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Small Town: Jeff & Sheri Easter

Small-Town250GRADE:  B

  • Album – Small Town
  • Artist – Jeff & Sheri Easter
  • Label – Custom
  • Style – Country, Modern Country
  • Release Date – 06/23/15
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (iTunes/Spotify)

SYNOPSIS:

Jeff and Sheri Easter are approaching 30 years as a group.  During the length of their career they have provided Southern Gospel listeners with a country/bluegrass and now modern country-style that hasn’t wavered.

2015 finds the release of a 30th anniversary album of new music; Small Town.  This is the first album of new music from the group since 2012’s Eyes Wide Open.

The family vocal unit consists of Jeff, Sheri and daughter Morgan.  Sheri has also come into her own as a songwriter, contributing to five songs on Small Town.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sheri has always had a way of conveying a song directly at the listener.  Such is the case with the group’s first single from the recording, “Jesus Loves You”.  Everyone has those days or even extended periods in their life where they need to be reminded someone love’s them for who they are.  The greatest love is that of Jesus.  As the song says, I am also here to remind you that “Jesus Loves You”!
  • Sheri knocks it out of the park on “Hallelujah Coming From The Valley”.  Radio should get used to Sheri’s vocal because I believe every radio single from this album could be Sheri features.
  • Another Sheri feature is the album’s opening track (and another stand out), “Small Town Someone”.  The album and style of the group convey’s that small town America vibe.  “Small Town Someone” conveys the story of the kid with the loaves and fishes and portrays him as a small town boy who was able to give so much to so many even though he didn’t realize what he had would help so many.
  • That small town America vibe continues with the country-style love song, “The Light”.  The first verse conveys the story of young love and that first kiss at the stop light and the song goes on to talk about the light that can save a life.
  • Even though Madison and wife Shannon no longer travel with the group, Madison and Jeff trade verses on the album’s closing track, “My Wave”.  A song conveying the message of getting the most out of this life and getting to the end with no regrets.
  • Jeff’s strongest feature is on the song “This Side Of The Dirt”.  We are given one mortal life on this earth, we need to make the most of what we are given.
  • Morgan’s strongest feature is the song, “Someone’s Listening”.  This song follows the style Morgan gave listeners on her solo album.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Jesus Loves You”, “Hallelujah Coming From The Valley”, “Small Town Someone (Lunch)”, “My Wave”, “More Than Enough”, “This Side Of The Dirt” and “The Light”.
CRITIQUE:
  • I wish the listener would have been given at least one Jeff and Sheri Easter ‘barn burner’.  Every song on Small Town is in the mid to slow tempo range.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “I Love You”.

WRAP UP:

Jeff and Sheri Easter have given Southern Gospel listeners nearly 30 years of musical consistency.  Small Town continues that trend.  While the recording doesn’t quite match the caliber of their last two recordings (Eyes Wide Open, 2012 and Expecting Good Things, 2009), there are enough strong musical moments (especially from Sheri) to keep listeners happy until the next album release.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Small Town Someone (Lunch)”/Sheri – Jason Cox, Sheri Easter, Kenna Turner West  2. “This Side Of The Dirt“/Jeff – Jason Cox, Sue C Smith, Kenna Turner West  3. “Someone’s Listening”/Morgan – Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington  4. “Jesus Loves You”/Sheri – Sheri Easter, Don Poythress, Kenna Turner West  5. “The Light”/Jeff; Sheri – Jeff Easter, Sheri Easter, Bradley Gaskin  6. “More Than Enough”/Sheri – Jason Cox, Sheri Easter, Kenna Turner West  7. “Like You’re Still Here”/Jeff – Tom Botkins, Jon Henderson, Mo Pitney  8. “When The Harvest Comes”/Morgan – Lee Black, Sheri Easter, Kenna Turner West  9. “I Love You”/Jeff; Sheri – Edd Easter, James Easter, Russell Easter  10. “Hallelujah Coming From The Valley”/Sheri – Steve Chapman, Jeff Pearles  11. “My Wave”/Madison; Jeff – Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary

The Fab Five – February 2015

Kicking off February as I do each month, providing readers the five most played Southern Gospel radio songs in my musical playlists the preceding month.  The Gaither Vocal Band tops the list in February, while the Wisecarvers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Akins and the Nelons round out the top five.  Enjoy!

