"The album Wondrours and musicians in the business. When you put 'em together in one band, you have the best that bluegrass today can offer.
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Gospel music, like fiddle tunes and blues, has always been at the heart of bluegrass, but that strain in its purest form is usually associated with traditional acts. Nevertheless Blue Highway, the most lauded of contemporary bluegrass bands, has put together a near-perfect gospel collection with their newest release, Wondrous Love. Of course this should be no surprise. This band has always kept one foot in the lonesome mountain sound of pre-bluegrass, with their penchant for flat thirds and sevenths. Too, they feature among their vocal combinations the very best "old-time brother duet" now working, Wayne Taylor and Shawn Lane, a pair that is sure to delight listeners of the Blue Sky Boys, the Delmore Brothers, and the Monroe Brothers. But as with the band's secular albums, their ability to discover, arrange, and write material that is a cut above what even their finest peers are doing is what sets this gospel masterpiece apart. The title cut begins with a solo mandolin...
Listen to the title cut "Wondrous Love" and if you don't get a chill check your pulse! This CD is filled with innovative, original material. There are no "throw away" songs on the entire CD. Blue Highway is known for their superior instrumentation and great vocalizations and this recording is no exception! If you are new to bluegrass pick up any of their recordings and you won't be disappointed. Wondrous Love gets my vote as the best recording this year!
Stafford, Ickes, Lane, Taylor and Burleson turn their considerable talents to this all-gospel collection. Any band would consider themselves lucky to have a lead vocalist as gifted as Shawn Lane, Wayne Taylor or Tim Stafford, and by having all three Blue Highway has the luxury of having great lead vocals, fantastic harmonies, plus variety. Instrumentally there are less than a handful of bands with the virtuosity of these guys.
Protestantism is the unofficial religion of Bluegrass and most bands since the original Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys have incorporated Gospel into their repertoire. (Many like the Lewis Family or Isaacs have worked professionally for years playing Gospel Bluegrass exclusively.)
This disc includes a good deal of variety within the genre. "Wondrous Love" opens the set with a soulful acapella arrangement that builds and builds (with addition of guest vocalist Alan O'Bryant from the Nashville Bluegrass Band) to a Steeple-Shaking...
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