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CD Review: BILL BRYANT – Jesus Is Coming Back Down

BILL BRYANT

Jesus Is Coming Back Down
Where Is The Man – I’m Ready – Jesus Is
Coming Back Down – Our Heaven Will Be – Every Day – Theres Room For All –
Two Or More – No More Sinning – I Know – Good Hands – No God Before him
 
I’ve had the extreme pleasure of reviewing some of Bill
Bryant’s earlier releases, and listening to this new one by him is a
real pleasure. He wrote all of the songs on this fine work, but the
first song “Where Is The Man” has the lead vocal done by a close friend
of his, Martha Bartel.  She also sings the lead on “Our Heavens Will
Be,” and “”No God Before him.”  I love the ‘mix’ on this really nice
first song, and the flute in the background sets it off just right. 
Second song utilizes some really nice autoharp and quavering harmonica
in the back ground as Bill sings about being ready.  Being ready for
what?  It’s a real pleasure to hear a man talk about what he’s waiting
for, in this case it’s the return of Jesus Christ, the one and only who
offered his life to set those who believe in the goodness of God free
from sin, free from decadence, free from pain and sorrow.  That’s what
this whole CD is about, what about the return of Christ? What’s also
really neat about this album is Bill’s ability to utilize some very old
musical instruments and also produce an up-tempo change of pace that
might very well be described as leaning toward a soft-rock style.  I
love it.  “Jesus IS Coming Back Down” and Bill makes that very
apparent.  Rob Dewbre is the fascinating harmonica player on a number of
songs on this very easy to listen to album. Tim Soule is on an acoustic
guitar, high on the neck, sounding terrific in this song.  Tim Soule
takes the lead vocal on “Every Day,” another fascinating composition. 
Bill takes back the lead vocal on a ‘happy’ song featuring 5-string
banjo.  Of course it’s a happy song, Bill is telling everyone ‘there’s
room for all,’ in the kingdom of God.  Sort of a ‘Rocky Top’ kind of
banjo song.  Recorded at Studio 501 in Lakeside, Montana, mixed and
engineered by Dennis Ooms, this entire project is a well-done,
well-mixed, well-thought out project.  It’s the project that brought
Bill to the studio, “praising the Lord, Montana style.”  Couldn’t be
better, there’s a subtle mix of folk, bluegrass, mild rock, and even
some ‘pop’ and ‘blues’ sounds that make for a very interesting listening
experience.  I believe Bill Bryant has won ‘CD of the Year’ awards
before from the Rural Roots Music Commission, not exactly sure about
that without history records in front of me, but this CD is definitely
going to that group of rural folks who ‘pick’ the albums they believe
best represent down-home old-time regional musical art styles.  
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, www.music-savers.com  National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International

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