Family Hymnal PREVIEW

by The Double Downbeats

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I wasn't raised in the church. I can count on one hand the times I remember going to a church when I was a kid. When I started regularly attending in high school, I went to a church that sang hymns and what church people called "choruses", which were newer songs. Because of my age, I was immediately drawn to the new stuff, and always felt like sitting through a hymn was something to endure to get to that good stuff.

Although those then-new songs had their place, a lot of them didn't really have staying power. There are new worship songs now that probably will stand the test of time in the church, and it's easy to forget that hymnals are basically distillations of hundreds of years of church music history. So those early new songs I was drawn to have kind of fallen by the wayside, and over my years of leading worship as I was made to learn hymns, I started enjoying them.

There are so many songs that could have been on this album. The proof of that is the companion album to this, Clearinghouse, vol. 7. I had initially intended to record more obscure hymns or switch up the melodies more, but I feel like what I ended up with is pretty good and more true to the tunes of the songs. So, I've done a complete turn around and learned to love these songs as they are. Although there are some heavy hitters here, I can't rule out a volume two. It's a deep well from which to draw.

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released April 7, 2015

Summar Evans - Vocal
Lloyd Evans - Vocal, Kitchen Sink

Recorded at HalfHouse Recording, Aurora, IL

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A husband and wife duo from Illinois, The Double Downbeats has developed a sound that has been called "Americana with a 60's rock vibe".

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