RODNEY DILLARD & THE DILLARD BAND, “Don’t Wait For The Hearse To Take You To Church,” Rural Rhythm. 10 tracks.

Rodney Dillard has been busy in the past year.

Last fall, he released “I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry,” a collection of songs The Dillards recorded nearly 50 years ago as The Darlin’s for “The Andy Griffith Show” along with newer nostalgic songs.

This year, he’s released “Don’t Wait For The Hearse To Take You To Church,” a gospel album, with his wife, Beverly Cotten Dillard. The couple has a ministry, “Mayberry Values,” which it takes to churches across America.

Beverly Dillard sings lead on five of the 10 tracks.

The album is a blend of gospel standards — “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,” “Softly and Tenderly,” “Somebody Touched Me” and “Gospel Ship” — and newer material — the title cut and “The Devil Just Can’t Knock Me Off My Knees”

The title cut says, “Lying on your back in a black Cadillac ain’t no way to meet the Lord.”

The album includes four bonus tracks — one-minute sermons on “Mayberry Values.”

It’s a good album and there’s still a lot of interest in “The Andy Griffith Show,” but it would be nice for Dillard to leave the Darlin’s behind for awhile and return to The Dillards’ sound for at least one more album.

Can’t find it in stores? Try www.RuralRhythm.com.

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