GVB

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)

Wisecarvers

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)

Easters

*Video Credit (Allen Edwards)

Akins

*Video Credit (TheAkinsVideos)

Nelons

*Video Credit (TheNelonsFan)

The Definitive Southern Gospel Collection – 2007

kingdomheirs2007truetothecallmaxBack to one of my regular features this week; the definitive Southern Gospel collection.  I take a look at a specific year in Southern Gospel music and determine the (20) best albums released in that given year.  I am taking a look at the year 2007.  I started with a list of 75 albums and worked on narrowing it down to the (20) best.

crossway2007beautifulthingmaxThe Booth Brothers started their award show domination in 2007 by winning artist of the year at the Singing News fan awards.  Live In Music City by Legacy Five won album of the year as “I Have Not Forgotten” (Inspirations) won song of the year.  “Give It Away” (Gaither Vocal Band) won both album and recorded song at the Dove Awards in 2007.

The (20) best albums released in 2007 were:

  1. True To The Call – Kingdom Heirs (Sonlite)
  2. A Beautiful Thing – CrossWay (Big Ten House)
  3. Look No Further – Perrys (Daywind)
  4. Journey Of Joy – Karen Peck & New River (Daywind)
  5. You Gotta Love It – Triumphant Quartet (Daywind)
  6. Eyes On The Prize – Freemans (Goldenvine)
  7. Down East Boys - Cross Still StandsFar Down The Road – Greenes (ACA)
  8. Austins Bridge – Austins Bridge (Daywind)
  9. Once Upon A Cross – Mark Trammell Trio (Daywind)
  10. The Cross Still Stands – Down East Boys (Crossroads)
  11. Life Is Great And Gettin’ Better – Jeff & Sheri Easter (Daywind)
  12. Get Away Jordan – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Gaither Music)
  13. Real Faith – Brian Free & Assurance (Daywind)
  14. Big Sky – Isaacs (Spring House)
  15. Vocalized – Ball Brothers (Permanent)
  16. Know So Salvation – Legacy Five (Daywind)
  17. ballbrothers2007vocalizedmaxCarry On – Booth Brothers (Custom)
  18. Stages – Talley Trio (Horizon)
  19. Come Eat Bread – Hayes Family (Crossroads)
  20. Hope Is Alive – Crystal River (BSA World)

Listen to a musical mash-up from the (20) best Southern Gospel albums of 2007.  Enjoy!

The Fab Five – May 2014

May 2014 is here and it is time to take a look at the most played radio songs in my iPod over the preceding month.  Gordon Mote tops the list with his latest single, while new group Highway 22 landed a breakthrough song.  The list is rounded out by the Isaacs, Talleys and Jeff & Sheri Easter.  Enjoy!

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Gordon Mote

Highway 22

Isaacs

Talleys

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‘Live’ Southern Gospel Music Connection – 03/03/14 to 03/09/14

Welcome to another week of the ‘Live’ Southern Gospel music connection.  This is your one stop to get concert information for artists that use ‘live’ music in the concert setting.

Concert Spotlight This Week:

  • Browders – Sunday March 9th, 2014 – Community Church Of Praise in Stockbridge, GA.  Concert time 10:30am.
  • Crabb Family – Saturday March 8th, 2014 – Expo & Events Center in Spartanburg, SC.  Concert time 6pm.  Final Crabb Family tour concert for 2014.
  • Dixie Echoes – Friday March 7th, 2014 – College Road Baptist Church in Ocala, FL.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Jeff & Sheri Easter – Saturday March 8th, 2014 – Freedom Tabernacle in Summerville, GA. Concert time 6pm.
  • Rebels Quartet – Friday March 7th, 2014 – Suncoast Cathedral in St Petersburg, FL.  Concert time 11am.  Florida Boys also appearing.
  • Zach & Rodney – Sunday March 9th, 2014 – Gospel Tabernacle in Trinity, NC.  Concert time 6pm.

