Good News Travels Fast: Shenandoah

GRADE:  C+

  • Album – Good News Travels Fast
  • Artist – Shenandoah
  • Label – Daywind Records
  • Style – Country
  • Release Date – 04/29/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)

SYNOPSIS:

Coming off July 4th yesterday, I thought I would provide a little Americana in this week’s album review.  Country artist, Shenandoah, releases their first Gospel album to listeners; Good News Travels Fast.

Lead vocalist, Marty Raybon is no stranger to the Gospel music scene, having released several solo Gospel recordings during his career.

If you followed Shenandoah during their days in country music, Good News Travels Fast will sound familiar to what they provided listeners during their days in country music.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Marty is at his best on Good News Travels Fast with the song “Just Wait, Be Still”.  This is a reflective song that would translate well for Southern Gospel radio.
  • Shenandoah could release “Seconds Count” to mainstream country radio.  While a positive message, it is not Gospel per se.  An added plus is the vocal collaboration with Southern Gospel legend, Karen Peck Gooch.
  • Shenandoah tackle two covers on Good News Travels Fast.  “Didn’t It Rain” was originally recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys on their 2006 recording, Front Row Seats.  Marty does a good job covering this fun song.
  • The first single released to Southern Gospel radio is the title track, “Good News Travels Fast”.  It is a nice up-tempo number that will have you singing along.
  • The album’s opening track sounds similar to a song Guy Penrod recorded several years, but it is new.  “A Cross Between A Sinner And A Saint” is worth a listen.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Just Wait, Be Still”, “Didn’t It Rain”, “Seconds Count”, “Good News Travels Fast”, “A Cross Between A Sinner And A Saint” and “I Know He Knows”.
CRITIQUE:
  • Marty stretched himself a bit too far vocally on “Hallelujah For The Cross”.  Another downside is the song has already been recorded by Karen Peck and New River and Michael English.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Hallelujah For The Cross” and “Sunday Morning Sermon”.

WRAP UP:

Country music fans will enjoy what Shenandoah provides listeners on Good News Travels Fast.  There are definitely a few songs you will want to give a listen.

SONG/Featured Vocalist (all songs feature Marty Raybon) – Songwriter:  1. “A Cross Between A Sinner And A Saint” – Mike McGuire, Mark Namore, Marty Raybon  2. “Didn’t It Rain” – Bill Emerson, Jody Emerson  3. “Good News Travels Fast” – Bud McGuire, Jerry Salley  4. “Hallelujah For The Cross” – Ross King, Todd Wright  5. “I Know He Knows” – Michael Curtis, Billy Lawson, Rusty Moody  6. “Seconds Count”/featuring Karen Peck Gooch – Coy Fulmer, Billy Walley  7. “Stained Glass” – Michael Curtis, Bob Gulley  8. “Sunday Morning Sermon” – Bud McGuire, Rusty Moody, Mark Narmore  9. “Just Wait, Be Still” – Mike McGuire, Marty Raybon, Jerry Salley  10. “Like Every Day’s A Sunday” – Jason Jones, Billy Lawson  11. “If I’m Right” – Gerald Crabb, Tim Menzies

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