Though this is a gospel band through and through, its high-level exuberance and artistry give it an almost universal appeal. Little Roy’s and Lizzie’s music is both a celebration of faith and life and how, for some of us, they are inextricable.
This super-tight six-piece group comes roaring out of the starting gate full-throttle on the title tune, which frames this collection as something akin to an old-time gospel tent revival show. The songs strike a deft balance between gospel (“God’s Been Good,” Kevin Cronin’s “Time For Me To Fly,” Randall Hylton’s “Let Me Go, Wicked World” and a sterling cover of A.P. Carter’s “Give Me The Roses While I Live”) and more earthly songs.
On the worldlier side there’s a welcoming ode to old-fashioned southern hospitality called “Down Home” (one of three selections cowritten by Wayne Haun) and a rousing rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Rainbow Stew.”
Dove Award-winning Lizzy Long is an incredible singer and a celebrated commodity in gospel circles. She’s recorded and collaborated with everyone from Mac Wiseman and Jim & Jesse to Rhonda Vincent and Earl Scruggs. The effusive and effervescent guitar—and banjo—playing Little Roy Lewis is, of course, part of the legendary Lewis Family.
I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing this outfit live. But with their irresistible blend of reverence and exuberance, worship and celebration, I’m sure it would be a treat.