 

‘Live’ Music Moment of the Week:

  • This week’s live music moment comes from the Dixie Echoes.  Here is a concert clip (published by gpcom1948) from January of the Dixie Echoes performing “If You Know The Lord”.  Enjoy!

‘Live’ Southern Gospel Music Connection – 02/10/14 to 02/16/14

Welcome to another week of the ‘Live’ Southern Gospel music connection.  This is your one stop to get concert information for artists that use ‘live’ music in the concert setting.

Concert Spotlight This Week:

  • Browders – Saturday February 15th, 2014 – Fellowship Bible Church in Zephyrhills, FL.  Concert time 6pm.
  • Crystal River – Saturday February 15th, 2014 – Midway United Methodist Church in Auburn, GA.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Dixie Echoes – Friday February 14th, 2014 – Calvary Baptist Church in Purvis, MS.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Jeff & Sheri Easter – Sunday February 16th, 2014 – Jewel City Church in Shinnston, WV.  Concert time 6pm.
  • Inspirations – Thursday February 13th, 2014 – Holly Spring Baptist in Inman, SC.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Singing Cookes – Thursday February 13th, 2014 – Chilhowie High School in Chilhowie, VA.  Concert time 7pm.

 

‘Live’ Music Moment of the Week:

  • This week’s live music moment is a classic clip from 1990.  From the Wilburns hit album Alabama Lightning comes this YouTube clip (from our MusicScribeBlog channel) of the Wilburns performing, “I Found In Jesus”.  Enjoy!

‘Live’ Southern Gospel Music Connection – 01/20/14 to 01/26/14

Welcome to another week of the ‘Live’ Southern Gospel music connection.  This is your one stop to get concert information for artists that use ‘live’ music in the concert setting.

Concert Spotlight This Week:

  • Akins – Sunday January 26th, 2014 – Southside Baptist Church in Florence, SC.  Concert time 6pm.
  • Bowling Family – Saturday January 25th, 2014 – Life Church in Cramerton, NC.  Concert time 6pm.
  • Dixie Echoes – Friday January 24th, 2014 – Ephesus Baptist Church in Hilliard, FL.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Jeff & Sheri Easter – Thursday January 23rd, 2014 – Farmer’s Family Restaurant in Knoxville, TN.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Inspirations – Saturday January 25th, 2014 – High School Auditorium in Opp, AL.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Thursday January 23rd, 2014 – Galena Assembly Of God in  Galena, KS.  Concert time 7pm.

‘Live’ Music Moment of the Week:

  • This week’s live music moment comes from the Inspirations.  This YouTube clip (published by gospelmusiclover48) has the newest line-up of the group singing, “He Broke The Chains”.  Enjoy!

‘Live’ Southern Gospel Music Connection – 11/11/13 to 11/17/13

CookesWelcome to another week of the ‘Live’ Southern Gospel music connection.  This is your one stop to get concert information for artists that use ‘live’ music in the concert setting.

Concert Spotlight This Week:

  • Jason Crabb – Friday November 15th, 2013 – Grace Fellowship in Calhoun City, MS.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Dove Brothers Band – Saturday November 16th, 2013 – Beulah Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Jeff & Sheri Easter – Sunday November 17th, 2013 – World Outreach Ministries in Jackson, OH.  Concert time 6pm.
  • Isaacs – Thursday November 14th, 2013 – Lexington Avenue Baptist Church in Danville, KY.  Concert time 7pm.
  • Red Roots – Saturday November 16th, 2013 – Frankfort High School in Ridgeley, WV.  Concert time 6pm.
  • Singing Cookes – Friday November 15th, 2013 – Collins Elementary School in Scottsboro, AL.  Concert time 7pm.

 

‘Live’ Music Moment of the Week:

  • This week’s live music moment comes from the Cockman Family.  This YouTube clip (published by TheCockmanFamily) comes from the Great American Gospel television program.  The group performs “Three O’Clock Prayer”.  Enjoy!

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