Rejoice! (Rejoice 821039) 1982
In the middle of the polished ‘80s ccm scene, this Illinois band set their sights back a few years to a simpler rural acoustic style that recalls The Gamble Folk’s best moments. Heartfelt male/female harmonies backed by a gentle folksy blend of acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, harmonica, mandolin, ﬁddle, ﬂute and piano. Also some impressions of Tommy Coomes projects (The Praise Album, Wing & A Prayer, Love Song), particularly in the vocals. Most songs written by members Rick and Gary Ringger. Percussionist Tim Sauder also has an earlier solo lp. ‘We’ll Be Gone’, ‘I Am Free’, ‘Brighter Days’, ‘Too Late For Me’, ‘The Darkest Hour Before The Dawn’ and ‘Jesus Brings Happiness’ are a sampling of the titles. Sincere and refreshing. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Ken for the front cover.