CD Review: Fletcher Jowers
I focus on reviewing the latest projects by major Southern Gospel groups on a weekly basis. But on the weeks when I don’t have anything new from a national groups to review, I take a look at CDs submitted by independent regional artists.
Fletcher Jowers is a soloist with what his website describes as an “authentic Texas Cowboy approach to music.” This project is a collection of thirteen Southern Gospel songs interpreted in a cowboy country style. Some songs, such as “Dreaming of a Little Cabin” and “Peace in the Valley” tend to lend themselves naturally to this style, while I must admit it was especially interesting to hear this rendition of “Sweet Beulah Land.”
Most of the songs on this project are Southern Gospel classics–“Beulah Land,” “Precious Memories,” “Come and Dine,” “Peace in the Valley,” “Someone to Care,” “Dreaming of a Little Cabin,” and “Where We’ll Never Grow Old.” A few more recent songs are also recorded, such as Mark Bishop’s “The Son of a Carpenter” and Carroll Robertson’s “Wilt Thou Be Made Whole.”
Some of the most enjoyable parts of the project are the instrumental solos, such as the mandolin solo on “Wayfaring Stranger” and the bluegrass fills on “Come and Dine.”
The packaging is of an uneven quality; the front and back covers look like they were printed on a home inkjet printer, but the inside front cover looks like it was done by a professional printer with a high-quality system.
Someone who is looking to purchase a four-guys-and-a-piano quartet project would probably want to pass on this one. I must admit that I am not particularly familiar with the field of cowboy country, but those who enjoy that style would quite possibly enjoy this project.
For more information, visit www.fletcherjowers.com.