MARTY RAYBON, “Southern Roots & Branches (Yesterday & Today),” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks.

MARTY RAYBON, “Hand To The Plow,” Rural Rhythm. 10 tracks.

Marty Raybon began his musical journey in 1975 with his Florida-based family band, the American Bluegrass Express.

In 1984, Raybon headed for the bright lights of country music, settling into the lead singer role in the hot country group, Shenandoah, from 1987 to 1997.

In 2003, he returned to bluegrass in a big way with the critically acclaimed “Full Circle” album.

Lately though, fans have had a hard time knowing what to expect when they pick up a Raybon album.

Some albums are modern country, some are gospel and some are bluegrass.

This spring, Rural Rhythm has released two Raybon albums — one’s gospel and one’s bluegrass.

Both are good, but if you’re expecting bluegrass, you want bluegrass.

“Hand To The Plow” is the gospel album.

“You’ve Got To Move,” the first single, topped the Christian Voice & Cashback charts last fall.

On the traditional “I’m Working On A Building,” he’s joined by T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune and Trace Adkins for some bluesy gospel.

Raybon wrote or co-wrote five songs — “Walking With God At A Guilty Distance,” “When He Reigns, It Pours,” “What Have I Done To Deserve This,” “He’s Still My Little Man (Matty’s Song)” and “You’ve Got To Move.”

“Southern Roots & Branches” is the bluegrass album.

It includes bluegrass versions of some Shenandoah hits — “I Want To Be Loved Like That,” “Next To You, Next To Me,” “Ghost In This House” and “Beulah Land.”

There are a couple of new songs — “Dirt Road Heartache,” a song about heartache and freedom on the road, and “Big Pain,” a song about a pain that just won’t heal.

Jimmy Martin’s “Home Run Man,” Bill Monroe’s “Rocky Road Blues” and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ “Down The Road” bring familiar traditional bluegrass to the lineup and Rodney Crowell’s “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)” adds some acoustic country flavor.

They’re both good albums. Just be aware of what you’re buying.

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