Sounds like … classic folk/country reminiscent of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Tom Petty, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

At a Glance … the latest from Lost Dogs is quiet, contemplative, maudlin, confessional, and ultimately very inspiring and satisfying

The Lost Dogs are one of Christian music's enduring super groups, combining the veteran talents of Terry Scott Taylor (Daniel Amos), Derri Daugherty (The Choir), and Mike Roe (The 77s), as well as Gene Eugene (Adam Again) before his passing in 2000. It's easy and common to view the band as Christian music's answer to the Traveling Wilburys (which featured George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne). In reality, Lost Dogs have proved more creative, more country, and more enduring, releasing their first album together back in 1992. They bear more resemblance to the timeless country sound of legends like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, combined with the sweet vocal blend of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young.

Nazarene Crying Towel marks the Dogs' sixth studio album, and the first one to confidently move beyond the loss of Gene. The album's title is explained beautifully in the liner notes, and I don't want to take away from Terry Scott Taylor's words. The album is a tribute to his late grandmother, and is a comfort for anyone wrestling with sadness, shame, or despair. It's a reminder that from those same emotions, we can find forgiveness, hope, and joy through Christ's death and resurrection.

These are some of the Lost Dogs' most straightforward songs to date, inspired by the similar peaks and valleys found in the Psalms. Were it not for their uniquely classic country sound, the album would pass for southern gospel or inspirational ...

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Nazarene Crying Towel
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Release Date
March 25, 2003
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