CROSSPOINT, WE’RE GONNA RISE
This is a great new contemporary gospel group from East Tennessee that really rises to the occasion on this new project produced by Steve Gulley. The band is Steve Partin (mandolin), Gary Kidwell (guitar), Alan Powers (banjo), Cleve May (resonator guitar), and Daniel Oxendine (bass). All the members sing and have a really good mix of vocals and harmonies.
The project consists of some new material from May, Partin, and Kidwell, as well as other lesser-known songs of faith. Selections include “Let’s Praise Him,” “Going Home,” the title-cut, “Talk With Your Heart,” “Mercy And Grace,” “Glory Bound,” and “Lord Do A Work In Me.” Also are a couple of familiars “I Know The Man” and “I Dreamed I Drove The Nails,” made popular by the Bluegrass Cardinals. Both vocally and instrumentally, the members of Crosspoint show a level of musicianship and maturity that proves these guys have been playing for awhile. The arrangements are clean and the harmonies blend easily. Their music should be welcome on any stage, and their new songs can only add to the gospel repertoire. (Rural Rhythm, P.O. Box 750, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121, www.ruralrhythm.com.)BF