BY RICKY FLAKE
Special to The Sun Herald
‘The Little End of Something Big,’ The King James Boys (Son Sound West Records, ☆☆☆☆)
Most bluegrass bands play at least a couple of gospel songs, The King James Boys play all bluegrass-gospel songs. The band has been active since 1994, and this offering features new young members for the first time joining founding members Randy Spencer (vocals/guitar) and “Yank” Dover (vocals). They are Randy’s son Cole (vocals/bass), Jesse Owens on banjo and Jacob Jackson on mandolin (who wasn’t present at the show I recently saw). Dobro player Collin Willis and guitarist Chris Payne also appear.
I enjoyed these songs most: “No Power in the Water,” “He’ll Make a Way Out of No Way,” two traditional ones, “Come and Dine” and “Meeting in the Air” plus a new version of the Louvin Brothers’ “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.”
Fans of bluegrass gospel should obtain this recording ASAP.
Ricky Flake, a former punk rocker and current music fan, lives in Biloxi. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.