Ten On Ten (Redux): Poet Voices

pvThis week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Poet Voices.  On May 7, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Poet Voices highlighting the group’s ten best albums.  This redux feature will now shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career.  First, the original list highlighting the Poet Voices ten best recordings.

  1. Trust The Truth (1997)
  2. Timeless 1 (2001)
  3. Let It Be (2005)
  4. Our God Is Marching On (1993)
  5. Common Ground (1995)
  6. This Changes Everything (2001)
  7. Pilgrim Song (1999)
  8. Men Of His Word (2004)
  9. Steppin’ Stones (2006)
  10. Turn To The One (2002)

The lowest ranked albums in the Poet Voices discography are as follows:

  1. Worship Focus One (2007)
  2. Second Verse (2004)
  3. Hymns For The Journey  (2000)

Somewhere I’m Going: High Road

24inch silverstep tabletopGRADE:  B

  • Album – Somewhere I’m Going
  • Artist – High Road
  • Label – Custom
  • Style – Country, Acoustic
  • Release Date – 09/16/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)


Today we take a look at the latest album from High Road; Somewhere I’m Going.  The album hit retail on September 16th, 2016.

High Road is a female group that relies solely on their vocals and the instruments each member play.  Somewhere I’m Going is the group’s third album that features acoustical country and bluegrass sounds.

The 2016 edition of High Road is composed of Sarah Davison (lead/alto vocals; piano), Kristen Bearfield (lead/harmony vocals; mandolin/banjo), Kinsey Kapfhammer (soprano/harmony vocals; acoustic guitar) and Lauren Conklin (fiddle).


  • High Road is one of the few trackless groups in Southern Gospel music.  Their acoustical country/bluegrass sound will quickly endear itself to listeners.
  • The stand out track on Somewhere I’m Going is the country vocal, “Love”. Kristen Bearfield takes the lead on a song that would do well at Southern Gospel radio.
  • Group member Sarah Davison along with Kenna Turner West penned a hymn for the modern-day in “Christ My Hope, My Glory”.  Sarah along with Jason Crabb sing this power house number.  A must listen!
  • The album’s title track is a song that could do well on mainstream country radio but the Gospel message in the song is evident.  I love the line in the song that says, ‘home is not just somewhere I am but somewhere I’m going’.
  • Listeners are treated to very little in the way of up-tempo numbers.  The strongest is the bluegrass flavored, “Don’t It Feel Good”.
  • Member Kristen Bearfield wrote and performs another stand out song, “His Hand On Me”.  This would be another strong contender for Southern Gospel radio single possibilities.
  • Ben Isaacs can be commended for producing Somewhere I’m Going.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Love”, “His Hand On Me”, “Christ My Hope, My Glory”, “Somewhere I’m Going”, “Don’t It Feel Good”, “Then On Sunday”, “Squirrel Hunter” and “We Are Broken”.
  • The album contain three song covers that tend to weigh the album down.  The weakest of the three is “I’d Rather Have Jesus”.  One of those that have been recorded more times than needed.
  • I wish the pacing of the album gave listeners a couple more up-tempo numbers in place of the song covers.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and “Give Me Jesus”.


High Road stands above the crowded field of mediocre talent in Southern Gospel music.  Not only are they quality vocalists, but each play an instrument to produce a non-track performance for listeners.  In a year where women are dominating a man’s world, High Road is doing just that in a music industry dominated by men.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Sweet By And By”/Sarah; Ensemble – Sanford Bennett, Joseph Webster  2. “Somewhere I’m Going“/Kinsey – Lee Black, Jerry Salley, Sue C Smith  3. “Love“/Kristen – Sarah Davison; Kinsey Kapfhammer  4. “Then On Sunday”/Sarah – Sarah Davison; Kinsey Kapfhammer  5. “We Are Broken”/Kristen – Sonya Isaacs, James Shamblin  6. “Shine”/Sarah; Kinsey – Sarah Davison, Kinsey Kapfhammer  7. “Squirrel Hunter”/Instrumental – Sarah Davison, Kristen Bearfield, Kinsey Kapfhammer  8. “I’d Rather Have Jesus“/Kristen; Kinsey – Rhea Miller, George Beverly Shea  9. “Don’t It Feel Good”/Sarah – Sarah Davison, Kinsey Kapfhammer  10. “His Hand On Me”/Kristen – Kristen Bearfield  11. “Christ My Hope, My Glory”/Sarah with Jason Crabb – Sarah Davison, Kenna Turner West  12. “Give Me Jesus”/Sarah; Ensemble – Fanny Crosby, L.O. Sanderson

