Mike’s Music Reviews

The Bibletones – Subject to Change

MISSISSIPPI’S OLDEST QUARTET, THE BIBLETONES, BRAND NEW PROJECT, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, IS LIKE PURE GOLD FOR YOUR EARS!!! I’M SURE THAT PRODUCER ANDREW ISHEE WAS VERY BLESSED TO BE WITH GROUP MEMBERS JACK ARMSTRONG (BARITONE), GLEN FLOYD (BASS), JAMIE MAY (LEAD), AND TENOR DANNY JACKSON. THIS MUSIC REVIEWER’S FAVORITE TRACK IS THE TOE-TAPPER, “SUBJECT TO CHANGE.” OTHER OUTSTANDING TOE-TAPPERS INCLUDE, “THE BIDDING,” “WON’T THAT BE GLORY,” “SHOUT AND SHINE,” “HE WENT A LITTLE FURTHER,” “MAYBE ONE MORE DAY,” “GOD IS SO GOOD,” “WE MISS HOME” AND “I’VE GOT AN OLD TIME RELIGION.” THE LONE SLOW TRACK ON SUBJECT TO CHANGE IS THE THOUGHT PROVOKING “SOMEBODY WAITING FOR ME” THAT CLOSES OUT THE PROJECT. IF YOU WANT TO PUT A LITTLE PEP IN YOUR STEP THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE BIBLETONES IN YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION. GO TO www.thebibletones.com

Bama Blue-Grace – In His Hands

PRODUCER LES BUTLER WITH THE BUTLER MUSIC GROUP HAS A REAL WINNER FROM THE LATEST PROJECT FROM BAMA BLU-GRACE, IN HIS HANDS! IT’S A REAL WINNER BECAUSE OF THE COMBINATION OF AN EXPERIENCED PRODUCER, GOD-GIVEN VOCAL RANGE AND TALENT OF THE GROUP AND TREMENDOUS MUSICIANS INCLUDING RON BLOCK (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, BANJO), ANDY LEFTWICH (FIDDLE, MANDOLIN), MARK FAIN (UPRIGHT BASS), RANDY KOHRS (DOBRO), THE LATE ROBB TRIPP (DRUMS, PERCUSSION) AND LES BUTLER HIMSELF TICKLING THE IVORIES ON PIANO. THIS MUSIC REVIEWER’S FAVORITE TRACK IS THE DEEP LYRIC MASTERPIECE “ TOO IN LOVE TO LEAVE.” OTHER OUTSTANDING TRACKS INCLUDE TOE-TAPPERS, “DRIVE THE NAILS” AND “I’M COMING THAT WAY.” EXCELLENT SLOW TO MEDIUM TRACKS INCLUDE, “HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE HOME,” “MINDFUL OF ME,” “ WHO AM I,” “IN HIS HANDS,” “SATISFIED,” “ HE WILL DELIVER ME,” AND THE COME-TO-JESUS MOMENT, “IN MY HIDING PLACE.” IN HIS HANDS BY BAMA-BLU-GRACE SHOULD BE IN YOUR HANDS!!! GO TO www.bamablu-grace.com

