3:1 CD Review: Right Now (The Old Paths)
3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.
1: Daniel Ashmore. Since the Old Paths’ last album, they had a change at the bass position. They found 21-year-old Daniel Ashmore—and what a find! He sings with a warmth and rich resonance which suggest comparisons to Big John Hall or Randy Byrd. He’s already one of our genre’s ten best bass singers, and that’s just at 21. Imagine what a few years of seasoning and experience will add, and this could add up to a breakthrough moment for the group.
2: “The Blood On My Hands”: This is the project’s strongest ballad. Though it was recorded by the Skyline Boys, Jodi Hosterman, who had the feature, left shortly afterwards to join the Inspirations. So it’s essentially as good as new.
3: “God’s Great”: For decades, Sandy Knight has been in the elite class of writers who can can write quartet songs like nobody’s business. This one doesn’t disappoint. The studio rendition is a straight-ahead midtempo cut, but given the energy the Old Paths bring to the live stage, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine them tearing up stages with this one live.
:1: More Daniel Ashmore: This recording was probably already in the works when previous bass singer Brandon Barry left suddenly, so it’s entirely understandable that new bass singer Daniel Ashmore really only has one feature song. But he’s one of the best bass singers in our genre, and it would be nice to see more bass features on the Old Paths’ next project.
Credits: Produced by: Danny Crawford, The Old Paths. Review copy provided. Group members: Jeremy Peace (tenor), Wayne Rackley (lead), Doug Roark (baritone), Daniel Ashmore (bass).
Song List: Battle Stand; He’s My Song; Woke Up this Morning; Everlasting Yes; I Know My God Can do It; I’m Saved; When It All Starts Happening; The Blood on My Hands; God’s Great; Right Now.