VOTING: Greatest Songwriter: Round 2 – Poll 5

Happy Monday.  Today concludes round 2 voting in our search for Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriter.  Round 3 will begin next week.  Please click on the link in the poll to hear a song written by poll 5’s fourteen contenders.  Here are the rules for voting:

  • All readers of this blog can vote.
  • You are allowed to vote for up to three choices.
  • You are allowed one vote per day.
  • The top (6) by vote tally will advance to round 3.
  • Voting closes Friday (10/21/16).

Dynamic: Ball Brothers

ball-brothersGRADE:  B+

  • Album – Dynamic
  • Artist – Ball Brothers
  • Label – Song Garden Music Group
  • Style – Progressive, Jazz, R&B
  • Release Date – 09/30/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)


Today we take a look at the latest album from the Ball Brothers; Dynamic.  The album hit retail on September 30th, 2016.

The Ball Brothers are celebrating their first decade in Southern Gospel music in 2016.  Their sound has always been progressive Southern Gospel mixed with some jazz and little R&B for good measure.

The 2016 edition of the Ball Brothers is composed of Andrew Ball (tenor), Daniel Ball (lead), Chad McCloskey (baritone) and Matt Davis (bass).


  • The group excel at taking former CCM songs and adding their own progressive, jazz ensemble work to them.  The group’s harmony is some of the best you will find in Southern Gospel music.
  • Daniel Ball has several stand out songs on Dynamic, the biggest being “Mercy Tree”.  The group’s ensemble harmony work on the chorus’ is about as good as it gets.
  • Daniel does the same with his feature on “Least I Can Do”.
  • I’ve already mentioned the group’s ensemble harmony work.  Their a cappella rendition of “I Shall Know Him” will leave you mesmerized.
  • The album closes with “Jesus Cares For Me”.  Another awesome ensemble arrangement that should be considered for Southern Gospel radio.  This song has already been added to my musical playlists.  Can’t get enough.
  • The Ball Brothers channel a little Boyz II Men on “Hey Mama”.  Andrew Ball’s tenor work is stunning.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Mercy Tree”, “Jesus Cares For Me”, “I Shall Know Him”, “Hey Mama”, “Least I Can Do”, “Let Your Light Shine” and “Count Your Blessings”.
  • As great as Dynamic is, the group took on a few song covers that have been recorded more times than need be.  “Happy Rhythm topping that list.
  • I would have liked to hear new bass vocalist Matt Davis featured more.  He adds that little something extra to the group’s sound.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Happy Rhythm”.


My readers already know how I beat up on artists that record albums of only song covers.  While Dynamic was weighed down a bit with a couple covers, this album is one of the best recordings I have listened to in 2016.  I am awed by the ensemble harmony work the Ball Brothers gives listeners.  You need this album!

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Let Your Light Shine”/Ensemble – Andrew Ball, Daniel Ball, Darren Rust  2. “Victory In Jesus“/Daniel – Eugene Bartlett  3. “Mercy Tree“/Daniel – Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff  4. “Gentle Shepherd”/Andrew – Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither  5. “I Shall Know Him”/Ensemble – Traditional  6. “Count Your Blessings”/Chad – Paul Lancaster, Buddy Mullins, Mark Willett  7. “Least I Can Do”/Daniel – Ashley Gorley, Scott Krippayne  8. “Happy Rhythm“/Ensemble – Mosie Lister  9. “Hey Mama”/Andrew – Chris Mackay, Toby McKeehan, Holly Marie Miller, Joseph Prielozny  10. “Jesus Cares For Me”/Ensemble – Thad Cockrell, Bart Millard

Hot Or Not? – “He Welcomes The Beggar”

Today we look at another Southern Gospel radio single to determine if it is ‘hot or not’.  This series allows you, the reader, to let artists/record labels know if they are choosing the right songs for radio.

