Back To The Basics – Erwins

Back To The Basics – Erwins

erwins2013thebasicsGRADE:  B+

  • Album – Back To The Basics
  • Artist – Erwins
  • Label – Custom
  • Style – Traditional
  • Release Date – 09/03/13
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (iTunes)



I was introduced to the music of the Erwins last year with the release of the album, God’s Already There.  I knew then that this young family group had great potential.

This week (09/03/12), the Erwins released their newest album, Back To The Basics.  This ten song collection is an album of all song covers.  For all you traditional Southern Gospel enthusiasts, you will love this album.

If you’ve never been introduced to the Erwins, the mixed family group is composed of Keith Erwin (lead, 20 years old), Kody (bass, 18), Kris (baritone, 17) and Katie (tenor/lead, 13).


  • What immediately impressed me with The Erwins, is even though the entire group is under the age of 21, they don’t rely on them being kids to play to the audience.  Some artists take the ‘kids cute’ factor too far in relying on crowd’s enjoying their program.  When the ‘cute kids’ schtick wears off, then you better be able to sing to continue your career.  The Erwins are already years ahead of their ages in terms of stage presence.
  • I was blown away by the maturity already found in young bass singer, Kody with his features on two Cathedral classics; “For What Earthly Reason” and “Plan Of Salvation”.  Considering he is only 18 years old, this kid has a bright future as a Southern Gospel bass singer.
  • Keith’s lead vocals anchor the sound of the Erwins.  He is featured on the second verse of the stand out track on Back To The Basics.  The Erwins performance of the Southern Gospel classic, “When Justice Called, Mercy Answered” is absolute traditional Southern Gospel perfection.  Release this to radio!
  • Young female vocalist Katie Erwin gets a feature on the LordSong cover, “Send Me”.  This up tempo number would also make a strong radio single possibility.  I can only imagine her voice in another five years.
  • Baritone, Kris Erwin shouldn’t be left out of the mix as he turns in a great performance on “He Didn’t Have The Heart”.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “When Justice Called, Mercy Answered”, “For What Earthly Reason”, “In Good Hands”, “He Didn’t Have The Heart”, “Send Me”, “That Very Moment” and “Plan Of Salvation”.
  • Being an album full of song covers, there are going to be a couple that didn’t quite make the grade.  The Erwins cover “The Basics Of Life”.  This song has been recorded so many times that nothing new can be added to the song to make it stand out.
  • The group also records the George ‘Dad’ Speer classic, “Heaven’s Jubilee”.  Another song that has been making its rounds lately.  I wish they would have chosen another song to showcase their convention style singing.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “The Basics Of Life” and “Heaven’s Jubilee”.



I have been thoroughly impressed with the young new groups that I have reviewed this year (High Road III, Johnson Edition, Wisecarvers).  Add the Erwins to that list.  Unlike the other three artists, the Erwins are traditional Southern Gospel (think Perrys).  For those who fear that traditional Southern Gospel music is being forgotten; fret not and pick up Back To The Basics by the Erwins.  And, if I was a mixed Southern Gospel group I would take notice because the Erwins are going to be competing and winning awards in another five years.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Basics Of Life”/Keith – Marcus Harris, Donald Koch  2. “Every Question Will Be Answered“/Ensemble – Chris Binion, Rodney Griffin  3. “Plan Of Salvation”/Ensemble; Kody – Ruby Moody  4. “Send Me”/Katie – Joe Johnston, Kim Patton Johnston  5. “He Didn’t Have The Heart”/Keith; Kris – Joel Lindsey  6. “That Very Moment”/Ensemble; Keith – Squire Parsons  7. “For What Earthly Reason”/Kody – Dottie Rambo  8. “In Good Hands”/Keith, Kris – Ben Storie  9. “When Justice Called, Mercy Answered”/Ensemble; Keith – Bobby Lee Wills  10. “Heaven’s Jubilee”/Ensemble – George Speer

**As an added bonus, here is a YouTube clip (published by Crystal Morrison) of the Erwins performing “Plan Of Salvation”.  Enjoy!

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Steve Eaton

(1) Southern Gospel collector (30+ years) (2) Author/Editor of

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  1. Reply September 05, 16:28 #1 joshvanklomp

    I’m glad someone in the industry reviewed this project! Love these kids!

    Is it just me, or does Kody’s voice remind anyone else of a young Anthony Davis (Tribute)?

  2. Reply September 16, 10:09 #2 Marianne

    WOW!!! Love me some Erwins

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