Home to You

I’ve never bought a bluegrass album before in my life.

Until now.

How did that happen?

Peasall SistersSunday I was getting sick on hot sauce at Dollywood’s BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. I had heard something about the Peasall Sisters, and was curious to hear them sing. They had gotten their start eight years ago while auditioning for an acting role in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?. After hearing them sing, the producers landed them a spot on the movie’s soundtrack, which went on to earn the girls a Grammy on their first professional recording. From there came contact with stars like Patty Loveless and John Carter Cash, who was entranced enough with them to volunteer to produce their latest album, Home to You.

And so I sat down, clutching my burning belly, to see what three teenagers on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle would offer up on a sunny Sunday afternoon. I suddenly forgot my acute gastritis as I was entranced by some of the sweetest melodies I’ve ever heard.

The title cut of their album, written by them, put me into tears:

I’ve been traveling this road for miles
Trying to get to where You are
I know You’re telling me the way to go
But I just can’t hear You over my heart

Give me grace to make it through the night
Give me faith so I can see the light
Give me strength so I can make it home
To You, home to You

My feet are tired of carrying this load
It seems I’m walking round and round
I need somebody to help me out
Because I want to be standing on Your holy ground

Give me grace to make it through the night
Give me faith so I can see the light
Give me strength so I can make it home
To You, home to You

The sisters wrote this song for a friend who had recently embraced Christianity, but it spoke deeply to me as a prayer for any pilgrim in this life who is looking forward to heaven and praying for the grace to carry on.

The album is a mixture of original compositions, bluegrass standards, and gospel hymns. I loved it. Click on the album cover to find out more at Amazon, or do what I did and spend ten bucks on iTunes. Go get it.

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