STYLE: Country RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 163803-25212 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Dave Brassington
After years of providing Alison Krauss and her band Union Station with stellar five string banjo/guitar backing, Ron has started to release his own solo albums. In Jeff Taylor he has found an excellent musical partner playing accordion, piano and pump organ, giving this a unique musical sound, very gentle but extremely reflective and deeply spiritual. Of the 14 tracks, there is an exact 50/50 spilt between the new and the old, but the way the old and very well loved hymns from the middle part of 19th century America are given a refreshing update, sometimes as an instrumental, is highly effective. These include "O How I Love Jesus", "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" and "He Leadeth Me", and the simple accompaniment allied to some top notch vocals serve to enhance the beauty of these pieces. Of the seven new pieces, a lady called Rebecca Reynolds wrote them all. Two that particularly stand out are "Trouble Go Down" and "I Am Hidden Away In The Bosom Of Christ" aided by Suzanne Cox of the country gospel group the Cox Family singing lovely harmony. This is simply a STUNNING album.
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