"THIS IS A TRUE JESUS MUSIC ALBUM, IN THE SPIRIT OF THE BEST ALBUMS FROM THE ERA"

by Morgan Trotter

I just finished listening to "The Man I Should Be" - the recent new album by Bubba Chambers, formerly of The Hope of Glory, Whenever you hear a new album by one of the great artists from the '70s and '80s, you always hope you're going to enjoy it as much as their original material. Bubba's album does not disappoint in this regard. The music is in a country rock vein, with a couple numbers that are true country, and one or two others with more of a rock or jazz feel. There's enough variety to keep it interesting.

The album includes guest appearances by some other important names in Jesus music, too: Will McFarlane, Fletch Wiley, and David Huff of David and the Giants. Rick Thigpen from Hope of Glory also plays bass on some of the songs. Lisa Brady of The Hope (HOG's later name) also contributes a stellar track entitled "Home," about the return of the prodigal son. Bubba tells me that Lisa wrote "Life in the Blood" recorded by Morgan Cryar back in the day. 

One of the things I love about this album is the lyrics. This is a true Jesus music album, in the spirit of the best albums from the era. The gospel of Jesus Christ is front-and-center in all the songs, and yet the words aren't preachy, they're very relatable in terms of the struggles we all face as believers. I'd highly recommend Bubba's new album. It's 21st century Jesus music at its best.

May 19, 2021·