Plum River Records
This is a really nice all-gospel project from Bluegrass Express. The band is a family affair founded by father Gary Underwood (guitar), son Greg Underwood (bass), and Greg’s son Jacob Underwood (banjo, guitar). Rounding out the band is Nate Burie (mandolin). Guests include Tim Crouch (fiddle), John R. Bowman (fiddle), and Justin Moses (resonator guitar).
The selections chosen for this project come from a variety of sources, mostly lesser-known tunes outside of the usual gospel favorites. Although, folks should recognize “Little White Church,” “Sweet By And By,” and the Louvin Brothers’ “You’ll Be Rewarded.” Other selections include “He Lives,” “Victory In Jesus,” “Higher Ground,” “Just Any Day Now,” “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” and “What Will You Do With This Man?” The title-cut “Answer To My Prayer” was written by Greg Underwood. The Underwoods share in the lead vocals with Greg and Jacob Underwood adding the harmonies, assisted by Burie. Crouch and Bowman add fiddle and Justin Moses helps out with resonator guitar. The song arrangements are good and instrumentally complement the vocals. This new release from Bluegrass Express will be a hit with their fans and gospel music fans alike. (Plum River Records, 1396 E. Menzemer Rd., Elizabeth, IL 61028, www.bluegrassexpressband.com.)BF