CD Mini-Review: Heaven’s Mountain Band – When His Blood Fell

CD Mini-Review: Heaven’s Mountain Band – When His Blood Fell

a6585b_63e31d5e07d14c189d30343ae24f7f6dLabel: Butler Music Group
Producer: Roger Johnson
Songs: When His Blood Fell; Calm The Storm; I’ll Ride This Ship To The Shore; When Children Cry; Looking At The Sky; I Pray The Lord; Book Of Grace; Living Like A King; Little Stick Men; The Maker Of The Cross
Rating: 3 Stars (scale of 1-5)

Heaven’s Mountain Band is a Bluegrass Gospel group that formed in 1986. Members include Roger & Deborah Johnson, their son Rodney, Murlin “Brother” Johnson, Anita “Shorty” Davis and Christy Glascow. Roger wrote nine of the ten songs that appear on When The Blood Fell. The one exception, “Calm The Storm,” was written by Larry Stallings.

When The Blood Fell features a stereotypical bluegrass style. If you like the first song, chances are strong you’ll like the rest of them. Most arrangements kick off with a simple guitar intro. “Book Of Grace” has a fiddle featured on the intro rather than the expected guitar lick. Chords are the expected three with only a few exceptions (“When Children Cry”).

The solos have a homey, down-to-earth quality. Harmonies are solid, and so is the songwriting.

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Category CD Reviews, Reviews

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 and David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. Reply September 27, 21:51 #1 Jack Moody

    You stated “Chords are the expected three”, which three chords were you referring to? Thank you.

    • Reply September 27, 23:09 David Bruce Murray Author

      In classical terms: Tonic (I), Sub-Dominant (IV), and Dominant (V)
      In Nashville Number System terms: 1, 4, and 5
      In solfege/shape note terms: the chords based on Do, Fa, and Sol

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