The Scarlet Thread (Sulyn AV 1611) 1979
Attractive folk custom from Millington, Tennessee foursome of Janie and Harlon Walker, Donna Morris and Jeff Vowell. Production gives clarity to the acoustic guitars, while irnbruing the vocal harmonies with depth and resonance. Simple jangly songs and acoustic praise numbers are balanced with dreamy ballad expressions. Primarily backed by acoustic guitars and electric bass, with occasional appearances from piano, synthesizer and tambourine, plus a few simple but ﬁtting acoustic guitar leads here and there. The opening minor-key ‘In The Beginning’ is a gorgeous haunting surreal ballad enriched with moody spacious synths. The group is equally vibrant on ‘Psalm 31’ which jangles along with a brisk upbeat style. Several touching moments throughout. Eleven original songs in all. The group name is derived from the scarlet thread Rahab placed on the city wall window in the book of Joshua (effectively illustrated on the front cover illustration). (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet.