New Music Reviews – March 2019 Releases

New Music Reviews – March 2019 Releases

March 22 – Old Paths – It’s Real (EPCD)

For 2019, The Old Paths have released a 7-song EP which, for those keeping score, is one more song than their 2017 release, Long Run.

Pros: “The God I Know” (Lee Black/Jerry Salley) is a standout feature for lead singer Tim Rackley, and Steve Ladd shines on “Come Sunday Morning” (Kenna West/Jason Cox). These guys may be Southern Gospel’s two most under-appreciated vocalists. It’s too bad they fail to get attention from fans when it comes time to vote on awards.

Cons: Why do record labels name CDs after the weakest track??? It’s not that it’s poorly written or poorly performed, but every other track on this CD is more interesting…at least to my ear.

Producer: Jeff Collins
Song Titles: I Need Jesus To Walk On The Water; The Truth Comes Shining Through; Lord Knows; The God I Know; It’s Real; When It Comes To Jesus; Come Sunday Morning
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Rating: 4 Stars (scale of 1-5 stars)
Version Reviewed: CD


In 1993 on an album titled The Live Adventure, Steven Curtis Chapman delighted fans by singing his 1992 hit “The Great Adventure” in a variety of styles including bluegrass. Flash-forward 26 years, and Chapman has finally delivered an entire album of bluegrass music with Deeper Roots Where The Bluegrass Grows.

Pros: There are several classic Steven Curtis Chapman hits as well as some hymns and standards for a total of 13 tracks. “Cinderella” is even more touching with a mandolin in the mix, and a former hit, “Dive,” is being pushed as a single featuring Ricky Skaggs. A few tracks feature Chapman’s father Herb Sr. and/or his brother Herb Jr. His son Caleb Chapman, his daughter-in-law Jillian Edwards Chapman, and Rascal Flatts lead singer Gary Levox also make appearances.

Cons: It appears that five of these tracks are from 2013’s Deep Roots (sold only in Cracker Barrel stores). Fans who already own that album probably won’t care for the duplication.

Producers: Steven Curtis Chapman and Brent Milligan
Song Titles: Where The Bluegrass Grows; Dive (feat. Ricky Skaggs); ‘Til the Blue (feat. Gary LeVox); Victory In Jesus (feat. Herb Chapman, Sr and Herb Chapman, Jr); Great Is Thy Faithfulness (with Herb Chapman, Sr and Herb Chapman, Jr); My Redeemer Is Faithful And True; How Great Thou Art (feat. Jillian Edwards Chapman); Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad (feat. Herb Chapman, Sr and Herb Chapman, Jr); I’ll Fly Away; Without Him (with Herb Chapman, Sr and Herb Chapman, Jr); Be Still And Know (feat. Caleb Chapman); I’d Rather Have Jesus (feat. Herb Chapman, Sr)
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Rating: 4 Stars (scale of 1-5 stars)
Version Reviewed: YouTube Music

Listen to the entire album on YouTube Music.


I completely agree with the review Kyle wrote a few days ago, so my comments about Yes by Triumphant will be brief.

Most of these songs would sound fine on any current Christian radio formats ranging in predominant styles from Worship music to Southern Gospel. It’s not an easy task to accomplish, but Triumphant did it.

Yes is our first 5-star release of 2019. Good stuff!

Song Titles: Going There (Lee Black/Scott Inman) / Even Me (Jason Cox/Jeff Bumgardner/Kenna Turner West) / Eye Of The Storm (Bryan Fowler/Ryan Stevenson) / Yes (Nathan Woodard/Scott Inman) / What He’s Done For Me (Lee Black/Scott Inman) / Give You All The Glory (Lee Black/Sue C. Smith/Scott Inman) / Joy (Lee Black/Tony Wood/Scott Inman) / A Little Bit (Kenna Turner West/Tony Wood/Scott Inman) / All Things Good (Joel Lindsey/Scott Inman) /Only God Knows (Kevin Wright) / We Believe (Matthew Hooper/Richie Fike/Travis Ryan)
Rating: 5 Stars (scale of 1-5 stars)
Version Reviewed: YouTube Music

Listen to the entire album on YouTube Music.


The debut recording by Real Truth Revival is titled Back To God. Members of this new group include Jonathan Price (tenor), Phillip Hughes (lead), Ric Mull (baritone), and Roger Parks (bass).

Pros: Back To God sounds quite a bit better than most debut recordings I’ve heard. The title song is also one of the better songs on the CD and a good concept video has also been released (watch it below). It features tenor singer Jonathan Price (formerly with the Dove Brothers and Dixie Melody Boys). In addition to having a song that matches the CD’s title, there’s a song that matches the group name. “Real Truth Revival” is another strong lyric and lead singer Phillip Hughes (Kingsmen/Anchormen) sounds as solid as ever.

Cons: The orchestrations are a bit predictable.

Song Titles: Back To God; Prayin’ While I’m Waitin’; Real Truth Revival; Mercy Still Flows; Love Is A Cross; Forever Redeemed; Nobody But God; Stronger Than The Storm; Boy On A Bus; Love Lives On
Rating: 4 Stars (scale of 1-5 stars)
Version Reviewed: CD

Listen to the entire album on YouTube Music.

Old Paths
4 out of 5
Steven Curtis Chapman
4 out of 5
Triumphant
5 out of 5
Real Truth Revival
4 out of 5
Overall

Average rating for all March releases

4.25

Good
4.25 out of 5

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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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