The Journey

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Warm harmonies and bright picking greet the listener on Mountain Heart's 2001 release, The Journey. This bluegrass gospel group has steadily gained fans in both secular and religious communities, due in large part to their impassioned vocal harmonies at times reminiscent of the Beach Boys in church and their strong songwriting. While the material on The Journey is almost exclusively religious in nature, the music swings from quiet, introspective numbers to wild and uproarious jumpers, particularly the exuberant classic "What a Time in Heaven" and the Mills Brothers-influenced "Gospel Train." The group shifts from contemporary Southern gospel to more traditional spiritual ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Warm harmonies and bright picking greet the listener on Mountain Heart's 2001 release, The Journey. This bluegrass gospel group has steadily gained fans in both secular and religious communities, due in large part to their impassioned vocal harmonies at times reminiscent of the Beach Boys in church and their strong songwriting. While the material on The Journey is almost exclusively religious in nature, the music swings from quiet, introspective numbers to wild and uproarious jumpers, particularly the exuberant classic "What a Time in Heaven" and the Mills Brothers-influenced "Gospel Train." The group shifts from contemporary Southern gospel to more traditional spiritual songs, but all retain the honest authenticity of musicians devoted to their faith and skilled enough to perform a variety of different styles with ease. Highlights include the album opener, "Wings of Love," and the similarly titled "I'll Sail Away On Wings of Love," both of which showcase their trademark harmonies and strong musicianship. When the International Bluegrass Music Association awarded Mountain Heart their Emerging Artist of the Year in 1999, they clearly had the right idea, because their debut was strong and their albums keep getting better as they go.
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  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Doobie Shea
  • UPC: 615141300423
  • Catalog Number: 3004

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mountain Heart Primary Artist
Rob Ickes Dobro
Jason Moore Bass, Vocals
Missy Raines Bass
Steve Gulley Guitar, Vocals
Barry Abernathy Banjo, Vocals
Jim VanCleve Fiddle, Vocals
Jim Hurst Guitar
Robbie Link Bass, Cello, Bowed Bass
Jeff Taylor Piano
Technical Credits
Tim Austin Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Darryl Puett Engineer
Mountain Heart Producer, Engineer
Robbie Link Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Repertoire, arrangements, picking, and singing are something for fans to sing and shout about!

    Mountain Heart formed in 1998 when Adam Steffey, Steve Gulley, Barry Abernathy, Jimmy Van Cleve and Johnny Dowdle got together. When Steffey left, Alan Perdue took over mandolin duties. Since this album was recorded, Steffey returned to the band in 2002. What experience and credentials these rising stars have! Guitarist Steve Gulley worked for 15 years at Renfro Valley (a Kentucky music park), and he appears on three albums with Doyle Lawson. Banjo-player Barry Abernathy has picked with Silver Creek, III Tyme Out, and Doyle Lawson. Fiddler Jimmy Van Cleve has played with Rambler's Choice, Doyle Lawson, Ric-O-Chet, and Lou Reid and Carolina. In 1999, Mountain Heart released their first album and won the IBMA award for "Emerging Artist of the Year." Jason Moore is the band's bass player. This album's title represents the band's strong devotion and relationship with God. Their splendid presentation indicates a strong commitment to both their music and their ministry. Their excellent material is derived from various sources, and includes some original compositions such as thoughtful "The Scar in His Hands" and bluesy "John." The latter includes guest artists Jim Hurst (guitar), Missy Raines (bass), and Rob Ickes (dobro) with Gulley and Abernathy. The album's leadoff cut, "Wings of Love," is a bouncy, banjo-driven, call-and-response number about being carried away to mansions bright by the shining throne. A special treat on this album is Mountain Heart's a cappella rendition of "The Gospel Train," which is clear demonstration of the band's wonderous vocal delivery and proficiency. Another a cappella offering, "Travelin Shoes," is also grand. The band is equally comfortable with taking contemporary Christian music and adapting it to their format, with pieces like the album's nearly 9-minute reflective closer, "Not Long For This Earth," which also guests Jeff Taylor (piano) and Robbie Link (bass, cello). This kind of slow, prolonged number, however, just doesn't do a lot for me, and perhaps the arrangement could have been shortened. The banjo is put into a modal tuning to give an old-timey sound to "The Hill Lone and Gray." Carl Jackson's "There's a Higher Power" and James Cooke's "What a Time in Heaven" have great gospel bluegrass feelings to them. This is a very professionally presented stellar package of the best in bluegrass gospel music today. "The Journey," Mountain Heart's second album ever produced as a band, certainly was deserving of the IBMA award for Gospel Recording of the Year in 2002. The repertoire, arrangements, picking, and singing are something for fans to sing and shout about! (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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