CD Review: Another Blessing (Three Bridges)
Three Bridges released their debut album, Soldiers, in 2002. From 2002-2007, they recorded with Crossroads’ Sonlite Records. In 2007 or 2008, their lead and tenor singer left the group. (Former lead singer Mitchel Jon Kenitzer now is a solo artist with Crossroads.) Baritone Elliott McCoy assembled a new lineup with tenor Eddy Bolton and lead singer Scott Johnson, and Another Blessing was the group’s first release on Homeland Records.
During their Sonlite years, the group was known for a sound as much influenced by Black Gospel as by Southern Gospel, and the new lineup keeps this sound going with Another Blessing. A country influence is also noticeable on “When I Get Where I’m Going,” popularized by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton, and a nod is made to folk / rock with the cover of Bob Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody.” The album closes with a cover of Black Gospel artist Richard Smallwood’s “Journey’s End.”
Highlights include “Took His Breath Away,” a ballad penned by and featuring tenor Eddy Bolton, and “Just the Beginning for Me,” an Aaron Wilburn song also recently cut by the Dills.
This project should enable the new lineup of Three Bridges to pick up right where the previous lineup left off.
Rating: 3.5 stars (of 5). ♦ Average song rating: 2.6 stars. ♦ Group members: Eddy Bolton (tenor), Scott Johnson (lead), Elliott McCoy (baritone). ♦ Produced by: Rick Sandidge. ♦ Available from: Artist. Review copy provided. ♦ Song list: Step Back On the Rock; I Get To; Straiten It Out; Took His Breath Away; Another Blessing; Gotta Serve Somebody; I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About to Happen; Just The Beginning For Me; My Do Good God; There’s Nothing Like the Presence; When I Get Where I’m Going; Journey’s End.