TAMMY JONES ROBINETTE, LET IT SHINE
Produced by Mark Fain, this all-Gospel release features Ms. Robinette’s pleasing vocals backed by an impressive cadre of bluegrass musicians and vocalists. The band consists of Mark Fain (bass), Ron Block (guitar, banjo), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle), Rob Ickes (resonator guitar), Andy Leftwich (mandolin), and Molly Cherryholmes (cello, viola, violin). Background vocalists include Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Herb Pedersen, Jeff Parker, Jamie Dailey, Sharon White Skaggs, and Cheryl White. Also included on some tracks are Dale Scragg (drums), Garry Jones (piano) and David Johnson (resonator guitar, fiddle, guitar, mandolin).
Eight of the twelve selections were written by Robinette and include “All Of This And Heaven, Too,” “If I Could Take My Family To Heaven,” “Only God,” “I Can’t Go Back There,” “My Daddy’s Mountains,” “Best Friend,” “Burden Bearer,” and the title cut “Let It Shine.” Familiar tunes include Albert Brumley’s “Steal Away And Pray,” Dolly Parton’s “Master’s Hand,” and Carl Trivette’s “Stroll Over Heaven.” Robinette’s strong and uplifting songwriting is enhanced by wonderful arrangements which allow her messages to be in the forefront. This is a really good gospel project. Hopefully, Robinette will continue to use bluegrass music as the vehicle for her writing and signing. (Tammy Jones Robinette, P.O. Box 215, Berlin Heights, OH 44814, www.tammyjonesrobinette.com.)BF