CD: Steve Richard – Greatest Gospel

Steve
Richard – Greatest Gospel

Wait
A Little Longer, Please Jesus – Let It Shine – Just As I Am –
There’s A Higher Power – Gotta Serve Somebody – If I Could Hear
My Mother Pray Again – I Surrender All – Turn Turn Turn – The
Christian Life – Satan’s Got Get Along Without Me – Are You
Washed In The Blood – I Have Decided To Follow Jesus –
See
the tunes? You’ve got it: on “Greatest Gospel” Steve Richard
does Christian Country, a quite uncommon genre in Europe, so let’s
talk about it!
13
songs recorded in Nashville but no traitorous apostle this time, only
positive and spiritual songs very country and cool. So, nothing to
bounce about like a deuce but rather things that will make you wave a
lighter and sway, albeit a song like “Are You Washed in the Blood”
could deny that point!
Songs
mainly address Jesus, always in a cheerful way, and it is good to
hear a song such as “Satan’s Got Get Along Without Me” sung in
a positive and non-Manichean fashion.
The
album offers an interesting mix between Gospel and Country, with
soulful backing vocals and organ on the one hand and uplifting
instruments (violin, guitar) on the other hand.
Also
to be found a few covers from classics like Pete Seeger’s “Turn
Turn Turn” (which refers by the way to the Book of Ecclesiastes in
the Old Testament) or Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody” (and
not his worst song in spite of John Lennon’s sayings!).
Steve’s
official website:
Antoine
Betbèze, for Country Music News International.

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