Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

Review by Ron Forbes-Roberts, Acoustic Guitar magazine, June 2002

The gentle grace of these simple, beautiful (mostly) solo guitar arrangements of American sacred music is underscored by Craig Dobbins’ relaxed, thoughtful playing. He treats these venerable melodies with great respect, beginning some pieces like “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” with the unadorned melody before harmonizing it in creative but appropriate ways. His settings range from the counterpoint variations of “Come Thou Fount” to the lightly swinging, Chet Atkins-influenced version of “Glory To His Name,” and all are played with superb tone, phrasing, and feel. This is meditative and inspirational music no matter what or who your personal “higher power” happens to be. (CBD Music)

-Ron Forbes-Roberts

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