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Greenbrier - "The Back of the Book" (CD, 2007)
by Joe Ross, 07/04/2012
The opening title cut of Greenbrier's album exclaims "God's word is true so I won't be afraid." Liner notes for that song, one of four band originals on this CD, quote scripture from the book of Revelation. Messages in "Gloryland" and "I'll Have a New Life" are also drawn from The Revelation.
Band photos in this album indicate that Greenbrier is apparently the trio of Jimbo Whaley (guitar), Roger Helton (guitar, banjo, Dobro), and Scott Carris (bass). Singer/songwriter Jimbo Whaley grew up in Pigeon Forge, Tn. at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains with music always being a part of his life. Whaley’s songwriting has garnered him well-deserved recognition including performance at the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association’s Songwriter Showcase in 2002 and 2003.
"Gloryland" is an a cappella duo by just Whaley and Helton. "You Take The Lead" is arranged with just the trio, and this song (written by Whaley) relates to a parable from Luke 6:39 -- "Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?" The title track was written by Helton.
Danny Barnes (mandolin), Shad Cobb (fiddle), Dave Peterson (tenor vocal on "Barabbas") and Ray Ball (lead vocal on "I'll Have a New Life") also appear. Singing praise of and thanks to the Lord are central to Greenbrier's exultant music. The band also encourages our call to action. If we were all "Workin' on a Building" to the same extent that Greenbrier executes their vibrant bluegrass gospel, then perhaps the world would be a better place. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)
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