Revived: Dixie Melody Boys

dmb2015revivedGRADE:  B

  • Album – Revived
  • Artist – Dixie Melody Boys
  • Label – Great American Gospel
  • Style – Traditional
  • Release Date – 07/21/15
  • Available For Digital Download? – No

SYNOPSIS:

The Dixie Melody Boys are working on 54 years performing Southern Gospel music.  Ed O’Neal has been at the helm and singing the bass for 51 of those years.

As 2016 approaches, the group is still providing listeners with traditional Southern Gospel quartet music.  Those currently enrolled in Ed O’Neal university is Doug Pittman (tenor), Josh Garner (lead) and Aaron Dishman (baritone).

If you enjoyed the classic quartet music the Dixie Melody Boys were providing listeners about a decade ago, you will enjoy what the group provides on their latest album release; Revived.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The strongest selections on Revived are the classic songs that haven’t been over recorded.  Newest tenor vocalist, Doug Pittman, is able to show off a bit on the song, “Some Wonderful Day”.  The last time I heard this song recorded was from JD Sumner and the Stamps in the late 1980’s.  This is a great up tempo number that will definitely please crowds in the live concert setting.
  • Another nice classic up tempo number kicks off the album; “Wait Upon The Lord”.  The most recent recording of this song came from the Melody Boys Quartet a decade ago.
  • Ed and Josh trade verses on a Don Seabolt (of Blue Ridge Quartet fame) penned classic, “I’m Depending On Jesus”.  It has been at least 35 years since this song found its way on to a recording.  If the group is planning on releasing a radio single from Revived, this would be my number one choice.
  • Josh is also featured on “The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow”.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I heard this song recorded.  These little gems tend to make the listener think they are new songs.  This would also make a great radio single choice.
  • Baritone, Aaron Dishman has been performing the Squire Parsons classic “Hello Mama” since joining the group.  His cover finally makes it to recording on Revived.
  • The Dixie Melody Boys also shine on the quartet classic, “Oh What Love”.  This may require a repeat.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow”, “I’m Depending On Jesus”, “Some Wonderful Day”, “Oh What Love”, “Wait Upon The Lord” and “Hello Mama”.
CRITIQUE:
  • While Revived had quite a few classic songs that haven’t been over recorded, it also has those that have been recorded more times than should.  They include “Family Bible” and “Little Is Much”
  • Another album not available for digital download.  I just don’t understand.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Family Bible” and “The Old Country Church”.

WRAP UP:

After 54 years performing traditional Southern Gospel quartet music, the Dixie Melody Boys have nothing to prove.  Their lengthy career has done just that.  If you enjoy traditional Southern Gospel quartet music, then you don’t want 2015 to end before you pick up Revived.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Wait Upon The Lord”/Ensemble – J.B Coats  2. “I’m Depending On Jesus“/Ed; Josh – Don Seabolt  3. “Little Is Much”/Doug – Kittie Suffield  4. “My Burdens Have Rolled Away”/Ensemble – Henry Thompson  5. “The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow”/Ensemble; Josh – Thomas Dorsey  6. “Family Bible”/Ed – PD (traditional)  7. “Some Wonderful Day”/Doug – JD Sumner  8. “Hello Mama”/Aaron – Squire Parsons  9. “Oh What Love”/Ensemble – John Daniel  10. “The Old Country Church”/Recitation with Ed – JD Sumner

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