Locust Ridge — formerly The Locust Ridge Boys — is a bluegrass gospel band from the town of the same name in eastern Tennessee.
Today, they perform primarily in churches in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
But with the release of their first album on Rural Rhythm Christian, expect to see Locust Ridge moving into the national bluegrass festival scene at some point.
Members are brothers Russell Allen, Josh Allen and Larry Allen plus Andy Blalock, a close friend.
“Healed,” the new album, features Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley singing harmony. Gulley also produced the album and co-wrote a couple of songs with Russell Allen.
Russell Allen, the group’s primary lead singer, wrote or co-wrote eight of the 13 tracks.
Locust Ridge shows off its vocal chops on the uptempo gospel number, “I’m Glad I’m Saved.”
The album doesn’t stint on either the bluegrass or the gospel.
The sound is definitely bluegrass — and it’s definitely gospel.
“Silver and Gold,” the first single, is an uptempo retelling of the Bible story of Peter healing a crippled man.
“Restoring The Love” says that “All that’s wrong can be made right again.”
The title cut, a ballad, tells of people being healed of various afflictions.
Good album by a good new — at least on the national scene — group.
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