Sounds like … an openly spiritual version of Nickel Creek crossed with fiery harmonies of The Crabb Family and the classic country appeal of Ricky Skaggs
At a glance … robust southern instrumentation intersects with bold bluegrass and pensive lyrics that resemble old-time spirituals with a lively tone
Franklin, Ohio isn't exactly the hub of bluegrass and southern gospel, but NewFound Road, founded in 2002, is comprised of country boys at heart. Though no strangers to the southern scene, the foursome flexes its creative muscles here. Besides incorporating boatloads of banjo, mandolin, and a wide array of earthy guitar sounds, the guys' harmonies are amongst the most plentiful and precise in the genre today.
Similar to Nickel Creek, the group seeks to introduce bluegrass to a younger generation by breaking some traditional rules. Tender finger picking is often replaced by blistering solos, while the majority of Same Old Place is doused in barn-burning delivery. If there's any throwback on these twelve tunes, it's bluesy lyrics anchored in biblically-based reflections that recall old-time spirituals (but with a much more vivacious delivery).
Still, there are a few softer spoken moments, such as an a cappella version of "Give Me Jesus" that is so compelling, they could seriously start a barbershop quartet on the side. But bluegrass is certainly what they do best, though these creative efforts could help the generally concentrated niche attract new audiences.
Others worth noting:
Brenda JanzYou Carry Me
Style: acoustic worship; Jill Phillips, Susan Ashton, Laura Story, Bonnie Raitt
In a nutshell: Having already risen to recognition in Canada as a worship leader in the Vineyard movement, ...1
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Same Old Place
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