Bent Mountain is a gathering of like-minded musicians organized and produced by Dr. Quigg Lawrence, the Bishop of The Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke, Virginia. Some of the musicians on the project incudes Lawrence himself along with Annie Lawrence, Eric Imhof, Julie Wright, Ayden Young, and Blane Young. Augmenting this lineup are a number of guests artists that include Sierra Hull, Chris Eldridge, Justin Moses, Russ Carson, Heather Mabe, Doug Bartlett, Junior Sisk, Scott Mulvahill, Johnathan Dillon, Simon Maartensson, Johnny Rees, and Ryan Ogrodny.
The CD cover shows “Matt 11:28” which is the Bible verse “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” and while the song selections include a number of Gospel tunes, this is not entirely a Gospel project, but contains other positive secular tunes.
The lead vocals feature Quigg Lawrence on “Shouting On The Hills”, “The Darkest Hour”, “Forever Ain’t No Trouble”, and “Down The Road.” Eric Imhof leads “Mother’s Only Sleeping” and is joined by Julie Wright on “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” Junior Sisk and the Young Brothers sing “Little Birdie,” while Annie Lawrence delivers a haunting “Come To Jesus,” and Julie Wright is featured on “Softly And Tenderly.”And while not listed per se, Ricky Skaggs is heard on a live “Eulogy For Dr. Ralph” expressing his last visits with Ralph Stanley and the importance of church.
The album back cover only lists the songs, the core players, and the guest artists, but not what each musician is playing, and only by looking at the song titles on the CD does it show who the vocalists are. Bent Mountain is very nice project with lots of great arrangements by the supporting musicians.