Statement - Around The Corner

Statement - Around The Corner

STATEMENT
AROUND THE CORNER

Mountain Fever Records
MFR 1000201

Statement is a young gospel bluegrass band that comes out with a no-holds-barred approach to witness through bluegrass music. Vocalist Ashlee Blankenship sets the stage with her fine vocal on the opening cut, “What A Beautiful Day,” and the boys follow with instruments at the ready. There is fine picking from every one here: Josh Blankenship on mandolin, Trent Cox on guitar, Jimmy Creed on bass, and Josh Underwood on banjo. Vocals are shared.

A first-rate production by Sammy Shelor and Mark Hodges, this project is a platform for the band to express their faith and present some of their songs. The two Joshes wrote six of the fourteen tracks. Additionally, they draw from Albert Brumley for “He Set Me Free” (which shares the same melody as “I Saw The Light”). They also include the old classics “Stand Up For Jesus” and “I Surrender All.” They do a fine job on their original material, which shows much promise for the future.

The vocals and picking throughout are first-class. This young band will please all fans of bluegrass gospel—a well-produced and performed recording project. This is highly recommended for fans of hot picking and solid gospel singing in the bluegrass mold. (Mountain Fever Records, 1177 Alum Ridge Rd. NW, Willis, VA 34280, www.mountainfever.com.) RCB