This could well be the recorded event of the year. This gathering of musicians is very impressive. Singers; Russell Moore, Junior Sisk, Jeff Parker, Barry Scott and Dale Ann Bradley are backed by some of the best contemporary pickers including Jesse Brock, Ron Stewart, Michael Cleveland and Wyatt Rice. For anyone who follows the gospel aspects of bluegrass or is just aware of the better songwriters, the material here is top shelf. There are some great performances here as well. Russell Moore’s reading of “How Far Will I Fall” is spot on and Dale Ann Bradley, although relegated to only harmony vocals, shines on each she appears on. If there were a down side to this recording, it would have been nice to hear her sing a lead on at least one number.
Coproduced by Jesse Brock and John Miller, the project is polished to a deep sheen. The 14 cuts glimmer under their careful work. It should be no surprise that Junior Sisk digs deep to come up with his reading of “I’ve Been Redeemed.” Jeff Parker’s reading of “The Good Samaritan” is perhaps the closest to old-time singing and shouting. The brother duet on “His Loving Care,” by Junior Sisk and John Miller is another standout cut.
This is a fine recording of contemporary Christian songs from one of the best songwriters working today. Every performance is worthy of mention. If you like Rick’s songs or are a fan of gospel music, this is a don’t miss recording. (Rural Rhythm Records, Box 660040, Dept D, Arcadia, CA 91066, www.ruralrhythm.com.) RCB