“Clear Skies” – Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (Clear Skies)
“Washed By The Water” – Dave Barnes, Jason Crabb, Jordan Reynolds; recorded by Jason Crabb (Unexpected)
“If I Die” – Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe; recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys (17th Avenue Revival)
“Grab Your Umbrella” – Kristi Fitzwater, Eddie Harrison, Bev Herrema, Dixie Phillips; recorded by the Talleys (Finest Hour)
“God Is There” – Bernhard Herms, Jimmy Olander, Marty Roe; recorded by the Jordan Family Band (Reach)
“Anything Less” – Adina Bowman, Denny Livingston, Brittany Potter; recorded by the Taylors (Faithful Again)
**Also, if you want to hear the 40 best Southern Gospel radio singles of 2018, listen to this week’s playlist on either Apple Music or Spotify. Listen as if you’re listening to a countdown; the first song in the playlist is the song ranked 40th and the last song in the playlist is the #1 song.
Remember, on Apple Music search Southern Gospel Back Row and on Spotify search SGVBR. New weekly playlists every Monday in the new year!**
REASON FOR RANKING: Southern Gospel and country music legends, the Oak Ridge Boys, released their best Gospel album since 2001 (From The Heart). 17th Avenue Revival is filled with some really great traditional quartet moments.
FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM: (1) “Walk In Jerusalem”; (2) “If I Die”; (3) “A Brand New Star”; (4) “There Will Be Light”; (5) “Let It Shine On Me”.
REASON FOR RANKING: The Talleys are no strangers to annual top ten lists. They have been releasing some of the best progressive Southern Gospel music for 35 years now. We can now add Finest Hour to that list.
FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM: (1) “Grab Your Umbrella”; (2) “Joy”; (3) “When Death Was Arrested”; (4) “Begin Again God”; (5) “Get Me There”.
It is time to announce the nominees for the 5th Annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row Honors. I went through all the Southern Gospel album’s released in 2018 and scoured through the radio single charts (January to December) to determine what I considered to be the five nominees to best represent each of the 17 categories.
AND THE NOMINEES ARE:
Recorded Song of the Year (song recorded on a 2018 album, did not have to be a radio single)
“Beautiful” – Don Poythress, Joyce Sanders, Kenna West; recorded by the Martins (Still Standing)
“Give Me Jesus” – Fanny Crosby, Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Clear Skies)
“Go Down Again” – Kaila Wisecarver; recorded by the Wisecarvers (Silhouette)
“Go Tell” – Diana Gillette; recorded by the Perry Sisters (Tellin’ the Story)
“Live Forgiven” – Sue C Smith, Nathan Woodard; recorded by Gordon Mote (Love, Love, Love)
Single of the Year (had to be on the radio singles chart from January to December 2018)
“God Doesn’t Care” – Chris Allman; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
“Jailbreak” – Gerald Crabb, Joseph Habedank; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
“Power In Prayer” – Amber Eppinette, Don Poythress, Donnie Skaggs, Kenna West; recorded by 11th Hour (Silence The Stones)
“Sun’s Gonna Come Up” – Lee Black, Scott Inman; recorded by the LeFevre Quartet (Ascending)
“When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Lee Black; recorded by Tribute Quartet (Here For You)
Song Cover of the Year (a previously recorded song covered on a 2018 album release)
“Chose To Be My Friend” – Jason Crabb featuring Gary LeVox (Unexpected); Gerald Crabb
“Death Was Arrested” – Talleys (Finest Hour); Ryan Baltzglier, Adam Kersh, Brandon Koker, Paul Smith
“Go To The Master” – Greater Vision (Life Is A Song); Carroll McGruder
“Jesus Have Mercy On Me” – Down East Boys (One Day In The Past); Roger Horne
“Message Of His Coming”- Williamsons (Give Them Jesus); RE Winsett
Today, we take a look at the new album from the Oak Ridge Boys; 17th Avenue Revival.
