Bluegrass Unlimited - Lou Reid & Carolina - Sounds Like Heaven To MeLOU REID AND CAROLINA
Rural Rhythm

Lou Reid is back with an all-gospel project that spreads the work around and visits many song styles. This is a project that Reid feels The Lord has led him to record. It is a powerful statement of faith not just for Reid, but also for the whole band. The band is tight and of one voice instrumentally and vocally. The two a cappella numbers, “It’s Hard To Stumble (When You’re Down On Your Knees)” and “Lord Have Mercy (On My Soul)” stand with any performances in that vein. They ring with that old-time theology that spoke to so many generations over the years.

The message is optimistic and full of hope and faith, as the opening cut “God’s Front Porch” and “Carry Me” demonstrate. This is a singing bunch and everyone takes a turn at lead except Trevor Watson, who plays some sanctified banjo and adds spot-on vocal harmonies. Ron Stewart guests on fiddle and does much to punch up the band sound. Christy Reid’s bass playing is in the pocket and her vocals shine, including her heartfelt reading of the old standard “Sweet By And By”.

This is a well-recorded project. The performances are all first-rate. This recording will stand as a personal statement for Reid and the band and will find great favor with those who love solid bluegrass gospel. (Rural Rhythm, P.O. Box 660040, Dept. D, Arcadia, CA 91066.) RCB