of original member Elliott McCoy, as well as Shannon Smith and Jeremie Hudson, and I am starting to enjoy listening to them.

Although most of their songs are progressive or have more of a black gospel feel, Down the Road to Damascus is the kind of song you would expect to find on a traditional Southern Gospel CD.

I like the message of Like Jesus Did as it talks about the desire to be more like Christ.

Faith Shines Brighter tells the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Live the Gospel is another song with great lyrics.

Other songs include: Count It Victory, My Story, Good News Never Gets Old, God Did It, Nothing But, Gonna Keep Livin’ and The King of Love My Shepherd Is.

 

 

CD Review: Hope for All Nations (Karen Peck & New River)

  • Posted on October 17, 2018 at 11:29 am

This CD review is late because, although I wrote it a long time ago, I apparently never posted it. I feel bad about that but I decided better late than never since this was another great CD from Karen Peck and New River.

The first song you’ll hear is the catchy, encouraging, toe-tapping Love Will Never Give Up.

Next is the popular song Hope for All Nations.

My favorite song on this project is I Know I’ll Be There. I don’t know about you, but I long for that day.

Other songs include: Who He Is, What He Does; The Reason; Gotta Be Saved; I’ll Keep on Praying; The River; Victory is Mine; God’s Got a Blessing; All You Need; and I’m Gonna Love My Neighbor (with guest vocalists The Isaacs, Greater Vision, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Bowling Family, Triumphant, and The Whisnants).

CD Review: The Last Big Thing (Kingdom Heirs)

  • Posted on August 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm

The Kingdom Heirs have once again released a CD I won’t get tired of for a long time.

Plenty of Singing – For people like me who can’t sit still during toe-tapping songs, this one will have you on your feet dancing and snapping your fingers.

Jeff Chapman is featured on another uptempo song: Victory.

Telling the Story Do you ever get tired of hearing Bible stories? Each one talks about the power of God and His goodness. “I’ve rested in trials while shouting the glory so I’m telling the story again.”

The Last Big Thing is a clever play on words. People are always talking about the next big thing they’re working on, but “I wanna tell you about the last big thing!”

Jerry Martin sings a song penned by Gerald Crabb: Heroes of Faith.

I Wanna Do More – Can we ever do enough for God? He has done so much for us!

“While Satan was counting his victory, all of Heaven Was Counting to Three.” A great song by Jim Brady and Rodney Griffin.

Heaven Just Got Sweeter for You is a sad but encouraging song. We miss those who have gone to Heaven ahead of us but, if we are faithful, we will see them again.

I love the harmony and the message of Just Another Mile. Dianne Wilkinson wrote this one.

Other songs included are Live it Up and I’ll Trust You With Tomorrow.

 

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