Many times in the Southern Gospel genre, fans are so focused on the new recordings that our favorite artists are releasing that we miss out on some great projects that are not mainline releases on labels (such as Crossroads, Gaither, Daywind, StowTown and others). So I’ve decided to start a brand new segment called “What’s New At The Table”? Our first featured artists on this segment are The Anchormen.
The Goldsboro, NC based quartet is well known in the industry for the many talented alumni that have sang with the group. Great singers such as Jeff Chapman, Steve Ladd, David Sutton, Aaron McCune and Phillip Hughes are just a few names that spent time with this great group. Back in December, one bass singing alumnus returned to the group and created a buzz in the industry. Will Lane ended a search that lasted almost 2 years for the group, and gave their sound a huge boost. Lane is joined on this group by some longtime veterans of Gospel Music, Derrick Boyd (tenor), Jamie Caldwell (lead), and baritone extraordinaire, Terry Carter.
Tapestry covers some standard quartet songs while also bringing back some of The Anchormen’s older tunes. The project kicks off with an Anchormen classic, “Come To The Fountain”, which features Carter. Terry sounds just as good, maybe even better as when he originally recorded this song. Lead singer Jamie Caldwell turns in a stellar vocal on the classic, “Redemption Draweth Nigh”. Derrick Boyd does a great job on a song he sang back during his days with the Dixie Melody Boys, entitled “He Is Worthy”. Then Will Lane tears it up on a great song that features him, “You Ain’t Seen The Last Of Jesus”.
I was also pleased to hear the group bring back another great Anchormen classic, “I’ve Been Touched”. The guys also do a great job on some other quartet standards, such as “Without Him” and “Antioch Church House Choir”. All in all, Tapestry is a great introduction to The Anchormen and just a small taste of the great things that lie ahead for these guys. You can order your copy here, from The Anchormen’s Online Store.
Make sure you keep an eye out for What’s New On The Table!
Review copy provided.