CD Reviews

CD Report: From the Heart (Billy Blackwood & Friends)

  • Posted on September 25, 2021 at 4:37 pm

Back in 2019, Billy Blackwood released a CD that mostly features him, but he does have some guests that join him on some of the songs. Most of these are old songs from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s as well as one from the ’90s (Is that old?!?!?!), but there are a couple post-2000 songs as well. Unfortunately, I have gotten behind on reviews so, although this is not a brand new CD, I figured it’s better to give it a late mention than none at all.

Songs included are: People Need the Lord, It Is No Secret, In the Garden (featuring Yvonne Lewis-Shelton), Without Him, Willing Heart (featuring Kelly Willard), I’d Rather Have Jesus, A Strange Way to Save the World (featuring Dave Clark), Your Grace Still Amazes Me, Love Held Jesus to the Cross (featuring Gene McDonald), If People, and You’re in God’s Hands.

CD Report: Change Is Coming (Joseph Habedank)

  • Posted on June 21, 2021 at 7:25 pm

Joseph Habedank just released another CD where he has once again co-written every song.

People will relate to Religion Isn’t Working. We don’t need “religion”; we need a relationship with Jesus Christ. “I wanna know my blessed Savior, and I wanna love Him like I never loved Him before.” Amen!

24 Hours is a song of hope for those who have someone they’ve prayed for forever and are still waiting to see a breakthrough. Sometimes these seem like nice ideas, but the fact is that God does still answer prayer. We must keep petitioning until we get our answer.

My favorite song on this project after first listen is Not Far From Home. The truth of this song becomes more real every day. We are not far from Home.

Other songs included are Thief in the Night, Change Is Coming, Jericho, Child of the King, Judas, Rebel With a Cause, and Rise Above Eden

 

CD Report: Make It Count (The Sound)

  • Posted on May 4, 2021 at 3:36 pm

I really like the latest CD from The Sound. It’s progressive, but it’s a progressive sound that I don’t mind. A couple of older songs join mostly new songs to produce a CD that’s nice to listen to while working around the house. Well, that’s when I listen to music anyway, and this is upbeat enough to serve that purpose well.

As I write this, I’m listening to the song I Am Becoming. What a blessing to know that I’m not what I was but I’m not what I’ll be. I am becoming who God desires me to be!

Songs on this project include: City of Joy, It Was Grace, First Church of Mercy, Make It Count, Can I Get a Witness, On the Road to Emmaus, I Am Becoming, Great God Almighty, Something ‘Bout Love, and Rain.

CD Report: Glorious God (Lauren Talley)

  • Posted on April 12, 2021 at 3:23 pm

Back in 2019, Lauren Talley released a couple of worship CDs. I reviewed the other one shortly after they came out, but this one is worth mentioning too.

I am not a fan of the praise and worship genre, but there are good songs within the genre, and Lauren has chosen some good ones.  Some will be familiar to you and some may not, but they will all bring you into the presence of Jesus.

Songs included are: Glorious God, What a Beautiful Name, Mercy Tree, The Heavens Are Telling, Let the Glory Come Down, Jesus at the Center, Jesus Only Jesus, and A Wretch Like Me (which Lauren wrote).

CD Report: Who We Are (3 Heath Brothers)

  • Posted on February 9, 2021 at 5:24 pm

I first heard this group by watching the National Quartet Convention’s live stream. People talk about family harmony, and I admit that there is not much that I like better.

Dream Small reminds us that it’s not only the big things that matter. Every little thing that you do for Christ counts in eternity.

If you’ve forgotten who you are in Christ, you need to listen to This Is Who I Am.

They included an a capella version of the hymn It Is Well.

Smell of Smoke compares the trials we go through to the deliverance of the Hebrew boys who “didn’t even smell of smoke.”

“It’s not about thinking less of yourself, but thinking of your Self Less.

I Believe You is a timely song. No matter what anyone else says, we can cling to the words of our Father since every word He’s spoken is true.

Moms will appreciate the Mother’s Day Song.

We Choose Life is the first strongly pro-life song I’ve heard since Gold City recorded “Only God Knows.”

Other songs include: Give It to Jesus, No Matter What, and Shake in His Shoes.

CD Report: No Depression in Heaven (The Chuck Wagon Gang)

  • Posted on December 15, 2020 at 11:45 am

Some of my older readers will especially appreciate this CD where The Chuck Wagon Gang sings the gospel songs of the Carter Family. Old, familiar songs sung in Chuck Wagon Gang style. The title alone would cause me to purchase it this year. 🙂

Songs included are: When Our Lord Shall Come Again, Am I a Soldier of the Cross, The Meeting in the Air, The Heart That Was Broken For Me, Honey in the Rock, There’s No Depression in Heaven, The Old Gospel Ship, On the Rock Where Moses Stood, Anchored in Love Divine, There’s a Hill Lone and Gray, Somebody’s Boy, and The Bible in the Cabin.

CD Report: Dear Yesterday (Michael Booth)

  • Posted on November 12, 2020 at 6:44 pm

This CD was released last year, but I figure it’s better to do a late report than none at all. Through every song on this recording, you will be encouraged. Whether directly praising God or being reminded that God is able and that He never gives up on His children, you will especially want to listen when you are having a rough time. Michael Booth has a smooth tenor voice that is easy to listen to.

Songs include: What Only God Can Do, Dear Yesterday, He Never Gives Up, Everyday (It Starts All Over Again), We Trust in the Name, This Side of Heaven, Glorious Unfolding, and Thy Will Be Done.

CD Report: 20/20 (The Crabb Family)

  • Posted on June 20, 2020 at 6:35 pm

The Crabb Family reunited after eight years of not being in the studio together. Although most of the siblings have successful music ministries individually, they still enjoy singing together and, in my opinion, they sound as good as ever. Maybe even a little better. The songs on this CD are new to me except for Mountaintop for Me which is an old Gerald Crabb song that the group has brought back. If you too are a long-time Crabb Family fan, you will want to add this to your collection.

Other songs included are: I See Revival; Stones; Walk on Water; My King Is Known By Love; The Altar Still Calls; Never Been; Keep Me; If God Is For Me; and Sister, Play That Tambourine.

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.

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