By Kevin Pollard
Third Day: Revival, Provident Music, 2017
To celebrate 20 years of making music, Third Day chose to go back to their roots and showcase an entire album devoted to Americana and Southern Rock. Although this sound has been evident throughout their 12 studio albums these 13 songs stay right in the pocket of southern rock, American roots and gospel with the result being one of the best albums of their career. With influence from sounds of the 60’s and recording in the same Alabama studio used by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Etta James the depth of soul on this project is tangible. The title track and first single is a foot stompin’ barn burner. Other highlights here include the soulful “Gonna Be There With Me” complete with mariachi horns, the old-school rocker “Leave This World Behind” and the gospel quartet backed “Gather Round Now”.
NEEDTOBREATHE: Hard Cuts EP, Atlantic Records, 2017
NEEDTOBREATHE have released a B-side “Hard Cuts EP” that finds them returning to their southern rock/alternative sound. On this set we get another version of title track “Hard Love,” this time featuring guest vocalist Serena Ryder and then the set closes out with another version of the same song featuring yet another female vocal from Andra Day.
Jeremy Camp Concert Oct. 22nd at Bellingham’s picturesque Mount Baker Theatre. Along with some favourites Camp will be debuting brand new music from his ninth Album The Answer, releasing Oct. 6. New songs are sure to include the new singles “Word of Life”, “My Defender”, and “Count on Me” may remind some listeners of their hit songs “Brother” and “Cages”, a stripped down piano backed song with lyrics that say whoever looks for happiness outside of Christ will just find another cage of imprisonment.