Southbound

THE SELF-TITLED NEW PROJECT FROM SOUTHBOUND HAS GRAMMY AWARD WINNER AND DOVE AWARD WINNER WRITTEN ALL OVER IT. SOUTHBOUND GROUP MEMBERS CLINT BROWN, JODY BRASELTON AND SETH J. ELBE BRING THE ANOINTING OF GOD TO EACH AND EVERY TRACK! ADDING TO THIS ANOINTING ARE MUSICIANS JOHN JOHNSON (PIANO, ORGAN, STRINGS, KEYS), RHETT JOHNSON (BANJO, STEEL, DOBRO, MANDOLIN), GEORGE SANDLER (DRUMS, PERCUSSION), DANIEL ADDISON (BASS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, MANDOLIN, ELECTRIC GUITAR, HARMONICA), JUSTIN BRANUM (FIDDLE), JOEY ZIEGELBAUER (LEAD GUITAR) AND CLINT BROWN HIMSELF ON PIANO. EVEN THOUGH EVERY TRACK IS OUTSTANDING, THIS MUSIC REVIEWER’S FAVORITE ONE IS, “HE’S GOT A WAY,” WHICH I BELIEVE NOT ONLY WILL BE A NUMBER ONE SONG ON MANY RADIO STATIONS AND MUSIC CHARTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, BUT ALSO WIN MANY AWARDS AS SONG OF THE YEAR! OTHER OUTSTANDING TRACKS INCLUDE THE DOWN-HOME VERSION OF “POWER IN THE BLOOD,” “ADDRESS CHANGE NOTIFICATION,” WHICH REMINDS ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE HAD LOVED ONES ONES PASS ON THAT THEY JUST CHANGED ADDRESSES FROM THIS WORLD INTO HEAVEN, THE CLASSIC, “DAYSTAR,” THEIR VERSION OF THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND’S TOP HIT, “SOMETIMES IT TAKES A MOUNTAIN,” “GONNA BE ALRIGHT,” “THE BLOOD MEDLEY,” “MIGHTY RIVER,” “HE’S BEEN THERE ALL THE TIME,” “GRAVES INTO GARDENS,” AND THE HAND-CLAPPERS, “NO BETTER THAN THAT” AND “A LITTLE SOMETHING LIKE THAT.” EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THIS SELF-TITLED PROJECT FROM SOUTHBOUND IN THEIR MUSICAL COLLECTION! GO TO www.southbound.live

The Hyssongs – Hope Wins

THE NEW PROJECT FROM THE AWARD WINNING GROUP, THE HYSSONGS, HOPE WINS, PRODUCED BY VETERAN JEFF COLLINS, HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!! ANOINTED VOCALS, TREMENDOUS SONG SELECTIONS AND AMAZINGLY TALENTED MUSICIANS INCLUDING TONY CREASMAN (DRUMS, PERCUSSION), DAVID JOHNSON (UTILITY), JEREMY MEDKIFF (BASS, ELECTRIC GUITAR), DAVID DAVIDSON, DAVID ANGELL, CONNI ELLISOR (VIOLINS), ELIZABETH LAMB (VIOLI), SARI REIST (CELLO), STEVE PATRICK, JEFF BAILEY (TRUMPETS), BARRY GREEN, PRENTISS HOBBS (TROMBONES), MARK DOUTHIT, JIMMY BOWLAND (SAXOPHONES), JENNIFER KUMMER (FRENCH HORN) AND PRODUCER JEFF COLLINS ON PIANO AND KEYBOARDS. THIS MUSIC REVIEWER’S FAVORITE TRACK IS THE HAND-CLAPPER, “IF MY PEOPLE PRAY,” WRITTEN BY SCOTTY INMAN FROM THE TRIUMPHANT QUARTET. OTHER OUTSTANDING, HAND-CLAPPING TRACKS INCLUDE, “NEVER BE A MOUNTAIN,” “ FOUNTAIN OF GRACE,” “HE’S ALL THAT I NEED,” “WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN GOD” AND “HIS WILL, HIS WAY, OUR FAITH.” TREMENDOUS SLOW TRACKS INCLUDE, “SPIRIT OF THE LORD,” “TAKE AWAY THE CROSS,” “WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO,” “DON’T BE AFRAID” AND “HOPE WINS.” HOPE WINS BY THE HYSSONGS SHOULD BE IN YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION!!! GO TO www.thehyssongs.com

The Hullenders – My Jesus

HAVE Y’ALL HEARD OF ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS FROM RINGGOLD, GEORGIA? WELL, Y’ALL HAVE NOW…IT’S THE HULLENDERS, JEFF HULLENDER, EMILY HULLENDER PADGETT AND BRANDON CROWE!!! THEIR NEW PROJECT, MY JESUS, PRODUCED BY GROUP MEMBER, JEFF HULLENDER, AND CO-PRODUCED BY A NAME Y’ALL MAY RECOGNIZE, PHIL CROSS WITH POET VOICES AND VETERAN JEREMY PEACE, IS A MASTERPIECE! THIS MUSIC REVIEWER’S FAVORITE TRACK IS “MY JESUS.” Y’ALL WILL BE WORSHIPPING WITH EMILY HULLENDER PADGETT AS SHE HITS THOSE SOARING VOCALS THAT ARE DEFINITELY GOD’S GIFT TO HER. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! OTHER OUTSTANDING TRACKS INCLUDE THE FOOT-STOMPERS “JOY’S GONNA COME IN THE MORNING,” “REVIVAL” AND “THANKFUL.” THEIR VOICES BLEND SO WELL ON THE SLOW TRACKS WHICH INCLUDE “HE WON’T LEAVE YOU THERE,” “BEAUTY OF THE BLOOD,” “I NEVER LOST MY PRAISE,” “I BELIEVE GOD,” “WHO YOU ARE TO ME,” “THERE IS A GOD” AND “WHAT YOUR MERCY DID FOR ME.” MY JESUS BY THE HULLENDERS IS ONE OF THE MOST ANOINTED PROJECTS THAT THIS MUSIC REVIEWER HAS EVER HEARD FROM A REGIONAL GROUP!! I PREDICT THAT THEY WON’T BE REGIONAL FOR VERY LONG. PLEASE GO TO FACEBOOK, TYPE IN THE HULLENDERS AND PRESS THE SHOP NOW BUTTON.

