At age 54, Atlanta, Georgia’s Glenn Edwards Hall is trying something new. Hall, who initially signed with a contemporary Christian record label in the ‘90s, is now transitioning into country, folk and Americana umbrellas. With his debut EP Clouds Turn Black, hails a new era for Hall. The musician and songwriter brings a new energy to country/Americana.
Clouds Turn Black opens up with “Her Finger Needs A Ring,” where lively percussion, harmonica and fiddle arrests the start of this track. Hall’s country-twang vocals reels listeners in with its bluesy and Americana vibe. The fiddle weaves in and out of this recording taking this track by the reins. Hall’s performance and delivery was really on-point here. Some steel lap guitars and acoustic guitars provide a slow burning energy on “Keep On Truckin’.” More harmonica arrives at the start of “It Ain’t Over” alongside the guitar for a great acoustic sound. The song felt warm and heartfelt.
Energized percussion draws listeners in along with the sound of the fiddle on “Winter With Old Put.” I thought the fiddle really adds something extra to this country-twang/Americana song. “Together” is another moody acoustic from Hall and the band. The addition of the cello and background vocals adds a lush vibe to the ambiance of this track. Hall’s dynamic vocal powers are joined by the organ, guitars and what sounds like chiming of bells on the gospel number “The Savior Is Here.” I thought Hall is able to impart a whole lot of feeling into his vocals. The artist sends us off with this emotional closer.
Clouds Turn Black, a six-track collection, is our first look into Hall’s brand-new sound. Hall seems to embrace the folk and country genres as he fleshes the sound with his vocals. Fiddle player, Jennee Fleenor also impacts the sound with her musicianship as well as help from Nashville’s Steve King, Mike Duchette and Thomas Mingua who contribute on B3 organ, pedal steel and harmonica, respectively as well as Atlanta artists Caleb Hall, Max Hall, LeeRoi and Keeley Adkisson who provide drums and vocal harmonies and Blake Shelton on cello. Together the sounds are top-notch and show listeners a good time from start to finish.
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