CD Review: Jeff & Sheri Easter (Life Is Great And Gettin’ Better)

RATING: 4 1/2 Stars

Label: SheLoved Music
Producers: Jeff & Sheri Easter, and Greg Cole
Song Titles: “Life Is Great And Gettin’ Better,” “Livin’ In The Rain,” “Over And Over,” “Joshua’s Song,” “Feelin’ Alright, Doin’ Okay,” “I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could,” “All The Days That End In Why,” “A Lullaby,” “Come See Me,” “Daddy Hung The Moon,” “Old Chunk Of Coal,” and “Dance”

Life Is Great And Gettin’ Better kicks off with the title track, featuring Jeff Easter on the vocal. “Livin’ In The Rain” is up next with a Doc Watson treatment…a walking, medium tempo, with cool guitar licks and good vocal harmony. This cut features Sheri Easter with a guest appearance by Vince Gill. The pace slows down for “Over And Over,” an unremarkable song featuring Jeff. He does a good job singing the song, but there’s nothing particularly unique about the lyric to make it stick in your memory. “Joshua’s Song” is the first track on the CD written by Sheri. This track also features Sheri. It begins with the story of Joshua, the soldier from scripture, then progresses to a story about a man passing away. The chorus fits both scenarios. It’s Jeff’s turn to be featured next on a fun lyric written by Woody Wright called “Feelin’ Alright, Doin’ Okay,” then Jeff and Sheri share the feature vocals on Arthur Smith‘s classic love song, “I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could.”

That’s the first half of Life Is Great And Gettin’ Better. The next six tracks are in a similar Country vein. Alas, there are no Charlotte Ritchie features on this CD, although she does provide background vocals. One track that stands out on the second half of the CD is “Old Chunk Of Coal,” with a guest vocal by Country artist Daryle Singletary.

Life Is Great And Gettin’ Better is the first project released by Jeff & Sheri Easter since they parted ways with the Spring Hill record label. To my ears, it’s just as good as the stuff in their Spring Hill catalog, which was consistently top quality. Clocking in at 45 minutes, the song mix includes a number of fun tracks like “Life Is Great And Gettin’ Better,” “Livin’ In The Rain,” “Feelin’ Alright, Doin’ Okay,” and “Old Chunk Of Coal” as well as several ballads like “Joshua’s Song,” “Dance” and others. Among these are a number of songs aimed specifically at families like “A Lullaby,” “I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could,” “Dance,” and “Daddy Hung The Moon.” These tunes reflect Jeff and Sheri’s new addition this past year. The classy photos of their family on the front cover suit the theme of the music, too…it’s always nice when the graphics relate to the music that is being sold.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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