EVERYONE OF Y’ALL SHOULD GET MY JESUS BY THE HULLENDERS!!! 

Danny Abraham – Don’t Worry ‘Bout me

VETERAN PRODUCER GORDON MOTE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB ON THE NEW PROJECT, DON’T WORRY ‘BOUT ME, FROM THE VERY TALENTED DANNY ABRAHAM. MAKING A TREMENDOUS PROJECT TAKES GREAT MUSICIANS INCLUDING JACOB LOWERY (BASS), SCOTT WILLIAMSOM (DRUMS, PERCUSSION), KELLY BACK (GUITARS), JOEL KEY (GUITARS), MIKE PAYNE (GUITARS), SCOTTY SANDERS (STEEL), DANNY S. ABRAHAM AND GORDON MOTE ON PIANO AND KEYBOARDS. GORDON MOTE ALSO LENDS HIS VOCAL TALENTS TO THE PROJECT DON’T WORRY ‘BOUT ME ALONG WITH VICKY HAMPTON, KIM FLEMING AND CHIP DAVIS. THIS MUSIC REVIEWER’S FAVORITE TRACK IS “THREE CROSSES.” OTHER OUTSTANDING SLOW TRACKS INCLUDE, “BAPTISM DAY,” “ HE’S MY GOD,” “DON’T WORRY ‘BOUT ME,” HEAVEN IS JUST TOO FAR AWAY,” “ HALLELUJAH AMEN,” “TO SEE WHAT YOUR EYES SEE” AND “HEAR MY PRAYER (RECORDED LIVE).” “THE SWEETEST NAME” AND “BLESSED IS THE MAN” ARE THE TRACKS THAT WILL GET YOUR FEET MOVING. DON’T WORRY ‘BOUT ME BY DANNY ABRAHAM SHOULD BE IN YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION!!! GO TO www.dannyabraham.com

Lisa Ann Ferguson – My Life Is A Song

THE SECOND SOLO PROJECT, MY LIFE IS A SONG, FROM LISA ANN FERGUSON (THE FERGUSON FAMILY) INCLUDES SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!! THIS MUSIC REVIEWER’S FAVORITE TRACK IS THE FOOT-STOMPIN’ “UNASHAMED HALLELUJAHS.” OTHER OUTSTANDING FOOTSTOMPERS INCLUDE, “SPEAK TO ME,” “A GREAT ENDING” AND “LOOK DOWN, THERE’S A GIANT.” TREMENDOUS SLOW TO MEDIUM TRACKS INCLUDE, “LIFE IS A SONG,” “IT WASN’T RAINING,” “HIDE ME BEHIND THE CROSS,” “A CHANGE IN ME,” “I’D DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN” AND “A BABY CHANGES EVERYTHING,” WHICH WAS A HUGE HIT FOR COUNTRY SUPERSTAR FAITH HILL. MY LIFE IS A SONG BY LISA ANN FERGUSON SHOULD BE IN YOUR GOSPEL MUSIC COLLECTION! GO TO www.thefergusonfamilymusic.com