This week, is the new single from 11th Hour’s 2016 album, What A Moment.  “He Welcomes The Beggar” was penned by Jason Cox, group member Amber Eppinette and Kenna West.  What say ye; hot or not?

The Word Is Out: Woodsmen Quartet

woodsmen-qtGRADE:  B-

  • Album – The Word Is Out
  • Artist – Woodsmen Quartet
  • Label – Custom
  • Style – Traditional, Progressive
  • Release Date – 09/09/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)


Today we take a look at the latest album from the Woodsmen Quartet; The Word Is Out.  The album hit retail on September 9th, 2016.

The Woodsmen Quartet is a regional quartet based in Indiana.  They are working on 12 years providing listeners with traditional Southern Gospel quartet music.

The Woodsmen Quartet is composed of Daniel Rivera (tenor), Jim Hutson (lead), Tim Woods (baritone) and Steve Waggoner (bass).


  • Newest tenor vocalist Daniel Rivera is the immediate stand out on The Word Is Out.  Daniel is featured on the title track which is also the album’s first single.  Many may remember this song from the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet (2007).
  • If not featured, the harmony work Daniel provides is apparent.  The group turns in a strong cover of the Kingsmen’s, “The Cross Has Won Again”.  This is a must listen!
  • Lead vocalist Jim Hutson turns in a nice cover of a LordSong (Michael Lord) tune, “Trial Of The Heart”.
  • The Woodsmen pull out a classic quartet song that, to my recollection, as not been recorded since the early 1970’s.  “Go Down To The Jordan” is a fun song that will have you hitting repeat.
  • As readers can already realize, all 11 songs found on The Word Is Out are covers.  The quartet pick up a Karen Peck and New River song, “He’s Everything You Need” to create the best up-tempo song on the album.  This song should be considered for radio single possibilities.
  • Another classic quartet number, originally recorded by the LeFevres in 1964 allows bass singer Steve Waggoner to show off a bit.  That song; “Shake The Master’s Hand”.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “The Word Is Out”, “The Cross Has Won Again”, “Trial Of The Heart”, “He’s Everything You Need”, “Go Down To The Jordan”, “Hurting Hearts Need A Helping Hand” and “Shake The Master’s Hand”.
  • Anytime a group decides to record an entire album of song covers, they will run in to the problem of not living up to the original.
  • Such is the case with the Woodsmen Quartet’s covers of “One More River To Cross” and “By The Time They Find Me Missing”.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “One More River To Cross” and “By The Time They Find Me Missing”.


woodsmen-300x300I was pleasantly surprised with the music found on The Word Is Out.  While all 11 songs have been recorded before, the Woodsmen Quartet create something that listeners will enjoy.  The biggest highlight was the tenor vocal work by Daniel Rivera.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Somebody Sing”/Ensemble; Steve – Cindi Ballard, Mary Ann Ballard  2. “The Word Is Out“/Daniel – Phil Cross, Tony Jarman  3. “Go Down To The Jordan“/Ensemble – Bennie Triplett  4. “By The Time They Find Me Missing”/Tim – Kenny Hinson  5. “Trial Of The Heart”/Jim – Michael Lord  6. “He’s Everything You Need”/Daniel – Susan Peck Jackson, John Darin Rowsey  7. “The Cross Has Won Again”/Ensemble – Larry Gatlin  8. “Shake The Master’s Hand“/Ensemble – Jimmy Jones  9. “Hurting Hearts Need A Helping Hand”/Daniel – Elmer Cole, Phil Cross  10. “One More River To Cross”/Tim – Bud Chambers  11. “Til The Storm Passes By”/Steve – Mosie Lister

VOTING: Greatest Songwriter: Round 2 – Poll 4

Happy Monday.  Today continues round 2 voting in our search for Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriter.  Please click on the link in the poll to hear a song written by poll 4’s fourteen contenders.  Here are the rules for voting:

  • All readers of this blog can vote.
  • You are allowed to vote for up to three choices.
  • You are allowed one vote per day.
  • The top (6) by vote tally will advance to round 3.
  • Voting closes Friday (10/14/16).

