Arden, North Carolina (February 2, 2022) â€”Â In challenging times, thereâ€™s much to be said for clinging to tradition â€” yet there is also a need to move forward, finding new ways to express the Gospelâ€™s unchanging message of deliverance. For many artists, one or the other becomes paramount. ToÂ The Old Paths, though, thereâ€™s no need to choose; masters of traditional Southern Gospel sounds, they have proven themselves equally sure-footed in delivering the flair of contemporary sounds from other realms of Christian music.
The groupâ€™s distinctive musical gifts are front and center on their new full-length release forÂ Sonlite Records,Â Music To Your Ears â€”Â which isÂ now available forÂ pre-order, add and saveÂ ahead of itsÂ March 18Â release.
With two already-released singles â€” the country-flavored radio hit,Â â€œHow Good The Good News Feelsâ€Â and contemporary fan favorite,Â â€œEvery Story Whispers His Nameâ€Â â€” that have outlined contrasting corners of the quartetâ€™s stylistic range, itâ€™s a collection that rounds out the portrait of a musical ministry that can speak to everyone. And with a new single coming â€” an inspired reworkingÂ ofÂ David Crowderâ€™s â€œGood God Almightyâ€Â that features tenorÂ Steve LaddÂ â€”Â as they head toward the albumâ€™s release date, itâ€™s also a convincing demonstration that, no matter where a song originates,Â The Old PathsÂ will always put their unique stamp on it.
Indeed, with the help of acclaimed producerÂ Roger Talley,Â Music To Your EarsÂ invites the listener to approach every one of its selections with fresh ears. There are classic old numbers likeÂ â€œThis Little Light Of Mine,â€Â fresh takes onÂ â€œOver The Next Hill Weâ€™ll Be Homeâ€ (Johnny Cash),Â â€œIs He Worthyâ€ (Chris Tomlin)Â andÂ â€œThatâ€™s Why I Prayâ€ (Big & Rich), and a sparkling array of new songs from well-known Southern Gospel writers likeÂ Kenna Turner WestÂ andÂ Joseph Habedank. From the charmingly sparse opening ofÂ â€œLet The Rain Wash Your Troubles Away,â€Â which features bass singerÂ Daniel Ashmore, to the string-driven title track, led by founding memberÂ Tim Rackley,Â and the soulfulÂ â€œHe Bought Me,â€Â which features fellow founding member and baritone,Â Douglas RoarkÂ â€” and even toÂ â€œThis Little Light,â€Â which features each member in turn â€” every song is given a treatment that allowsÂ The Old Pathsâ€™Â detailed artistry to shine, and always in service of their devoted faith.
â€œWe are so excited for fans to hear this new album,â€ saysÂ Steve Ladd. â€œI believe itâ€™s the best we’ve released since I joined the group. We chose songs that fit each of our personalities, and we feel these songs represent what we want to say as a group in 2022!Â Roger Talley, the musicians and the engineers absolutely brought this project to life. We are excited about the future, NOT afraid of it! I can’t wait to hear the stories of how God uses these songs to touch peopleâ€™s lives.â€
Pre-order, add or saveÂ Music To Your EarsÂ HERE.