New Music Reviews: Mid-November Releases

New Music Reviews: Mid-November Releases

HighRoad is an all-female group consisting of Sarah Davison (vocals and piano), Kristen Bearfield (mandolin, guitar, banjo, and vocals), Kinsey Rose (guitar and vocals), and Lauren Conklin (fiddle). Their new epynonomous recording is produced by Ben Isaacs.

Pros: “Nothing At All” (Sarah Davison, Michael Farren, Tony Wood) grabbed my attention immediately with interesting chord progressions and a sizzling piano solo. “Snake River Reel” displays HighRoad’s collective skills as musicians. “God Of Second Chances” (Kenna West, Sarah Davison, Kinsey Rose) is another highlight. I enjoyed HighRoad’s version of the classic “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” as well.

The entire recording is excellent. Even the cover art is exceptional.

Cons: It didn’t bother me, but other fans may feel the inclusion of “Two Coats” is a con due to the fact that HighRoad has released the song twice on previous recordings.

Producer: Ben Isaacs
Label: New Day Records
Song Titles: Nothing At All; Faith, Hope, And Love; High Road; It’s You; Snake River Reel; God Of Second Chances; Faithful Again; Precious Lord, Take My Hand; Two Coats; The Day I Got Saved
Rating: 5 Stars (scale of 1-5 Stars)
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Version Reviewed: YouTube Music

Countryside by Jonathan White is a collection of 16 cover songs. You should recognize most of these if you follow Country music as well as Southern Gospel, particularly artists like Trace Adkins and Josh Turner.

Pros: The production quality is decent, and White’s vocals should translate well to fans of male country singers.

Cons: White’s arrangements make little effort to surprise you.

Song Titles: God’s Country; Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days); I’ll Be There; Even Me; My Old Man; The Woman In My Life; One More Day; Already On My Knees; She’s With Me; The Devil Ran; Then They Do; The Greatest; The Way He Was Raised; You’re Gonna Miss This; No Problems; Sometimes I Cry; Sheltered In The Arms Of God
Rating: 3 Stars (scale of 1-5 Stars)
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Version Reviewed: YouTube Music

5 out of 5
Jonathan White
3 out of 5

Average rating for both recordings


4 out of 5

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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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