Down East Boys – There’s a Song For That
Producer: Jeff Collins
Record Label: Sonlite Records/Crossroads Music Group
“For more than 30 years, the Down East Boys quartet has traveled from coast to coast, Canada and Mexico. Starting in eastern North Carolina the group chose the name from that region called Down East, but quickly expanded its ministry and has now recorded more than 20 projects and has had more than 40 songs reach the top of the Singing News charts. The Down East Boys features lead singer Ricky Carden, baritone singer Cayden Howell, bass singer Alex Utech and tenor singer Doug Pittman.”
There’s a Song for That is not only the title of the new EP from the Down East Boys (DEB) but it is also the first song on the project. Featuring Ricky Carden, this is a great opener with a country feel. No matter what your situation in life, good times or bad, there is always a song for that. This is a fitting message for anyone at anytime. There’s been a consistency of Doug Pittman and powerful ballads for this quartet on the last few recordings. “Love Worth Dying For” is the next one in that line of songs. This is definitely a highlight of the recording lyrically and musically.
The first single from the album is “Celebration at the Empty Grave.” it has that signature DEB sound. A resurrection song is always a great way to go. Alex Utech sings the first verse of “A Song About Going Home,” written by Lee Black, Kenna Turner West, and Singing News editor Danny Jones. This song is a beautiful good old style southern Gospel song. It sounds like something the late Kyla Rowland would have written.
Lead singer and group owner Ricky Carden not only sings the next up-empo toe-tapper “Song of the Redeemed,” but he also wrote it along with Chris Binion. The final track is “Until He Comes.” Out of all of the countless songs that Dottie Rambo ever wrote, I believe this is one of her greatest. I’m glad to hear another group tackle this song. However, I still think the Sisters/Ruppes rendition is the gold standard, but here the DEB deliver a great rendition.
Consistency is the best word to describe the music of the Down East Boys. I like this collection. I feel like all the tracks could be stand-alone singles. If you find yourself in any situation remember, “There’s a Song For That.”