For the month of
November, we take a look at the new CD by one of the gentle giants of gospel
Rev. F. C. Barnes.
Bishop F. C. Barnes rocketed on to the national stage in the 1980s with Rough
Side Of The Mountain. At that time he was part of a duet that included
Rev. Janice Brown. They recorded several albums. Once the duet dissolved, Rev.
Barnes continued to record under the name
Rev. F. C. Barnes & Company.
Their most recent CD is titled The Old Time Way.
There are several unique aspects to this CD that just might be of interest
to quartet gospel fans. First, the CD is on the Atlanta International
Records (AIR) label. Many may recall that a few years ago AIR became part
of the MALACO family. With the release of this project, MALACO confirms for the
gospel music enthusiast that AIR is still an active label. Secondly, the
project was produced by
Deborah C. Barnes.
She is a songstress, a songwriter, an arranger, and now a Producer. It is
not the first time a national gospel recording artist has been produced by a
female Producer. But, it certainly is refreshing to see female quartet
gospel artists receiving exclusive credit as The Producer instead of being
relegated to sharing (co-producer) credit. Thirdly,
The Sensational Nightingales,
shares lead duties with Rev. Barnes on one of the songs "(God Is God) He
Wont Change." The song was written by Darrell Luster and is the
title track of the CD Darrell Luster & Friends.
The other songs on the project are Fix Me, Gave My Heart
To Jesus, Let's Go Home, Get Right Church,
Somewhere To Lay My Head, I'll Be Alright, Send
Me, Let Your Will Be Done, and Know Who's Going
To Heaven. All of these songs, except Somewhere To Lay My Head,
were written by Rev. Barnes.
All the songs are worthy of your attention. Like many of the recent
releases from MALACO this project is filled with potential radio and fan
favorites. Those that will stand out will probably be Somewhere To Lay My
Head, Let Your Will Be Done, and Get Right
The arrangement on "Somewhere To Lay My Head" is beyond awesome.
The best version of this song, we thought, was done by
Spencer Taylor & The Highway QCs
on the project Hasnt Always Been Easy. Well,
Rev. Barnes & Company
has taken it to another level. The storytelling talents of Rev. Barnes
surfaced in his recounting the story of Job as a part of the song. What
really makes it unique is that during the delivery of the story Rev. Barnes
sounds like he is preaching instead of singing. And, the all female background
signers really work this song into a fever pitch.
Get Right Church is actually a blending of two (2) mainstays in
gospel music Im Going Home On The Morning Train and I
Believe Ill Run On See What The End Is Going To Be. By combining
the songs into the original version of Get Right Church, you get
a drive song that is sure to be emulated by gospel groups (and choirs) around
"Let Your Will Be Done" is, yes - you guest it, another drive
song. The background singers add a dimension to the song that makes the delivery
of the prophetic message (of Gods will being done in every aspect of our lives)
a song that will get your attention.
There is no doubt that all of Rev. Barnes recordings have that down-home
traditional gospel music foundation. The new project is no exception. Thus, the
title The Old Time Way is very fitting.
F. C. Barnes & Company's
Old Time Way
out of 10. Click on the title to hear Get
Right Church." Click
HERE to purchase