May 5, 2010 CD Reviews
Times and Seasons: Best of the Burchfield Brothers
12 Tracks @ 59:22
Grade – B+
Knowing that the only thing that really separates a B from an A in this class (so to speak) is the potential to cross-markets and genres, this album really exceeds beyond any grade I can give it. I am in love with the serene sounding classical guitars and wind instruments that are of abundance on this project. Of course with 10 CD’s behind them and 20th years in the music business, the brothers have undoubtedly had many songs to choose from to make this “best of” compilation.
The historical background of the brothers includes some self-taught instruments as well as professional training in classical music and a cross-referenced influence of Appalachian, Classical, Jazz and Worship styles of music. A very interesting and eclectic mix in deed. Individually, Jon Burchfield toured with Roy Clark when he was just 18 years old. While brother Ben attended Olivet Nazarene University where he earned a degree in music. Ben later went on to be the band director at Donelson Christian Academy teaching grades 5 – 12 (a hero in my eyes).
In 1990 the brothers decided to make their music ministry their full time profession and the accumulation of that decision is now reflected in “Times and Seasons.” The collection includes classic hymns like “Amazing Grace,” “Be Thou My Vision,” and “Doxology.” The main sound is classical but there is a variety of classic guitar, wind and strings and some light percussion. A few of the tracks also have some nature sounds, but it is not that prevalent across the whole project.
The Burchfield Brothers have successfully navigated this underappreciated genre, however, they are hoping to become less “under the radar” as Ben explained in a press release. “Times and Seasons” is a perfect catalyst for this change as it gives the listener a good look into their past career highlights.
Check out http://www.burchfieldbrothers.com for more information.
– Ken W.
Tags: The Burchfield Brothers