One of things that drew me so closely to folk and bluegrass was the recurrent themes of rambling and redemption. These songs expressed the confusion I was feeling, as a teenager, of wandering and looking for purpose. Don Cusic observed, “Gospel is the conscience of country music, and woven into hell-raisin’ shenanigans many country artists sing about is the thread of belief in God and the forgiveness of sins. They seem to admit their sins and hope for a righteous life while at the same time confessing they can’t obtain it.” Folk, bluegrass and early country singers were authentic in their song writing, admitting the great struggle between grace and sin, truth and deception. Hank Williams is a prime example, who wrote the classic gospel song “I Saw The Light” while also writing “Ramblin’ Man,” a song where he admits that a life of aimless wandering is calling his name. This is why folk music struck a chord in me. I felt a real, authentic connection. My whole life could be characterized by a search for truth, yet I was fooling myself chasing after things that could never satisfy, trying to be someone I'm not, and trying to live two opposing lives. It was a vicious cycle of grace and sin; truth and deception. But I found truth and meaning in two things: Folk music and Jesus Christ and it changed my life. This album, Rambler's Redemption EP, is an expression of those struggles. It is a story of how and in Whom I found meaning.
Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
I believe that the reason folk and bluegrass never goes out of style is because of its authenticity. Folk music seems to have waves of popularity. What started in the Appalachian mountains in early America, folk music was sought out and brought to the public attention by the Carter Family in the 1930‘s. It had a prominent following but exploded in the early 60’s Greenwich Village. Folk music is gaining large popularity today with bands like Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, M. Ward, The Lumineers and more. Also contributing to this popularity are the directors, Joel and Ethan Coen, with their release of O, Brother Where Art Thou and the movie coming out this December, Inside Llewyn Davis. Once again, people are looking for something real. In a society ever growing in the pessimistic belief in nothing, people are searching for something. And they are finding it in folk music, because folk music is the music of the people. It is real, raw, and authentic; at once singing about the human condition and also singing about the search for God. People are looking for truth, and folk music delivers the perfect way to give it to them.
That’s why I’m so excited to announce a release of some of my original folk music through MV Music. For years I’ve been writing and singing folk music, but with life and college haven’t been able to give it much of a platform. At Moon Valley Bible Church, I’ve been so blessed to lead worship and record music with the folk and bluegrass style that I love. I’ve been blown away by the positive response I’ve received from so many people and want to continue to serve them through this art-form that is so personal to me. This EP, “Rambler’s Redemption,” will release digitally on December 10th, 2013. It will feature some of the folk and bluegrass songs that I’ve written throughout the years along with some hymns. My hope is that others will experience the authenticity of folk music and that it will lead them to the real Truth only found in Christ Jesus.