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Heaven Light Shining

by Iron Ridge

Bluegrass, old-time, traditional, and original gospel tunes from a dynamic bluegrass band featuring two teenage members.
Genre: Country: Traditional Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. We'll Be Forever There
2:18 album only
2. In My Time of Dying
3:25 album only
3. Crying Holy Unto the Lord
3:04 album only
4. Just Lift Up Your Eyes
2:46 album only
5. Heaven Light Shining
2:54 album only
6. How Great Thou Art
3:32 album only
7. Just Beyond the Other Shore
3:01 album only
8. Wayfaring Stranger
3:57 album only
9. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
1:41 album only
10. Call to Him
2:48 album only
11. I've Just Seen the Rock of Ages
4:27 album only
12. What Kinda Man
2:51 album only
13. It's Just an Old Body
4:21 album only
14. Come Sing His Praises
3:02 album only
15. Land of Peace and Love
2:51 album only
16. I Wanna Be With Jesus
2:52 album only


Album Notes
Fate played a big hand in the birth of the Iron Ridge Band. In January 2001, after spending a year or so jamming in various local spots throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland, the original members of the group just sort of individually gravitated to the weekly Monday night Jam Sessions at the Dutch Country Restaurant in Hanover, PA. It didn't take long for the guys to realize what a great sound they produced together and they soon decided to form a band. After tossing around a few other names, they finally settled on Iron Ridge, after a quaint village located in the Pigeon Hills of Pennsylvania where Denny and his wife Joyce found themselves exploring one afternoon.

The group "took off" from the very start, winning first place at the 2001 Fiddler's Convention in Westminster, MD. Ever since, Iron Ridge has been in great demand! Fans have enjoyed Iron Ridge performances at Arcadia (MD) Fire Company's popular bluegrass festivals and indoor concerts, at the famous Lucketts Community Center in Virginia, and at schools, parks, carnivals, fire companies, churches, and clubs far and wide.
Since its origin, there have been a few changes in the makeup of Iron Ridge, as seems to occur with a lot of bands over time. A couple of the boys have gone on to other endeavors. Meanwhile, Iron Ridge continues in high style.... The band now features a teenage lead guitarist and a teenage fiddler among its ranks. The current line-up includes Denny Kopp on mandolin, Jerry Leitner on rhythm guitar, Jay Mosley on banjo/bass, Joey Mosley on lead guitar/dobro, Max Allison on bass/banjo, and Jen Starsinic on fiddle/clawhammer banjo. Most bands have only one lead singer, but with Iron Ridge everyone sings lead on different songs, so the band's sound offers a great variety.

Iron Ridge currently has five recordings released and available on their website. Their newest release, “Heaven Light Shining” features the current line-up of the band and the unique sound that came from the merging of six highly talented musicians. Check out their performance schedule and come hear for yourselves. You won't want to miss the awesome picking and fabulous three- and four-part harmonies of Iron Ridge!

IRON RIDGE - "Heaven Light Shining" CD '07 (Private, US)

Funny thing, how certain names, people make indelible impressions. You say baseball, I think Babe Ruth, Ted Williams. You say mountain, I say Everest. Works the same way with music & it's varying styles. A lot of things move in & out of the mix, but you mention heavy metal & the first things coming to my mind are going to be Black Sabbath & Judas Priest...every single time. And, even though it's something that's only been on my map the last few years, when somebody plays word association with "bluegrass," my instant reaction is IRON RIDGE. See, this band (proudly from the MD/PA area) embodies everything this new fave genre of mine stands for and then some: killer playing chops, scintillating vocal harmonies & a songwriting skill that's to die for. It's fitting then, that with a deeply spiritual feel running through the a lot of the best bluegrass music, IRON RIDGE has taken this opportunity to make a CD steeped in the Gospel tradition. What I really like with what the band has done here is the way they tackle, with equal deftness, a couple different approaches. First, they've selected some simply sterling traditional pieces and put their remarkable stamp upon them. For instance, the 2nd tune on the disc, "In My Time Of Dying." Rockers will be familiar with this chestnut from it's treatment by Zeppelin on "Physical Graffiti" and IRON RIDGE's version here is just as commanding. Especially of great note are the vocals by Jen Starsinic (fiddle/clawhammer banjo). Stunning is the word and while they'd be notable for someone of any age, Jen's youth makes them even more impressive. Then, you've gotta talk about the originals, which is where IRON RIDGE raise their game even further. Denny Kopp pens the 6 of these here and when you listen to songs like "We'll Be Forever There," "Just Lift Up Your Eyes" and "Land Of Peace & Love" you'll understand why I love this band so much. Oh, and try tearing your ears away from the simply smoking instrumental work by the entire band: Denny Kopp (mandolin/vox), Jay Mosley (banjo/vox), Jerry Leitner (rhythm guitar/vox), Max Allison (bass/vox), Joey Mosley (lead guitar/dobro) & the aforementioned Jen S. Is IRON RIDGE a genre-defining band? You betcha



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