R.E. EARNEST & SKY HIGH AND RISING
I Think I'll Go Back To The Table - He's In The Midst - Wish You Were Here - To Me He's Become Everything - I Don't Want No Rock - Heaven Won't Always Be Someday - When Dust Shall Sing - Milk & Honey
It seems like I've been waiting for this CD for a long time. These songs, these artists, these blessings coming from such dedicated followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, is a miracle. It's the harmony and the lead voice of R. E. Earnest which stands out, but I was so impressed to hear the steel guitar and fiddles so predominant in what they do that really impressed me. This particular 'style' of traditional and classic country music is rapidly disappearing from America's radio play lists. Still, gospel music is holding on strongly to the principles of good government, good human relationships, good music.... it's right here in 'Higher Fire.' You might be familiar with Mr. Earnest, he was the official country-gospel artist of the world famous Ernest Tubb Texas Troubadour Theater, where he hosted the "Gospel Down South" concert series. This amazing CD continues that tradition. But, Mr. Earnest is a longtime member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame group "Sego Brothers and Naomi" the very same group that was part of the Gaither Homecoming video series. What we hear on this amazing CD is not only some incredible backing music, but the vocalizing is supreme. These folks have, over the years, worked with some of the biggest stars in country music. Mr. Earnest has already recorded 14 CD's and it looks like he's not about to stop. If this CD "Higher Fire" is an example of what he's going to continue doing, he will remain one of the most 'in demand' gospel singers on the music trail. Every song, up-tempo or slow on this wonderful musical adventure, is a truly honest and 'happy' imparting the wisdom of a true Apostle to Christ. Congratulations Mr. Earnest for the wonderful Christian spirit you contain in your soul, and for me, I'd certainly like to go back to the table with you. This CD is going directly to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their own review for Christian Gospel CD of the Year award. I already have my fingers crossed Mr. Earnest, this is an award from the down-home rural folks that understand exactly what your message is.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International