C. Jensen | Southern CA, USA | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is the perfect collection of songs for those drawn to slide guitar and dobro. It would be great for those interested in a gospel theme without sounding like gospel music, if that makes sense. If you like the blues, if you like great harmonies, interesting acoustic work and songs that sound about a hundred years old from the South, give this a try. There are at least 3 lead vocalists in this group - good variety or better - diversity of sound. They are fabulous on stage - a real tribute to their talent. I'm waiting for their next release."
Is it gospel or not?
K. Cooper | Phila. area | 09/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There seems to be much debate in the other reviews as to how to classify this material. Some of the songs ARE gospel and some clearly are not. But really- WHO CARES? You can classify some songs as this or that but the entire CD shows a range of styles,
The misic is all well done and seems to be a descendant of the Band's music as Amy Helm is the daughter of Levon, the great Band singer and drummer. This is agreat debut rrom a band with a lot of potential."
Good News from a Good Band!
Stephan Heinlein | Fair Haven, NJ United States | 04/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gospel means, as the translation yearns for accuracy, The Good News (God Spell)! This music definitely conveys a positive message. The musicians are genuine, even though they do not hail from authentic places on the map that typically produce Americana/Blues/Gospel music. You say from...the East Village of Manhattan? I read somewhere that the band's beginning--or genesis, to remain in the proper vernacular--at Gospel nights jam session at a local church; for local NYC musicians following September the Eleventh. 2001.
I like the music because it sounds good; no great. But I love the music because of what it imparts--Tomorrow will be better than today, and yesterday wasn't all that bad because there was hope in today!