New Music Review : Old Man Worship Band

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Music, Movies & Events

Old Man Worship Band - Grace and PeaceThe old men are back with a new collection of songs - the Old Man Worship Band, that is.    

This trio of long-time West Michigan friends and music artists has released “Grace and Peace,” six new anthems living up to the “worship” name.

Jeff Roley, Ted Kallman and Martin Vipond offer psalm-like lyrics and pleasing melodies on the project, their first since 2009’s “Future Generations.”    

Setting the tone is the opening, title track: a soothing, acoustic-based work underscored with heavenly background vocals in its repeating wish for the listener to experience God’s grace and peace. (The album concludes with a “Grace and Peace” reprise).

“Cleanse Me” is a musical prayer for forgiveness in the face of God’s holiness.    

A cautioning tale is “Reputation,” the album’s most upbeat number. The main suggestion is that when troubles and pressures from the enemy are all around, remember the devil’s failing reputation and God’s ultimate victory.

Another highlight is their musical adaptation of the benediction of Numbers 6:24-26 created in the song “Blessings.”  

The three “old men” (they’re all grandfathers!) first met back in the 1970s during their college days and played together in two Christian bands. After going their separate ways, a chance meeting eight years ago led them to reunite and continue their artistry under a new name. They all have experience in leading worship.  

The new album is available at Baker Book House and Word Shop Bookstore at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, as well as at several online outlets.

The Facts:
Artist: Old Man Worship Band
Title: “Grace and Peace”
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Terry DeBoer
Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present (1 year 6 months) Monthly publication and web site with news, features, and information of interest to the West Michigan Christian community Feature writer: Muskegon Chronicle April 1996 – Present (16 years 10 months) Writer: Kalamazoo Gazette July 1991 – Present (21 years 7 months) beat includes convering contemporary Christian and Gospel music feature writer Grand Rapids Press May 1988 – Present (24 years 9 months)

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