Wormwood (SF SF-1733) 1976













High marks for the Oklahoma acoustic duo of John and David Yonker. Their style is very similar to Seals & Crofts, Shiloh and Gospel Seed, both the music and the vocal harmonies. Warm natural “hippie” acoustic sound, complemented by drums, bass, piano, electric guitar and harmonica, minus any detracting strings or horns. Among the ten original titles are examples of stirring ballads (‘Child Song’), minor-key acoustic-rock (‘World Vision’) and electric folk-rock (‘Rise Up’). Originally a custom production with Yonkers as the artist name, then later released on the Edify label in a different cover under the name John & David Yonkers. Slight differences in the music as well. For example, on a couple songs the original release contains mellotron and flute, whereas the Edify recording doesn’t. Both versions seem to be pretty tough to find. “Wormwood is a scriptural expression for bitterness, which is often necessary to bring a vision to God’s people.” Proceeds to World Vision. Classic Jesus music here. See also Edify Volume One. (Ken Scott – The Archivist).












A special thank you to Chuck for providing the music.




Song #Song TitleTime
1-1To Set Us Free
1-2Happy to Say
1-3Living Word
1-4Jesus is Here
1-5Child Song
2-1Rise Up
2-2Hail to the Monarch
2-4World Vision
2-5God is Love