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REVIEW: Jeff & Sheri Easter – Sing It Again: A Collection of Favorites

Producer: Information Not Provided
Record Label: Spring Hill Music Group
Website: www.jeffandsherieaster.com

For over 30 years, Jeff & Sheri Easter have developed a well-textured blend of Bluegrass, Country, and Southern Gospel music. Several artists have come and gone while trying to imitate the Easters’ unique style, but Jeff & Sheri remain the top of their game. Their latest release, Sing It Again, is a collection of tunes familiar to their style of music. While there is only one new song, “Sing It Again,” Jeff & Sheri put a fresh spin on some timeless favorites.

The title track, “Sing It Again,” starts the project to give an idea of the direction of the album. As the album continues, Jeff & Sheri treat fans to familiar hymns, “In the Sweet By and By,” “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus,” and “I Will Trade the Old Cross for a Crown.” Among these, the group brings back more soulful stylings with “Wayfaring Stranger,” while bringing back the Country style of “The Seeker”, a well-known yet (in Gospel Music) largely-forgotten Dolly Parton tune. Each tune receives an updated sound, yet hearkens back to what many artists of days-gone-by would have interpreted them.

Sticking true to their Bluegrass roots on both sides of the family, Jeff & Sheri Easter tackle two well-known Bluegrass hits, “On the Sea of Life” and “Keep on the Sunny Side.” These two, as well as “The Seeker,” show the styles where Jeff & Sheri are most comfortable. However, they move to the Southern Gospel side with the tunes, “Sing the Glory Down” and “Where No One Stands Alone.” While the former is a well-known cover in Southern Gospel quartet circles, Jeff & Sheri provide a distinct sound to separate this cover from others.

As I’ve listened to “favorites” projects, I’ve seen many tunes recorded and recorded time after time. However, I applaud Jeff & Sheri for choosing songs & arrangements that fit them. In other words, they aren’t singing these familiar tunes because they’re familiar. They’re built toward the iconic Jeff & Sheri sound. These efforts show their desire to go beyond singing familiar tunes. For this and the tried & true style of Jeff & Sheri Easter, I urge fans to give ‘Sing It Again’ a listen.

Track Listing:

Sing It Again
In The Sweet By And By
The Seeker
Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus
On The Sea Of Life
Wayfaring Stranger
Sing The Glory Down
I Will Trade The Old Cross For A Crown
Where No One Stands Alone
Keep On The Sunny Side Of Life
Sing It Again

READER RATING:

[Total: 2    Average: 4/5]
Andrew Stephens
Reviewer/Contributing Writer
Andrew hails from Anderson, SC and has lived here all 25 years of his life. As a child, he attended concerts in the area and instantly became hooked on the concept of Southern Gospel music. His music collection has expanded to over 1,000 artist recordings as well as several compilations (including record label & radio promotions comps). For a couple of years or so, Andrew hosted a blog, "Southern Gospel Review", and did articles ranging from specialty (Hits of the Past), album reviews (CD, DVD, & Vinyl), and other interesting tidbits (recording oddities, etc.).

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