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CD Review: I’d Rather Have Jesus (Dixie Echoes)

Probably, the best adjective to describe the Dixie Echoes is "consistent." For ten or fifteen years after lead singer Dale Shelnut's sudden 1983 death, they experimented with different styles in an attempt to find their niche. Not too long after they added Stewart...

CD Review: Peace on Earth (Mark Trammell)

This project may well be the best solo Southern Gospel Christmas CD ever released. Unlike the Mark Trammell Trio's Home for Christmas project, reviewed last week, Mark Trammell's recent solo Christmas project features all-new tracks. Legacy Five's Tim Parton arranged...

CD Review: Just Stand (Legacy Five)

Over their first ten years on the road, Legacy Five has produced several landmark recordings. Their debut, Strong in the Strength, set a high standard that only one or two other CDs in the following decade—namely, London and Live in Music City—would approach. Just...

CD Review: The Journey (Liberty Quartet)

My journey with Liberty Quartet started several years ago, when I started hearing good things about them from a number of west coast friends (particularly John S. in California and Elysse B. in Idaho). At the time, I chalked up the rave reviews to local pride. So when...

CD Review: The Answer (Collingsworth Family)

When I interviewed Phil Collingsworth for this site's April feature article, he explained why the Collingsworth Family only releases a project every other year: It might be interesting for you to know that our cost of recording an album is almost triple what some of...

CD Review: The Son Came Down (The Inspirations)

Rating: 5 stars (of 5) Average Song Rating: 4.3 stars (of 5) Members: Dallas Rogers (tenor), David Ragan (lead), Melton Campbell (baritone), Mike Holcomb (bass), Martin Cook (pianist), Myron Cook (bassist). Song List: I Know Where He Lives; Dealing With Gold; Stone's...

CD Review: Missing People (The Kingsmen)

Rating: 5 stars (of 5) Average song rating: 4.5 stars (of 5) Song List: Missing People; Someday; They Went to Pray; Mountain of Grace; When It's All Said and Done; Cheer the Weary Traveler; God Saw a Cross; He Picks Up a Beggar on the Way; God Knows; He is the Only...

CD Review: Pilgrim Song (Poet Voices)

Rating: 4 stars (of 5) Average Song Rating: 4 stars (of 5) Song List: Pilgrim Song; O Happy Day; This Little Light of Mine; Be Still and Know; Sweeter as the Days Go By; Gotta Go Back; If it Wasn't For Your Love; Gonna Walk; A Bridge You Cannot Burn; Heaven's Jubilee....

DVD Review: Personal (Kim Collingsworth)

Rating: 5 (of 5) Average Song Rating: 3.9 (of 5) (or 4.3 of 5 without the love songs) Producer: Tracks produced by Wayne Haun, Roger Talley, Jeff Collins, & Milton Smith. Executive Producer: Phil Collingsworth. Filming Director: David Brainard. Song List: And Can...

CD Review: Always Have a Song (Mark Trammell Trio)

Rating: 5 (of 5) Average Song Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Producer: Wayne Haun. Song List: I Know That I know; Loving the Lamb; Called In, Called Up, Called Out; What Good Would a Crown Be; Safe On the Glory Side; If God Said It, I Believe It; At The Whisper of His Name; I...

CD Review: Turning Point (Cross 4 Crowns)

Rating: 5 stars (of 5) Average Song Rating: 4.2 stars (of 5) Song List: I Will Trade The Old Cross For a Crown; Things That I'm Seeing; Greater Miracle; I'm Going There; He'll Never Forsake; I'll See You Home; Tell Me Who; Whenever, Wherever, Whatever; Take a Little...

CD Review: So Many Reasons (Dixie Echoes)

Rating: 5 stars Producers: Randy Shelnut, Randy Shelnut Jr., and Stewart Varnado Song List: I'll Be Ready To Go With Him; So Many Reasons; Miracles Will Happen On That Day; Until You Find the Lord; Not in a Million Years; Walk With Me; On the Other Side of Jordan; How...

CD: Georgia Live (Kingsmen)

Rating: 5 (of 5) Average Song Rating: 4.3 (of 5) Song List: Give the World a Smile; Moses; Behold the Master Cometh; I'll Pray For You; Mention the Name; In the Garden; Wicked Path of Sin; Beautiful Star of Bethlehem; What Did He Ever See In Me; First Step; Little is...

CD Review: The Fields of Love (Mark Bishop)

Rating: **** Producers: Jeff Collins, Mark Bishop Song List: Falling Star; Fields of Love; Big Big World; The Tent Revival; Poor Goliath; Every Memory; What's So Bad About Believing?; The Prayer; He Never Sleeps; Take Another Step; Tell Me What You See; Blue Skies;...

CD Mega Review: When God Ran (Kingsmen Quartet)

Contributors: Wes Burke (Burke's Brainwork) Daniel J. Mount (SouthernGospelBlog.com) Adam Edwards (Southern Gospel Critique) Brandon Coomer (Coomer Cove) Aaron Swain (Swain's Musings) 1. The Cloud He's Coming Back On Wes: This is a medium to uptempo number that gets...

CD Review: London (Legacy Five)

Legacy Five's London album was released five years ago, when the group was at the pinnacle of the Southern Gospel field. The project came out in 2003; in the year following its release, the group had its first #1 song ("I Found Grace," from this project) and swept the...

CD Review: Everyday People (Greater Vision)

I purchased this CD the week it came out, but I didn't review it immediately for a very simple reason: On first listen, I didn't particularly like it. Of course, like just about everyone else, I liked the catchy opening tune, "It Means Just What it Says," from the...

CD Review: Look No Further (Perrys)

(EDIT: Rating: 5 stars of 5) In 2003, the Perrys raised the bar for their projects with This is the Day. In liner notes for that album's back cover, Singing News editor Danny Jones said, Just like the grand tradition in which they sing, the Perrys will never go away....