TWANG (All Girl String Band)
Higher Ground - Oh Come Angel Band - Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown - Gospel Plow - I'll Fly Away - A Beautiful Life - Power In The Blood - What A Friend We Have In Jesus - Will The Circle Be Unbroken - He Goes To Church On Sundays Now
These beautiful young girls came to the LeMars Festival in 2015 to accept their individual 'Rising Legend' awards, and what a treat they were for our older audience. The 'folks' just fell completely in love with this foursome. Every where they went, fans were following them around. They are so deserving of the awards they received. Then not long after their trip from Arkansas to be with us, I received this incredibly lovely gospel album of the girls, and what a treat this is. I kind of wish I had waited a while to review it, so they would stand a better chance of getting the ear of the Rural Roots Music Commission, but a second listening convinced me this project will stand tall no matter when they hear it. It's a totally lovely work of old-time strictly American rural music. The second song "Oh Come Angel Band" which was such a treat from the movie 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou' is done again here in that same absolutely genuinely perfectly full of soul and vibrant musical harmony. These girls are just the epitomize of what good old-time rural music is all about. Gabi plays the guitar and sings lead vocals (which she does on this great song), joined by her lovely music making friends, Anna on mandolin and lead vocals; Mary on fiddle and lead vocals; Lyllyanne on banjo and lead vocals, and one of the girl's mom Crystal on the bass. Such a 'satisfying' experience to hear these girls, so pure and innocent do the music in that same manner. And guess what, they all thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for His many gifts and blessings upon not just their lives, but all lives that know Him and follow Him. I'm pretty good at 'reading' the Rural Roots Music Commission's likes, so I'd say 'Girls, get ready for a nice honor.' I hope it comes to pass, even though it's quite early in the year of picking the winners, but my vote goes to Twang.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President NTCMA - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine