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All That Matters

by Bryan Field McFarland

Progressive sermon-songs including genres ranging from celtic to "spiritfolk" to singer/songwriter and gospel.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Open The Gift
3:00 $0.99
2. All That Matters
4:38 $0.99
3. Lyrical Freedom Riders
5:50 $0.99
4. Blacktop River
4:59 $0.99
5. Enough For Everyone
3:33 $0.99
6. The Broken Way
4:18 $0.99
7. Call That Christmas
4:36 $0.99
8. You Are
3:19 $0.99
9. Help Us
4:06 $0.99
10. Get Back Behind Me
4:17 $0.99
11. What I Want
4:28 $0.99
12. Lyrica (Celtic Prayer)
7:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recorded, mixed, and mastered in the Nashville area at Red Alert Studios with Shawn Conley & Todd Sholar at the producer's helm, Bryan brings his altered tuning, sermon-songwriter style to twelve tracks with his own take on "praise" songs, Celtic, Gospel, contemporary folk, and what Bryan calls "spirit-folk".

Song lyrics & stories-behind-the-songs on "All That Matters" are available in a pdf on Bryan's website at:

Two songs on "All That Matters" are fund-raisers for a couple of projects:

FIRST - A portion of the proceeds from "Enough For Everyone" will go into the National Presbyterian Hunger Program -

SECOND - A portion of the proceeds from "Lyrical Freedom Riders" will go to the We Shall Overcome Fund -
"Lyrical Freedom Riders" tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Riders and their brave, pivotal chapter in America's struggle for Civil Rights.

"All That Matters" includes the title track, a laid-back folksy tune exclaiming that "love is all that matters" AND "Enough For Everyone", a folk-rock wakeup-call declaring that abundance is the truth we have to share with a world frightened that there is NOT enough food, clean water, love, peace, and goodness to go around.

Guest artists on "All That Matters" include:
* Todd Sholar (various keyboards & percussion);
* Shawn Conley (bass & electric guitars);
* Geno Weatherbee (drums & percussion);
* Dale Hardiman (drums & percussion);
* Troy Engle (mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddles, dobro, banjo);
* "Cookie" Weatherbee (backing vocals);
* First Presbyterian Church choir in Gallatin, TN (backing vocals on "Lyrica (Celtic Prayer)";
* Abby Sholar (backing vocals on "Call That Christmas");
* Destiny Gleaves (backing vocals on "Enough For Everyone"); AND
* Meagan McFarland (backing vocals on "Enough For Everyone").

Bryan's professional music-related memberships include ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and serving as Co-coordinator of the Greensboro, NC Regional Workshop of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).

Bryan’s calculated vocals draw comparisons to some of his contemporary influences - James Taylor, Bruce Cockburn, and David Wilcox - while his precisely-picked guitar work owes more to an experience he had when he was young: “My parents took me to a Chet Atkins concert when I was three and I was mesmerized.“ Though his songwriting seeds were sewn as a youth, it took a 1983 Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Maryville College in Tennessee, a 1987 Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky, and a career as a local church pastor and campus minister to send him in the direction he’s headed these days.

Bryan combines spirituality & emotional storytelling into a sentimental yet lighthearted style. He tours listening rooms, theaters and coffeehouses AND leads workshops and retreats at colleges & universities, churches, conference centers, and private venues.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, Bryan works part-time as Salem Presbytery's Hunger Action Advocate.

Bryan lives in Greensboro, NC with his wife, daughter, and their menagerie of pets.



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Westminster Presbyterian Church

Bryan Field McFarland
Bryan's music continually touches my heart every time I listen to his music. I didn't think he could top his WAY CD but I think he has matched his talents with All That Matters. There is a message in his music every time I listen to it. There are answers to my questions even when I don't even realize that I am searching for one. I equally like his lyrics as well as his musical talents. Keep up the great ministry, Bryan! God Bless you, Renee Wiesehuegel from Knoxville, TN

Brian McLaren

All That Matters
A few years ago, I wrote an article that got some exposure called "An Open Letter to Worship Songwriters." Since then, there have been a few people who have contacted me and said, "I feel the same way, and here are some of the songs I've written." When I heard Bryan's songs, I felt immediately a kindred spirit and helping turn the tide with his beautiful lyrics and energetic music .

