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CD Review: THE BONTRAGER FAMILY SINGERS – Someone You Can Reach

THE BONTRAGER FAMILY SINGERS

Someone You Can Reach
All I Need – O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing – Covered
By The Blood – Stand up For Jesus – Cherish The Moment – Any Road Any
Cost – Blackberry Blossom – Hallelujah Salvation And Glory – Call Me Old
Fashioned – Little Is Much – Someone You Can Reach
I
believe this is the second, in an equal number of weeks, that I have
reviewed a CD by a family made up of mom and dad and ten children. 
First and foremost on this CD by the Bontrager Family, is the ‘word.’ 
The ‘word’ here, in it’s most essential meaning, is the truth behind our
Lord Jesus Christ. Truth will prevail no matter what or ‘who’ the
forces of human power are that prevail on planet earth.  Truth will
still be paramount, and in the final experience, humankind supported by
Jesus will win, no doubt about that.  It will not only win, it will save
humanity.  That’s the ‘word’ the beautiful Bontrager Family shares with
their listeners on this wonderfully recorded CD.  On the inside of
their CD jacket they very plainly let us read from Phillippians 2:16 
“Holding forth the Word of Life: that I may rejoice in the day of
Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.”  This
family is very very gifted in their musical presentation.  Their
instrumentation is bluegrass oriented, but they use these typical
bluegrass instruments in a much different way.  For instance they don’t
have one fiddler, they have four .  The banjo player is uniquely
talented, he lets the ‘flow’ of the instrument, and the fast fingering
he excels in, provide lovely backing rather than up-front lead
instrument status.  It’s the same with the dobro player who also
composed the first song on this delightful musical presentation.  Please
keep in mind, this entire family is multi-talented, and play
multi-instruments.  Everyone is a vocalist, whether a lead singer or a
harmony singer.  That’s what makes a ‘family’ group so very adept at
what they do musically, everyone has a role, and everyone has a really
important role to play in the ‘belief’ they are expressing with
everything they are doing musically.  This family makes their home in
Kalona, Iowa, also the stomping ground of incredible musician Keith
Yoder, a good friend of mine from the past.  Trey Ivy is the Producer on
this project, and a wonderful job it is, especially in the ‘mix’ when
so many instruments and levels of performance play such an important
part of the final expression.  This CD is going off to the Rural Roots
Music Commission as fast as I can get it to them for their appraisal.
RECORD REVIEW BY: Bob Everhart, Pres., National Traditional Country Music Assn. www.music-savers.com for Country Music News International

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