Long Run (EP): Old Paths

GRADE:  B

  • Album:  Long Run (EP)
  • Artist:  Old Paths
  • Label:  Sonlite
  • Style:  Traditional, Country, Progressive
  • Release Date:  07/14/17
  • Digital Download:  Yes (Apple Music)
  • Running Time:  20 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

This week we take a look at a new EP from Old Paths, Long Run.

Anyone who follows Southern Gospel music on a regular basis knows the Old Paths stopped touring at the end of 2015 with the intent to return.  That return happened some 18 months later with the release of Long Run.

The 2017 edition of the Old Paths is Steve Ladd (tenor), Tim Rackley (lead), Doug Roark (baritone) and Daniel Ashmore (bass).

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The EP only gave listeners (6) new songs.  The album kicks off strong with the Rebecca Peck/Dianne Wilkinson penned, “Peace Is On The Way”.  The arrangement on the song would cause a listener to think they were listening to the Kingdom Heirs.
  • Long Run has a consistent country Gospel sound.  A bit of a Cajun feel is found on the latest radio single, “Tangled In The Middle”.  The second verse allows bass vocalist Daniel Ashmore to shine a bit.
  • Rodney Birch has been good for the Old Paths.  He penned two early #1 hits for the group; “God’s Great” and “Battle Stand”.  His contribution on Long Run is “In The Long Run”.  This is a must listen.
  • The sole Southern Gospel power ballad on Long Run is “At The Name Of Jesus”.  This would be a strong choice for radio single.
  • The album closes with the up-tempo, “My Everyday Life”.  A fun song that will translate well to the concert stage.
  • Newest tenor vocalist and Southern Gospel veteran, Steve Ladd is featured on the ballad; “Broken People Like Me”.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Peace Is On The Way”, “Tangled In The Middle”, “In The Long Run”, “At The Name Of Jesus” and “My Everyday Life”.
CRITIQUE:
  • While the Old Paths chose six good songs, there was no single song that absolutely blew me away.
  • This is one case where the group needed a full length recording, not an EP.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Broken People Like Me”.

WRAP UP:

I, along with many Southern Gospel listeners, am glad to see the Old Paths return.  While Long Run might not blow you away, it is enough to whet your appetite until the next Old Paths album.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Peace Is On The Way”/Ensemble – Rebecca Peck, Dianne Wilkinson  2. “In The Long Run“/Doug; Tim – Rodney Birch  3. “Broken People Like Me“/Steve  – Lee Black, Kenna Turner West  4. “Tangled In The Middle”/Ensemble; Daniel – Regina Walden  5. “At The Name Of Jesus”/Tim – Logan Peck; Rebecca Peck  6. “My Everyday Life”/Ensemble; Tim; Steve – Sandy Knight 

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