Bottom line - I LOVE it. I love the lyrical content (what a relief to hear some good poetry and content, and not a rehash of the CCM cliches!) ... and the musical content.

Favorites were "Help Us" and "Lyrical Freedom Riders" and "Blacktop River."

Great stuff, Bryan. There are so few people doing what you're doing... especially songs that can be sung in public worship. Keep up the good work!

Walter Brueggemann

Re: All That Matters by Bryan Field McFarland...
What matters to McFarland is the connection between deep faith rootage and current courage for faith in action. In cadences that bring the listener along, McFarland witnesses to hard issues that must be faced, but sings, in the midst of those hard issues, about healing, hope and finally about the divine “You.” Sung faith generates openness to freedom and obedience. The beat is just right for free obedience and obedient freedom.

Terry Roemer

All That Matters
Bryan's "All That Matters" CD is great! My personal favorites...All That Matters, Blacktop River, and Call That Christmas! Keep them coming Bryan!

Mindy Douglas Adams

All That Matters
This is a wonderful CD!! Of great musical and theological depth!
I've ordered my copy and can't wait to listen to it over and over again! Thanks, Bryan.

Ted Aukerman

Good Job on All that Matters
Strong spiritual messages served up in a style somewhere between Chris Rice and Gorden Lightfoot.The recording is very clean. You can feel Brian smiling through the lyrics I am glad I bought this CD.

John Goodman

All That Matters
It has been my privilege to be colleague and fellow traveler with Bryan Field McFarland as members together of the leadership team of the program for first-call pastors held in Montreat, working together for the past six years. He has led the group each year in innovative, engaging, challenging, sustaining experiences of worship and of community. Now, through “All that Matters”, he leads all of us with ears, heads and souls to hear through faith-building experiences which are innovative, engaging, challenging, sustaining. Through it all Bryan, with able support from his entourage, amply feeds our cravings for lyrical and musical depth and beauty. “All that Matters” is a keeper. You will want to have and keep it, it will grasp and keep your spirit.

Jeff Friend

a freelance writer in Largo, FL reviewing for Presbyterians Today
Bryan Field McFarland’s All That Matters sets a new standard for independent recordings. Strong lyrics, tight harmonies, catchy melodies, and a solid band lay the groundwork for an enjoyable ride through a variety of genres, while maintaining the theme that “God is love, and love is all that matters.”

Jason Thompson

An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church USA, Bryan Field McFarland is also quite the accomplished guitarist and songwriter. On this, his sophomore release, he tackles the spiritual side of the pop culture landscape, without coming across as overbearingly preachy or sickly sweet in his messages. The music is a nice amalgam of bluegrass and folk and features such standout tracks as the title tune, “Blacktop River,” and “Lyrical Freedom Riders,” the introduction of which is narrated by Rep. John Lewis, one of the original thirteen Freedom Riders in May 1961. For those looking for some tasty acoustic music with some good messages (as well as a good cause; proceeds from the CD’s sale go to both The Presbyterian Hunger Program and the We Shall Overcome Fund), you can’t go wrong with this 12-song collection, pristinely produced in Nashville with a stunning array of other talents like Troy Eagle, Todd Sholar, Shawn Conley, Dale Hardiman, and Geno Weatherbee.

Rob Bodle

All That Matters
I’ve been listening to All That Matters, and I’ve got to say that it’s all excellent. I'm always delighted to hear songs that put a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye, not to mention a smile on my face. There are powerfully-told stories here of social and historic significance, plus straight-forward toe-tappers that deserve to be played with the car windows down and the volume up. Bryan is in fine, full voice, surrounded by smart lyrics, just-right arrangements and superb instrumentation. It’s a great acoustic sound, with crisp guitar and sweet touches of mandolin and banjo. Bryan, thanks for the reminders about what matters!