Exodus – Happy

THE PROJECT, HAPPY!, FROM THE GROUP EXODUS (MIKE WATSON, SUSAN BRADY,MARY SCOTT, HANNAH BRADY) IS A DELIGHT TO LISTEN TO, WITH PRODUCER PHIL CROSS FROM POET VOICES BRINGING HIS EXPERIENCE TO THE TABLE, COMBINING IT WITH THEIR TREMENDOUS VOCALS AND SONG CHOICES AND ADDING VETERAN MUSICIANS DANNY CRAWFORD (PIANO, KEYS), JEREMY MEDKIFF (BASS, GUITARS), TONY CREASMAN (DRUMS, PERCUSSION) AND DAVID JOHNSON ON ACOUSTIC GUITAR, MANDOLIN, STEEL, FIDDLE, DOBRO AND HARMONICA TO THE MIX. THIS MUSIC REVIEWER’S FAVORITE TRACK IS THE TOE-TAPPER, “OPEN INVITATION.” OTHER OUTSTANDING TOE-TAPPING TRACKS INCLUDE, “THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED AT THE CROSS,” “SING THE BLUES AWAY” AND “HAPPY IS HE.” FOR THOSE WHO LOVE SLOW TO MEDIUM TRACKS, “WHAT A GREAT HOMECOMING DAY,” “I NEED YOU THAT WAY,” “THE SAVIOR’S TESTIMONY,” “AT JESUS FEET,” “HE BROUGHT BACK WHAT WAS LOST,” “SEA OF FORGETFULNESS” AND “BEHOLD THE LAMB” WILL OVERWHELM YOU!!! EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE PROJECT HAPPY! FROM THE GROUP EXODUS IN THEIR MUSIC COLLECTION!! GO TO www.exodus-southerngospel.com

The Martins – Still Standing

“IT’S TRUE. WE’VE BEEN THROUGH THE FIRE, WE’VE BEEN THROUGH THE FLOOD, WE’VE BATTLED THE STORM, WE’VE WALKED THROUGH MUD, BUT BECAUSE OF JESUS, WE ARE STILL STANDING.” THE MARTINS.

THIS QUOTE IS ON THE INSIDE COVER OF THEIR LATEST PROJECT, STILL STANDING, PRODUCED BY GORDON MOTE. THIS MULTI-AWARD WINNING AND GRAMMY NOMINATED TRIO GIVES IT THEIR ALL ON STILL STANDING. ADDING TO THE MIX ARE VETERAN MUSICIANS DUNCAN MULLINS (BASS), JACOB LOWERY (BASS), SCOTT WILLIAMSON (DRUMS), J. T. CORENFLOS (ELECTRIC GUITAR), JOEL KEY (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, BANJO, MANDOLIN), SCOTTY SANDERS (STEEL GUITAR) AND GORDON MOTE HIMSELF ON PIANO, B3 AND KEYS. THIS MUSIC REVIEWER HAS TWO TOP TRACKS, “HEAL THE WOUND” AND “STAINED GLASS”. “HEAL THE WOUND” HAS NOT ONLY TREMENDOUS VOCALS BY THE TRIO BUT ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE LYRICS: “HEAL THE WOUND BUT LEAVE THE SCAR, A REMINDER OF HOW MERCIFUL YOU ARE, I AM BROKEN, TORN APART, TAKE THE PIECES OF THIS HEART, HEAL THE WOUND BUT LEAVE THE SCAR.” JONATHAN MARTIN POURS HIS HEART OUT ON “STAINED GLASS”. I HOPE THAT THEIR RECORD COMPANY RELEASES IT AS THEIR NEXT RADIO SINGLE. AGAIN, MORE POWERFUL LYRICS: “DRIVING BY THE CHURCH ON SUNDAY FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, THERE ARE THOSE IN THERE AND THOSE OUT HERE, DEALING WITH THEIR SIN, THE RAINBOW COLORED WINDOWS MADE ME REALIZE AT LAST, NO MATTER WHAT SIDE OF THE WALL YOU’RE ON, WE’RE ALL STAINED GLASS.” OTHER OUTSTANDING TRACKS INCLUDE THE TOE-TAPPERS, “RUNNING,” “DAYS LIKE THIS,” “SMELL OF SMOKE,” “STILL STANDING” AND “LOTTA LIFE.” OUTSTANDING SLOW TRACKS INCLUDE, “BEAUTIFUL,” “GOOD,” “MERCY COME IN” AND “ WHEREVER YOU ARE.” YOU DEFINITELY NEED STILL STANDING BY THE MARTINS IN YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION!!! GO TO www.martinsonline.com