"I won't be caged to the status quo. I'm not afraid to stand and say what people won't." This lyric, taken from the song "Get Up Get Out", off of Rhett Walker Band's debut album, Come To The River, is one of several clues that this is not going to be your typical Christian music band or album. With a bold message reminiscent of Rich Mullins, Keith Green plus contemporaries including Casting Crowns and southern and rock influences like Third Day, NEEDTOBREATHE, The Black Crowes and Tom Petty, Rhett Walker Band not only stands out among the pack but once heard, cannot be forgotten.
The songs on Come To The River have a raw honesty not usually heard and cover relatable themes of grace, redemption and mercy. The album's first single, "When Mercy Found Me", tells Rhett's story of a life headed in a wrong direction compounded with choices that were breaking him which share how mercy and grace radically changed his path and gave him freedom. Other stand-out songs include the opener, "Gonna Be Alright", the haunting, "Brother" and the title track, "Come To The River."
Rhett Walker Band knows you have to work hard and that nothing is handed to you. Upon release, the band will be hitting the road playing numerous summer festivals, including Rock The Universe and then head out on a 35 city fall tour. Rhett Walker understands grace; he's been a recipient of mercy. He loves God, his family and his country.
"So, there are two things we must do. One: rejoice because we have a purpose on this earth - to share that grace with others. Two: take up the calling. You can't just take that love and not tell the story that goes with it."
Publisher: Provident Label Group
Label: Essential Records
Release Date: 2012-07-10