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REVIEW: The Joylanders – Parables

joylanders-parablesProducer: Jeff Collins
Record Label: Skyland Records/Crossroads Music Group
Website: www.thejoylanders.com

One of the many joys that I get from being able to review projects, is when I hear a project from a group that’s been around, yet I haven’t heard. And then the added bonus is when the music, vocals and artistry is really good. A wonderful pleasant surprise awaited me, when I was asked to review the latest project PARABLES from THE JOYLANDERS. This group has been traveling, singing and ministering for over 30 plus years with numerous recordings and through it all, their main focus and desire is to share Jesus and the Hope and Peace He brings no matter what we are all going through. Their music is great mixture of southern gospel and bluegrass with a strong acoustic feel. After checking them out on their website, you can tell they love what they do and their schedule is full. This project has 14 songs on it, and I loved the choice of the songs. It’s a solid mixture of new songs, with a hymn added and a couple of classics. I loved what I heard, and was not disappointed in the least. Their radio single, I’M CHECKING OUT will certainly get you up on your feet. Of course, as anyone who knows me, I love love those big ballads and this CD has several that made me re-listen to them a few times, including THERE’S NO OTHER GOD, HEAVEN’S RIDGE, DOWN IN THE VALLEY and of course one of my favorite Hymns of all time, THE OLD RUGGED CROSS. There is a diverse group of songs, and they all do what I love songs to do for us…they touch our hearts. The closing song is a classic song I have heard many times, but THE JOYLANDERS dress it up and make it their own, NOW I HAVE EVERYTHING. Perfect song to end a fabulous project that I would recommend to all of you.

Track Listing:

WHY DON’T YOU TRY JESUS
LEAVE IT THERE
WITHOUT GRACE
THERE’S NO OTHER GOD
I’M CHECKIN’ OUT
HEAVENS RIDGE
I KNOW WHERE HOME IS
COME TO THE WATER
SUNDAYS COMIN’
DOWN IN THE VALLEY
DRY GROUND
AMERICA, BLESS GOD
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS
NOW I HAVE EVERYTHING

READER RATING:

[Total: 4    Average: 3.5/5]
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Dusty Wells is a man of many talents and multiple skills. From his speaking engagements across the country, to singing on a worship team at his home church in Nashville. From his select solo dates, to his daily writing. From a long-term career in the business side of the music industry, to listening and mentoring aspiring artists. He knows his greatest calling in life is to be an exceptional husband, father, and loyal friend to those he has been entrusted with.
The list could go on and on. Dusty is a man who remains passionate and secure in the calling and destiny upon his life. He has come to realize the importance of finding purpose and clear direction for not only his life, but also the lives of those he comes in contact with, no matter what stage of life they may be in.

Dusty’s book “Stories From A Dusty Road (Picking Up Pennies, Writing Down Life)” is scheduled for release January 2014.

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