James Hand’s upcoming album, Stormclouds In Heaven, has been receiving great reviews from across the web. You can preview the album on Spotify.
The first single “Why Oh Why” will be available September 16th. The album will be released On October 21.
Buzz about Stormclouds In Heaven
I highly recommend this album if you’re looking for a great country gospel record. They are rare these days and I cannot tell you the last time I heard this many original gospel tunes in one place. There is a great range on this album with songs that could fit right in with a church service, songs that are religious inspired country music and songs that could fit right in with a set of music at a honky tonk. —Joshua Wallace, Psycho Ramblin’ Country
Indeed, few singers around today capture the struggle between faith and hopelessness, fear and salvation as well as James Hand. In the post-Johnny Cash era, it’s hard to find country gospel this powerful. —The Stephen W. Terrell Music Weblog
There’s even a book about this Saturday night in the bar/Sunday morning at church dichotomy, which puts James Hand’s sixth album in a truly classic tradition. While some, including Williams, often covered gospel standards, Hand’s 14 tracks are all originals, two, If I Live Long Enough To Heal and Men Like Me Can Fly, recycled from The Truth Will Set You Free (Rounder, 2006) and Shadow On The Ground (Rounder, 2009), the rest impeccably produced, as was Mighty Lonesome Man (Hillgrass Bluebilly, 2012), by Deb Perry, his manager, featuring some of the same musicians, Cindy Cashdollar, Earl Poole Ball and Beth Chrisman, along with Brennen Leigh, Kevin Smith, Lisa Pankratz, Floyd Domino and Jason Roberts with Hand’s regular rhythm section, Speedy Sparks bass and John McGlothin drums. —John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music