Ten Thousand Fathers - Thank You For Fathering Me: Live At Buddy's House

Published Sunday 8th July 2018
Ten Thousand Fathers - Thank You For Fathering Me: Live At Buddy's House
Ten Thousand Fathers - Thank You For Fathering Me: Live At Buddy's House

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 170026-26833
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by John Farrington

If you haven't yet discovered it, Ten Thousand Fathers is a training school for worshippers in Atlanta, Georgia overseen by well-known worship man Aaron Keyes. 'Thank You For Fathering Me' brings to the worshipping Church some of the songs being created through the TTF students and very refreshing they are too. Leading the way is Addison Harrelson's "Your Mercy", a vibrant and celebratory opening complete with hammered dulcimer and pizzicato strings reminding me of Jonathan and Melissa Helser's "Just One". Often God's mercy is sung of in a more humbled, meek manner yet here Addison joyfully bellows, "Mercy triumphs over judgment/Yes we serve a merciful God". Creativity is a key part of this group's ethos, "Grace Came Running" being a perfect example of this. Dee Wilson and Jon Jones delight with a reggae-jazz infusion that's just harmonically really cool, but more importantly is easy to worship to. Cameron Walker's "Mercy" sends you back to the Deep South with a lilting blues tune featuring a lovely piano solo from Aaron Keyes showing off the high standard of musicianship within this community. The lyrical standout for me is "Still Waters". Stephanie Bayne shares her beautifully delicate take on the psalms of lament, putting a fresh lick of paint on the Sunday school memory verse classic, Psalm 23. As a whole the album has a similar feel to the likes of Housefires and United Pursuit in its raw live setting.

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