Monday, June 13, 2016

CD: THE MORRIS BROTHERS Heaven Awaits - Bluegrass Gospel

THE MORRIS BROTHERS
Heaven Awaits - Bluegrass Gospel
Nearing The Border - Safe In My Savior's Arms - Waiting For Him To Come Down - When I See Heaven - Heaven's Avenue - The Distant Shore - Keep Traveling On - Shadow Of His Wings - He's Taking Me Out - Since I Met Jesus - Heavenly Places - Moving On Home
 
It's a musical treat for me today, listening to a great traditional country CD from Terry Robbins down Alabama way, and then turning to extremely good Bluegrass Gospel from the Morris Brothers,  down Georgia way.  Wow, this is a treat no matter how you look at it, or in my case listen at it.  Many of my regular readers know the Morris Brothers, Herb & Homer, they have been to our festival in LeMars, Iowa, several times, however these brothers are 86 and 88 years old respectively, and dearly love the 'gift' they have received from our Lord and Savior, namely 'music.'  In their case it's the music of the common man, the rural American, the down-home folks.  The astonishingly beautiful simple music that our Lord Jesus must like a whole big bunch, or it wouldn't still exist, and exist in such a beautiful simple way through the words, music, and instruments of the Morris Brothers.  At this late time in their lives, they are experiencing the very pleasant feeling of knowing their songs are being heard wherever there is Bluegrass Gospel being played.  More recently they discovered their music is very popular in China.  Amazing huh?  For the amount of time the Morris Brothers have devoted to Christian Bluegrass Gospel music (their entire lives), I believe there is no other 'brother act' or band or anyone, who has done it so successfully as the Morris Brothers have.  I especially like track-3 on this incredibly beautiful album.  "Waiting For Him To Come Down" is about the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He promised us He would return, and He will, but it is not ours to know when.  BUT, we pray every day for His return, just as the Morris Brothers do.  I do it in my prayers, they do it in their music.  What a beautiful treat it is to listen to this kind of music, so American, so truthful, so honest, so blessed.  This may very well be the last CD the Morris Brothers record.  Even though their voices are just as healing, just as pleasant, just as vibrant as they have always been. Steve Easter is their producer, and he knows exactly how to put the Morris Brothers music together, bringing their voices to the epitome of legendary perfection.  Especially prepared for the only perfect one, our Lord Jesus Christ. Music makers are terrific on this project, and under the direction of 'Rabbit' Easter it comes together incredibly beautiful.  Joel Key on guitar & bass; Danny Roberts on mandolin; Bruce Watkins on fiddle, acoustic guitar, & mandolin; Jared Easter on mandolin; Daniel Addison on harmonica (especially nice on "Keep Travelin' On," a song Homer wrote.  Matter of fact Homer had a hand in writing eleven of the twelve songs on this album. And we won't forget Rabbit played banjo, Dobro (also great on "Keep Travelin' On), and harmony vocals.  What an exquisite production, so very very rare, and almost unheard of in Nashville any more.  In a world of war and suffering, which we are experiencing on this entire planet earth these days, the words and music of the Morris Brothers is a music that should be sought out by any Christian of any stripe, to find the true meaning of what the Gospel is all truly about.  Off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their appraisal.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., NTCMA - www.ntcma.net
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