CD Rated: Darryl Richmond

A Nutshell Review

Rating: 2 1/2 Stars

Label: MCG Records
Producer: Jackson Russell
Website: www.darrylrichmond.com

Song Titles: “Everyday Gets Sweeter,” “I’ve Got Faith,” “Do Lord Remember Me,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,” “There Is Liberty,” “‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus,” “One More Day,” “Going Home,” “I Must Tell The Truth,” “Hold On,” “You Are Not Alone” and “Do Lord Remember Me Reprise”

Your guess is as good as mine regarding who is playing the instruments and singing the background vocals on I’ve Got Faith by Darryl Richmond. There was room in the CD booklet for lyrics, songwriter info, a bio, a dedication, and a section thanking various individuals, but no room to list the players or singers. The background vocals figure prominently into most of the arrangements. It’s four-part harmony with a soulful edge that Southern Gospel fans should appreciate. Their style reminds me of the Venice Four, who had a couple of tracks on the Ladykillers soundtrack a few years ago.

When Richmond isn’t fronting an unknown quartet on this CD, he’s trying his hand at light jazz crooning (“What A Friend We Have In Jesus” with fake strings played on a keyboard in the background) or singing a ballad like “One More Day” without pushing too hard. Richmond wrote five songs on the CD. His lyrics are simple, but generally suit his singing style. Some (“Everyday Gets Sweeter,” “Do Lord Remember Me”) are more successful than others (“Going Home”). I’ve Got Faith starts strong, but the quality tapers off as it progresses. If “Do Lord Remember Me” had been used as a template for the entire recording, then we might have something similar to Marty Stuart’s Soul’s Chapel.

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David Bruce Murray

<p>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.</p>

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