LOU REID & CAROLINA, “Sounds Like Heaven To Me,” Rural Rhythm. 14 tracks.
Lou Reid is one of the busiest people in bluegrass music. He not only fronts his own band, Lou Reid & Carolina, he also plays mandolin and sings tenor with The Seldom Scene.
His background is just as varied. In 1979, after nearly a decade with regional bands, Reid was a founding member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
He moved from there to Ricky Skaggs’ band and then to The Seldom Scene. Finally, after working with Vince Gill and Vern Gosdin for awhile in country music, Reid joined with Terry Baucom in 1992 to form Lou Reid, Terry Baucom and Carolina.
Baucom left and the band shortened its name.
Then, in 1996, when John Duffey died, Reid returned to fill his spot in The Seldom Scene. For the past 14 years, he’s worked in both bands.
After all these years, Reid has finally recorded his first bluegrass gospel album, “Sounds Like Heaven To Me.” And it’s definitely worth the wait.
“God’s Front Porch,” the first single, pictures heaven as a place with rocking chairs and old dogs.
There are ballads — “Daddy Tried,” about a preacher who couldn’t save the world, but he tried; “Sunday’s Best,” about the funeral of a man who died with whiskey on his breath; and “Mama,” a song about a mother’s prayers.
But it’s primarily an album of uptempo songs including the hard-charging “Missionary Good Book Man” along with “John In The Jordan,” “Pick It Up” and “Over In The Promised Land.”
There are even a couple of a capella numbers — “It’s Hard To Stumble (When You’re Down On Your Knees)” and “Lord Have Mercy (On My Soul).”
Christy Reid sings lead on two songs, “Carry Me” and “Sweet By and By.”
One of the best bluegrass gospel albums of 2010.
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