Posts From David Bruce Murray

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.

CD Rated: Called Out Quartet (Can’t Make It By Myself)

Artist: Called Out Quartet Title: Can’t Make It By Myself Rating: 3 1/2 Stars Nutshell Analysis: An upgraded version of “I Just Can’t Make It By Myself” with a pounding

CD Rated: Balsam Range (Marching Home)

Artist: Balsam Range Title: Marching Home Rating: 4 1/2 Stars Nutshell Analysis: I wrote a blog entry a few weeks ago about Tim Surrett’s return to bluegrass. Marching Home by

CD Rated: Gaither Gospel Series (Amazing Grace)

Artist: Gaither Gospel Series Title: Amazing Grace Rating: 4 Stars Nutshell Analysis: Amazing Grace shares most of the same pros and cons as its companion product, How Great Thou Art.

CD Rated: The Milby Family (Faith Like A Mustard Seed)

Artist: The Milby Family Title: Faith Like A Mustard Seed Rating: 4 Stars Nutshell Analysis: This must be the week for family group CDs. The Milby Family consists of Robin

CD Rated: Jerry Salley (New Songs, Old Friends)

Artist: Jerry Salley Title: New Songs, Old Friends Rating: 4 1/2 Stars Nutshell Analysis: The 22 guest vocalists and musicians who assist Jerry Salley on New Songs, Old Friends range

CD Rated: Jimmy Dooley (Things Are Looking Different)

Artist: Jimmy DooleyTitle: Things Are Looking Different RATING: 3 1/2 Stars Nutshell Analysis: Jimmy Dooley writes all ten songs on Things Are Looking Different, sings them, and for good measure,

CD Rated: Dale & Cheryl Golden (Glory Coming Down)

Artist: Dale & Cheryl GoldenTitle: Glory Coming Down RATING: 3 Stars Nutshell Analysis: This CD consists of ten original songs written by Dale Golden. Some are predictable, but most are

CD Rated: Heritage Road

Artist: Heritage RoadTitle: The Road I’m On RATING: 3 1/2 Stars Nutshell Analysis: Country tracks, good vocals and great song selection…so-so packaging (no songwriter info). From the sonic angle, Heritage

CD Rated: Anthony Burger (The Kingsmen Years)

Artist: Anthony BurgerTitle: The Kingsmen Years RATING: 3 1/2 Stars Nutshell Analysis: The first fourteen hymns alternate between full band cuts that generally have a more joyous, romping mindset and

CD Rated: Fletcher Jowers (Trails To Heaven)

Artist: Fletcher Jowers (with Terry Winsett and Jonathan Haynes)Title: Trails To Heaven RATING: 2 1/2 Stars Nutshell Analysis: The production quality, song selection and arrangements are pretty good overall, but

CD Review: Valor (What It Took)

RATING: 5 Stars Producers: Paul David Kennamer and John LawsWebsite: Song Titles: “My Hope Is Built,” “Lead Me To The Rock,” “Over The Moon,” “What It Took,” “Temporary Home,”

CD Review: Evidence (Talkin’ About The Love Of God)

RATING: 2 1/2 Stars Website: Song Titles: “Talkin’ About The Love Of God,” “It Pays To Serve The King,” “Put My Hand In His Hand,” “Grace Greater Than Our