Our Time: Perkins Revival

perkinsGRADE:  B-

  • Album – Our Time
  • Artist – Perkins Revival
  • Label – Mansion Entertainment
  • Style – Traditional, Progressive, County
  • Release Date – 09/09/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)


Today we take a look at the latest album from Perkins Revival; Our Time.  The album hit retail on September 9th, 2016.

Some may remember a group out of Alabama, in the late 1980’s, known as the Perkins Family.  They garnered hits, “Across The Bridge”, “In His Time”, “What A Wonderful Day” and “When It’s My Time”.

Nearly 30 years later, Ricky Perkins (tenor) is joined by Donnie Marr (lead), Trey Marr (baritone) and Johny Washburn (bass) to bring listeners new quartet, Perkins Revival.


  • If you followed the music of the original Perkins Family, you know the sound was built around tenor, Ricky Perkins.  That has not changed with Perkins Revival.
  • Ricky penned 6 of the 11 songs found on Our Time.  The stand out track happens to be the first radio single; “Climb Any Mountain”.  The stand out line in the song is ‘You Can Climb Any Mountain Because He Walked Up One Hill’.
  • The group goes back and re-records their first single, “What A Wonderful Day”.  I like the quartet arrangement given the song on Our Time.
  • Lead vocalist Donnie Marr is also featured on the album’s closing track, a cover of Ronny Hinson’s, “Something Keeps Pulling Me Home”.  A nice country sound fits this song perfectly.
  • The Crabb Family had a huge hit in the late 1990’s with the song “When It’s My Time”.  The Perkins Family was the first to record and chart the song in 1991.  Listeners are treated to a nice cover on Our Time.
  • Perkins Revival cover another song found on the Perkins Family’s first album, “Lord Let Me Walk Another Mile For You”.  Bass vocalist, Johny Washburn takes the feature on the first verse while Donnie Murr takes the second.  This song is worth a listen!
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Climb Any Mountain”, “What A Wonderful Day”, “Something Keeps Pulling Me Home”, “When It’s My Time”, “Lord Let Me Walk Another Mile For You”, “The Race” and “Caught Up Carried Away”.
  • Some may remember a song out in the late 1980’s titled “Dear Mr Jesus”.  It was sung by a young girl and was out around Christmas time.  Perkins Revival has a song similar on Our Time titled “Mister, Mister”.  Just doesn’t fit with the rest of the album.
  • Being a new quartet, the listener can hear room for growth but Our Time is a solid first effort.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Mister, Mister” and “It’s Not Over Till God Says It’s Over”.


Our Time by Perkins Revival was an enjoyable listen.  Being familiar with the original Perkins Family added to the enjoyment of hearing some of their original songs re-done.  Below I’ve provided a clip of the original Perkins Family and a song from Perkins Revival, Our Time.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Climb Any Mountain”/Ricky – Ricky Perkins  2. “When It’s My Time“/Ricky – Chris White  3. “Lord Let Me Walk Another Mile For You“/Johny; Donnie – Ricky Perkins  4. “Only Jesus”/Johny – Ricky Perkins  5. “It’s Not Over Till God Says It’s Over”/Trey – Charles Crabtree  6. “What A Wonderful Day”/Donnie – Ricky Perkins  7. “The Race”/Ricky – PD  8. “Mister, Mister“/Johny – Ricky Perkins  9. “Love Can Do A Lot Of Things”/Ricky – Ricky Perkins  10. “Caught Up Carried Away”/Donnie – Debbie Davis  11. “Something Keeps Pulling Me Home”/Donnie – Ronny Hinson