Steven Curtis Chapman – Deeper Roots

Steven Curtis Chapman

“Deeper Roots:  Where the Bluegrass Grows”

13 tracks @ 48:51


Grade = A

            Throughout his social media and in the liner notes to his new record, Steven Curtis Chapman talks about how he grew up listening to and playing this style of his music.

            On his web site, Steven writes, “My earliest memories of growing up in Paducah, KY are woven together with the sound of bluegrass and folk music, with my dad on guitar and his good buddies, Scotty Henson on the banjo and Jack Curtis Martin (which is where my middle name came from) on the dobro. I loved that sound and couldn’t wait to learn to play the guitar and join in!

“By the time I was 8 years old I was playing and singing in church with my dad Herb Sr., brother Herb Jr. and my mom Judy.”

This is a pretty cool record, featuring some new songs, old time gospel songs, a few reworkings of previous releases.  The title track will get you moving.  “Cinderella,” with its subdued instrumentation, strikes me as even more poignant than the original version.  The gospel standards “I’ll Fly Away” and “Victory in Jesus” come across as fresh.

The real star on this record is Steven’s father, Herb Sr.  Someone sign him to a recording contract!  SCC’s solo tour runs through May.

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