2019 is shaping up to be a great year for Southern Gospel music. Today, we take a look at the new EP from the Old Paths; It’s Real.
Since returning to the recording scene in 2017 with Long Run, the Old Paths gives listeners a second EP with It’s Real. This new recording has 7 new songs, all with a progressive Southern Gospel style.
The 2019 edition of the Old Paths is composed of Steve Ladd (tenor vocalist), Tim Rackley (lead vocalist), Doug Roark (baritone vocalist) and Daniel Ashmore (bass vocalist).
No doubt the Old Paths chose seven songs from the industry’s biggest writers.
The Old Paths have had success with Rodney Birch songs in the past (“Battle Stand”/’God’s Great”). Tim is featured on another Rodney penned song, “When It Comes To Jesus”. This has to be a future radio single!
Speaking of singles, the first from the EP is the up tempo, “Lord Knows”. Didn’t take long for this song to make my musical playlists. A great feature from bass vocalist Daniel Ashmore.
With only seven songs, the album moves along at a pretty fast clip. Total listening time clocks in at 25 minutes. One of those up tempo songs that deserves a listen is the album’s opening track, “I Need Jesus To Walk On The Water”.
The only ballad on It’s Real is the Tim feature, “The God I Know”. A definite Southern Gospel friendly song from the pens of Lee Black and Jerry Salley.
The EP closes with a strong Steve Ladd feature, “Come Sunday Morning”.
Strongest songs included in order: “When It Comes To Jesus”, “Lord Knows”, “Come Sunday Morning”, “The God I Know” and “I Need Jesus To Walk On The Water”.
Now that they have given listeners two EP recordings in a row, it is time for the Old Paths to give listeners a full length album.
Weakest songs included in order: “The Truth Comes Shining Through”.
Progressive Southern Gospel quartet enthusiasts will have this album on repeat. All seven songs could easily find a home in your musical playlists. It’s Real is another strong recording released in 2019.
SONG (tempo)/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:1. “I Need Jesus To Walk On The Water” (Fast)/Tim – Sandy Knight 2. “The Truth Comes Shining Through” (Fast)/Steve – Rebecca J Peck, Dianne Wilkinson3. “Lord Knows” (Fast)/Daniel – Larry McCoy, Jason Cox, Kenna West 4. “The God I Know” (Slow)/Tim – Lee Black, Jerry Salley 5. “It’s Real” (Mid)/Doug – Janice Crowe, Kenna West 6. “When It Comes To Jesus” (Mid)/Tim – Rodney Birch 7. “Come Sunday Morning” (Mid)/Steve – Jason Cox, Kenna West
It is time for the first album review of a 2019 release. Today, we take a look at the new album from the Dunaways; Blank Page.
It has been five years since the Dunaways released one of the best albums of the decade, Church In The Kitchen. Blank Page continues the Dunaways country-style of Southern Gospel music. The group provides listeners with 12 new songs.
The 2019 edition of the Dunaways is composed of Kannah Dunaway Lovern (soprano vocalist), Tammy Dunaway (alto vocalist), Randall Dunaway (baritone) and newest member Landon Villines (tenor/lead vocalist).
Tammy is featured on one of the album’s stand out tracks, the title track (“Blank Page”). This song is country to the core and one that would do well at Southern Gospel radio. A great song from the pens of Lee Black, Devin McGlamery and Nathan Woodard.
Tammy contributed to 4 of the 12 songs on Blank Page. She and Kannah trade verses on one of those songs; the album’s first single, “Faith Like That”. This up-tempo country-style song will have you singing along and hitting repeat.
Tammy and Kannah also close the album with a ‘hard-driving’ country tune that is a must listen, “There’s A Morning Coming”.
Newest member, Landon Villines stands out on a song that could fit alongside some of the best Southern Gospel songs from the 1980’s. It is fitting that Larry Petree penned “Where There’s No Fire”.
Another radio single possibility is the Kannah feature, “We’re All Broken”. This Southern Gospel friendly ballad has a message every listener can relate.
Don’t want to leave the review without giving a shout out to Randall’s pure country vocal. Always enjoy his feature on each new album. Give “Taking No Baggage With Me” a listen! A great song from the pen of Gerald Crabb.
The production value of Blank Page could stand up against any mainstream country album.
Strongest songs included in order: “Blank Page”, “Faith Like That”, “We’re All Broken”, “There’s A Morning Coming”, “Here’s My Goodbye”, “Taking No Baggage With Me”, “Where There’s No Fire” and “Sometimes Mercy Hurts”.
I think it is a good thing it has been so long between album releases. Church In The Kitchen was a landmark album for the Dunaways that is nearly impossible to top.
Blank Page could have had at least one more up tempo song.
Weakest songs included in order: “You Never Know”.
The Dunaways have consistently been one of the best groups in Southern Gospel music. Each album the group has released can stand up against the best of the genre. Blank Page is another stellar recording from the Dunaways that every listener needs to add to your musical playlists/library.
SONG (tempo)/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:1. “Faith Like That” (Fast)/Tammy; Kannah – Tammy Dunaway 2. “We’re All Broken” (Slow)/Kannah – Matthew Lawson3. “Where There’s No Fire” (Mid)/Landon – Larry Petree 4. “Blank Page” (Slow)/Tammy – Lee Black, Devin McGlamery, Nathan Woodard 5. “Here’s My Goodbye” (Mid/Fast)/Kannah – Tammy Dunaway 6. “Taking No Baggage With Me” (Mid)/Randall – Gerald Crabb 7. “You Never Know” (Slow)/Kannah – Rebecca J Peck 8. “Harvest Time” (Mid)/Landon – Gerald Crabb 9. “Noah Saved The World” (Fast)/Tammy; Kannah – Leonard Barrier, Tammy Dunaway 10. “Sometimes Mercy Hurts” (Slow)/Landon – Tammy Dunaway 11. “You’re Still You” (Slow)/Kannah – Billy Fields 12. “There’s A Morning Coming” (Mid/Fast)/Tammy; Kannah – Jason Cox, Kenna West