Wheeler – Bluegrass Gospel

Wheeler - Bluegrass GospelLast December we mentioned that the recently formed bluegrass Gospel quintet Wheeler, from Weber City, VA, had signed with Mountain Roads Recordings. Their first album following that agreement, Bluegrass Gospel, becomes available today (August 1st).

Wheeler consists of the husband and wife duo Tiffany Wheeler (lead/harmony vocals) and Kevin Wheeler (lead/harmony vocals, bass), accompanied by Mark Jackson (lead/harmony, mandolin), Justin Salyer (guitar) and Steven Mounts (banjo).

Their debut release is, as the title states, an all Gospel affair. It features a good selection of original songs, eight of which were written by band members. Six are from other sources, including two from Mark Brinkman and two traditional songs. Salyer contributes the instrumental Solomon’s Song.

Their vocals are very impressive, earning praise from none other than Darrin Vincent, of Dailey & Vincent. As is always the case with Gospel music the message in each of the songs is compelling. With Wheeler their singing is both convincing and rendered with conviction. Those facets are no more apparent than in the a cappella rendition of the traditional What A Day That Will Be.

Audio and video samples are available on their MySpace page.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.