RESCUE JUNCTION, ON ANY ROAD
This is the second project from this entertaining group from Ontario, Canada, following their self-titled release in 2011. The duo of Kyle and Kaitlyn Gerber is joined on the session by Roger Martin (banjo) and Dallas Roth (bass). Guest musicians include Skip Cherryholmes (guitar), Randy Morrison (fiddle), and Trulan Martin (resonator guitar). Kyle Gerber is the mandolinist and Kaitlyn plays guitar.
This is a mostly gospel project since the Gerber’s both were influenced by Southern gospel music, especially bluegrass gospel. Interestingly, there a couple of somewhat secular tunes included—Gillian Welch’s “Red Clay Halo” and Jim & Jesse’s “Pardon Me.” Kaitlyn Gerber is also a songwriter and four of her compositions are included here: the blazing opening “Wrong Side Of Right,” “Jerusalem To Jericho,” “Cost Of Love,” and “My Sorrow Too.” Other selections include “Old Camp Meeting Time,” “Gonna Be Movin’,” “If I Stand,” “Another Soldier Down,” and “Near The Cross.”
The vocal harmonies are very tight and lead vocals are good. Instrumentally, the band is balanced and the arrangements are an easy adjunct to the vocals. Be sure to look for this Canadian ensemble to be spending more time touring here in the U.S. as their popularity increases. (www.rescuejunctionband.com.)BF
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