THE BALOS FAMILY, “Built Upon The Rock,” 10 tracks.
The Michigan-based Balos Family has been on the road since Easter Sunday 2002, picking and singing bluegrass gospel at churches, festivals and theaters.
Through the years, the family band has grown to nine members —Mike and Ramona Balos and their seven children, ranging in age from 17 to 6.
Their latest album, “Built Upon The Rock,” features eight songs written by family members — four by Ben, three by Jimmy and one by Bonnie.
Only two of the 10 tracks come from outside writers.
The music ranges from hard-charging numbers like “Cross To The Other Side” and “Have I Told You” to ballads like the title cut and “Just A Cup of Water.”
The most interesting title is Jimmy Balos‘ “Zombie In A Pew,” a song about people who only think about their religious values on Sunday mornings.
Band members include Michael Balos (rythym guitar), Ramona Balos (upright bass), Kenny Balos (lead guitar), Ben Balos (mandolin), Bonnie Balos (banjo), Jimmy Balos (fiddle), Jenna Balos (Dobro), Nathanael Balos (mandolin) and Joel Balos (ukulele).
A solid bluegrass gospel album.
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