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CD Review: Bruce & Betsy Mullen - Something To Sing About

BRUCE & BETSY MULLEN
Something To Sing About
Call On Him -Masters Call - Eyes Of A Child - I'm Safely In The Arms Of Jesus - Two Doors Down From Jesus - Railroad To Heaven - Suppertime - Water And The Blood - One Day At A Time - Oh Dear Brother - Something To Sing About - New Day

What a wonderful treat to get a new CD from Bruce & Betsy Mullen.  I reviewed their album "Two Doors Down From Jesus" I believe in 2014.  It was awhile back, but I remember it well.  This couple are two incredibly talented recording artists, musicians, and entertainers.  Bruce Mullen worked for Buck Owens way back when, and also recorded for Dot and Capitol Records.  The couple have extremely good studio production at the High Road Recording Studio using some really good musicians.  James Murphy who was the recording engineer as well as the mixer, also played guitar, bass, and keyboard.  Lawrence Schumey  is on drums, Angie Lisenbee on piano, Luke Engels on banjo, and Phillip Brown on fiddle.  Phillip did a right nice job on "Eyes Of A Child" with Betsy Mullen on lead vocals, one of her best songs on this album.  She also sang lead on "New Day."  Betsy also sings harmony right next to Bruce.  Ummmm sounds good.  Right off the bat I like "Masters Call" too, a terrific Marty Robbins rendition.  Another interesting song on this album is the first one, "Call On Him" which was co-written by Bonnie Guitar and Bruce.  Bonnie is a good old friend of mine, and is hoping to be at our 43rd National Old Time Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa (Aug 27-Sept 2, 2018).  Bonnie lives in Soap Lake, Washington, so I'm assuming John and Betsy know her well too.  She's only 95 years old (I'm not sure), and still singing and playing.  Her big hit was "Dark Moon," which took her a long way in the music business.  This wonderful Christian album by the Mullens should also be a harbinger of wonderful things to come in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Bruce wrote seven of the twelve songs on this album.  His songwriting is as good as his vocalizing, so you already know this has got to be a good album to listen to.  The Mullens special country/bluegrass 'touch' makes this a nice album to convince some who have never heard good traditional American music. That sound is especially good on "Railroad To Heaven" where Luke Engels excels on banjo.  Super good!  Another good 'traditional country-gospel song done by Bruce is "Suppertime."  That magnificent song was written by Ira Stanphill who became a Christian at the age of 12, and by 17 he was a minister.  This particular song was recorded by Johnny Cash, Slim Whitman, and Jim Reeves, to name a few. I believe I like Bruce Mullen's version of it just as much as anyone else.  I'll be forwarding this album to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their review.  I'm hoping they will like it as much as I do.  It's a long way to LeMars from Washington, but maybe this beautiful couple could team up with Bonnie Guitar...who knows?
www.music-savers.com RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., National Traditional Country Music Assn. for Country Music News International

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