The Oak Ridge Boys recorded this new album at the historic RCA studio A in Nashville TN. The group also decided to release 17th Avenue Revival on vinyl. Vinyl has become popular again among mainstream musical genres. Will we see this return to Vinyl in Southern Gospel music?
Joe Bonsall (tenor), Duane Allen (lead), William Lee Golden (baritone) and Richard Sterban (bass) give listeners their best gospel album since From The Heart (2001).
The Oaks went back to give listeners traditional Southern Gospel quartet music with the classic, “Walk In Jerusalem”. Richard Sterban still shows that he is a master class in bass singing. This is a must listen!
Duane Allen provides a new song with a ’70s musical flair, “There Will Be Light”. This would be a strong choice for radio single possibilities.
Another strong up-tempo number is the Joe Bonsall feature, “God’s Got It”. This song will have you hitting repeat before moving on to the rest of the album.
The album opens with another classic Southern Gospel sounding song, “A Brand New Star”. The up-tempo tune talks about remembering a loved one who has passed.
William Lee Golden performs one of the most thought-provoking songs on the album, “If I Die”. The song goes through various scenarios of how he could die with the final scenario of dying, praying and ending up with loved ones in Heaven. Loved this song!
The album closes with another favorite, “Let It Shine On Me”. This spiritual number may have you dancing before it ends.
The production of 17th Avenue Revival hearkens back to the classic days of Southern Gospel music. Every instrument used on the recording could easily be translated to the concert stage. Kudos to Dave Cobb on producing this record!
Strongest songs included in order: “Walk In Jerusalem”, “There Will Be Light”, “God’s Got It”, “A Brand New Star”, “If I Die”, “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and “Let It Shine On Me”.
There is a bit of a silly but fun song titled “Pray To Jesus” that talks about praying to Jesus and playing the lottery. It does fit the Oak Ridge Boys.
Weakest songs included in order: “Pray To Jesus”.
The Oak Ridge Boys have given listeners their best gospel recording since From The Heart (2001). This album could ultimately be one of the best Southern Gospel albums released in 2018.
SONG (tempo)/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:1. “A Brand New Star” (Fast)/William; Ensemble – Aaron Raitiere, Mando Saenz 2. “There Will Be Light” (Slow)/Duane – Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson, Larry Shell3. “God’s Got It” (Fast)/Joe; Ensemble – Charlie Jackson 4. “I’d Rather Have Jesus” (Slow)/William – Rhea Miller, George Beverly Shea 5. “Walk In Jerusalem” (Mid/Fast)/Richard; Ensemble – Traditional 6. “Where He Leads Me I Will Follow” (Slow)/Duane; Joe – Ernest Blandy 7. “Pray To Jesus” (Fast)/Joe – Brandy Clark, Shane McAnallay 8. “If I Die” (Slow)/William – Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe 9. “Let It Shine On Me” (Fast)/Duane; Richard; Ensemble – Lead Belly
In the case of today’s post, a clone is an artist that duplicates, imitates or closely resembles another artist in appearance, performance or style.
Today’s post is not meant to be a bad thing (as in the myriad of carbon copy artists in the industry), but one that will take a Southern Gospel artist from the past and match them to an artist of today that best resembles/carries on the sound of the great artist of the past. I will continue this feature with several more posts.
Downings match is the Taylors
Florida Boys match is Freedom Quartet
Happy Goodmans match is the Perrys
Hinsons match is the Hinson Family
Mid South Boys match is Akins
Oak Ridge Boys match is Triumphant
So with the artists in today’s grouping, do you agree with my choices or do you feel other artists match closer to the great artists of the past?
It is time to honor another of Southern Gospel’s greatest compositions by placing it into the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.
Today’s inductee goes back to 1973; “King Jesus”. A slew of artists recorded the song during this time but it was one rendition that became the most popular. That rendition was from the Oak Ridge Boys.
The song was found on the group’s 1973 album, Street Gospel. A year later (1974) the Oak Ridge Boys would record a live version of “King Jesus” on Gospel Gold.
Maurice Delamont is honored by writing this Southern Gospel classic.