STYLE: Country RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 164738-26107 LABEL: StowTown 476390 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2017-05-26 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Dave Brassington
Country music has long produced talented families of musicians and now these siblings from Ozark Mountains country, Lindsay, Sarah, Emily and Matthew Reith, playing a variety of acoustic instruments (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass and mandolin) demonstrate that that tradition continues. They have also penned some of the new and excellent material here, or at least Lindsay and Emily have. The vocals are mainly handled by the three sisters, except when Matthew leads on "Beautiful Moments In Time". "Up All Night" and "The Miracle In Me" are strong while the instrumental version of "Beethoven's Fifth" has some dazzling virtuoso bluegrass fiddling. The harmony of the three sisters on the beautiful title track is simply magnificent while the closer, a haunting rendition of the George Beverly Shea/Rhea F Miller classic "I'd Rather Have Jesus", though it owes more than a little to Alison Krauss is still truly wonderful. I really take my hat off to the production by Landon Beene and Ernie Haase for capturing such a pure and authentic country sound, resisting the temptation to "sweeten up" the set for possible extra radio airplay. A simply wonderful release.
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Harmony has always been a part of Southern Gospel and Bluegrass music. From the Ozark Mountains comes a new family to the world of Christian entertainment. In 2007, this classically trained sibling quartet decided to apply their musical expertise to the Gospel. Since then, they have toured the United States and Canada, gaining thousands of loyal fans and turning heads in the music industry. Southern Raised has dwelled in many musical worlds, crossing genres and winning the hearts of each listener. Hoping to motivate listeners to gaze toward Heaven, follow Jesus and know Him, their freshman release with StowTown Records showcases tight harmonies with virtuosic accompaniment performed solely by this Branson based family band. Join Lindsay, Matthew, Emily and Sarah as they share new compositions, classics and instrumentals.