I have to admit when I first got this album, I did not care much for it. Then, recently, I pulled it out of a box of long forgotten about music to transfer it to digital, and was pleasantly surprised. This is not expertly recorded music. It's not polished and overly produced. It's a bit raw. It's a bit low-fi. But it really has some great heart.
Spoiler alert: I don't listen to just Pentecostal music. I have a huge soft spot for Pentecostal music, but my musical canvas is fairly broad. I like all kinds of Christian music, including Christian rock and "Xian Psych." But I also have a few secular bands I really enjoy. One of those is The Handsome Family. When I listened to The Living Water Revival again after 20 some odd years passed, I realized this was akin to the wonderful Americana/alt country music of The Handsome Family that I enjoy so much.
And here are a couple of their songs for you to enjoy.
If this record had perhaps been more polished and professionally produced, I think this band could surpass the sound of The Handsome Family. Marty Barrow leads this band and plays with the country twang of the likes of Duane Eddy and Lee Hazelwood, the same kind of twang and baritone brought into the modern musical age by the likes of The Handsome Family. Songs like "Possibility," "God on the Mountain," and "Heaven on my Mind" are three songs from this album that exemplify this to me. I may not have appreciated this record when I first heard it in the 90's but now I realize it was ahead of it's time. It was a forerunner of the Americana/alternative country music scene. We need more of this kind of style in Pentecostal music. This is a true treasure from the past.
This record was recorded in 1990 at "Homegrown Studios" in Bloomington, Indiana. Lead by the talent of Marty Barrow is Shayna Harmon on vocals, Adam Barrow on rhythm guitar, Lloyd Branam on bass guitar, and Jerry Branam on drums.
I know Marty and the Living Water Revival band has performed in public as recently as 2004 by information I found online. I don't know if he released any other records, or which church he associated with in the United Pentecostal Church. I got this from the Pentecostal Publishing House catalog way "back in the day." It's one of those treasures I put away for a time to be appreciated for what it truly is at a later date.
And here it is for you to treasure as well. Enjoy.