This newest, Sing Me A Song About Jesus, offers 11 new songs from Doyle and the boys, all performed with the flair and virtuosity we have come to expect from this veteran bandleader.
Lawson share a few thoughts about the new album this morning while on his way to Nashville, where he will be honored by the Tennessee State Senate with a special resolution later today, noting he and the band’s many contributions to the state through their Gospel bluegrass music.
Thinking about the album title, Doyle says that he’s been singing about Jesus as long as he can remember, and when asked why he records so much Gospel music, he replied:
I have several good Gospel song writers that I have looked to in the past, and now I also have two really good writers in my band, Corey Hensley and Mike Rogers.
Sing Me a Song About Jesus was last song we came up with for the CD. Corey had written the lyrics a while back, before he was aware of what the melody was going to be. He and Mike worked on it some together, and then I worked on it some, too. It’s a great song!”
Sing Me a Song About Jesus: [http://traffic.libsyn.com/thegrasscast/singmeasong.mp3]
Lawson also mentioned that tracking went quite well for this project, and grudgingly offered up his favorite song.
“It’s easy when you have good musicians to work with and good songs to record!
I rally like them all but if I have to pick one, I will say, The Little Star. It’s a story we are all familiar with…the Wise Men’s journey to visit Jesus after His birth.
Randy Swift, the writer, has brought it to ‘today,’ and made it a contemporary story… it’s really timely.”
The Little Star: [http://traffic.libsyn.com/thegrasscast/littlestar.mp3]
Though the CD won’t officially hit for another three weeks, Doyle has copies available for immediate delivery if ordered from his web site.
The presentation of the Senate resolution in Nashville is scheduled this afternoon (2/27) at 5:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m. eastern), and can be viewed live online. We hope to have some photos from the Senate chambers tonight or tomorrow.