Thom Schuyler | Banks of the Jordan

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Banks of the Jordan

by Thom Schuyler

Folky/country collection of unique Christian tunes by a member of The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Still Small Voice
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2. Sing in the Morning
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3. Lead Me to the Rock
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4. I'll Get My Angels
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5. Hold Me Up
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6. The Other Side
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7. My Victory
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8. Take up Your Pallet
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9. You Know Me
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10. Be Ye Strong
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11. Give Me Love
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12. Take a Little with You
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Album Notes
Thom Schuyler began a successful songwriting career in Nashville, TN in 1978. Following an impressive repertoire of hit songs recorded by a "Who's Who" of country and pop artists, Thom was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2011.
Banks of the Jordan is a collection of 12 Bible-themed songs composed in recent years. These tunes were initially designed to be performed by both solo voices and small vocal ensembles. Lyrics for all songs can be found here:
An array of world-class musicians and singers accompany Thom's acoustic guitar tracks and lead vocals:
John Gardner - Drums/Percussion
Byron House - Bass
Catherine Styron - Keyboards
Brooke Huffman - Piano/Harmony Vocals
Andy Leftwich - Fiddle/Mandolin
Scotty Sanders - Steel Guitar/Dobro
John Mock - Gut String Guitar/Harmonium/Additional Percussion
J. Fred Knobloch - Harmony Vocals
Liza Musick - Harmony Vocals
Kim Richey - Harmony Vocals

Banks of the Jordan was recorded, mixed and mastered by John Mock

Following is a review of Schuyler's prior release, Prayer of a Desperate Man:
"Legendary Nashville songwriter Thom Schuyler has been writing hit tunes for decades, including the multi-million selling "16th Avenue" for Lacy J. Dalton; "A Long Line of Love" by Michael Martin Murphy, and "Life Gets Away" by Clint Black, both of which have been played more than a million times on the radio, as well as "Love Will Turn You Around" for Kenny Rogers, "Point of Light" for Randy Travis, and "Trains Make Me Lonesome" for George Strait. Another long list of singers has recorded his tunes from the Judds to Lisa Loeb, Levon Helm, and Conway Twitty. He's been an exec at RCA Records in Nashville and the Chairman of the Country Music Association (to name just a few of his business accomplishments), but he's first and foremost a songwriter.

Prayer of a Desperate Man is Schuyler's fifth solo album, and with all his music biz connections you'd be right to expect it to see the light of day on a major label. But after listening to a track or two, you'll realize why Schuyler chose to put it out on his own TJS label. Even though the playing is Nashville slick-there's not one wasted note on the disc-the studio polish gives the music a bright but not glossy sound, while the subject matter goes against the grain of country music's conservative soul. Two obvious examples are "Who Needs a Hummer?" and "This Is America." "Hummer" is a bluesy lament delivered with cheerful Dixieland jazz backing featuring Sam Levine's happy-go-lucky clarinet. Schuyler admits that a Hummer may be good in a wartime situation or for hauling fishing boats, but wonders about the kind of guy who uses it to impress his neighbors. He sings, "Tell me this, you little son of a bitch: Who needs a Hummer and why?" with an offhand humor, but there's no denying the anger behind the jest. "This Is America" is more serious, a love song to our country that imagines her as a troubled woman. The relationship between the singer and his nation is sadly dysfunctional, and while he lists off her failings, he implicitly acknowledges his own complicity in the relationship as he yearns for a deeper connection: "I want to take her up, kiss her and wake her up and hold her close in my arms / This is America / Think I'll turn the TV on." It's a sad, slow ballad with the dark sustained notes of Byron House's bass adding to the tune's bleak aura. On "3/4 Me", Schuyler gives voice to a dyslexic protagonist who learns too late that the difficulties he faced as a child may have been caused by a brain disorder, not his own laziness. He sings the song softly, just acoustic guitar, bass, and some sweet gospel-flavored harmonies, but the punch line will flatten you: "I'm half the man that I wanted to be / I wish life would stop kickin' the shit out of me."

He captures the poignant thrill of first love on the heartbreaking "When She Danced With Me", asks God to reconnect him with the father who died too young on "Talk to My Old Man", and faces down the encroaching specter of his aging friends with some understated humor on "Starting to Go", a list of the things we all used to be able to do that are getting harder with each passing year. On the lighter side, you have "(Ain't Nothin' Wrong With a) Kit Kat", a country blues song that celebrates the singer's favorite chocolate treat while tipping its hat to Chunky, Three Musketeers, and Henry Nestle, "Too Drunk", a lazy Southern groove that rejoices in the dubious pleasure of drink ("Too drunk to bowl, too drunk to dance / Too drunk to know I dribbled on my pants"), and "Feed the Devil", a gentle, spooky rockabilly number that takes hatemongers like Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and Hannity to task for feeding the worst aspects of the human soul. Its tongue-twisting lyrics are pure delight. Schuyler's vocals are compelling throughout, with an easygoing country soul that makes every track sound like a radio-ready winner, but the album's arch humor and keen political insight makes it sound more like the work of a radical Berkeley songwriter than a grizzled vet of the Nashville music biz.



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Nick Marcario

Beautiful music by Thom Schuyler
"Banks Of The Jordan" is the latest release by veteran songwriter, performer and Nashville Hall of Famer Thom Schuyler. After the first listen, I was so moved and filled with hope and inspiration. The description above states that this fine collection is Bible-themed. That is very true, as each song is based on a particular Psalm or book from the Bible (except the final track "Take A Little With You" , which Mr. Schuyler wrote for the young High School seniors from the Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville). That lovely song is something to which we can all relate, as someone always seems to be leaving our lives. There is something here for everyone folks ! Aside from the flawless writing and singing, this CD is beautifully produced by John Mock. The other musicians are some of Nashville's finest and add just enough of everything. I am so very impressed by this collection and I'm sure you will be too. There is hope in my heart and a path set before me. You can find the lyrics for all 12 tracks at While you are there, look around and visit for a while with one of the finest songwriters of all time.......