JOHN BOWMAN, “Beautiful Ashes,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks

John Bowman will be celebrating 25 years in bluegrass in 2016.

In 1991, he joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver as the tenor singer and guitarist.

Two years later, he moved over to Alison Krauss & Union Station.

In 1994, Bowman left to become part of The Isaacs, where he spent the next 12 years.

He became a minister in 1997 and began preaching revivals across the country.

From 2007 to 2009, Bowman worked with J.D. Crowe & the New South.

And finally, in 2009, he became a founding member of The Boxcars.

These days, Bowman also works as a solo artist and a minister when he’s not with The Boxcars.

“Beautiful Ashes,” his latest album, is bluegrass gospel — if you don’t mind drums and piano in your bluegrass.

“Ashes,” the title track, is about packing up your regrets and dropping them into a fire.

“Let The Hard Times Roll” wants hard times to roll out the door and make room for good times.

“Cold Day in Hell” is about people arguing and saying it would be a cold day in hell before they spoke again.

“Lies The Devil Told” is about the mistakes the singer made in the past, among them thinking that girls loved outlaws and fast cars.

“Reach of His Hand” is about a man who finally reaches for God’s hand after years of going the wrong way.

“When My Travelin’ Days Are Over” is a hard-driving song about heading for heaven.

Good album.

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