Arden, North Carolina (December 1, 2023) — With new single — and first new music since 2022’s Christmas EP, ‘Tis The Reason — “Unstoppable God” racing up the charts, The Kingsmen are wasting no time in following up with a new version of an old classic that’s sure to bring a flood of memories to long-time fans and a smile to new ones.
First recorded by the group in 1991, “I Just Stopped By On My Way Home” quickly became a staple of the legendary quartet’s performances. As baritone singer Alan Kendall notes, “The Kingsmen rode high during the 90s with this high-octane classic. Over time the song took on a life of its own, with the band playing it even faster and the group singing it even livelier than on its original studio cut. It has been one of our most requested since I joined the group, and we were happy to finally honor our fans’ requests!”
The new recording offers only a gentle update of the original backing that serves to underline the latest line-up’s vigor, with producer Jeff Collins contributing rolling piano, studio ace David Johnson recapping the 5-string banjo part that lends the song a special flavor — and, notes Hall of Fame bass singer Ray Dean Reese, a special guest, too.
“After many years of singing this song nearly every night, I feel like I have a better feel for it now than when I first recorded it,” he says. “We even brought former Kingsman Randy Miller into the studio to play harmonica for this one. As much as I loved the original, I believe this arrangement may be even stronger!”